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Today's Sports

  • Hoopla comes to an end with...

    Boy, I'm glad that's over.

    If you see me sprinting from light pole to light pole through town, don't worry, I'm just trying to avoid being seen after this year's Henry Hoopla contest. It's become an annual tradition for me though - filling out my bracket with high hopes, letting everyone in the community know who's going to win, then slowly backpedaling down the list until I hit close to rock bottom. Usually by this time, shortly after the final weekend of games, I'm a bit embarrassed to leave the office.

  • First time on track, no problem

    Not only did the Eminence track team participate in its first track meet of the season last Tuesday night at the Henry County All-Comers, it was the first time the Warriors had been on a track in more than 10 months.

  • Warriors allow 34 runs in...

    As the stat book shows, it was a tough week for Mark Payton in his first two games as the Eminence baseball team's new head coach.

    The Warriors, who are trying to turn the tables after a combined 5-36 record the previous two seasons, opened the 2008 campaign with a blowout 20-0 loss to Shelby County last Monday, then followed with a 14-5 loss to Spencer County the following night. The rocky start leaves Eminence at 0-2 with Henry County (Thursday), Anderson County (Monday) and Butler County (Tuesday) just over the horizon.

  • Making History

    No team equals no problem for Michael Gregory - it's an equation the Henry County student is all too familiar with.

    Gregory never got the chance to officially play high school soccer during his four years at Henry County High School, which didn't have a team, but will take his soccer skills to the next level at the University of the Cumberlands. When he suits up for the Patriots next fall, he will become the first student from HCHS to play soccer at a college or university.

  • Ladycats' bat still needs...

    The Henry County softball team opened its 2008 campaign Saturday with a double header at Oldham County High School, where the Ladycats lost to both South Oldham (3-2) and Oldham County (9-1) to start the season at 0-2.

    Coming off an impressive 24-17 season, Henry lost six key players to graduation, including batters No. 2 through No. 6 in the rotation. And it showed at the plate on opening day as the Ladycats had around 13 strikeouts in each of the two games. Offense is an area the Cats still need a lot of work, coach Jon Kasten said.

  • Wildcats perfect in opening week...

    The rainy weather shrunk Henry County's opening week of five baseball games to just two, but it did little to dampen the Wildcats' spirit as they rolled past Trimble County (5-1) and Model (5-0) to start the season perfect at 2-0.

    In Austin Hunsaker's first two games as the head coach since the departure of Mike Thibodeaux, the Cats defeated Trimble last Tuesday, then followed with a shutout win over Model the following night. Pitching, near-perfect defense and just enough offense allowed the Wildcats to start the season just the way they wanted.

  • Despite cold temperatures and...

    With temperatures in the 30s and 40s, and wind gusts throughout the day, the weather wasn't very cooperative Saturday during the Western Hills Invitational in Frankfort. But that didn't stop the Henry County track team from producing some solid early-season marks.

    Jamie Graham brought back to New Castle the team's only first-place finish with her 4-foot-6 clearance in the high jump, which tied her for first overall with Jasmine Taylor of Ballard. Both girls leaped over 4-6, but knocked the bar off at 4-8 three times each to leave the duo tied.

  • Still looking for all the...

    Usually by this time - when the teams in the NCAA men's basketball tournament are narrowed down to the Final Four - my eyes are wide open and my jaw is dragging the floor. Usually, it's just plain madness.

    But this March, uncharacteristically, I'm still waiting for that madness to begin.

  • Like 2007, the HCHS track team...

    Following the accomplishments of the 2007 Henry County track team won't be an easy task for the Cats this season, but one they're definitely up for as the outdoor season rolls around.

    Last spring, Henry sent a school-record 10 athletes to the Kentucky State Track & Field Championships, and with six of those athletes returning for another go around and a few new faces on the roster, the Cats look to do even better this spring.

  • Ready to rock and roll with...

    Heads up - spring sports are about to get in full swing. And once the pitchers start throwing fast balls and the batters start swinging for the fence, baseballs and softballs will be filling the air in no time.

    I can't smell it yet, or feel it, but spring is definitely here, which means high school sports in the county are starting.

    Whether it's knocking a ball out of the park in baseball, pulling a double play in softball or tearing down the runway in track, I'm ready for some action to begin this spring. And I don't have to wait very long.