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Today's Sports

  • Upchurch to be inducted into...

    LEXINGTON – Those who knew Jack Upchurch when he coached high school basketball at Anderson County knew he was quite a basketball player.

    But did they know he was THAT good?

    Upchurch, who coached at Anderson from 1965-71, led the Bearcats to a state runner-up finish in his final game in Lawrenceburg. He left Anderson to return to his native Wayne County to take over the Cardinal program.

  • Cummins part of national...

    When Austin Cummins came back to Kentucky to complete his college basketball career, he knew he had a chance to be part of something special. Just how special was the only question.

    He found out last week when his Union College Bulldogs defeated Cornerstone University of Michigan, 72-69, for the NAIA Division II championship in Point Lookout, Missouri. The title was the first in Union history.

  • Aldridge off to sizzling start...

    College life is treating Anderson County High School softball product Mia Aldridge very well.

    Now at Campbellsville University, Aldridge has become one of the top hitters in the Tigers’ lineup. Through the team’s first 22 games, Aldridge has started all and has posted a .358 batting average. Aldridge has hits, including three home runs, third best on the team. Aldridge has driven in 14 runners and her .432 on-base percentage is fourth on the team, as is her RBI total.

  • Eighth Region figures to be...

    For the last five years, Anderson County and Oldham County have ruled the Eighth Region softball race. The teams have met five times in regional tournament play, four of those games coming in the semifinal round, with the winner going on to be crowned regional champion each time.

    Oldham won in the 2012 and 2013 semifinal rounds. Anderson took a 12-inning thriller in the 2014 championship game then won semifinal games in 2015 (5-0) and last year (1-0).

  • Muskellunge on the march in...

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

    Spring break for many conjures thoughts of traveling somewhere warm and catnapping on a beach between rounds of golf.

    A staycation sounds much better if you’re a muskellunge angler from Kentucky. The state’s muskellunge fishery has earned a reputation that extends beyond its borders, and experienced anglers know spring is one of the can’t-miss times of the year.

  • Spring white bass spawning runs...

    By Lee McClellan, Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    February days in the 60s make for crowded boat ramps and golf courses during a time of year usually spent indoors.

    Everything, nature wise, seems a couple of weeks ahead of schedule. Buds show on lilac bushes, green grass already grows in bunches and the sound of lawn mowers permeates an afternoon backyard barbecue.

    The rare winter temperatures may alter white bass spawning runs as well.

  • Ending cruel because Bearcats...

    It’s been a week now but it still seems the end of Anderson County’s basketball season was so cruel.

    Cobe Penny gets a shot he wants – a shot he nearly always hits – that would send Anderson County to the Sweet 16. The ball rolled. It teased.

    An estimated 4,500 fans in the Henry County High School gymnasium held their breath.

    The ball fall off the rim. I have seen Anderson’s season end in the last second several times over 32 years at the keyboard, but this one might have been the most cruel.

    Here’s why.

  • Anderson archers rule region...

    The Anderson County High School archery team captured its third consecutive KHSAA Region 5 championship Saturday at Grant County High School.

    The Bearcats outlasted Western Hills 3,385 to 3,374. A perfect score is 3,600. Both teams advance to the state tournament to be held April 20 in Lexington.

    Eighth-grader Henry Thompson successfully defended his individual regional title with a 298 out of 300 possible points. Teammate Isaiah Caldwell took second place with a 294.

  • The ‘Expert’ handicaps the big...

    I still don’t know why someone came up with a name for a portion of The Anderson News NCAA bracket contest.

    Beat the Expert.

    And the “expert” is supposed to be me.

    Let me pause while I laugh at that moniker just a minute.

    I’m really not sure who came up with the name. It might have been our gifted and talented publisher, Ben Carlson. It might have been a former sales rep. I honestly can’t remember.

  • Three Bearcats named all-tourney

    Three Anderson County High School boys’ basketball players were named to the Eighth Region All-Tournament team last Tuesday.

    Senior John Paul Garmon and juniors Cobe Penny and Dylan Pittman were named to the team. Others named to the team were Charles Cochran, Dominique Turner and Dayvion McKnight of Collins; Jo Griffin and Devin Young of South Oldham; Mason Wilson and Justin Rassman of Gallatin County; Brennan Stanley of Williamstown; Ismail Jackson of Oldham County; Kemryn Jenkins of Eminence and Zach Clinkenbeard of Walton-Verona.