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Today's Sports

  • Shelby County softball team...

    The Shelby County softball team narrowly missed its fourth victory of the season Monday night but could not rally, though, in the bottom of the eighth inning, falling, 3-2, to visiting Western Hills.

    Shelby County (3-12), which lost its fifth consecutive game, had a couple of key chances late. The Rockets left the potential game-winning run stranded at third base in both the sixth and seventh innings.

    In the sixth Sydney Wright was on third with one out, but a strikeout and a groundout left her there.

  • 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.