Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Cat Madness tips off hoops...

    There's a new format but some old basketball names will be showcased Saturday when Cat Madness kicks off the Anderson County basketball season.

    In a departure from the zaniness of previous years, Cat Madness will feature scrimmages involving some of the better boys' and girls' high school programs in central Kentucky.

    Tipoff of the first game involving the Franklin County and Elizabethtown boys' varsity teams is at 3:30 p.m. The Anderson County girls will take on Nelson County at 5:30, followed by the Anderson boys and Garrard County at 7:30.

  • Different roads led teams to...

    The roads Anderson County and Oldham County have taken during the 2007 football season are as different as an interstate and a country lane, but Friday night, one will hit a dead end, while the other speeds on to the class 5A, Region 1 championship game, tentatively scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving.

    Oldham rode a rugged schedule that included Class 6A powers Eastern, St. Xavier, Madison Central and Scott County. The Colonels won just one non-district game, but even that one was a loaded gun as they beat Franklin County, ranked sixth in 4A at the time.

  • New "breakfast of champions...

    LEXINGTON - There might be a new training regimen around the cross country team at Anderson County High School.

    'Frosted Cheerios: The breakfast of champions,' Anderson co-coach Scott Ellis joked Saturday after Kristin Moninger turned in the best time of her career in the Class AAA state meet, held at the Kentucky Horse Park.

    'She ran a great race,' Ellis said. 'It was her best race ever.'

    While Moninger was smiling at the end, a bit of racing luck gave Devin Davenport a disappointing finish in the final race of his career.

  • Second quarter knockout in Round...

    Remember that oldest cliche of football? You have to establish the run before you can pass?

    Anderson County took that supposed truism of the high school game and threw it out the window Friday night.

    Or more specifically, the Bearcats called upon Jacob Russell to throw it down field.

    Russell propelled Anderson past visiting South Oldham 49-7 in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs as he completed 14 of 23 passes for 277 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Not a bad night for someone who had to alter his plans.

  • Plucky Seven

    The people who say you have to walk before you run have never met Devin Davenport.

    His parents swear that the Anderson County High School senior was wearing Nikes before Stride-Rites. "He really was running before he walked," says Johnny Davenport, his father.

    "Oh, he was crawling at four months and running at eight," his mom, Rebecca, says with a laugh. "He was running everywhere."

    Nothing has changed.

  • Undefeated and unbelievable

    FRANKFORT - The shirts extolling an undefeated football season had already been printed. A police escort greeting Anderson Countys Bearcats on their way home from Western Hills High School had already been lined up.

    And the heavily-partisan crowd most estimates had Anderson fans making up more than two-thirds of those in attendance danced, yelled, and made wild faces for the television cameras for the culmination of what has to be one of the most improbable perfect regular seasons in football history.

    Andersons 46-3 romp did not disappoint.

  • Repeat performance looms in...

    While Anderson County is making its first state football playoff appearance since 2002 - and hosting its first playoff game since 1996 - the Bearcats are very familiar with their first round opponent.