Today's Sports

  • Former Bearcat giving back

    It’s not often that I am in awe of someone who has played a role in some of the stories I have written.

    And it’s even more rare that someone who has worked for me can pay a visit that just blows me away.

    But then again, I have not had the privilege to work with many young men like Ben James.

    He was in town last week visiting family and friends. And he took the time to stop by my office just to chat and bring me up to speed on what he’s doing in the United States Navy.


    The past eight years have been the glory years for Anderson County High School athletics. Few would argue otherwise.

    Beginning with the 2007-2008 school year, Anderson County teams have produced 21 district championships, 11 regional titles, a state football runner-up, 11 regional runners-up, final four appearances by the girls’ basketball and softball teams, and multiple individual state tournament or state meet appearances in sports such as track, tennis or wrestling, that have places for individual qualifiers.

  • Lady Bearcats seek more...

    Considering the state of affairs when the girls’ high school golf season opened last year, Anderson County’s eighth-place finish in the 17-team Region 7 Tournament was nothing short of remarkable.

    Graduation had already hit the Lady Bearcats with Kaitlyn Riley, who had been to four state tournaments as an individual qualifier, moving on to the University of the Cumberlands. She was the last of a trio – Taylor Gillis and Anna-Marie Hyatt had gone before her – to play at Anderson and go on to compete at the college level.

  • Deep Bearcats aiming for state

    It still pains Anderson County to think about those hurting backs that popped up the day of the Region 4 Boys’ Golf Tournament last year.

    The day before, the Bearcats had mastered the Connemara course, located just outside of Nicholasville. Anderson’s five golfers turned in an impressive 306, fueling a mountain of confidence and expectations.

    That was Monday.

  • Anderson archers on target in...

    The Anderson County High School archery team placed 11th out of 78 teams competing in the National Archery in the Schools World Tournament, held Saturday in Nashville, Tenn.

    Anderson County compiled a 3,377 score out of a possible 3,600. The local archers also scored 189 tens, or bullseyes, out of a possible 360.

    According to the NASP website, Anderson’s Chance Wayne finished 52nd out of 2,633 male competitors, scoring a 289, out of a perfect 300. Teammate Cameron Peyton also scored 289 but was placed 62nd as Wayne recorded 21 tens to Peyton’s 19.

  • Thompson second in NASP tourney

    From staff reports

    Anderson County Middle School student Henry Thompson placed second in the National Archery in the Schools Program World Tournament, held over the weekend in Nashville, Tenn.

    Thompson, competing as a sixth-grader, scored 294 out of 300 possible points. Thompson’s total was second among all middle school students but won the sixth-grade boys’ competition.

    The Anderson team finished ninth out of 90 teams.

  • Queen of the Bluegrass champs
  • Lady Bearcat soccer roars in...

    The Anderson County High School girls’ soccer team won three games in the Bluegrass State Games competition, held at the Woodford County Soccer Complex in Versailles.

    Anderson, last year’s Eighth Region runner-up, had some good moments, according to Coach Jason Earnest, “but it was obviously still pre-season with our play.”

    Anderson defeated Rowan County, 4-1, and Southwestern, 3-0, on Saturday, then rallied to defeat University Heights, 5-3, in the final game.

  • Bearcats perfect in Bluegrass...

    The Anderson County High School boys’ soccer team won all three of its matches in the Bluegrass State Games competition, held at Masterson Station Park in Lexington Saturday and Sunday. The Bearcats defeated regional foe Grant County, 2-1, and Nelson County, 5-0, on Saturday. The Bearcats completed their sweep with a 5-2 win over Boyd County on Saturday.

    Anderson took 18 players to the Bluegrass State games, which do not count in the regular season standings.

  • High school golf teams looking...

    Golf can be expensive. Anyone who has ever purchased a set of clubs and paid a green fee knows about the costs involved.

    And there is a number that shouts that simple truth in the yearly athletic budget at Anderson County High School: 7500.