Today's Sports

  • Enormously successful coach...

    The only evidence one needs to see Travis Gay’s stamp on the Anderson County track program is the Bearcat pass list to this year’s state track meet.

    Back on May 23, Anderson sent 15 athletes to the University of Louisville. Two others were on the list as qualifiers.

    Seventeen in all.

    Or more state qualifiers than the number of kids on the entire Anderson roster in several of the years leading up to Gay taking over the program in 2006.

  • THE SPORTS BUZZ for June 11: Win...

    Ryan Alves, a who is studying for a journalism career, penned this column about his thoughts as the Anderson County baseball team advanced so close to the state tournament at Applebee's Park. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

    -- John Herndon


    Win or lose, Bearcat baseball did it with class

    By Ryan Alves, guest columnist

    It all began with the three different endings.  All of them were like one of those sports movies. The slow motion, those final seconds clicking off the clock, the hairs standing a-ten-hut on the back of your neck.

  • Penny, teammates to face loaded...

    C.J. Penny knows what his team will be up against Saturday and Sunday evenings.

    Nearly two months ago, Penny was selected to be a part of the Kentucky All-Star team that is set to play Indiana in the summer basketball series. The Hoosiers boast one of their strongest team’s ever, led by the state’s Mr. Basketball and Indiana signee Jordan Hulls of Bloomington South and Lawrence North’s 6-foot-9 Stephen Van Treese, who is headed to Louisville.


    LOUISVILLE – Neither Wrigley Field nor Candlestick Park have anything on Eastern High School.

    At least for Anderson County baseball they don’t.

    “Coach (L.W.) Barnes told me after the game, that I couldn’t have hit the ball any harder,” Bearcat senior Jordan Alves said. “He said if the wind is not blowing or its blowing out towards left, then you just hit a grand slam.”

  • Turpin named all-state first team

    Anderson County pitcher Courtney Turpin has been named first team all-state in a vote of the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association.

    While multiple classes are not recognized for determining a state champion, the association divides the all-state teams into three classes. Turpin was named in Class 3A, the state’s largest schools.

  • 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.