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  • 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.

  • Scott County holds off Anderson...

    MOUNT STERLING – Top-ranked Scott County took the championship of the second annual Gateway Holiday Classic with a 64-49 victory over Anderson County at Montgomery County High School on Monday night.

    But the Cardinals were in a battle to the end.

    The final score does not indicate how close the battle really was.

    While Scott took the lead for good with a 6-0 spurt to end the first half, the Cardinals did not clinch things until the final two minutes.

  • Williams named all-state punter

    For a guy that did not know he would be playing football until just before start of the season, Sam Williams did just fine.

    A senior who joined the Anderson County High School team for the first time, Williams was named second team all-state punter by the Courier-Journal in the edition published on Christmas day.

    “I was real surprised when I saw my name on the second team,” said Williams, who averaged almost 34 yards a punt on 36 attempts. His longest effort was a 56-yarder in the season-opener at Madison Southern. Williams also put eight punts inside the 20.

  • Biggest sports stories of 2008

    January

    The Anderson County boys’ basketball team wins at 15th-ranked Shelby County. It marks Anderson’s second straight win in Shelbyville, a feat no Anderson team has accomplished since the merger of Shelby County and Shelbyville high schools in the 1975-76 season.

    February

    Anderson County’s Sammy Isaacs is runner-up in the state high school wrestling tournament.... Heartland Christian upsets Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg in the KCSAA state championship game.

    March

  • Friendship on hold

    Beneath the huge crowds, vocal student sections trying to outdo each other, neighbors and relatives talking major league smack and everything else surrounding Saturday’s Anderson County-Shelby County border war is a little reminder that two counties get worked up over a game.

    There’s no question it has evolved into the biggest date on either team’s schedule. The post-season ramifications are enormous and bragging rights might be even bigger.

    But it is still a game. No one knows that better than Brian Stivers.