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Today's Sports

  • Renewing an old tradition

    To current members of the Anderson County track team, saying the words “Anderson County” and “traditional track power” are a language as foreign as Russian or Japanese.

    Most weren’t even born when Anderson was one of the state’s top five Class AA programs in the 1980s and early ’90s. And many might not even know that the school’s only state championship came in girls’ track 45 years ago.

  • COLUMN: Country boy Casey was an...

    To Adolph Rupp, Mike Casey was the money man.

    To thousands of high school students across the state, he was the class ring man.

    But to a kid growing up in the Alton area of Anderson County 40 years ago, Mike Casey was simply the inspiration of a dream.

    I can’t say that Mike Casey was my first Wildcat hero. Louie Dampier was filling the nets when I first heard Cawood Ledford say that Rupp’s Runts were moving to the right side of my radio dial.

  • Crowning a great career

    C.J. Penny’s place in Anderson County sports history was cemented on the night of March 10 when he swished a 30-foot shot at the buzzer to send the Bearcats to the state tournament for the first time in 12 years.

    Last week, he learned that his career will be crowned as a first-team all-state selection on both the Courier-Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader teams. A senior, Penny is also the first Bearcat so honored in 12 years, when Jonathan Beasley was named to the elite teams.

  • Storms wait but Lady Cat...

    The storm held off long enough for lightning to strike last Thursday.

    And this thunderbolt did the damage in one of the best softball rivalries in Kentucky.

    With the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the second inning, Anderson County’s Courtney Turpin got around on a 3-2 pitch from Shelby County’s Haleigh LeCompte, driving it well over the left-field fence and setting off a wild celebration at home plate.

  • Former UK star Mike Casey passes...

     

    Updated, Sunday, April 12, 7:30 p.m. Former University of Kentucky basketball star Mike Casey, who was also well-known in Anderson County, died Thursday.

    The Shelbyville Sentinel-News reported Casey's death on its website Thursday.

  • Alves leads Cats past Nelson

    Jordan Alves just had one of those nights.

    And he would love to have nights like last Tuesday’s every time he takes the baseball field.

    The Anderson County senior went 3-for-4, hit his first varsity home run, drove in three runs, robbed Nelson County of two scores with a great defensive play, took up ticket money and sold hot dogs.

    OK. He didn’t sell tickets or tube steaks but did just about everything else for the Bearcats as they rolled to a 10-0 win over visiting Nelson.

  • Lady Cat tennis has high hopes

    There is optimism for this year’s Anderson County girls’ tennis program.

    It is a cautious optimism but the Lady Bearcats feel they could make fans turn their heads when Anderson County is mentioned.

    “I expect a winning season again this year and I expect to see the team’s performance improve as the season progresses and our new players get more playing time,” says Lady Cat coach Catina Sims.

  • Making some noise

    It is one of the best kept secrets around, but the Anderson County boys’ tennis team is pretty good.

    And it has its sights set on getting better.

    While the Bearcats are not considered to be a contender for team regional honors – Oldham County, South Oldham and North Oldham and Franklin County figure to be at the head of that class – the Bearcats could make some major noise and have some legitimate threats for individual state tournament berths.

  • COLUMN: How much did Billy G...

    When Kentucky was losing the games it had no business losing this year, I wondered what Bill Keightley would have thought.

    Maybe after VMI, it would have been a reminder that it was only November and March is when it counts.

    After Ole Miss, probably a reminder that 11 years earlier, Tubby Smith had lost to Ole Miss – in Lexington at that – but had gone on to win a national championship.

  • Lady Bearcats take early lead in...

    Courtney Turpin's second-inning grand slam was all the offense that Anderson County would need as the Lady Bearcats defeated visiting Shelby County, 6-1, on Thursday evening.

    With the bases loaded, the count at 3-2 and two out, Turpin drove Haleigh LeCompte's offering over the left field fence powering Anderson to the early lead in the 30th District seeding race. “It was a good pitch,” Turpin  said. “She came inside and I had to get my hands out in front.”