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Today's Sports

  • Turnovers doom Bears

    The Spencer County Bears fell for the eighth consecutive game Friday night, losing to district foe North Oldham 42-32 in a game that saw plenty of bright spots for the Bears, but once again, too many mistakes.

    Three turnovers gave the visiting Mustangs too many extra scoring opportunities and the Bears are now looking at just two games remaining on their schedule to avoid a winless season.

  • GUEST COLUMN: UK's Hartline...

    Two autumns ago, Michael Hartline was a quarterback who “we hope can manage a game,” said UK offensive coordinator Joker Phillips.

    A polite way of saying Hartline would have to do until Morgan Newton and/or Ryan Mossakowski were signed, suited up and tutored to handle SEC violence.

    During the next two seasons the 6-6 kid from Ohio was adequate, streaks of pin-point passes checkered with spells of bumble-itis. Dropped passes and fickle fans didn’t help.

  • PHOTO: Two players named to All-...

    Two local players were selected for the volleyball All District team. Junior Nikki Prater (left) and Senior Caitlyn Wolz were selected to the 11 player, 29th district, all-district team.

  • HOMECOMING 2010: Bears can'...

    Turnovers, costly mistakes, giving up big plays and falling behind quickly have all played a role in each of the Bears’ seven losses this season. Such was the case again Friday night as the Bears fell 20-14 to visiting Western Hills during homecoming. The Bears may look back at the second half of this game as the turning point in the season.

    After falling behind 20-0, the Bears clawed back and played their best football of the season in the second half and hopefully set the tone for their two remaining district games.

  • Whispering Oaks wins world title

    Equine athletes from Whispering Oaks Farm, in Spencer County, were the recipients of several trophies from the 2010 United Mountain Horse World Grand Championships held Sept. 6-11. Farm owner Mary Lipginski said the wins have been 12 months in the making.

    “Whispering Oaks Farm is one of many farms that had made its way through the spring and summer to participate in the competition for the trophies,” said Lipginski.

  • GIRLS SOCCER: Girls fall short...

    The Spencer County Lady Bears volleyball team fell in the first round of the district tournament Monday night to Bullitt Central, two matches to none. Despite ending the season on an uptick, the girls picked a bad time for a poor performance.

    “We had been playing really well of late, but it didn’t carry over to districts,” he said. “We didn’t pass well, and that’s where we faltered.” Statistically, Elder said for the season, the girls have had about an 80 percent passing percentage, but Monday night, it was only about 50 percent.

  • SPORTS BRIEFS

    Cross country update

    The SCHS Cross country team attended the Arrowhead Invitational in Union County Oct. 2. The 5K race featured many young runners from AA teams primarily from the western part of the state. The SCHS girls ran to a victory with four runners finishing in the top five, including a first place finish from Christina Shawver. Cory Kleinjan also won the boys 5k with a time of 17:03. The team will take this weekend off as they begin to prepare for upcoming regionals.

    Comments wanted about athletic equality at SCHS

  • GIRLS SOCCER: Lady Bears look...

    The Lady Bears soccer team advanced in the 16th District Tournament Monday night with a 5-3 win over Collins. The girls will now square off against host Oldham County on Wednesday at 6 p.m. with a chance to move into the finals on Thursday.

    Despite very physical play, Spencer County Coach Charlie Traughber said it was perhaps the best performance by his young team so far.

    “I asked the team to start quick and they did,” he said. “I asked for two goals in the first fifteen minutes and we got pretty close.”

  • BOYS SOCCER: Bears end season...

    The Spencer County Bears soccer team wrapped up their 2010 season with a 10-1 loss to Collins Monday night in the first round of the district tournament.

    Collins came out and dominated from the beginning, getting five shots on goal in the first ten minutes while controlling the ball and keeping it on the Spencer County side most of the evening. They jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 26-minute mark of the first half but Spencer County answered when they attacked the Collins goal and a ball was inadvertently kicked by a Collins defender into his own goal.

  • UK FOOTBALL: UK on a skid

    University of Kentucky football. Permit me to borrow from a George C. Scott speech in Patton, “... all this talk you hear about playing with a lot of heart and losing, is a buncha horse dung. I wouldn’t give a hoot-in-hell for a person who lost and laughed. Losing is hateful ... to Kentucky players and fans.”

    To wit: Having strung together four winning seasons, the bar has long since been raised about the heartline.

    Thus, UK’s 3-game skid in $EC play has sent fans at the tailgate retreating to debating If Onlys and silver linings.