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Today's Sports

  • Bearcats ready for the next step

    Any time a high school football team embarks on a season, there are always legitimate questions about what fortunes or misfortunes it might have over the next few months.

    Anderson County is no different in 2018.

    Were the Bearcats really as good as their 8-4 record a year ago?

    While Anderson returns seven starters on each side of the ball, how will the Bearcats replace some very talented and experienced performers?

  • District race figures to be...

    With one round to go, the schools in Class 5A, District 6 figure to have a monumental shootout for the championship.

    Anderson County, Madison Southern and Montgomery County figure to be very close and the district title will most likely come down to who has the fewest mistakes and best overcomes injuries in the final year of the current alignment.

  • Proceed with caution

    It’s been a while since there was this kind of optimism heading into the high school football season in Anderson County.

    I’m not the expert and I know that teenagers can fool you, but it just seems like there’s more enthusiasm and pep around the Bearcats and their coaching staff than at least since 2014. Maybe even longer.

    Four years ago, the Bearcats were coming off their second state semifinal berth in three seasons. They ended up going to the regional championship game again before being pounded by Cooper.

  • Bearcats card solid round at...

    The Anderson County High School boys’ golf team turned in a good showing in the Mercer County Invitational Tournament, held last Tuesday at the Danville Country Club. Anderson totaled a 357 on the par-72 course.

    Junior Colby Martin led Anderson with a nine-over 81, followed by Justin Hunter’s 89 and Taylor Snipes’ 92. Tanner Cornish carded a 95 with Layne Lilly turning in a 98.

  • Wallace takes high honors in...

    Two Anderson County archers were on target in West Virginia over the weekend

    Jacob Wallace finished third in the elementary school division of the National Archery in the Schools Program/International Bowhunting Organization World Outdoor 3D Challenge held at Snowshoe Mountain, W.Va. Wallace shot a 279 out of a possible 300, a score that also qualified him for the Three Star Challenge, which was open to archers who participated in the National, World and Outdoor World 3D tournaments.

  • One of a kind, Watts left...

    Little did I know it at the time, but my first experience around Paul Watts was just a snapshot of a man who would eventually leave an enormous mark on Anderson County sports.

  • Watts showed ‘hard love,’ made...

    Paul Watts retired from coaching basketball in 1985. Glen Drury, who recently retired from the Anderson County job, followed Watts at Western Anderson and has said many times that Watts was a big help when he started running his own program.

    “Coach Watts was such a mentor of us young coaches,” Drury said last week. “He always wanted to prove that no matter the talent, you can still be successful. I admired watching his teams because they played hard and together. He was an ambassador for Kentucky high school basketball."

  • Curry transfers to Sun Belt power

    Changes in life are inevitable, even on the athletic field.

    After an off-season full of major changes, Anderson County High School graduate Bailey Curry came to realize the collegiate path she had mapped before her was not going to work out. Curry, who had been an All-Mid-American Conference selection and the league’s Freshman of the Year, announced last Tuesday that she was leaving Toledo and continue her education and softball career at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

  • Young Bearcat golfers expect...

    By John Herndon

    Sports Editor

    Even after graduation claimed most of the varsity lineup, the Anderson County High School boys’ golf team is optimistic as it heads into the 2018 season.

    The Bearcats opened their season on July 26 with the Bullitt East Tournament at Tanglewood and will take on a schedule of 14 matches and six tournaments with an eye on hitting their best game by tournament time in late September.

  • 15-u Mudcats solid in...

    The Central Kentucky Mudcats’ 15-and-under baseball team got together for one final tournament, playing in Brandenburg Kentucky on July 28-29. The Mudcats won two of three games to finish the summer season at 11-10.

    “We did not play one team that was like us (a high school prep team) this summer and this tournament was no different. We played three teams that were all teams with kids from southern Indiana and Louisville and we went 2-1 with a one-run loss,” Mudcat manager Chris Copenhaver said.