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Today's Sports

  • EARLIER: Key pieces of last...

    It was 14 years ago, but the names involved with the Rockets’ last home playoff victory still ring true.

    It's almost like that 28-20, comeback victory over Christian County in 1995 has come full circle.

    Mike Brooks was the offensive leader on that team, and now his son Michael Brooks starts as a sophomore middle linebacker.

    Nathan Simpson was Brooks’ backup at quarterback and a wide receiver, and now Simpson is an assistant coach.

  • Lady Rocket runners look to get...

    Every week it seems like it has been been something different. The SCHS girls’ cross-country team has had a tough time staying healthy this season.

    “We’ve had our ups and downs this year,” SCHS Coach Brian Crumbo said. “Mostly, we’ve had trouble keeping everybody on the race course.”

  • Health a concern as Rocket...

    Facing injuries and illness all season, it came as no surprise that SCHS boys’ cross-country team had go young last week at Franklin-Simpson.

    “We’ve had a tough season as far as injuries go, and it culminated last weekend when we were without our numbers two [Will Thompson], three [Travis Adams] and five [Justin Downs] runners. And Stacey [Eden, the team’s No. 1] was running with strep,” Coach Randall McDowell said.

  • EARLIER: Defense carries Rockets...

    BUCKNER -- When the Shelby/Oldham football game was moved from Friday night to Thursday because of the weather, most thought that would benefit the Rockets’ offense.

    However, it was the defense that came up with the biggest plays Thursday night in their 28-13 victory over the Colonels.

  • New coach fuels expectations for...

    New SCHS swim team coach Jean Paul LaVertu is excited to get his team started.

    “I’ve been very impressed with the team’s technique and skill level,” he said. “Obviously they’ve been very well coached in the years past. I’m still learning about them and trying to find out who to use where and when. But I’m having fun figuring everything out.”

  • Cross country: Rockets 11th at...

    A young SCHS boys’ cross-country team struggled Saturday to an 11th-place finish at a tough Franklin-Simpson Wildcat Wilderness Invitational in Franklin.

    Stacey Eden led Shelby County with a seventh-place finish in 17 minutes, 24 seconds, but he was more than a minute behind winner Ryan Eaton of Greenwood. Eaton is the defending state champion and one of Eden’s top targets at this year’s State Meet. Eden was the only upperclassman in the Rockets’ top five.

  • EARLIER: Rockets dominate...

    A dominating performance against Southern on Friday put the Rockets in a position they haven’t seen in a long time.

    After Shelby (7-2, 2-1 in District 4) hammered the Trojans (1-8, 0-3), 55-0, and word came out of Male’s rout of Fern Creek, the Rockets learned they would host a playoff game for the first time since 1995.

    They will play host to Seneca on Nov. 6, and earning that game was the motivation kept the Rockets prepared for the hapless Trojans.

  • 37 years 10 yards at a time

    The first year Danny Fishback started working on the chain gang at Shelbyville High School football games wasn't the best year.

    "I think it rained about every home game, or at least five of the six," he said. "I think somebody have to be about half crazy to do this."

    That was 1972, and Fishback came back the next year and the next and the next and the one after that, until he looked up this year, his 37th on the sideline and decided he had had enough.

  • Eminence archery team 11th in...

    The Eminence High School archery team finished 11th at the World Competition in Orlando earlier this month.

    Coach Rusty Barrett, who also runs Pure Reflection Paint and Collision Repair on 7th Street in Shelbyville, took over after the team’s former coach, Dewayne Douglas, died unexpectedly in January.

    Eminence qualified for the international competition based on the team’s performances during the 2008-09 season, in which it finished 36th in the state and 83rd in the nation.

  • Rockets manhandle Southern, 55-0

    The SCHS football team’s victory over Southern on Friday night was a lot like a train ride: The start was slow, but once the Rockets’ started rolling, there was not stopping them.

    Shelby County (7-2, 2-1 in District 4) fumbled on its first two possessions and then scored on its next eight that spanned halftime and into the third quarter en route to a 55-0 win.

    The Trojans (1-8, 0-3) had no answer on offense or defense against the Rockets.