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Today's Sports

  • What a finish!

    Where he finished in the Anderson County Burgoo Festival race really didn't matter to Billy Squires.

    It was all about how he finished.

    Squires, who is in his second year as an assistant boys basketball coach at Anderson County High School, made sure it was a finish he and everyone that ran on that September morning would remember.

    After letting the race organizers at the Lawrenceburg Lions Club know about his plans several days in advance, Squires addressed the 125 people that ran the 5K race, telling them he was giving a special award for friendship.

  • Davenport's string music...

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - All it takes to get into a good rhythm is a little bit of string music. Tiffany Davenport gave Anderson County more of a good beat than Ringo Starr last Tuesday at Bullitt Central.

    The junior jump-started a struggling Anderson offense with a 3-pointer just over four minutes into the season opener, then kept burning the nets with downtown bombs as the Lady Bearcats routed the hosts 74-27.

  • Lots of basketball to be played...

    It's a long time until the Eighth Region tournament is set to begin March 5.

    That's 90 days from the day this column is published.

    That's time enough for 17, hopefully 18 more regularly scheduled boys basketball games plus a date in the prestigious King of the Bluegrass tournament - and as many as four more games games - over the Christmas holiday. Then there are the district tournaments, which start the last Monday in February.

  • Bearcats hang on to win early-...

    Even though it took Simon Kenton all of 56 seconds to slice Anderson County's 11-point lead to just 37-34, the Bearcats said they weren't worried Friday night.

    "No, not worried," said Anderson guard Ryan Wells. "When Coach (Glen) Drury called the timeout, it seemed to calm us."

    Indeed.

    The Bearcats captured the early-season showdown of Eighth Region powers, 61-54, as C.J. Penny, the region's best player, scored 26 points and pulled down 19 rebounds.

  • Rebuilding, again

    When talking about the chances of his Anderson County wrestling team, Tom Castle manages a bit of a smile, then says, "We're rebuilding."

    Again.

    A year ago, the former Woodford County assistant coach made the jump across the Kentucky River for his first head coaching job, taking over a program that had established itself as one of the up-and-comers in Kentucky wrestling circles but was facing a major graduation hit.

  • Cats rout Casey in opener with...

    It took a while to get the opening game kinks out but Anderson County showed why it is considered one of the teams to beat in the Eighth Region Monday night.

    The Bearcats used a balanced attack to rout visiting Casey County 70-52, their third consecutive season-opening win over the Rebels. C.J. Penny led the Bearcats with 20 points, but Anderson got big games from sophomores Will Ruggles and Nick Humphries who scored 15 and 11, respectively.

  • Bearcats host Simon Kenton in...

    Basketball fans will get an early glimpse of what promises to be a wide open race for the Eighth Region championship when Anderson County hosts Simon Kenton on Friday night, Nov. 30.

    Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

    The Bearcats, who opened the season Monday night with a win over Casey County, have been labeled one of the teams to beat in the region this year.

  • Under a larger microscope

    Lynn Gritton knows he has always been performing under a microscope, but this year the magnification has been turned up at least 100 times.

    "With the media coverage what it is today, you are scrutinized from the time you step out of your car until the time you leave," says the veteran basketball official. "You just have to accept it. It's part of it."

  • Peach reflects on season that...

    Less than 24 hours after the winningest season in Anderson County football history ended, Bearcat coach Mark Peach picked up the phone and called the man who coached the previous best, Sam Harp.

    Harp has won eight state championships at Danville High School, but around Anderson County, he's known more as the coach who took the Bearcats from the realm of being very good into the outskirts of the elite neighborhood in the mid-1980s.

    And, as nearly anyone who follows Bearcat football knows, Harp was Mark Peach's high school coach.

  • Eight hours of UK sports, a...

    LEXINGTON -- It took just over eight hours, but a lifetime of Kentucky Wildcat sports played itself out Saturday afternoon.

    A scheduling quirk put the Wildcat football and men's basketball teams at home on the same day. That surely has not happened more than a handful of times, if at all, in history.

    Thanks to the good people in the UK media relations office, more than 40 years of following the Big Blue were compressed into the afternoon and evening hours of Nov. 24.

    Let me explain.