Today's Sports

  • Lady Bearcats send message, rout...

    Anderson County simply wanted to make a statement last Tuesday.

    Instead, the Lady Bearcats shouted their intentions of playing in the state high school softball tournament in two weeks.

    Anderson pitcher Mia Aldridge fired her second consecutive no-hitter and the Lady Bearcats erupted for 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to pound visiting Carroll County, 11-0, in a game called in the middle of the fifth due to the “mercy rule.”

  • The numbers don't lie

    When Kristen Phillips was running the show for the Anderson County girls' basketball team, she became known as one of the best high school point guards in central Kentucky.

    Phillips was able to thread a needle with her laser-like passing precision.

    Now married and a teacher in the Anderson County school system, Kristen Shouse can still locate the right target. This time, that mark was not a moving teammate, but a reflective comment about a coach who is retiring.

    Her coach.

  • What they are saying about Tony...

    “I know personally that he takes care of each and every one of his players and genuinely cares about them, even after they leave and graduate Anderson County. He reached out to me to help him with the basketball program as the girls' freshman basketball coach. I don't think he will ever know how much that means to me. It was truly an honor.”

    -        Kristen Phillips Shouse, Anderson County Class of 2003 and current Lady Bearcat freshman coach


  • Lady Bearcats say Kays'...

    The news that Anderson County High School girls' basketball coach Tony Kays would be retiring came as a major surprise to members of the Lady Bearcat basketball team.

    After meeting with several administration officials, Kays gathered the returning players for a meeting at the school last Tuesday. Rising seniors Corrin Robinson, who has played for the Lady Bearcats since the sixth grade, and Missa Walker, who joined the team as a sophomore, talked with Anderson News sports editor John Herndon via their Twitter accounts last week.

  • Coach Kays steps down

    Tony Kays needed some time and a little pickin' and grinnin' to be sure.

    Kays, a guitar aficionado who has been coaching girls' basketball at Anderson County High School for 15 years, had changed his mind about returning to the sideline another year almost two weeks ago.

    He needed to get away.

    Just to be sure.

    After Kays and his wife, Susan, returned from an impromptu trip to Nashville on May 10-11, Kays just knew.

  • Search underway for Kays'...

    Tony Kays announced he would be stepping down as girls' basketball coach at Anderson County High School last Tuesday afternoon and the search for his successor began in earnest on Thursday.

    “We are posting the position on the school website and I am also posting it on the (Kentucky High School Athletic Association) website,” school athletic director Rick Sallee said..

    The search might have begun earlier, but Sallee was out of town on a prior commitment on Wednesday.

  • Four more Bearcats make state...

    Four members of the Anderson County High School boys' track team have qualified as at-large entries for the state Class 3A track and field meet, scheduled for Saturday, May 24 at the University of Kentucky.

  • 30th District Baseball...

    Game times for the 30th District Baseball Tournament, which will be held at Anderson County High School's Barnes Field, have been set.

    According to Anderson athletic director Rick Sallee, top-seeded Collins will play Spencer County at 5:45 p.m. Mon., May 19. The other first-round game, Anderson County vs. Shelby County, is set for 7:45 p.m. the same night.

    The championship game is scheduled for Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

    Any changes in the tournament schedule will be posted here as soon as possible after the information is received.

  • Kays steps down as Lady Bearcat...

    Anderson County High School girls' basketball coach Tony Kays, who has been at the helm for 15 years, retired Tuesday, saying, “It was just time.”

    Kays, who guided Anderson to two consecutive berths in the Kentucky Sweet 16 State Tournament – three in the last 5 years – said the fact that this year's senior class included two all-state players who have signed with Division I schools was not a deciding factor in his decision.

  • Aldridge goes double no-hit,...

    Mia Aldridge fired a no-hitter as the Anderson County softball team routed Rockcastle County, 9-1, in the Custom Air Classic, hosted by Boyle County Saturday.

    “I didn't know until later that night,” said her father, Anderson coach Brent Aldridge. “Mia got off to a rough start but settled in nicely.”

    In an earlier tournament game, the Lady Bearcats, ranked No. 18, dropped a 5-2 decision to No. 10 Male.