Today's Sports

  • SWEET 16: Birthday girl

     Only 90 seconds stood between Libby Pike and a sour end to her 18th birthday.

    The Anderson County backup center was watching from the bench as Simon Kenton forged its second 10-point lead of the the girls' Eighth Region Tournament championship game, but the senior kept her hopes up.

    “I had faith in us,” Pike said. “I knew we could still come back.”

    Had the Lady Bearcats not made it all the way back, chances are Pike would remember one of those signature birthdays in one's life with a bad memory.

  • SWEET 16: Whiteside named...

    Anderson County senior Kali Whiteside was named the Most Valuable Player of the girls' Eighth Region Tournament following last Wednesday's championship game.

    Whiteside scored 17 points and pulled down 18 rebounds to lead the Lady Bearcats in the final.

    She scored 36 points in three games and altered countless shots through the tourney.

    Teammates Makenzie Cann and Eriel McKee joined Whiteside on the team, selected by the tournament coaches.

  • SWEET 16: 'We can do this...

    Tony Kays never showed any sign of panic last Wednesday. Not once. Not even for a nanosecond.

    “He kept telling us, 'We can still do this,'” Anderson County senior Kali Whiteside said.


    All season long, the Lady Bearcats had been considered one of the state's best teams. After a monstrous December, Anderson moved up to No. 2 in the state and earned the tag as the team to beat in the Eighth Region. Yet, there the Lady Bearcats were, staring at a 10-point deficit with 90 seconds to play.

  • SWEET 16: In it to win it

    The changes from 2010 are not just apparent. They are striking.

    It was three years ago this week that Anderson County made its last appearance in the girls' Sweet 16 with a team that was largely made up of players who had not even matriculated to the high school

    Sure, three starters were high schoolers, but people were buzzing about “those eighth-graders.”

  • SWEET 16: Keeping up with the...

    The Anderson News will be with the Anderson County Lady Bearcats as long as they are playing in the Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls' Sweet 16 in Bowling Green.

    Anderson News sports editor John Herndon will be at courtside and will provide updates on Twitter. Follow him at AnewsJPHerndon. He will also post short online summaries of the Lady Bearcat games as soon as possible following the action and post-game press conferences. If the Lady Bearcats advance, he will also preview the upcoming opponent as the tournament unfolds.

  • SWEET 16: Sweet 16 is different...

    Even before a team gets to the state tournament it is apparent things are just different when there are only 16 high school basketball teams from across the state still playing the game.

    Just getting there is a huge deal, no matter how often it happens. How big? Anderson County's girls' basketball team was met by a police escort when it got to the Franklin County line on the way back from North Oldham High School last Wednesday.

  • SWEET 16: Team players Avritt,...

    The scorebook will not tell what Destiny Stewart and Alex Avritt have meant to Anderson County's success this girls' basketball season.

    When the Lady Bearcats defeated Simon Kenton in the Eighth Region championship game last week, neither scored. On the year, they have combined for just over seven points and three rebounds a game.

    But there is one stat that does matter: They have started all 33 games in a season that has seen Anderson put together a 32-1 record. That is all that matters.

  • Girls' Sweet 16 tickets on...

    Anderson County High School will be selling pep section tickets to the Houchens Industries Girls' Sweet 16 on Friday, March 8 from 4-6 p.m. at the concession stand in the school lobby. The school will also offer tickets on Monday, March 11 from 1-4 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Anderson County athletic director Rick Sallee says the school will be selling tickets in the student pep section and the cost is $9 per ticket and are for the night session on Wednesday, March 13, only.

  • Eighth Region Champs! Lady...

    GOSHEN – With only 90 seconds left in the journey, it looked like Anderson County was still 10 miles from Diddle.

    “Things weren't looking good,” Lady Bearcat coach Tony Kays smiled.

    But somehow, the Lady Bearcats found a way to get to Bowling Green. Let's just hope their trip down the Blue Grass Parkway and I-65 is not as eventful this week.

    Anderson rallied from a 61-51 deficit to force overtime. The Lady Bearcats scored 10 points in 40 seconds.

    Read that again: Ten points. Forty seconds.

  • COLUMN: The face of Bearcat...

    It was fitting that I learned of Bob Ware's death at an Anderson County sporting event.

    I was sitting in the end zone at Henry County High School, getting ready for the Bearcats' Eighth Region Tournament opener last Monday when Tom Smith approached me with the news. “Did you hear about Bob Ware? He passed away this afternoon. Just happened about an hour, maybe two hours ago.”