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Today's Sports

  • Roads to championships are being...

    It was six years ago this week that the Anderson County 9- and 10-year-old all-stars began their run that finally ended in the state tournament semi-finals at Winchester.

    That team finished as runner-up in the district, then won a couple of games at the state before the team from Greenup County eliminated it.

    Six years. It was Anderson County's first season of competing in Little League after a long hiatus. It remains the longest run by any Anderson County Little League all-star team since the county re-connected with the world's largest youth sports organization.

  • Little Leaguers salvage split in...

    The Anderson County Little League All-Stars scored twice in the top of the seventh inning to defeat Powell County 5-3 in district tournament play Sunday at Harrodsburg's Anderson-Dean Park.

    With runners on second and third, Hunter Campbell grounded out but drove in Ross Cox with the winning run. Lucas Durr followed with a single that scored Cade Cotton for an insurance run.

    Darius Harvey pitched all seven innings, scattering eight hits but giving up one earned run for the win. Harvey struck out eight.

  • Softball team distributes honors

    The Anderson County High School softball team celebrated its Eighth Region championship and a fifth place finish in the state tournament with its annual awards banquet on June 19.

    Anderson finished the season with a 31-15 record and was ranked as high as 11th in the state during the season.

    Head coach Brian Glass honored his team with several players sharing separate awards. Those honored with Offensive Awards were Courtney Turpin, Caitlyn Royalty, Miranda Drury and Lauren Brown.

  • Mudcats take break, stand 4-6 at...

    The Central Kentucky Mudcats' 18-and-under baseball team stood at 4-6 before taking a break because of the mandated high school dead period, which began June 25.

    The traveling team, comprised entirely of young men from Anderson County, finished 1-2 in its own tournament, beating Clark County 10-0 but losing to the Kentucky Grizzlies 4-2 and 12-9 to FK Baseball from New Albany, Ind.

    The Indiana Storm, from Brownsburg, Ind., won the tournament.

  • Asbury selects former Bearcat as...

    Asbury College announced last Tuesday that Kentucky Christian University head man Will Shouse will be its new men's basketball coach.

    Shouse, a former assistant under departed head coach Jim Aller, is coming out of two seasons at Kentucky Christian where he was named NCCAA Mid-East Region Coach of the Year both years and was a finalist for national Coach of the Year in 2007.

    His teams placed third in the NCCAA Division II national semifinals both years. Shouse is a 1998 graduate of Anderson County High School.

  • Catfish, and a turtle for your...

    Catfish, catfish and more catfish. The first Saturday of June sure brought out the "yungins" with fishing poles trying their hands at catching some "bigguns."

    The annual D.A.R.E. fishing day was held at Hope Community Church lake much to the pleasure of over 100 kids, 15 and younger. Hunter is a year too old now, so Suzanne and I loaded up the poles and tackle to see what she could catch.

  • Bearcats' best season?

    Anderson County sports fans have posed the same question repeatedly over the last few weeks.

    "Has there ever been a better year in the history of the school than this one?"

    Wow. We are taking in a LOT of territory but as my friend Mike Fields pointed out in Friday's Lexington Herald-Leader, there were only three schools in Kentucky that had 10 wins in football and 20 wins in boys' and girls' basketball and 20 wins in baseball and softball.

    Has there ever been a better year?

  • Mudcats classic underway,...

    UPDATED, Friday, June 20, 8:40 a.m.--The Central Kentucky Mudcat baseball classic is underway with a revised schedule. All games are being played at the Anderson County High School field. The Kentucky Grizzlies, based in Frankfort, led the Mudcats 3-0 before rain stopped the contest in the fifth inning Thursday night. Montgomery County defeated the Morse Mustangs of Danville in Thursday's other game.

    Because of a late entry to the tournament, the schedule changed after the June 18 print edition of The Anderson News went to press. The new schedule is: Friday, June 20

  • Bearcat fans had plenty to cheer...

    Growing up, I was an avid Cat fan...well, a UK Wildcat fan, that is. You see, in the years just before the current Bearcat athletes were born, I was a Mercer County Lady Scottie, and I would dare say that back then, I would never think of cheering for the Anderson Bearcats.

    In life, however, change is inevitable. The Scotties do not even exist anymore, but more importantly, seven years ago, I was hired as an English teacher at Anderson County High School.

  • Cats roll past Meade in summer...

    The calendar and thermometer both said June but Anderson County basketball was going strong last Thursday as the Bearcats routed visiting Meade County 71-52 in a summer league game.

    While Anderson coach Glen Drury keeps not statistics during off-season play, it was easy to see that the Bearcats were playing very well against a team that won 20 games last year. But the game also underscored that summer league games are not the same as the varsity action in late February and March.

    "Their coach told me that they were missing one of their better players," Drury said.