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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Sports Digest: May 4, 2011

    Collins sweeps cancer tourney

    The Collins softball team won all three of its games this past weekend in its Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament.

    The host Titans topped North Bullitt, 7-2, Friday before beating Paul Dunbar, 7-2, and Covington Holmes, 15-1, on Saturday.

    In the victory over the Eagles (4-14 at that point), junior Jeneca Thomas struck out 13 and allowed only two hits. She got all the offensive help she would need in the first inning on Rebecca Mouser’s three-run homer.

  • Track & field: SCHS boys...

    Even without a full complement of athletes, the Collins and Shelby County track & field teams had solid performances Saturday at the Kentucky Country Day Invitational.

    The Rockets won the boys’ competition, and the Titans took third. On the girls’ side, Collins finished sixth, and Shelby County was seventh.

    “We had a great day!” Shelby County Coach George Cottrell said. “We had several athletes out due to other school-related obligations. The girls’ side only had five athletes and they did a really solid job.”