https://www.theandersonnews.com/sports/rss.xml en Anderson Archers win national championship https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/anderson-archers-win-national-championship <img src="https://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/thomas_aims_side_zoomed.jpg" alt="Ashley Thomas aims at her bale at the S3DA Indoor National Championship on March 15 in downtown Cincinnati." title="Ashley Thomas aims at her bale at the S3DA Indoor National Championship on March 15 in downtown Cincinnati." align="left" hspace="6" width="161" height="85" /><p> CINCINNATI &ndash; Two weeks prior to the S3DA Indoor National Championship, the Anderson County archery team placed third at the Kentucky S3DA State Championship, but felt disappointed with the result.</p> <p> Anderson believed they were good enough to contend for the state title, which they were. However, a mechanical error by one of their top archers cost the Bearcats a few points, which was the difference maker between finishing third and first.</p> Harp opens up on retirement decision https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/harp-opens-retirement-decision <img src="https://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cover_1.jpg" alt="Sam Harp coaches Anderson football players during a recent practice. Harp will retire and move to Georgia this offseason." title="Sam Harp coaches Anderson football players during a recent practice. Harp will retire and move to Georgia this offseason." align="left" hspace="6" width="72" height="85" /><p> The sidelines at Anderson County&rsquo;s football games next season will look a little different.</p> <p> Starting next season, Bearcat assistant football coach Sam Harp won&rsquo;t be coaching Anderson on the sidelines, as he&rsquo;s announced his retirement from high school football. Harp and his wife will move down to south Georgia, where they&rsquo;ll be closer to Harp&rsquo;s son and two of their grandchildren.</p> Rebuild enters year two for Anderson track https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/rebuild-enters-year-two-anderson-track <img src="https://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/warmup.jpg" alt="Members of the Anderson County track team warmup before a practice on March 18." title="Members of the Anderson County track team warmup before a practice on March 18." align="left" hspace="6" width="164" height="85" /><p> After a last place finish in the regional meet last year, second year head coach for the Anderson County track team Richard Shearer believes his team can improve enough to avoid being the bottom team at regionals this year.</p> <p> One of the things that Shearer believes will help his team this season is the amount of returners he as to work with. While there are still athletes on the team that are new to track, a larger than usual amount of returners to the team has Shearer excited of how much they can improve.</p> Bearcats falter late in season opener https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/bearcats-falter-late-season-opener <img src="https://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/swing_miss.jpg" alt="A Bearcat batter swings for the ball in Anderson County’s season opener against Mercer County on March 18." title="A Bearcat batter swings for the ball in Anderson County’s season opener against Mercer County on March 18." align="left" hspace="6" width="76" height="85" /><p> HARRODSBURG &ndash; After leading for a majority of Monday afternoon&rsquo;s game against Mercer County, the Anderson County baseball team dropped its season opener to the Titans with a 4-3 loss.</p> <p> The Bearcats went into the final frame with a one run lead after giving up a run in the sixth inning, and Mercer scored the walk-off run off a hit-by-pitch from Jackson Snodgrass.</p> <p> &ldquo;We really have some growth to do, but I&rsquo;m really proud of the way they played today,&rdquo; Bearcat head coach L.W. Barnes said after the game.</p> My Final Four predictions https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/my-final-four-predictions <p> The time of the year where you are the most indecisive is here: the week you fill out your March Madness bracket.</p> <p> When it comes to filling out a bracket, there are two types of people. First, there&rsquo;s the people who maybe recognize three teams in the bracket, and finish making their picks in five minutes.</p> <p> Then there&rsquo;s the people who have some knowledge on college basketball, and will spend more time than necessary breaking down every matchup, and debating teams in your head all the way to the start of the first tipoff on Thursday.</p> Defense the key for Anderson baseball https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/defense-key-anderson-baseball <img src="https://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/baseball_cover_2.jpg" alt="Members of the Bearcat baseball team stand along the dugout fence before a scrimmage against Mercer County on March 11." title="Members of the Bearcat baseball team stand along the dugout fence before a scrimmage against Mercer County on March 11." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> As the weather starts to show signs of spring, it means baseball season for the Anderson County Bearcats is near.</p> <p> After a winter full of snow days and practices spent indoors, the Bearcats are now a few days away from their season opener against Mercer County, which will take place in Harrodsburg on March 18 at 5:30 p.m. From there, Anderson will play in its home opener against Franklin County on March 19 at 5:30 p.m., followed by another road game at Western Hills the next day at 5:30 p.m.</p> Lady Bearcats balanced with experience and newcomers https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/lady-bearcats-balanced-experience-and-newcomers <img src="https://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/beasley.jpg" alt="Jenni Beasley practices her infielding skills in a practice with the Lady Bearcats on March 11." title="Jenni Beasley practices her infielding skills in a practice with the Lady Bearcats on March 11." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Anderson County softball head coach Jeff Hawkins learned a lot in his debut season as head coach of the Lady Bearcats last year, and now he&rsquo;s ready for year two.</p> <p> One thing that will make his sophomore campaign easier for him is his mix of upper and underclassmen. Typically people would assume that the juniors and seniors would play over the little guys, but Hawkins doesn&rsquo;t believe that to be the case heading into the start of the season.</p> Bearcats’ quest for winning season begins next week https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/bearcats%E2%80%99-quest-winning-season-begins-next-week <img src="https://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cover_0.jpg" alt="Jacob Alteri returns the ball in an Anderson tennis practice on March 11. Alteri will likely play singles and doubles this season." title="Jacob Alteri returns the ball in an Anderson tennis practice on March 11. Alteri will likely play singles and doubles this season." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The boys&rsquo; tennis season for the Anderson County Bearcats is days away, and the Bearcats are hoping to build off of what was a successful season last year.</p> <p> In 2018, Anderson posted a winning record under fourth year head coach Seann Speray. This year, the Bearcats return six players from last year&rsquo;s squad, and they hope to post another winning season in 2019.</p>