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Today's Sports

  • More regional foes awaiting...

    A pair of teams perceived to be threats to Anderson County’s top-dog status in the Eighth Region await the Bearcats in the coming week.

    Anderson travels to a puzzling Owen County team Thursday, Jan. 15. A year ago, Owen created a bit of a buzz within the region, winning eight straight in the final weeks of the season and posting an 18-10 record.

    The Rebels nearly upset eventual champion Shelby County in the Eighth Region Tournament’s first round as well.

  • Lots of burgers, more great teams

    Thanks to the Anderson County boys’ basketball team, I’ve put a bunch of miles on my car, eaten too many fast food dinners and had more late Monday deadlines than my Anderson News colleagues – and my wife – really want to remember.

    Because of this job, not only have I seen the Bearcats live up to their pre-season billing as the Eighth Region’s top team, I have had the privilege of being able to see some of the best high school teams in Kentucky. I just hope the company’s accounting department understands.

  • Bearcats upset bid falls short,...

    MOUNT STERLING – Elliott County erased a 17-point deficit with a 23-2 scoring run then overcame some late-game Anderson County heroics to score a 76-72 overtime win over the Bearcats in the Kentucky Prep Classic at Montgomery County High School.

  • Bearcats, Lady Bearcats sweep...

    UPDATED, Friday, Jan. 9, 11:30 p.m.

     

    BUCKNER – Anderson County's basketball teams put a huge damper on Oldham County's homecoming festivities as the Bearcats and Lady Cats swept a double-header in Weedman Gym.

    The Bearcats roared out of the gate to a 9-0 lead and were never seriously threatened as they posted a 55-36 win in the opener. It was Anderson's first win at Oldham County since 1976.

  • Winning ugly leaves Bearcats...

    Had it been a beauty pageant, Anderson County vs. Shelby County might have been akin to the Wicked Witch of the West taking Miss USA.

    “Coach (Glen) Drury said it was better to win ugly than to lose,” Anderson forward Jacob Russell said.

    But Saturday night, it was high school basketball before a near-capacity crowd where the host Bearcats triumphed, 46-42, in a 32-minute grind-it-out posession-by-possession chess match that virtually assures them of the top seed in the 30th District Tournament. Anderson hosts the tourney the last week of February.

  • Doing things the right way

    EMINENCE – Chris Nethery knew exactly what he was getting into when he was hired to coach basketball at Eminence High School.

    He knew that his alma mater had just gone 2-23. He knew that the Warriors had been over .500 just twice in the last 15 years. And he knew that with about 200 students, Eminence has the smallest enrollment in the Eighth Region and that the Warriors have recently been a “have-not” stuck in a district with two “haves,” Shelby County and Anderson County.

  • Lady Bearcats to end layoff,...

    High school basketball teams usually try to stay away from two-week layoffs like an overspent shopper avoids the mailman after Christmas.

    But a scheduling quirk put the Anderson County girls’ basketball team in that situation. The Lady Bearcats return to action Thursday, Jan. 8 when they host Trimble County in their first game since routing Caldwell County to win the Lady Rocket Invitational at Shelby County.

  • Knee down or not, football is...

    Notes written with my knee down …

    Over the years, some of the guys I have become acquainted with in Commonwealth Stadium have been Danny Wuerffel to Chris Doering and Marcus Randall to Devery Henderson.

    I have known Mark Higgs on first-and-goal, second-and-goal, third-and... oh, you get the idea. I remember Bernie Scruggs’ pitchout and Clyde Rudolph stretching and stretching but coming up inches short.

    And I was in the Georgia Dome when Marty Moore fumbled.

  • Bearcats outlast Shelby, take...

    Anderson County overcame a sluggish start to defeat 30th District rival Shelby County, 46-42 in a grind-it-out affair Saturday night at the Anderson gym.

    The teams have been ranked as the top two in the Eighth Region.

  • Every game is different as Cats...

    It seems strange, but just to get things out of the way, Anderson County is considered a solid favorite over Shelby County when the teams get together on the basketball court Saturday night.

    Not that it really matters.

    The last three times the rivals have met, the underdog has come out on top.

    “Every game is different,” Anderson coach Glen Drury is fond of saying.

    Last Jan. 4, Drury made the statement moments after his team had defeated Shelby 60-53 in Shelbyville.