http://www.hclocal.com/sports/rss.xml en Biggest Blue fans: Mathis and Watts http://www.hclocal.com/content/biggest-blue-fans-mathis-and-watts <img src="http://www.hclocal.com/sites/www.hclocal.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/linda5.jpg" alt="Linda Sarrett Mathis always celebrates a blue Christmas." title="Linda Sarrett Mathis always celebrates a blue Christmas." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>Editor&rsquo;s note: We did an informal survey via Facebook to find out who the biggest UK fan in Henry County is. After nominations closed Friday the &ldquo;sports department&rdquo; sat down to analyze the data and came up with a tie. Linda Sarrett Mathis, a teacher at Henry County High School, and Darlene Watts of Eminence are such ardent fans that we could not deny either the right to be called the Biggest Big Blue Fan.</em></p> <p> Watts and Mathis did not take the traditional course towards big Blue fandom.</p> Cold weather means it's hoops time http://www.hclocal.com/content/cold-weather-means-its-hoops-time <p> Cooler temperatures have finally arrived and that is a good signal that it is time to focus the local hoops scene. It also doesn&rsquo;t hurt the University of Louisville football team imploded against Houston ending the national title dreams of local pigskin fans. And if you watched the first period of the UK football game against Austin Peay&hellip; well that would make any sports fan long for a round leather ball.</p> Meet the Wildcats http://www.hclocal.com/content/meet-wildcats <img src="http://www.hclocal.com/sites/www.hclocal.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/meet2.jpg" alt="In the Wildcats’ pep section, classmates held up fat heads of their favorite players during the Meet the Wildcats scrimmage held Thursday night." title="In the Wildcats’ pep section, classmates held up fat heads of their favorite players during the Meet the Wildcats scrimmage held Thursday night." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> sports@hclocal.com</p> <p> The Henry County boys and girls basketball teams put on a show for their fans Thursday night at the third annual Meet the Wildcats introductory scrimmage.</p> <p> The night featured the introduction of not only the teams, but also a brand new video board hanging on the west wall of Roy L. Winchester gymnasium.</p> <p> The screen was used as part of the introduction of the players and to help get the Wildcat faithful fired up for the upcoming season.</p> Warrior Madness http://www.hclocal.com/content/warrior-madness <img src="http://www.hclocal.com/sites/www.hclocal.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/wm6.jpg" alt="Kemryn Jenkins goes in for a layup during the Warrior Madness Scrimmage Friday night at Eminence High School." title="Kemryn Jenkins goes in for a layup during the Warrior Madness Scrimmage Friday night at Eminence High School." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> sports@hclocal.com</p> <p> The Eminence Warriors boys and girls basketball teams were introduced Friday night with a lot of fanfare and then some on-court action.</p> <p> The lights were dimmed and a large video screen was used to introduce the players while music blared through the speakers for both teams before their respective intra squad scrimmages.</p> <p> Lucky fans were given gifts during a raffle drawing at halftime of both games.</p> <p> EHS girls guard Kenya Vargas was pumped up for the action as she warmed up before the scrimmage.</p> Teaching more than X's and O's at HCHS http://www.hclocal.com/content/teaching-more-xs-and-os-hchs <img src="http://www.hclocal.com/sites/www.hclocal.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/comunity_outreach.jpg" alt="Left to right, Dawson Armstrong, Blake Prather, Devin McIntosh and Tyler Gray were four HCHS athletes who attended the New Castle Elementary reading night as part of a new community outreach program." title="Left to right, Dawson Armstrong, Blake Prather, Devin McIntosh and Tyler Gray were four HCHS athletes who attended the New Castle Elementary reading night as part of a new community outreach program." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> sports@hclocal.com</p> <p> Henry County High School Athletic Director Jon Kasten has instituted a new community outreach program for all Wildcat sports teams this year.</p> <p> &ldquo;The idea is to give back to the community because they give us so much,&rdquo; Kasten said. &ldquo;Just go up to the football field and see all the help the community has given us. It&rsquo;s the same with basketball and other sports. So we want to give back.&rdquo;</p> <p> Many of the teams are still in the planning stages for their programs but some of the teams have already helped out.</p> Modern gun deer season under way http://www.hclocal.com/content/modern-gun-deer-season-under-way <img src="http://www.hclocal.com/sites/www.hclocal.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/jess_malin.jpg" alt="Jess Malin, 17, bagged his fourth deer and largest ever on the opening day of modern gun season Saturday when he took this 10-pointer." title="Jess Malin, 17, bagged his fourth deer and largest ever on the opening day of modern gun season Saturday when he took this 10-pointer." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> By Kevin Kelley</p> <p> Shredded bark on saplings, fresh scrapes along old logging trails and trail camera snapshots of passing bucks are encouraging signs that deer activity is picking up across Kentucky and just in time.</p> <p> The statewide modern firearm deer season opened Saturday. Arguably the most widely anticipated of the fall hunting opportunities, it&rsquo;s structured to coincide with the peak of fall breeding, known as the rut.</p> Questions abound for Cards and Cats fans http://www.hclocal.com/content/questions-abound-cards-and-cats-fans <p> As one unbeaten team after another fell on Saturday, the talking heads began to make excuses as to why the University of Louisville football team should be left out of the college football playoff.</p> <p> Some said it was because they had lost to Clemson, therefore Clemson should still be ahead of them.</p> <p> None of them ever mentioned the interference call that wasn&rsquo;t called that prevented another Louisville touchdown that would have helped them beat Clemson.</p> Sports briefs http://www.hclocal.com/content/sports-briefs-59 <p> <strong>Warrior Madness</strong></p> <p> The Eminence Warriors basketball teams will host their annual Warrior Madness this Friday, Nov. 18.</p> <p> The girls&rsquo; team will scrimmage at 6 p.m. with the boys&rsquo; team immediately following.</p> <p> There will be door prizes and other activities for kids during intermissions.</p> <p> <strong>Meet the Wildcats</strong></p> <p> The Henry County boys&rsquo; basketball team will host Meet the Wildcats this Thursday, Nov. 17.</p>