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Today's News

  • Bank robber gets 20-year sentence

    A man accused of robbing Republic Bank in 2010 pleaded guilty in Shelby County Circuit Court and received a 20-year sentence.

    Ernest Jarod Blakeley, 41, pleaded guilty Aug. 2 to second-degree robbery and being a persistent felony offender. Both of those penalties carry a sentence of 5 to 10 years in prison.

    Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell said she had been pushing for the maximum penalties for both offenses – 10 years for each – since Blakeley was arrested.

  • Post 37 eliminated from regional tourney

    The Shelbyville American Legion Post 37 baseball team was eliminated from the Southeast Regional Tournament on Friday.

    Tuscaloosa, Ala. rallied from an early deficit to beat Shelbyville 13-4 at Riley Park in Sumter, S.C. That came after Post 37 was defeated 3-2 by Lynchburg, Va. in its first game Thursday.

  • Post 37 falls in first game at regional

    SUMTER, S.C. - Dylan Caruso had pitched a total of 19 1/3 innings for Virginia state champion Lynchburg entering the American Legion baseball Southeast Regional on Thursday at Riley Park.
    Yet there he was, toeing the rubber in Post 16’s opening game against Kentucky state champion Shelbyville.
    The right-hander showed why Cardinals head coach Chris Glaize made that decision, tossing seven shutout innings as Lynchburg defeated Post 37 3-2 in Sumter, S.C.

  • Titans spiked in their season-opener

    It was a disappointing start to the season for Collins’ volleyball team.
    Visiting Trimble County spoiled the Titans’ season-opener Tuesday night, 21-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-20.
    Collins, the two-time defending district champ, entered its third season with high hopes.
    “The reality hit us hard tonight: Every match this season is going to be a dogfight, so we better come to play, or we’ll get outplayed,” Titans Coach Abbey Buchert said.

  • Rockets look to continue turnaround

    If there’s one thing you can expect from the Shelby County boys’ soccer team this season, it’s the unexpected.
    “We’re not going to be predictable,” second-year coach Tony Wood said.
    The Rockets made strides last season, improving by four victories, going 6-12-1, from their 2010 campaign, and Wood said he hopes to keep that progress going despite losing 10 varsity players from last season – which was highlighted by a 3-match winning streak last September and a shootout loss to highly ranked Oldham County.

  • Titans hope for 'great' season

    Losing its best player for part of last season may turn out to be one of the best things to happen to the Collins boys’ soccer team this season.
    The Titans went 11-7-2 last fall, when then-junior midfielder Walker Andriot missed several midseason matches with an ankle injury.
    During Andriot’s absence, Collins Coach Scott Cress saw his squad grow.
    “They gelled as a team and they realized, ‘We can be a good team without Walker,’” Cress said. “It helped them realize their own ability.”

  • A soccer-filled Saturday

    Two more Socceramas will take place Saturday in Shelby County.

    Collins will host its one-day boys' soccer spectacular beginning at 8 a.m. at Titans Stadium, while the Shelby County girls’ team’s event will begin at 9 a.m. at the Shelby County Athletic Complex.

    Collins' boys start off the day by taking on Henry Clay, the 2010 state champion and 2011 state semifinalist. The extravaganza ends with a Collins vs. Shelby County alumni match at 8 p.m. Here is the complete schedule:

  • Collins volleyball routs Western Hills

    The Collins volleyball team bounced back from its season-opening loss with a decisive victory at Western Hills on Wednesday night, 25-7, 25-20, 25-20.
    For Collins senior defensive specialist Sarah Eades and sophomore rightside/outside hitter Sierra Shepherd served for eight aces and combined for 20 points. Meanwhile senior middle hitter Aaliyah Wells tallied eight kills and sophomore setter Keri Perdue dished out 17 assists. Eades and sophomore defensive specialist Miranda Kehrer also tallied 10 digs apiece, combining for 40 percent of the team’s total.

  • Rockets to rely on their 'D'

    Dogged defense could be the calling card of this year’s Shelby County girls’ soccer team.
    “Our goal is to keep the other team from scoring,” Rockets Coach Joe Turner said.
    Shelby County allowed three goals per game last season, when it went 8-14, but that number should decrease this fall due to the fact that the Rockets return several of their top defenders.
    “We’re concentrating on passing, receiving and defense,” Turner said.

  • Rockets hope for district title

    The Shelby County volleyball team is looking to continue its resurgence this season.
    The Rockets had a losing season in 2010, the first year of the school split, but bounced back last fall with a winning record, including their first victory over cross-town rival Collins.
    With four core players returning from a team that went 13-10, Shelby County looks primed to make a run at a fifth consecutive 8th Region Tournament berth.