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Today's Sports

  • Bearcats pass first test in...

    NEW CASTLE -- Anderson County answered some questions last Tuesday.

    With practically a new cast of characters, the Bearcats have not been picked to maintain the high level of play they have enjoyed for the last few years. However, in the season opening win at Henry County, the Bearcats showed signs they have different expectations with a 60-45 win that might not have been that close.

  • Rice, Maxberry lead Bearcats in...

    Anderson County was not going to let anything spoil Saturday’s party.

    The Bearcats took control early then exploded in the third quarter on their way to a 75-44 win over Bellevue Saturday afternoon.

    The game was the first home contest for new Bearcat coach Bryan Hyatt.

    The Bearcats forged a 22-12 lead after a quarter and never saw their cushion get smaller than nine points the rest of the way.

  • Regional power visits Anderson...

    If one is looking for a problem area for the Anderson County boys’ basketball team, he only has to look at Bearcats’ physical stature. Specifically, he would look at the height.

    Anderson has no varsity player listed over 6-foot-3.

    That smallish roster will get a tall test -- pun intended -- Friday when Walton-Verona pays a visit to Lawrenceburg.

    Walton-Verona, ranked as one of the favorites in the Eighth Region, boast the region’s top player in 6-10 Dieonte Miles, an athletic shot blocker who changes the game by his very presence.

  • Lady Bearcats host district,...

    Anderson County’s first trip through the 30th District Girls’ basketball race continues Saturday when the Lady Bearcats host Spencer County. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.

    Spencer, the district runner-up to Anderson the last two seasons, was hit hard by graduation last year, but returns guard Alyssa Howie, the pre-season pick as the Eighth Region’s top player.

    A 5-5 senior guard, Howie has been starting on the Bear varsity since she was in the seventh grade. She will have to carry her team in her final campaign.

  • Top-ranked Mercy turns back Lady...

    Free throws made the difference as top-ranked Mercy handed Anderson County its first loss of the season, 75-66, in girls’ basketball action last Thursday in Louisville.

    Mercy connected on 18-of-24 charity tosses while Anderson only went to the line 12 times, hitting seven. The Jaguars also turned 25 Anderson turnovers into 28 points.

  • Defense dominates as Anderson...

    You’ve heard of defensive domination, but Anderson County took that to a different realm Saturday night.

    Anderson gave up one basket in the second half – that is not a misprint – as the Lady Bearcats roared to a 72-21 romp past Western Hills.

    That was one basket after Anderson had reeled off 31 straight points and had held Western Hills scoreless for almost 16 minutes.

    Anderson coach Clay Birdwhistell could only laugh when he was facetiously asked if there was a defensive lapse that allowed the bucket.

  • Coaches pick nine Bearcats to...

    Nine Anderson County High School football players have been named to the Class 5A, District 6 All-District Team in a vote by the district coaches.

    Anderson running back Charles Andrew Collins had already been named the District Player of the Year earlier in November.

  • New Record Set for Modern Gun...

    Special to The News

    A record 106,797 deer were taken over Kentucky’s 16-day modern gun season that concluded Nov. 25, according to a news release. The total topped the previous record from 2015 by almost 1,400 deer.

    “We anticipated an increase in harvest for the season due to several changes in deer regulations implemented earlier this year,” said Gabe Jenkins, Deer and Elk Program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

  • Mustang archers stand out in...

    The Anderson County Middle School archery team participated in the Western Hills High School Service Dog Shootout Saturday. Proceeds from the tournament will be donated to SIT Service Dog program, which trains service dogs for individuals with special needs.

  • Delayed launch in season opener

    MOUNT VERNON — Anderson County had a bit of delay in launching a season expected to have few limits Monday night.

    The Lady Bearcats and Rockcastle County tipped off at the appointed 7:30 p.m. but it took Anderson about 12 minutes to get going. And when the Lady Bearcats did, it was easy to see why they have their sights on finishing the year in the Sweet 16.

    Anderson rolled to a 53-36 season-opening win that showed the predictable early-season raggedness but gave a glimpse of how many weapons the Lady Bearcats have at their disposal.