https://www.theandersonnews.com/sports/rss.xml en Stepping outside of the box https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/stepping-outside-box <img src="https://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cover_23.jpg" alt="Cole Johnson punches a punching bag during a workout at Four Seasons United Martial Arts gym on July 15." title="Cole Johnson punches a punching bag during a workout at Four Seasons United Martial Arts gym on July 15." align="left" hspace="6" width="55" height="85" /><p> Cole Johnson&rsquo;s main goal for his athletic career is to get a scholarship to play football in college, but if that doesn&rsquo;t work out, he&rsquo;s got a unique backup plan in place.</p> <p> Johnson&rsquo;s backup plan is boxing, a sport in which Johnson was recently introduced to but is already showing promise in.</p> <p> &ldquo;It first started off as a hobby, I never thought I was going to get into it and everybody was like &lsquo;you&rsquo;re really good at it,&rsquo; so I just went ahead and tried it,&rdquo; Johnson said.</p> Four Roses Open set for this weekend https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/four-roses-open-set-weekend <p> The inaugural Four Roses Open is set to begin this weekend at Wild Turkey Trace Golf Course, and the format of the tournament should bring excitement to those playing and watching.</p> <p> The tournament &ndash; consisting of 68 two-man teams &ndash; will begin on Friday with a practice round followed by competitive rounds on Saturday and Sunday. Tee times will begin at 8 a.m. on the weekend and are expected to last until the mid-afternoon on both days.</p> KHSAA adjusts format for state golf tourney https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/khsaa-adjusts-format-state-golf-tourney <p> Looks like very few changes will be made to the state golf tournament format after all.</p> <p> After receiving scrutiny in February for reducing the field size for the state golf tournament, the KHSAA has decided to go back to its original format and allow all five players on a state qualifying team to participate in the state tournament.</p> Anderson’s season opener moved to different location https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/anderson%E2%80%99s-season-opener-moved-different-location <img src="https://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fball.jpg" alt="The Bearcat football team practices during one of the mandated spring practices earlier in 2019." title="The Bearcat football team practices during one of the mandated spring practices earlier in 2019." align="left" hspace="6" width="157" height="85" /><p> Bearcat football fans have been counting down to &lsquo;Friday night lights&rsquo; for months now, but Anderson County&rsquo;s first game of the season won&rsquo;t actually take place on Friday anymore.</p> <p> The Bearcats&rsquo; season opener against Spencer County will now kick off on Aug. 24 instead of Aug. 23. The game will also be played at Nelson County instead of Spencer County as originally scheduled.</p> PGA Tour returns to Kentucky https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/pga-tour-returns-kentucky <img src="https://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/barbasol_logo.jpg" alt="The Barbasol Championship will begin on Thursday and last all weekend with the final round taking place on Sunday." title="The Barbasol Championship will begin on Thursday and last all weekend with the final round taking place on Sunday." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Some of the world&rsquo;s best golfers will be 30 minutes away from downtown Lawrenceburg this weekend as the fifth annual Barbasol Championship will begin on Thursday in Nicholasville.</p> <p> This is the second year in a row that the Barbasol Championship &ndash; one of the routine stops on the PGA Tour &ndash; will be played in Kentucky. The first three years of the tournament were played in Alabama before the move to Keene Trace Golf Club.</p> Board of Education approves plan to improve soccer field https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/board-education-approves-plan-improve-soccer-field <img src="https://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cover_22.jpg" alt="Anderson County soccer fans have long advocated for improvements to the soccer field, and their wish will finally come true this fall." title="Anderson County soccer fans have long advocated for improvements to the soccer field, and their wish will finally come true this fall." align="left" hspace="6" width="165" height="85" /><p> The Anderson County Board of Education approved a motion at a special called meeting on Tuesday night to improve the high school&rsquo;s soccer field.</p> <p> The plan will cost $210,000 and will be carried out by Oheil Site Solutions, based out of Dayton, Ohio. Oheil was one of two companies to submit a bid for the project, as Vescio Sports Fields out of Lexington also submitted a base bid worth $354,723.05.</p> Battles with Bearcats: Jude Thompson and Ricky Spaulding https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/battles-bearcats-jude-thompson-and-ricky-spaulding <img src="https://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/thompson_prepares_for_teeshot.jpg" alt="(From left) Chris Leach watches as Jude Thompson prepares for his tee shot during a frisbee golf challenge on July 1." title="(From left) Chris Leach watches as Jude Thompson prepares for his tee shot during a frisbee golf challenge on July 1." align="left" hspace="6" width="63" height="85" /><p> Lawrenceburg has a very competitive disc golf community that gets together every Monday for its league night, so for my next battle with a Bearcat, I thought I&rsquo;d tag along for 18 holes and see how I stack up.</p> <p> My opponents for this disc golf challenge were Jude Thompson and Ricky Spaulding. Thompson is a sophomore to-be disc golfer for Anderson County while Spaulding has been coaching the team for as long as it&rsquo;s existed.</p> <p> Thompson has been playing disc golf since he was 9-years-old and been playing for Anderson County since the sixth grade.</p> USWNT captures fourth World Cup title https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/uswnt-captures-fourth-world-cup-title <p> The United States Women&rsquo;s National Soccer Team won its second straight and fourth overall Women&rsquo;s World Cup title this past weekend with a 2-0 victory over Netherlands in the championship game.</p> <p> Breakout star Megan Rapinoe was named the game and tournament&rsquo;s MVP, which earned her the Golden Ball trophy, given to the tournament&rsquo;s top player.</p>