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Today's Sports

  • Small, inexperienced Rockets...

    Year Two of the Rick Parsons’ Project (a.k.a. Rebuilding the Rockets) has begun.

    And if the second-year Shelby County boys’ basketball coach proved any of his axioms true in his first campaign, in which the Rockets went 4-24, it’s that “it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon.”

    “It's a long way to March; we just want to get better every day,” Parsons said.

  • SCHS rifle team wins conference...

    The Shelby County rifle team won its conference tournament for the 12th consecutive year this past weekend at the University of Kentucky.

    The Rifle Rockets finished with a combined score of 2,328 points. New Albany (Ind.) placed second with 2,275, and Fern Creek finished third and Seneca fourth.

    Individually for Shelby County, Connor Davis led the way with 597 points, and Heather Kirby scored 588, Keri Marlin 575 and Miquel Batz 568.

     

    SWIMMING: SCHS boys 2nd

  • Titans face strong Wildcats...

    Football is as much of a Thanksgiving staple as mashed potatoes, and one of the goals of the Collins football team this season was to practice on turkey day.

    The Titans got their wish this week, taking to the practice field for an hour Thanksgiving morning – just one day before they play in the Class 4A state semifinals. Collins (11-2), coming off its first regional championship, plays at Franklin-Simpson (12-1) at 7 EST tonight.

  • Michael Brooks is Collins’ ‘...

    Countless times this season the post-game handshake line has turned into Michael Brooks’ own personal receiving line.

    Brooks, Collins’ senior linebacker-running back, has taken more pats on the back, and received more kind words, than a groom on his wedding day.

    “They just say I’m a talented player and to keep up the hard work,” Brooks said. “They say I’m doing great, and tell me not to let my head wander.”

  • Title could come down to return...

    The Walton-Verona girls’ basketball team won the 8th Region last year by edging Anderson County, 40-39, in the championship game.

    Don’t be surprised to see those two teams, who return almost all of their rosters from last season, battling for region supremacy once again. However South Oldham, which lost by two points to Walton-Verona in the 8th semifinals after beating Collins by four in the first round, and Owen County, which fell to Anderson by three in the other 8th semi, could have something to say about that.

  • Titans want to get off roller...

    Collins girls’ basketball coach Phillip Conder has identified three keys for making his team’s second season a success.

    They are: 1. Make good decisions with the ball; 2. rebound, especially on the offensive end; and 3. make free throws, especially the second ones.

    “If we do those three things, what we’ve been telling them is, it leads to momentum,” Conder said. “Momentum can be huge for us this year. If we can get some big momentum swings, and score big points, I think we can play with just about anybody.”

  • Youth is still being served

    This season will continue to be about looking to the future for the Shelby County girls’ basketball team.

    The future, however, isn’t as far away as it was – or maybe even as far off as it seemed some times last season, when the Rockets went 3-22 with a youth-laden roster.

    “Our biggest goal, as always, is to keep improving with every practice and every game. Right now it’s all about the big picture,” second-year Shelby County Coach Mike Sowers said.

  • ‘That was a championship effort’

    The Collins football team rallied in the fourth quarter Friday night for both redemption and a regional title.

    The Titans trailed Western, 12-7, entering what could have been the final 12 minutes of their season in the Class 4A, Region 2 title game at Shelby County’s Robert Doyle Stadium.

    But thanks to a prodigious play on special teams and some Elway-esque runs, as well as the game-winning touchdown pass, by sophomore quarterback Lawson Page, Collins came from behind to beat the Warriors, 13-12, in a rematch of the 2010 regional final.

  • This sparrow is getting pretty...

    One of the elder ornithologists by the name of Ridgeway described the song of the Lark Sparrow in the following manner: "One continued gush of sprightly music, now gay, now melodious and then tender beyond description – the very expression of emotion. At intervals, the singer falters, as if exhausted by exertion and his voice becomes scarcely audible; but suddenly reviving in his joy, it is resumed in all its vigor until he appears to be really overcome by the effort."

  • Titans take region title, beat...

    The Collins football team rallied in the fourth quarter Friday night for redemption and a regional title.

    Lawson Page's 24-yard touchdown pass to Cedric Hinkle with 7:08 to play gave the Titans a 13-12 victory over Western in a rematch of the Class 4A Region 2 title game at Robert Doyle Stadium.

    Collins (11-2) will play at Franklin-Simpson (12-1), which beat Lone Oak, 20-7, at 7 p.m. (local time) Friday in the state semifinals. Admission price will be $7 at the gate with $5 pre-sale tickets available at Collins from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.