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Today's Sports

  • 'Gravy to an already...

    Anderson County was supposed to make it to the Sweet 16 in 1975.

    At least that was the prevailing mood locally and across the state. The Bearcats were a solid pick to repeat as regional champion.

    That was Bearcats. Not Lady Cats.

    Common reactions to the term Lady Bearcats were derision and novelty in that inaugural season of girls' high school basketball in Kentucky. When March rolled around though, it was the Lady Bearcats heading to the big show, where they played in the opening game of the revived girls' state tournament.

  • Balanced attack boosts Cats past...

    SHELBYVILLE - Just seconds after C.J. Penny rammed home a thunderous dunk, exclaiming Anderson County's 60-53 win at Shelby County on Friday, his fellow students in the cheering section came up with one of the most creative yells in basketball history.

    Turning to the junior's mom, seated a couple of sections away, they chanted, "Thank you, Stephanie! Thank you, Stephanie!"

    There was little doubt that Penny's slam put some emphatic punctuation on a victory that has probably thrust the Bearcats into the role of Eighth Region favorite.

  • Not just another game

    If there is any doubt concerning just how big Anderson County's game at Shelby County is Friday night, one just needs to look in the stands whenever the Bearcats or Rockets play.

    Nearly every time Anderson County has taken the floor this season, Shelby head coach Mike Clark or his assistant, Greg Lawson, has been in attendance, taking notes on the Bearcats.

    The Bearcats travel to Shelby on Friday, Jan. 4. Game time is 6 p.m.

  • Corn named second team all-state...

    Anderson County lineman Austin Corn headed a group of four Bearcat football players named to the prestigious Courier-Journal All-State teams. The teams, selected by the state's coaches, were announced in the Christmas Day editions of the Louisville paper.

    "That was good for Christmas," said Corn, who learned of his selection when Bearcat coach Mark Peach called him on Christmas Day. "My mom was thrilled with it."

  • McBrayer's admonition might...

    Jack Upchurch still remembers the warning he received on Feb. 10, 1968.

    "I had played college basketball at Eastern (Kentucky) under coach (Paul) McBrayer," recalls the former Anderson County High School coach, who was in the first stop of what turned out to be a 33-year coaching career. "That afternoon, my brother had seen coach McBrayer and he had a message for me."

  • Anderson girls go for bragging...

    While the post-season ramifications of the Anderson County - Shelby County girls' basketball game might pale in comparison to those riding on the boys' game Friday night, there is still plenty at stake when the teams tip it off at approximately 7:45 for the second game of a double-header at Shelby County High School.

  • Bearcats open play in King of...

    Anderson County's Christmas holiday will be short as the Bearcats take on Louisville's DuPont Manual in Dec. 26's first game of the King of the Bluegrass tournament at Fairdale High School.

    The tournament is one of the most prestigious in the area as it pits some of the best teams in Kentucky with four from around the nation.

    Anderson and Manual have played once before, in the 1971 Louisville Invitational Tournament. In that one, the Bearcats, who were eventually the state tournament runner-up, prevailed in overtime, 66-63.

  • Bearcats have fun, roar past...

    The games are supposed to be fun.

    They are when the cheerleaders cheer, the band plays and the scoreboard is working.

    Everything worked as it was supposed to, at least for three quarters, last Tuesday when Anderson County routed visiting Owen County in boys' basketball action.

    The 60-43 final score does not begin to tell just how thoroughly the Bearcats controlled things.

    It all came six nights after the Bearcats nearly blew a 24-point lead before hanging on for a win at Western Hills.

  • Lady Bearcats fall in California...

    Anderson County's Lady Bearcats dropped a 45-40 decision to Eastlake High School, of Shammamish, Wash., in the championship game of the Orange County Clash tournament on Dec. 20. The tournament was held at Orange Lutheran High School in Anaheim, Cal.

    Eastlake jumped to a 12-0 lead, then held off a furious Anderson rally to win the championship. Anderson tied the game twice in the second half but never could take the lead.

    Lindsay Fultz, who was named to the all-tournament team, led Anderson with 19 points.

  • Bearcats take showdown of...

    Anderson County pulled away in the final minutes to post a 68-59 win over visiting Gallatin County in high school basketball action Saturday night. The Bearcats scored the first 5 points of the fourth quarter to put some distance between their Eighth Region rival. Gallatin was never closer than 6 after that.