Today's Sports

  • Rough second makes for rough...

    Shelby County, the defending 8th Region softball champs, had a rough start to their season Monday.

    However the Rockets’ 11-0 loss to visiting Boyle County was more encouraging than discouraging to Shelby County Coach Kelly Cable.

    “I saw a lot of improvement from our scrimmage,” said Cable, whose team scrimmaged Sacred Heart last Thursday. “As far as people knowing where they need to be and hitting our cutoffs, things like that.”

  • Spring helps give birth to a...

    After a 1-year hiatus, spring football returned at Shelby County.

    And the Rockets couldn’t have been happier.

    “Basketball season is basketball season, but this is what I’ve been looking forward to since Oldham County,” said sophomore Zach Shipley, the football team‘s returning quarterback and the basketball team’s starting point guard.

    Shelby County’s 35-19 loss to the Colonels on Oct. 29 ended the Rockets’ rocky 1-9 season.

  • Lots of weapons have departed,...

    If this past fall was about laying a foundation for the Collins football program, then last week, this week and next week is about building on it.

    The Titans, who went 11-2 in their inaugural season, are going through spring practice.

    “It’s going well,” said Collins Coach Jerry Lucas, who has had between 30 and 40 out for workouts that began last Monday. “We lost some good kids, but we’ve got some good ones coming up too. We’ve got a lot of kids with experience coming back.”

  • Turley has pals in Sweet 16

    If Louisville Eastern wins the Boys’ Sweet Sixteen title this weekend in Rupp Arena, Eagles Coach Jason Couch will readily give an assist to Collins Coach Curtis Turley.

    “He’s done so much for me in my career. He’s been instrumental in both of the head coaching jobs I’ve had in helping me get them,” Couch said Thursday afternoon via cell phone from Lexington.

    Couch first coached under Turley at Greenwood in the mid-1990s.

  • This Collins tennis player has a...

    Ellie Watts picked up tennis at a relatively late age, but she quickly has made up for lost time.

    Watts, a senior at Collins High School, didn’t begin playing competitive tennis until her freshman year of high school, but she has taken to the sport swiftly.

    And once Watts, who grew up playing volleyball and basketball, began to concentrate full-time on tennis, she blossomed.

  • UK, UofL, St. Patrick's Day...

    Bars and restaurants around town got a Thursday afternoon boost when the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville tipped off in the NCAA tournament - and on St. Patrick's Day to boot.

    Around 2 p.m. after the Cards had tipped off and the Cat fans were waiting, green beer flowed and sandwiches followed to fans of both teams at Beef 'O' Brady's on Midland Trail.

    Some were there to celebrate the holiday, as Beef's had a corned beef special, while others were just there for the games.

  • Experienced Titans could be...

    There are familiar faces in a new place for the Collins baseball team.

    Three players who were in the starting lineup for Shelby County in the State Tournament last season will suit up for the Titans this season. That trio will lead a Collins team that looks to be an immediate factor in the 8th Region.

    “We have some high expectations and hope to compete with everyone on our schedule,” Collins Coach Roy Bailey said. “We are working on developing a confidence and a great work ethic in order to reach our goals.”

  • Defending regional champs expect...

    Many of the names have changed, but the expectations have stayed the same for the Shelby County baseball team.

    The Rockets lost an ample amount of players, to graduation and to the split of the high schools, from last season’s 8th Region championship team, but their goals haven’t been modified.

  • Cards have familiar foe in...

    LOUISVILLE – Coach Rick Pitino has plenty on his plate right now, mainly Morehead State and relentless rebounding machine Kenneth Faried, so he said he doesn’t have time to worry about his team’s No. 4 seeding in the Southwest Region, or the city in which it will play in this week’s NCAA Tournament.

  • ‘Cats planting the seeds of...

    Seeding, smeeding.

    That’s the outlook for the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team now.

    The 11th-ranked Wildcats were given a surprising No. 4 seeding in the NCAA Tournament by its Selection Committee on Sunday evening, after they rolled roughshod through the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

    “I’m a little bit surprised to be honest with you,” UK Coach John Calipari said after the tournament pairings were revealed. “I don’t think it’s personal, but wow!