Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • EARLIER: SCHS-Southern? Trap...

    It’s staring them straight in the eyes, and some may not even realize it.

    This could be the most difficult Friday night – not necessarily the most difficult opponent – of the season, but without a closer look, most might miss it.

    The team is feeling good after whipping a top-10 opponent last week and asserting itself into the heart of District 4 race.

    And now in limps Southern (1-7), the same set of Trojans that have failed to score in the last two games, falling a combined 90-0 to Fern Creek and Male.

  • SCHS volleyball team comes up...

    The SCHS volleyball team just couldn’t get over that North Oldham hump.

    The Lady Rockets (22-6) scratched, clawed and battled their way through a very close match with the North (22-9), the 8th Region’s No. 1 team, but the upset was just a couple of points away Wednesday night at the SCHS gym.

    Shelby fell to the Lady Mustangs, 2-0 (25-23, 25-19), but played them closer than anyone had since North beat Greenwood, 2-1, on Oct. 8.

  • Scouting Report: SOUTHERN AT SCHS

    Radio: WXLN-FM (9.33)

    Records: Southern 1-7, 0-2 in district; Shelby County 6-2, 1-1

    Last week: Southern lost, 42-0, at home to Male; Shelby County beat visiting Fern Creek, 39-13.

    Coaches: Southern, Corey Crume (1-7, 1st year at school); SCHS, Todd Shipley (50-58, 10th year at school)

  • My Madden Memories

    Many of his biggest fans weren't even alive to see him coach the Oakland Raiders to 1977 Super Bowl. They didn't see any of his winning seasons, which were all of them. They've never seen him with anything but white hair.

    But they've seen that achieving grin on old school Nintendo box art. They've heard his stuttering football commentary, and they've played his video game - for the last 20 years.

  • Marshall takes coach's...

    On the court, Charlotte Marshall always played like a coach – barking at her teammates, pointing them to the right spots on the floor.

    Even as a high school player at Shelby County, it appeared evident that Marshall would wind up pacing the sideline. Former SCHS girls’ coach Sally Zimmerman always said she hoped that Marshall would go into coaching.

    Well, she officially has gotten her wish now.

  • EARLIER: The art of the return:...

    There is no more exciting play in football than a kickoff return for a touchdown.

    One player racing past 11 defenders gets one big block, and he’s gone.

    “No, there’s nothing bigger,” said Edwin Thomas, Shelby County’s kick returner. “If I can run one back, especially on our sideline, it gets everybody up.”

    SCHS Coach Todd Shipley echoed Thomas’ reaction.