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Today's Sports

  • Youth must be served for...

    Kelly Cable’s 19th year as the coach of the Shelby County softball team will be unlike any other.

    But that doesn’t mean she isn’t as excited about it as any of her other 18 seasons.

    “It’s a year the coaching staff and I are looking forward to because we have the opportunity to really teach the game and develop it in the girls because a lot of them are very new at this,” said Cable, who lost most of last season’s 8th Region champion to graduation and to Collins.

  • Experienced Titans focus on some...

    The Collins softball team hopes to hit a home run in its first season.

    “My expectations for this team will always be the same this year, next year, every year, and that will be to make it to the State Tournament,” Titans Coach Jim Axline said. “I think you have to have those expectations and belief in your team and get them to believe that way also.

    “If we as coaches don't make that the ultimate goal then why are we doing what we are doing?”

  • Tyler Phillips: ‘That guy’ at...

    Tyler Phillips is that guy at Shelby County.

    That guy you can count on. That guy you can depend on. That guy others can look to and look up to.

    “He’s just thatguy,” Rockets football coach and assistant track & field coach Todd Shipley said of the SCHS senior. “When you need to get something done, you say, ‘Hey Ty, we need this done.’ And he does it, no questions asked.”

    There’s no questioning Phillips, a football player and runner for the Rockets’ track team, though.

  • Sharks have solid showing, look...

    The Shelby Sharks had a solid showing last weekend, and now they hope to have another one this weekend.

    Last weekend members of the local swim team competed in the Speedo Champions Series Southern Zone Eastern Section Senior Championships in Cary, N.C. This weekend many more will swim in the 2011 Kentucky Swimming Short Course State Championship, 13 & over division, at Lancaster Aquatic Center on the University of Kentucky campus.

    Overall Sharks Coach Jeremiah Heath was pleased with his team’s performance at the Section meet.

  • Shelby schools place in Mason-...

    In one of the biggest kickoff track & field meets in the state, the Collins and Shelby County teams started their springs a little early at the 51st annual Mason-Dixon Games.

    Louisville Central won both Class AA meets at Broadbent Arena in Louisville, but the Rockets’ boys’ and girls’ team each finished 13th, and the Titans’ boys’ squad tied for 24th-place.

  • Rockets in new races with some...

    The Shelby County track & field teams suffered substantial losses with graduation and the school split, but several key cogs return for the Rockets’ boys’ and girls’ squad. 

    First, and foremost, this year’s teams are in a new class and a new region as they drop from Class AAA, Region 4 to Class AA, Region 3.

  • Karas is brightest star in the...

    In track & field you need numbers to have success.

    Collins Coach Jerry Lucas has one, and he hopes that will lead to the other this season.

    “I think by the end of the year we’ll have strong boys’ and girls’ teams,” said Lucas, who had more than 90 on his roster early last week. “A lot of them don’t have a lot of track and field experience, but we’ve got some pretty good athletes.”

  • Rebuilding year’s goals: ‘Have...

    The Shelby County girls’ tennis team returns only a twosome from among its top players on a squad that finished 17-3 last season.

    “It’s going to be different,” Rockets Coach Marc Johnson said. “I just hope the girls have fun. We’re not going to worry about wins and losses.”

    This year’s Rockets’ team will be led by Micah Broughton and Patty Dempsey, both of whom were vital members last year.

  • Young coach adds excitement for...

    What the Shelby County boys’ tennis team may lack in experience this season it will likely make up for in youthful exuberance.

    Twenty-three-year-old Aaron Bissmeyer, a 2005 graduate of St. Xavier High School, will guide the Rockets this spring.

    “We’re a young team, but we still have high expectations,” Bissmeyer said. “We’re looking to turn some heads.”

    Bissmeyer will look to senior Michael Karas to lead the way.

  • Not much experience on new team

    The Collins boys’ tennis team enters its first season with a decent-sized team, but with only a duo’s worth of experience.

    The Titans have a pair of players who have played at the high school level – juniors Hunter Purnell and Sam Rathke.

    Coach Ken Cates looks for those two to lead the way, along with a senior who has swiftly picked up the sport.