Today's Sports

  • Love of links pushes team toward...

    When word got out that the Anderson County boys' golf team shot a 139 to defeat Mercer County at Harrodsburg's Bright Leaf golf course a few weeks back, the most common reaction reflected the genteel nature of the sport.

    "That's pretty good."

    Pretty good?

    "At Mercer, I have eight guys that shoot even par," Anderson coach Will Carlton said.

  • Mistaken identity

    There was a case of mistaken identity in last week's Anderson News.

    Almost in the center of page B1 was a nice picture of Sam Williams kicking an extra point that was the difference in Anderson County's scrimmage win over Lincoln County on Aug. 22.

    The problem was that without jersey numbers, a certain sports editor (blush!) misidentified the kicker.

  • Southern fried

    BEREA - The confusion before the opening kickoff was only a shadow of what was to transpire on the football field at Madison Southern High School last Friday night.

    When Anderson County lined up to receive the season-opening kick, an official told the Bearcats they needed to go to the other end of Gilliam Field.

    Only when another official saw the error did anyone take a notion to turn both teams around so they could defend the goals chosen in the pre-game coin-toss ceremony.

  • Bearcats visit W. Jessamine...

    In the rebirth of Anderson County football, there have been some signature wins but one of the most important, and overlooked, came at West Jessamine, the next foe on the Bearcat schedule.

    The date was Oct. 20, 2006. The Bearcats overcame a sloppy - horrendous might be a better description - field and the emotion of West Jessamine's Senior Night to post a 24-12 win.

    The naysayer would point out that Anderson's sixth win of the season came against a club that had only beaten lowly Bourbon County.

  • No cream puffs here

    No one can accuse Anderson County of loading its own girls' soccer tournament with a group of cream puffs designed to add more hardware to the trophy case.

    That makes Saturday's 3-1 win over North Hardin in the championship game of the Lady Bearcat Invitational that much sweeter.

    "This was our first win in the tournament since 2003," said Anderson head coach Jason Earnest. "That was April Carbajal's senior year."

  • Bearcats rout Madison Southern...

    BEREA -- Jacob Russell and B.J. Robinson hooked up for a 60-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage igniting a scoring explosion as Anderson County routed host Madison Southern 52-0 in high school football action Friday night.

    The Bearcats piled up 38 points in the first quarter, then cruised for their third consecutive season-opening win.

    "I am pleased, but not satisfied," Anderson coach Mark Peach said in what has become a common refrain around the Bearcat camp in the young season.

  • Add Bearcats to list of regional...

    Don't make reservations for the state golf tournament just yet, but keep the week of October 6-10 open just in case.

    Anderson County should definitely be in the hunt for a state berth.

    The Bearcats officially placed their name in the mix with a victory in the Garrard County Invitational, held Saturday at Dix River Golf Course, the site of this year's regional tournament.

    Proving that their win in the Warren East Invitational a week before was no fluke, Anderson came home with a 307, two strokes better than second place Adair County. Boyle County was third with a 310.

  • Gillis shares individual title...

    Anderson County junior Taylor Gillis had a huge day Saturday as she earned co-champion honors of the East Jessamine Invitational, held at High Point Golf Club in Nicholasville.

    Gillis finished the day tied with Woodford County's Kristina Stevens for the championship. No other details were available at press time.

    In an earlier match, Anderson County fell to Sayre 185-215 Thursday at Shady Brook golf course. Gillis led Anderson with a 43.

  • The one that got away

    You have heard the story so many times you can probably recite it from here to Paducah.

    And back.

    You know the one that ESPN will tell again Sunday afternoon: Quarterback Hunter Cantwell was not recruited by anyone, anywhere to play college football. He opted to walk on at Louisville, where his three years as an understudy to Brian Brohm have prepared him so well that Mel Kiper says Cantwell is one of the best NFL prospects around.

    Some predict he might even go higher in next year's draft than Brohm did this season.


    Anderson County got its first win of the season, romping past Mercer County 7-0 in the first round of the Lady Bearcat Invitational soccer tournament Tuesday night.

    The Anderson defense limited Mercer to one shot on goal the entire night. Emily Mager, playing in the net in the second half, made the stop to preserve the shutout.

    Madison Carter and Taylor Clark led the Lady Bearcats with two goals each. Carter struck twice before intermission while Clark, a freshman, scored her first varsity goal in the first half, then came back with another after the break.