Today's Sports

  • A miracle put on ice

    NEW CASTLE – The Shelby County boys’ basketball team nearly pulled off a miracle comeback Friday night.

    The Rockets’ rally ultimately fell short, though, as Simon Kenton outlasted them, 76-69, in the first round of the 8th Region Tournament at Henry County.

    Shelby County trailed by 20 points with 3 minutes, 43 seconds to play before staging a colossal comeback, closing to within one with 46 seconds left.

    The Pioneers, however, scored the final six points of the game.

  • Rockets title, ‘big, really big’

    A near-perfect finish helped erase four years of futility and frustration for the Shelby County boys’ basketball team Friday night.
    A 34-point fourth quarter boosted the Rockets to a 65-53 victory over crosstown-rival Collins in the 30th District Tournament final at Mike Casey Gymnasium.
    Not only was it Shelby County’s first district title since the 2009-10 season (a few months before the school split), but it was also the Rockets’ first-ever victory over the Titans.

  • Friendly competition propels...

    A little friendly competition has carried four Collins swimmers a long way.

    Juniors Alex Moon and Paulo Ribenboim and sophomores Ali Fort and Paul Cozzens will take part in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s State Swimming & Diving Championships this weekend at the University of Louisville’s Ralph Wright Natatorium.

    And all four readily admit that they wouldn’t be headed there – thanks to their competition with, and against, each other – without a little help from their friends.

  • Rockets’ girls try for No. 3 vs...

    Beating a team three times in one season is a difficult thing to do, most basketball coaches will tell you.

    The Shelby County girls’ basketball team will try to do just that at 6 tonight, when the second-seeded Rockets host crosstown-rival Collins, seeded No. 3, in the 30th District Tournament semifinals at Mike Casey Gymnasium.

    The Rockets swept the Titans in two meetings during the regular season, winning, 49-28, Dec. 13 at Casey Gym and, 40-26, Feb. 8 at Collins.

  • Hot-shooting finishes for...

    The Collins and Shelby County boys’ basketball teams both ended their regular seasons on high notes Friday night.

    The Titans topped visiting John Hardin, 63-48, on their Senior Night, and the Rockets outlasted Gallatin County, 55-48, in Warsaw.


    Collins 63, John Hardin 48

    The host Titans shot 53.3 percent from the field, including 55.6 percent in the second half, as they won their fifth consecutive game and their 13th in their last 14 to finish 23-3.

  • Rockets' streak stopped

    In an effort to prepare for the postseason Shelby County girls’ basketball coach Mike Sowers put some formidable foes at the tail end of his team’s regular-season schedule.

    He got exactly what he wanted and then some Tuesday night, as host Scott County ended the Rockets’ 5-game winning streak with a 71-51 victory in Georgetown.

    “We didn’t play well, and they are too good for us not to play well,” Sowers said. “Not a lot I can say, but I wanted a couple tough opponents before districts, and it looks like I got it.”

  • Colts’ run too much

    Before Shelby County took the court against DeSales on Tuesday night, Coach Jason Couch said he knew it would be difficult for his Rockets to come away with a victory on Senior Night.

    “DeSales plays in one of the toughest districts in the state, and they have a lot of length and some really good players and are also very well-coached,” Couch said. “We are going to have to be efficient on offense and close out on their shooters. We can’t give them open shots.”

  • Wells has another big game for...

    Aaliyah Wells, a 2013 Collins High School graduate and a freshman wing for the Morehead State women’s basketball team, matched her season-high in the Eagles’ 69-66 overtime loss at Ohio Valley Conference rival Eastern Kentucky last Saturday.

  • A gift that means life

    When University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari speaks, Big Blue Nation listens.

    But more than his rants and ruminations on Nerlens Noel, Kyle Wiltjer, Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress, there is one thing in particular that I hope BBN is hearing and paying attention to these days, it’s Cal’s radio commercial about organ donation.

  • Tinsley 'excited' to...

    Shelbyville native and former major-league baseball player Lee Tinsley has a new job a month after getting a new job.

    Tinsley, a Shelby County High School graduate and former standout with the Rockets who in late December was named the manager of the Ogden (Utah) Raptors, a rookie league affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, has been hired as an assistant hitting coach with the Cincinnati Reds.

    Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty announced the hiring Thursday morning at the Reds Caravan kickoff.