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  • Jon Court's Derby Day: From...

    LOUISVILLE - The day Jon Court had dreamt about since he was a little boy didn’t turn out the way he had hoped, but it didn’t have the nightmarish end that it appeared like it might – at least for a little while.

    It was a little past 8 p.m. Saturday night, and Court, the 50-year-old jockey from Shelbyville, was in the jock’s room at Churchill Downs, having just showered and changed after riding Bonaroo to a fourth-place finish in the 13th, and final, race on the card at Churchill Downs.

  • If you build it, Tree Swallows...

    I first encountered this beautiful little bird nesting in the mid-1970s along the northern boundary of Lake Shelby, in abandoned woodpecker cavities.

    I was so excited that Tree Swallows were expanding their nesting range southward to include Shelby County and Kentucky.

    Then, one spring, I found an unknowing park’s employee chain-sawing down these woodpecker cavities. Whether it was tree branches or tree trunks didn’t seem to matter.

    I guess this was being done because they were partially void of sap.

  • Little guy to big man

    Austen Anderson has grown up a lot in his four seasons with the Shelby County baseball program.

    Both in his frame and his game.

    Four years ago Anderson entered the Rockets' program as a pint-sized freshman.

    "I came in about five-(foot-)one, maybe ninety-five pounds – I was really, really small," Anderson recently recalled.

    Some three years later Anderson has grown up (now around 5-10, 150) and grown into one of the vital members of the team, as the Rockets’ starting center fielder and captain.

  • Schreiner draws big-school eyes

    Shelby County junior Eric Schreiner’s performance in the 13th East-West Roundball Basketball Classic back in April has earned him some attention from some big-time colleges.

    Rockets Coach Rick Parsons said he has received calls from West Virginia, Illinois and Northwestern asking about the 6-foot sharp-shooting guard, who hit 18 of 22 3-pointers in three games over the two-day tournament in Louisville on his way to being named to the 10-member all-tournament team.

    Northwestern, in fact, will come in town to see Schreiner on Tuesday morning.

  • EARLIER: The man in Court’s...

    LOUISVILLE – Jinks Fires is more than just the trainer for the horse Shelbyville resident Jon Court will ride in the 137th Kentucky Derby.

    He's also his friend.

    And his father-in-law, too.

    "Jon used to ride for me before he married my daughter [Krystal]. We've had a lot of wins together over the years," Fires said recently, before joking. "We've remained friends, even though he married my daughter.” 

  • EARIER: Bargain buy could have...

    LOUISVILLE – Shelbyville resident Jon Court will be riding a bargain, of sorts, Saturday in the 137th Kentucky Derby.

    Archarcharch, the colt Court will mount, was bought by Robert Yagos for $60,000 (he later sold his wife Loval half the horse for $10) as a yearling at Keeneland.

    So far the horse has made more than $800,000 and could significantly add to that Saturday at Churchill Downs.

  • Centered Cottrell signs with...

    There was a reason why Shelby County football coach Todd Shipley got choked up Wednesday afternoon when talking about Quinten Cottrell at the senior’s signing ceremony.

    It’s because he thinks of Cottrell as a member of his family.

    So the reason that Cottrell, who gave his coach a big embrace before he took the podium in the school’s library, chose Centre College shouldn’t come as a surprise either. 

  • Shelby County girls’ tennis team...

    The Shelby County girls’ tennis team picked up its first victory of the season Tuesday.

    The Rockets topped visiting South Oldham, 3-2, at Clear Creek Park.

    Shelby County’s victories came from seniors Patty Dempsey (6-0, 6-2) and Micah Broughton (6-2, 6-0) at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, as well as No. 2 doubles, where Rachel Travis and Haley Coffey won by default.

  • EARLIER: Shelby County man is...

    LOUISVILLE – Jon Court got his start as a jockey breaking horses…at a very young age.

    “When I was a kid, I’d wear out the springs on my rocking horse,” Court said last week. “I know I got bucked off a couple times too, and they had to put new springs on it.”

    Court, 50, now has reached a new ride in life.

  • Upcoming schedule: June 9, 2011

    JUNE 9

    5:30 p.m.: University of Louisville's Cardinal Caravan at the Shelby County Fairgrounds Pavilion.