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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Hyatt ready for different...

    When Bryan Hyatt strode onto the basketball court at Henry County High School last Tuesday night, the path was strikingly familiar. He left the Anderson County locker room located in the hallway running under one of Kentucky’s largest gymnasiums, turned left, then made his way around a curve and throughan end door to that venue he’d visited numerous times before.

  • Lady Cats ready for memorable...

    Anderson County knows that just about everybody has picked the Lady Bearcats to roll through the Eighth Region.

    The Lady Bearcats know that they are supposed to be playing in Rupp Arena, where the girls’ state high school basketball tournament will be played for the first time. They know there are some unrealistic souls who are so sure that the Lady Bearcats will claim their first regional title in five years that anything short of a trip to Rupp would be considered a seasonal failure.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bearcats expect success as Hyatt...

    The reality of where he was punched Bryan Hyatt in the early evening hours of October 15.

    Hyatt had just completed his first official practice as head coach of the boys’ basketball program at Anderson County High School. He’d put the balls up and locked the doors.

    And he walked to his truck.

    Alone.

    “I think that was the first time I had ever left practice alone,” Hyatt says. “Glen and I always walked out at the same time.”

  • Nine wins a Big Blue milestone...

    I never thought I would see the day when I would be able to type the following sentence.

    The University of Kentucky football team has won nine games in a season.

    Nine. Games. In a season.

    If you are under the age of 41, you can’t say that had ever happened in your lifetime before. If you are under 50, the odds are you don’t remember much about that Wildcat team of Art Still, Jim Kovach and Derrick Ramsey.