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Today's Sports

  • Lady Bearcats a ‘work in...

    Where the Anderson County girls’ soccer team plans to be when tournament time comes around in October is a long way from where the Lady Bearcats were when they opened the 2018 season last Monday.

    Elizabethtown, a program that has been to state tournament three times in the last seven years and has been a regional runner-up three more times in that span, routed the Lady Bearcats, 8-0, in the season opener, but Anderson recovered to beat Thomas Nelson two nights later.

  • New soccer coach seeks...

    With its third head coach in three years, the Anderson County High School boys’ soccer team is understandably a team with some question marks.

    Yet, new coach Jeff Pritchett says the team will be working at just getting better and a chance to compete for a 30th District championship.

    “It’s a very tough district,” Pritchett says. “We are looking to improve through the season to give ourselves an opportunity to win a district title.”

  • Bearcats remember last year’s...

    When Anderson County looks back on the 2017 football season, finding the turning point to what became an 8-4 year with a playoff win is easy.

    It was undoubtedly when the Bearcats were looking at a running clock late in the third quarter of what would eventually become a 48-0 shellacking. It might have been the 90-minute bus ride home. It might have been the Saturday film session.

    But it all came back to the disastrous trip to Meade County last August 25.

  • District race figures to be...

    With one round to go, the schools in Class 5A, District 6 figure to have a monumental shootout for the championship.

    Anderson County, Madison Southern and Montgomery County figure to be very close and the district title will most likely come down to who has the fewest mistakes and best overcomes injuries in the final year of the current alignment.

  • Proceed with caution

    It’s been a while since there was this kind of optimism heading into the high school football season in Anderson County.

    I’m not the expert and I know that teenagers can fool you, but it just seems like there’s more enthusiasm and pep around the Bearcats and their coaching staff than at least since 2014. Maybe even longer.

    Four years ago, the Bearcats were coming off their second state semifinal berth in three seasons. They ended up going to the regional championship game again before being pounded by Cooper.

  • Wallace takes high honors in...

    Two Anderson County archers were on target in West Virginia over the weekend

    Jacob Wallace finished third in the elementary school division of the National Archery in the Schools Program/International Bowhunting Organization World Outdoor 3D Challenge held at Snowshoe Mountain, W.Va. Wallace shot a 279 out of a possible 300, a score that also qualified him for the Three Star Challenge, which was open to archers who participated in the National, World and Outdoor World 3D tournaments.

  • Bearcats card solid round at...

    The Anderson County High School boys’ golf team turned in a good showing in the Mercer County Invitational Tournament, held last Tuesday at the Danville Country Club. Anderson totaled a 357 on the par-72 course.

    Junior Colby Martin led Anderson with a nine-over 81, followed by Justin Hunter’s 89 and Taylor Snipes’ 92. Tanner Cornish carded a 95 with Layne Lilly turning in a 98.

  • Bearcats ready for the next step

    Any time a high school football team embarks on a season, there are always legitimate questions about what fortunes or misfortunes it might have over the next few months.

    Anderson County is no different in 2018.

    Were the Bearcats really as good as their 8-4 record a year ago?

    While Anderson returns seven starters on each side of the ball, how will the Bearcats replace some very talented and experienced performers?

  • One of a kind, Watts left...

    Little did I know it at the time, but my first experience around Paul Watts was just a snapshot of a man who would eventually leave an enormous mark on Anderson County sports.

  • Watts showed ‘hard love,’ made...

    Paul Watts retired from coaching basketball in 1985. Glen Drury, who recently retired from the Anderson County job, followed Watts at Western Anderson and has said many times that Watts was a big help when he started running his own program.

    “Coach Watts was such a mentor of us young coaches,” Drury said last week. “He always wanted to prove that no matter the talent, you can still be successful. I admired watching his teams because they played hard and together. He was an ambassador for Kentucky high school basketball."