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Today's Sports

  • Weather leaves players rusty

    The one opponent no high school team is strong enough to defeat is Old Man Winter, and he’s proven to be pretty dominating the last few weeks, canceling and postponing games from one end of the state to the other. With many sections of Kentucky still out of power, and with some counties (especially in Western Kentucky) receiving grim news that it may be weeks before they’re restored, the final month of the regular season looks like a hectic schedule of make up games.

  • Louisville surging to college...

    When the ice storm let go its grip on Kentucky this week, emerging from the icy fog near the summit of college basketball was University of Louisville.

    Rick Pitino’s Cardinals finished January, 9-0. A month bejeweled with upsets, last second winning shots yo-yoing teams across the landscape, Pitino’s club discovered its team-ness and found itself a (UConn) win away from basketball’s pinnacle.

    How it’s happened? Pitino found a buyer for his system. All of it.

    Energy. A man-up backcourt become happy with platoon.

  • In Louisville, Dallas and Baton...

    Louisville, Dallas and Baton Rouge ... incidents recently remind us that we can do better.

    At Louisville’s PRP high school, if the allegation is proved, coach David Jason Stinson ordered sophomore Max Gilpin to run in 94-degree heat until somebody quit the team. Gilpin collapsed and three days later, died.

    Why?

    Indicted by a grand jury, Stinson will explain at trial what he was seeing  and thinking on a gruelling hot afternoon last August.

  • Three quarters of good play

    For three quarters, Spencer County competed toe to toe with one of the hottest teams from the 7th region, but Louisville Atherton used a huge lead they built in the first quarter to leave Taylorsville with a 86-70 win over the young Bears Friday night.

    “This is one of those games that was much closer than the score indicated. Atherton is a great team and will probably contend for the 7th region title, for us to play them that close showed a lot of heart and improvement,” said head coach Jacob Barmore.

  • UK break-through may have come,...

    University of Kentucky fans may have witnessed a break-through moment last week. Says here, didn’t happen in Knoxville.

    Scene: Second half against Georgia. UK had a large second half lead when Jodie Meeks broke free on a three-on-two fast break. In front of family and friends, the native Georgian fresh off 54 five days ago was clear for a pull-up jump or drive to the hoop.

    Instead, Meeks slipped a bounce pass through traffic across the lane to a teammate coming from the left. Result: Michael Porter lay-up and one.

    Team play moment.

  • Kentucky black bear hunt set for...

    In half a century, Kentucky’s white-tailed deer herd grew from 1,000 animals to a million today. Wild turkeys increased from about 800 birds to a quarter-million, and we are now home to 10,000 free-ranging elk, the largest elk population east of the Rocky Mountains. All are now hunted in Kentucky.

    A new big game species came closer to joining that list this week when legislators approved a pending regulatory amendment that will create Kentucky’s first black bear season in more than 100 years.

  • Kentucky finds its (over-hyped...

    One advantage of standing at this corner for more years than I will admit, is witnessing the annual parade of remedies on “how to fix the Wildcats.”

    Big Blue Nation assistant coaches know their hoops and some have reasonable ideas, but still take cues from the media.

    A few weeks ago Jay Bilas spoke five words that shook UK’s Nation to its socks. ESPN’s hoops analyst had apparently discovered basketball’s Dead Sea Scrolls. “Kentucky needs a third scorer,” Bilas said.

    Behold, a Cecil B. DeMille moment.

  • All-American youth

    Spencer County’s Youth All-American selections Dalton Goodlett and Will Eldridge helped their 8th Grade Limited East Squad to an exciting 16-14 win last Saturday in San Antonio’s Alamodome.

    Both players were picked after completing Spencer County Middle’s championship season. They were drafted as running backs and defensive ends by Football University, but once there saw the team was short on linemen and both unselfishly agreed to move to those positions.

  • Never-give-up attitude gives...

    Coach Jacob Barmore knew the wins would be few and far between this season, so picking up a road victory at Louisville Brown was enjoyable Saturday, but not unexpected.

    Barmore said there are a few teams on this year’s schedule that are comparable to Spencer County given the Bears’ inexperience and youth, and said those are the games his boys need to claim. On Saturday afternoon on a cold day and in a cold gym, the Bears did just that, even though they had to rally to do so.

  • Lady Bears slow out of gate in...

    The Spencer County Lady Bears had a week off before returning to action Saturday afternoon in downtown Louisville against Brown. The gals looked a little rusty coming out of the gate, but were able to scrap out a 51-37 win.

    It was a sluggish beginning, but senior Kenisha Marshall was able to control the boards underneath, grabbing rebounds and scoring her team’s first eight points. Louisville Brown trailed 8-4 as the clock ticked down to end the quarter, but a Brown player heaved a 35-foot desperation shot that went in to keep the game tight at 8-7.