Today's Sports

  • SPORTS BUZZ for June 6: Good...

    There's little doubt that crowning a champion in baseball is best done by just about any means other than a single-elimination tournament.

    There are so many quirks and nuances to the game that it is the only one I know of where fans generally shrug their shoulders when a really good team is beaten by one not so good.

    It happens and it's part of the game.

    But I am glad to see the death of the best-of-three semi-state series format in what is actually the first round of Kentucky's high school state tournament.

  • Trinity takes lead in semi-state...

    LOUISVILLE – Oddly enough, Anderson County might have taken a bit of a confidence boost in a 7-4 loss to Louisville Trinity in the first game of the Semi-state 4 series at Eastern High School.

    “I think we had some bullets tonight,” said Anderson coach L.W. Barnes. “We just kept shooting ourselves in the foot. We picked the worst game of the year to play like we did. We’ve played 37 games and this was one of the worst games we have played all year.”

  • Bearcats in awe of their fans

    Anderson County already had a reputation for supporting high school sports better than most places, but few were expecting the spectacle displayed at the Eighth Region championship game at Shelby County last Wednesday.

    Bearcat fans made the short trip in droves, far outnumbering the host school’s supporters. To be fair, it should be noted that Shelby’s softball team was also playing in a regional final on an adjacent field at the same time.

  • Trinity hangs on to win semi-...

    LOUISVILLE – Before he could entertain any question, L.W. Barnes sported a look that combined the frustration and shock of the high school baseball season abruptly ending.

    “This was a tough one,” the Anderson County coach said moments after Louisville Trinity had held on for an 8-5 win in game two of the Semi-state 4 series at Eastern High School. Trinity clinched the series, 2-0, to move on to the state tournament at Lexington's Applebee's Park next week.

    Tough might not do justice to the way Anderson went down.

  • COLUMN: Cool Hand Luke lets cats...

    Cool Hand Luke might have delivered his biggest escape yet last Wednesday.

    You know Cool Hand Luke. Forget that Paul Newman character in the classic movie.

    Think Luke Hawkins, who cemented his place in local sports lore one night before he picked up his high school diploma at the Frankfort Civic Center.

  • Encore!

    SHELBYVILLE – Kenny Chesney might have brought the house down singing about sexy tractors Saturday night but his encore could not have been any better than Anderson County baseball.

    The Bearcats repeated as Eighth Region champions, roaring to a 7-1 lead then holding on to beat host Shelby County, 8-5, in the regional final last Wednesday night. The Bearcats became the first Anderson County team to ever repeat as regional champion in a single-class sport.

    It was also the second time Anderson had beaten its arch-rival in seven days.

  • Directions to Eastern High School

    Directions to Eastern High School

    From Lawrenceburg, get on I-64 West to the Gene Snyder Freeway North (Exit 19B). Go just over a mile to the Middletown exit (US 60-Shelbyville Road) and take a left off the exit ramp. Counting the light at the bottom of the exit ramp, go through five stoplights. Just past the fifth light, turn left onto Old Shelbyville Road (Old Main Street) and turn left.  (If you reach the McDonald's, you have gone too far.) The school is just up Old Shelbyville Road (Old Main) on the left.

  • Bearcats' semi-state...

    This time, at least, Anderson County won't be playing on the other team's home field.

    The Bearcats tangle with Louisville Trinity in the best-of-three series that is the first round of the state high school baseball tournament beginning Monday, June 1. The series will be played at Louisville's Eastern High School.

  • Bearcats will play Trinity in...

    While some members of the Anderson County baseball team were going through graduation ceremonies on Thursday night, the Bearcats' first round opponent in the state baseball tournament was set when eighth-ranked Louisville Trinity slipped past Ballard 1-0 in the Seventh Region championship game.

    The Shamrocks scored an unearned run in the second inning, then pitcher Jon Rueff made that hold up, according to The Courier-Journal. Rueff pitched a four-hit shutout.

  • Bearcats advance in regional...

    SHELBYVILLE – Anderson County made sure that the Eighth Region tournament would be worth the wait.

    And the Bearcats nearly became pros at waiting Monday before beating North Oldham 5-2 in the first round of the tournament at the Shelby County Athletic Complex. Anderson was to have played Gallatin County in the regional semifinals last night after press time.

    Before going up against North Oldham’s Jason Sterrett, considered by many to be the top pitcher in the region, the Bearcats had gathered at the high school batting cage to hit at 11, then took a break.