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Today's Sports

  • Lady Bearcats win district in 9-...

    The match-up between 11th-ranked Anderson County and no. 19 Shelby County proved to be everything it was supposed to be.

    And more.

    Two innings more, to be exact.

    Anderson's Caitlyn Royalty raced home on Miranda Drury's ground out in the top of the ninth inning for the game's only run and the championship of the 30th District Tournament Tuesday night at Spencer County High School.

    It was Anderson's first district crown since winning back-to-back titles in 2002 and 2003.

  • Baseball Bearcats advance to...

    Jeremy Turpin homered in the bottom of the first inning, then Luke Hawkins went yard in the fourth powering Anderson County to a 7-1 win over Spencer County in the opening game of the 30th District baseball tournament Tuesday night.

    While the game was played on Spencer's home field, Anderson was the home team due to its higher seeding.

    "I knew it was gone as soon as it left my bat," a smiling Hawkins said of his first varsity home run.

    Anderson, now 17-15, moves on to play Shelby County in the district championship game, Wednesday, May 21 at Spencer. Game time is 5:45 p.m.

  • Lady Bearcats crush Spencer in...

    It took a while, but when Anderson County zeroed in, the Lady Bearcats put on a demonstration of their firepower in Monday's 30th District opener at Taylorsville.

    Anderson routed host Spencer County 15-0 in four innings to advance to Tuesday's championship game against Shelby County, which demolished Eminence in the first game.

    Anderson, ranked 11th in the state, and Shelby, ranked 19th, have played four times already this year, with each team winning twice. Game time is 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 20.

  • REACHING FOR REGION

    Few would have thought it would be possible to mention the words "Anderson County" and "regional track power" in the same volume, much less the same sentence, 3 years ago.

    Don't look now, but with the Central Kentucky Conference meet being held Friday, May 16 and the regional meet scheduled for Tuesday, May 20, Anderson County has at least an outside chance at a pair of unlikely crowns.

    Both meets will be held at Henry Clay High School in Lexington. That school is considered to be the favorite in both, but Anderson believes it can come away with its fair share of hardware.

  • Carlton to enter Georgetown Hall...

    Despite an appearance in the NCAA tournament and having some teammates that would eventually play in the NBA, Will Carlton knew what he wanted most.

    "Playing time. I was the second forward off the bench," Carlton says of his days backing up Keith Van Horn at the University of Utah. "I just wanted more playing time."

    So, in the fall of 1996, the Anderson County native got his release from head coach Rick Majerus and headed home. Almost home, that is.

  • Ex-UK player is just one of us

    When Bobby Perry arrived at Anderson County Community Park for Friday's DARE picnic, he experienced a welcome that most movie stars would envy.

    Such is the drawing power of Kentucky basketball.

    Perry, who former Wildcat coach Tubby Smith found just a stone's throw from Duke University in Durham, N.C., was never a superstar, scoring 667 points in his 4 years in Lexington.

    He never averaged double figures in any statistic, yet after graduation last May, has emerged as one of the most visible former UK players in recent years.

  • No runs, no hits, no problems

    Two years from now, Courtney Turpin can only hope to have a Senior Night of her own like she had Friday night.

    The Anderson County sophomore fired a no-hitter at South Oldham and drove in an insurance run in the fifth inning to lead the Lady Bearcats to a 2-0 win over their Eighth Region rival. It was the first meeting between the programs since Anderson defeated South Oldham for the regional title in 2002.

  • Taking Aim

    It is not certain if anyone taking aim with a bow and arrow in Louisville Saturday will be a marksman in the class of William Tell, but more than 3,000 young archers will certainly try.

    They will be descending on the Kentucky State Fairgrounds for Saturday's national tournament for the Archery in the Schools program.

    The number will include more than 60 from Anderson County who will be joining others from around the nation in the one-day event.

    The tournament will draw more than 1400 more archers than last year's competition.

  • Bearcat pride can be found at...

    We finally found a way to make Mark Peach speechless.

    The Anderson County High School football coach is a talkative sort that rarely meets a stranger. During his playing days at Campbellsville University, he also earned academic all-american honors, so we know Peach is quite adept.

    Until, that is, I asked the simple question, "What is a bearcat?"

    Peach stammered, laughed and finally admitted, "I don't know" before deferring to running back B.J. Robinson, who was working out in the school weight room.

  • Brown comes tantalizingly close...

    Someone wanting to buy a hot dog and soft drink could have forgiven the delay in service at the Anderson County baseball concession stand Thursday night.

    James Brown, one of the workers, had better things to do as Anderson County took the field for one final inning against Spencer County. Anderson had scored 15 runs over the third and fourth innings and led 18-0 over its 30th District rival, but Brown's son, Jacob, had 3 outs to go for a no-hitter.

    "I was trying to watch," Brown, the father, said with a big smile. "I knew he had a chance."