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Today's Sports

  • Matthews receives state honors

    Senior Shelby County High School quarterback Alex Matthews has recently been named among the best high school football players in the state by three major newspapers.

    The Louisville Courier-Journal, Lexington Herald-Leader and Orlando Sentinel all named Matthews as one of Kentucky's top players in 2007.

    Matthews said he was surprised and delighted at the accolades.

    This past season, along with leading the Rockets to an 8-5 record, Matthews tied a state record by throwing 9 touchdowns in a playoff win at Scott County.

  • Rifle team targets national title

    With textbook precision and dead-on accuracy, the Shelby County High School Marine Corps JROTC rifle team has recently won another state title and is well on their way to competing for their fourth national title in five years.

    At the end of an undefeated conference season, the rifle team -- of Micah Augustine, Martin Tindle, Olivia Yeager and Joshua Rucker -- took first place in the state completion in Hopkinsville on Dec. 15.

  • Shelby County volleyball star...

    Kaitlynn James has spent a lot of time playing volleyball. If she wasn't playing, she was probably practicing. And, if she wasn't practicing, she was doing homework or studying.

    "We get a month off between club season and Assumption's season," James said. "When we're in season, it takes up about 90 percent of my time. Girls, when they start playing, don't know how much time it takes up."

    Still, the 18-year-old Assumption senior said all of the hard work has certainly paid off for her.

  • Teams, individuals made a splash...

    Before choosing a New Year's resolution it's good to reflect back to the past year and see how you can improve.

    But even more fun than that is reflecting back on accomplishments.

    Shelby County again had teams challenging for and winning state titles in 2007. It comes as no surprise that Rockets and Bulldogs are feared among the state's best.

    Here are my picks as the top stories in Shelby County from 2007 -- in no particular order of course.

    SCHS baseball

  • Rockets take AFB Invitational...

    The Rockets dispatched the Highlands Bluebirds Saturday to claim championship of the American Founders Bank Rocket Invitational Saturday. The score was 70-52.

    Previously, the Rockets easily beat Bullitt East on Thursday and survived a tough match with Western Hills Friday to advance to the championship round.

    The Rockets started out 5-0 in Saturday's game, but Highlands came back with a couple of threes and went ahead briefly. From then on, it was all Rockets. At halftime, the Rockets led 37-20.

  • Girls smash Yellow Jackets

    With a tight first-half full-court press and a steady flow of baskets from three-point range, the Shelby County Lady Rockets roared passed the Woodford County Lady Yellow Jackets last Saturday night 68 to 41, giving the team a third-place finish in the Shelby County Invitation Tournament.

    Sally Zimmerman, head coach of the Lady Rockets, said she was proud of how the girls played against a talented Woodford County team.

    "It shows that we're headed in the right direction," she said. "We're starting to fit the puzzle together."

  • Rockets drill South for Henry...

    The Shelby County boys' basketball team rolled over South Oldham, 78-57 to take the title in the Henry County Invitational Friday.

    The Rockets came out clicking on all cylinders in the first quarter, opening with a 13-3 run. Coty Minnis then capped the quarter with four points in 3.1 seconds. Minnis hit one of two free throws then intercepted a long inbounds pass and hit a three-quarter court shot at the buzzer.

  • Cornerstone on slide heading...

    The Cornerstone Bulldogs boys' basketball team has dropped four straight games -- one being an exhibition game -- as they head into the holiday break.

    The Bulldogs dropped region games to Community and AIE, and lost to North Hardin. Cornerstone also fell in a close game to a touring Australian National team.

    While Cornerstone was able to keep the games close, Beckley said the Bulldogs made costly errors down the stretch.

  • Birders count even in bad weather

    Local birders participating in the 34th annual Midwiner Bird Count faced miserable conditions on Saturday, Dec. 15. Birders faced heavy rain and driving winds during the count, which limited visibility.

    Heather Brown, Iris Brown, Joan Brown, Seth Brown, Todd Brown, Cheryl Houston, Omar Mandeel, Benton Young, Steven Young and I participated. We found 49 species and 2,550 birds. Birders spent 25 hours and covered 262 miles during the count. The count area is the same 15-mile diameter circle every year, which covers much of the west and central part of the county.

  • Rockets face tough field in...

    The Shelby County boys' basketball team will get a quick holiday break before heading back on the court.

    After finishing the Henry County Invitational Friday, the Rockets will get five days off before getting back in action in the first American Founders Bank Rocket Invitational.

    The tournament will bring in some solid teams from around the state, and South Central High School from Indiana will make the trip.