Today's Sports

  • Bears boast of balance heading...

    One or two outstanding players can take a basketball team a long way, but a collection of five, six or even more quality players who care more about the final score than checking the books to see how they did individually can accomplish even more.

    That’s what Coach Jacob Barmore has this year with the 2010-11 edition of the Spencer County Bears and he recognizes one of his biggest jobs is to keep the guys focused on the teams’ accomplishments.

  • Lady Bears hope to show much...

    Daniel Cox is beginning his third year as head coach of the Spencer County High School Lady Bears basketball team and his short tenure has seen both extremes.

    In his first season, his talented girls finished with a winning record and advanced to the 8th Region tournament for the first time in many years. Last season saw only five wins as the girls faced a rebuilding season and suffered the loss of a couple of seniors midway through the year.

  • Napper resigns

    Spencer County High School will be looking for a new head football coach following the resignation last week of Coach Wes Napper after two years at the helm.

    Napper said he made the decision after “several weeks and many sleepless nights.” He told the team during a meeting last Tuesday afternoon.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Most pleasant...

    The list is longer than Mountain Parkway, Mt. Sterling to Prestonsburg. Parade of gifted basketball stars who twinkled in heavens over Inez on to Whitesburg and points between – Paintsville to Carr Creek, Virgie, all the way to Corbin.

    Ya-Missed-Him, big shot! is familiar refrain cast toward whoever coaches at University of Kentucky.

    The latest, Elisha Justice.

    Best surprise in Commonwealth hoops early on is Justice at Louisville.

  • GUEST COLUMN: 24 reasons to be...

    Theme for Thanksgiving...What one leaves behind is not what is engraved on stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. – Pericles

    Thursday ought be more than feast, family, football (Texas-Texas A&M), a nap and a day’s end whisper “... good to have visitors come, but love to see those tail lights.”

    Thanksgiving should range beyond a one-meal prayer on one day and be instead, a season for self-reckoning. Count our kindnesses to others. And if we did them for right reasons.

  • Bears tip off season with the...

    Basketball season is upon us in Spencer County.

    Sure, college teams have been playing for a couple of weeks now, but the local kids hit the court for real beginning next week when the Spencer County Bears and Lady Bears tip off their season.

    The teams were introduced to the public Friday night in the annual Blue-White Scrimmage with fans getting a taste of what to expect this year.

    On the girls’ side, the Lady Bears will again be a young team and will look to improve on last year’s record that included just five wins.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Top water in late...

    Mid November is the time of year when the water temp will dramatically start dropping, getting down into the fifties degree mark. A lot of anglers would never think of using top water. I know from experience that it can really get a lot of bites and some giant bites from some feeding largemouths.

    The shad will be shallow and the bass know this. I have had days when I would be fishing a jig, crankbait or a spinnerbait and only be getting a few fish. Then, switching to a top water and fishing the same area, then I would get some of the most aggressive strikes ever.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Enes Canter is...

    Enes Kanter was let go by the NCAA last week.

    In the Land of the Free, the ex-Turkish professional wannabe-an-amateur-again can examine a full range of good options.

    First, UK’s appeal to the NCAA decision that cited 33,000 reasons why it made Kanter permanently ineligible.

    He can ...

    1. Hang around Lexington, play YMCA ball until the NBA Draft next spring.

    2. Return to Istanbul, sign a pro contract like one he played under for three seasons.

  • PHOTO: What a buck!
  • COLUMN: Making the most of a...

    Michael Vick had the greatest game of his career Monday night in leading his Philadelphia Eagles to a humiliating 59-28 trouncing of the Washington Redskins. Vick threw for over 300 yards and four touchdowns, ran for over 80 yards and two more touchdowns and basically played the type of game that his athletic ability had long hinted he was capable of.