Today's Sports

  • Mat Cats feast at Sharkbait Duals

    The Anderson County High School wrestling team rolled to a championship in the DuPont Manual Sharkbait Duals, held Saturday in Louisville.

    The Mat Cats took all five of their dual matches to place first out of 10 teams in the competition.

    Anderson defeated a combined team from Louisville Western and Shawnee, then routed Iroquois and Pleasure Ridge Park before slipping past Owensboro and Seneca for the championship.

    Last Thursday, Anderson split a pair of duals matches on the Mat Cats’ Senior Night.

  • Lady Cats back at top of region...

    You know a high school sports program is humming along when the local press -- that’s me -- starts getting questions about where Anderson County’s girls’ basketball team is getting all of its players.

    It’s happened this year.

    In case you have spent more time trying to keep warm than following the Lady Bearcats, here’s a quick primer: Anderson has won the Eighth Region three times since 2010, more than any other school in that time span. They could make it four in March.

  • Anderson duo helps Kentucky beat...

    Anderson County High School football players Blake Franklin and Tyler Peters played key roles for the Kentucky All-Stars in a 31-14 win over Tennessee in the annual Border Bowl football classic, held at Sevierville, Tenn., Saturday.

    Franklin, a running back, was one of the main cogs for the Kentucky offense, picking up 85 yards on eight carries with a rushing touchdown. He also had two receptions for approximately 50 yards, according to his father, Brian Franklin.

  • Weather issues cause havoc in...

    One of the busiest men around Anderson County last week had to have been Rick Sallee.

    The Anderson County High School athletic director was working the phones nearly every day last week as the storm that dumped several inches of snow and ice on Anderson County wreaked havoc on the scholastic sports schedules.

    Last week, the snow canceled a boys’ varsity basketball game, a girls’ varsity game, a swimming meet and a wrestling match. It also took out several practices and freshman basketball games.

  • Grapplers sixth in Capital City...

    The Anderson County High School wrestling team had a strong showing in the Capital City Classic, held at Franklin County High School Saturday.

    Anderson placed sixth out of 20 teams to participate in the annual event.

    Two Anderson wrestlers, R.J. Boies and Chase Fink, took the championships of their respective classes while Cole Nance placed second.

    Boies, now 33-3 on the year, rolled through the 220-pound class, winning all four of his matches by fall. He pinned Bryan Station’s Brandon Fields in 67 seconds in the championship bout.

  • Lady Cats blitz way to district...

    SHELBYVILLE -- It took less than four minutes for Anderson County to shout what girls’ basketball fans have known for most of the last decade.

    The Lady Bearcats are the class of the 30th District and have no intention of relinquishing that spot.

    Deadlocked at 11 with host Collins last Friday, the Lady Bearcats erupted for the final nine points of the first quarter, then after spotting Collins a pair of free throws, blitzed to the next seven points to go up 27-13.

    That’s a 16-2 run in 3:36.

  • Lady Bearcats rout Thomas Nelson

    Anderson County jumped to a big early lead then cruised to a 65-37 win over visiting Thomas Nelson in girls’ high school basketball action Saturday night.

    The game was played at Anderson County Middle School due to work on the lighting system in the gym at the high school.

    “I thought it was a big game due to it being the first time we went back to back on Friday and Saturday,” Anderson coach Clay Birdwhistell said. “After a big win versus Collins, for us to come out at a high energy level was a big deal.”

  • Bearcats overcome annoying...

    CECILIA -- Anderson County’s win at Central Hardin Thursday might have been quite a bit like the snow covering the ground last week.

    It was annoying. Frustrating. And ultimately very beautiful.

    The Bearcats displayed some of the traits that had them atop the Eighth Region rankings in the pre-season but had been largely missing through the first 14 games of the 2017-18 season.

    Anderson fought through mistakes and misfortune to post a 66-63 win over one of the Fifth Region’s better teams.

  • Hunters have fifth-highest deer...

    By Kevin Kelly, Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    Looking at the total number of deer harvested by hunters in Kentucky during the 2017-18 season, it would appear nothing was out of the ordinary.

    The season ended earlier this month. When it did, hunters had combined to take more than 136,000 deer across the state, making it the sixth consecutive season with a harvest total greater than 130,000 and the fifth highest total on record in Kentucky.

  • Bearcat archers on target in...

    The Anderson County High School archery team has opened its season with three wins in as many tries.

    The Bearcats took the championship of the Anderson County Winter Blast Saturday, with Henry Thompson and Anna Rose sweeping the first-place male and female honors. Thompson scored a 298 out of a possible 300, while Rose tallied a 288.

    Luke Slone’s 292 was second in the boys’ division with Clay Thacker’s 288 placing fourth. Tanner Miller and Colin Spencer finished fifth and ninth, respectively, in the boys’ division.