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Today's Sports

  • Into the Hall they go

    Shelby County sports legends Mike Casey and Elmore Just took their posthumous places among the state’s sports elite Wednesday night.

    In a ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Casey and Just were inducted into the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame, an honor that came too late for either to attend.

    Casey, Shelby County’s former Mr. Basketball and a star at the University of Kentucky, died April 9 after a long battle with heart disease. Just, a golf innovator, passed away in 2001 from a heart attack.

  • Mike Casey: Talent,...

    I, along with thousands of other Kentuckians, was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Kentucky basketball legend Mike Casey.

    I first heard about Mike Casey when we were both 16 years old and playing in the Kentucky State Men’s Fast Pitch Softball Tournament. I played for Falmouth Farm Supply, and Mike played for the Shelbyville Jets. He was a little taller than I (his 6’4” to my 6’1”), but we both played shortstop and batted left-handed.

  • Mike Casey 1948-2009

    Mike Casey was eulogized Tuesday in a place where he spent a lot of productive hours: under the northern basket in the gymnasium at Shelby County High School, where in 1966 he led the Rockets to their first state basketball championship.

  • Boys track team does well at...

    The track-and-field meet at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington last weekend saw success for Shelby County's boys but not so much for the girls' team.

    "The Shelby boys did extremely well," Dunbar Track and Field Coach

    Killian Timoney said. "But the girls did not do as well overall."

    Led by their relay teams, the Rockets' boys finished in third place, and the girls wound up 12th at the 6th Annual Dunbar Bulldog/Bearcat Invitational on Saturday.

  • It’s time to end the...

    It has been 23 years and counting since I picked a Kentucky Derby winner. I study the past performances. I read the several different outlets coverage of the prep races. This year I’ve even watched most of the prep races online.

    Honestly though, I don’t think it will matter.

    I go through this every year: The agony of wading through stacks of information in newspapers, magazines and online all for nothing as I watch another loser cross the line.

  • LeCompte throws perfect game...

    The SCHS softball team came out and took care of business Monday in a 10-0 victory over visiting Eminence.

    The Lady Rockets (10-7) scored early and often and Haleigh LeCompte almost single-handedly took care of the Lady Warriors (2-6).

    LeCompte struck out the first three batters and then struck out two in each of the final four innings, finishing with 11 strikeouts in a 5-inning perfect game.

  • Lady Rockets get no Mercy, 8-3

    Shelby County’s Lady Rockets fell into an 7-run hole against eighth-ranked Mercy on Wednesday night and lost, 8-3, at the Shelby County Sports Complex.

    Mercy scored seven runs in the top of the first against Rockets ace Haleigh LeCompte, and that was too much to overcome.

    “We dug ourselves a big hole, but we kept battling,” SCHS Coach Kelly Cable told The Courier-Journal. “We just couldn’t get out of the hole.”

  • Rockets blast No. 10 Flyers, 11-1

    Shelby County knocked Franklin County for a loop Wednesday night, as the  Rockets zoomed past the Flyers, 11-1, in six innings.

    The Rockets stopped the Flyers' offense on the launching pad, holding them to only four hits, with their only run coming in the first inning.

    After the 10th-ranked Flyers (16-2) tied the score at 1, the Rockets blasted off, putting up one run in the second inning off an error and exploding for five runs off one hit and three errors in the fourth inning.

  • Casey, Just joining Kentucky...

    Shelby County will be well represented tonight at the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Banquet in Louisville.

    Former SCHS and University of Kentucky basketball player Mike Casey and Persimmon Ridge and Louisville Golf founder Elmore Just will be inducted with seven others in the 2009 class during the ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

    Mike Casey

    Casey, who passed away earlier this month, was a native of Simpsonville and led Shelby County High School to its first basketball state championship in 1966.

  • Rockets fall late at Bullitt East

    The SCHS baseball team got timely hitting, including some deep shots, but couldn’t pull off the upset in a 10-6 loss at No. 11 Bullitt East Monday.

    Three times the Rockets (12-8) tied the score, only to see the Chargers (16-6) go back ahead.