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Today's Sports

  • Lady Cats done in by 'one...

    It would have been easy to blame cold weather, injuries or both for Anderson County's 2-1 loss to visiting Henry Clay Monday night.

    It would probably be more correct to just chalk it up to the fickle nature of the softball diamond. Some days, a team just doesn't have it. "It was just one of those nights," Anderson coach Brian Glass said. "We hit the ball hard but right at them."

    Indeed. Henry Clay senior Karneisha Johnson gave up just four hits, but got some outstanding defense from those behind her.

  • Bitter Rivals, Better Buddies

    When Shelby County's Haleigh LeCompte stepped into the batter's box for the first time back on March 29, she knew the sounds coming from behind her.

    "Tiffany was talking," LeCompte says of Anderson County catcher Tiffany Davenport. "She was trying to get me to talk to her."

    If the grins on both faces were any indication, Davenport was successful.

    "The umpire said to me, 'I take it you know each other,'" Davenport says. "I told him, 'We are best friends.'"

  • Cats, Shelby to tangle for top...

    They were ranked as the top two baseball teams in the Eighth Region in pre-season. That they are the best of the 30th District has been a given since Anderson County and Shelby County have both advanced to the regional tournament the last three years and nine of the last 11.

    So it is no coincidence that the most anticipated game of the first half of the season comes Thursday night when the Bearcats and Rockets line it up. The first pitch is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Shelby County athletic complex.

  • Dixon, Updike roar at Tates...

    The calendar said it had been two years since Travis Gay took his first Anderson County track team to the Tates Creek Invitational.

    The results from Saturday's meet in Lexington say it has been light-years.

    With Cody Dixon scoring a huge win in the 100-meter dash and John Updike claiming first place in the discus throw, Anderson's boys placed third out of 20 teams, defeating teams like state power Danville and Paul Dunbar.

    With most of the Class AAA, Region 5 teams competing in the meet, the only one that finished ahead of the Bearcats was Henry Clay.

  • No putters, drivers or wedges...

    Josh Winfrey, Jacob Spaulding and Rob Dillhoff are bringing something new to Lawrenceburg: disc golf.

    The trio, all natives of Anderson County, are pioneering what appears to be a growing obsession in the Bluegrass. After connecting with several other avid disc golfers in the area, Winfrey and Spaulding had an active role in founding the University of Kentucky Disc Golf Club, UK's newest intercollegiate club sport,.

    Winfrey, the club's vice-president, said that he hoped the group could spread interest in the sport to campus and the surrounding communities.

  • Mound gem from Pike highlights...

    Anderson County showed why it is considered one of the teams to beat in the Eighth Region with a strong 5-game showing in the Florida Beach Bash, held at Fort Walton Beach.

    The Bearcats won three of five, including an impressive 2-0 win over a previously unbeaten Barren County team Thursday.

    "Barren has very high expectations for this year and they were a very solid team. It is also my understanding that we beat their ace," said Anderson coach L.W. Barnes. "Barren turned some heads by beating both Lafayette and Lexington Christian their opening day in Florida."

  • Lady Cats become better in...

    Spring break was not all about having a good time for the Anderson County softball team. The Lady Bearcats took on some of Alabama's best teams winning 2 of 3 games, including a team ranked in that state's top 10. It took a Division I college signee to shut the Lady Bearcats down in the final game of the trip.

    "We had many injuries at the Ballard tourney (held March 28-29), and during spring break week," said Anderson coach Brian Glass. "That caused us to play a lot of new kids. They played well and should improve our depth as we progress through the season."

  • Bearcat track team has strong...

    As he strained in the final few strides of his heat in the 400-meter dash at Shelby County last Tuesday, Anderson County's Cody Dixon might have summed up the Bearcats' week.

    Not yet at the top, but mighty good.

    Dixon caught Franklin County's Willie Hogan to win that heat but he was only good enough for third overall at Shelby with a 54:40, a personal best to that time. Saturday, Dixon bested his Shelby showing by nearly a full second but finished fifth in the very competitive LaRue County Invitational.

  • Thriving on determination

    There are times when pupil actually does know more than teacher.

    Anderson County girls' tennis coach Catina Sims admits that was the case with the Lady Bearcats last year. "I learned a lot by just watching the kids," Sims admits with a smile. "The girls helped each other a lot and they helped me."

    But Sims, and her team, learned together and became competitive as the year went on. By regional tournament time, top singles player Mary Ellen Stratton had improved enough to advance in post-season play.

  • Horn's departure...

    As I write this, Darrin Horn is officially still red. Western Kentucky red.

    By the time you read it, he will still be red, but it will be South Carolina red.

    Monday, it was reported that the University of South Carolina had called a meeting of the Board of Trustees, scheduled for Tuesday, concerning the men's basketball coaching situation at the school. Later, reports out of Bowling Green were that Horn had left his alma mater for the Southeastern Conference.

    In a lot of ways, that's a shame.