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Today's Sports

  • HC drops first two at HCIT

    Sports editor

    The Henry County Wildcats hosted the Henry County Invitational Tournament last week, losing their first two games in the annual eight-team tournament to drop to the seventh-place game.

    The Cats, who entered the HCIT with a 3-3 record, were defeated by Oldham County (62-43) in opening-round action last Tuesday, then lost to Grant County (61-56) Thursday.

    Shelby County played South Oldham in the championship game Friday night, while Oldham played Spencer County for third-place honors, Grant played Ashland Blazar for fifth and Henry played Sayre for seventh.

  • Christmas, the hardest day to...

    It's a proven fact: the hardest day to work, and least productive, is the last day of work before Christmas.

    This 'tis true.

    I can't get my mind off flying reindeer, Santa Claus, presents and potlucks. Like many others, I'm not in the mood to work my final day before my brief Holiday break. But here I am anyway, trying to clear my mind and type these words.

  • HCIT in action

    If you build it, they will come.

    I'm not talking about a baseball diamond in the middle of a corn field - like in the 1989 film Field of Dreams - but a high school basketball gym in the middle of New Castle. Long before the movie was released, before Kevin Costner became a household name and before the if-you-build-it line became a catch phrase, there was a gymnasium built.

    And after it was built, they did come.

  • Shorthanded Warriors no match...

    The Eminence Warriors were without their head basketball coach, two starters and first player off the bench last Friday night at Restoration Christian School in Sellersburg, IN.

    And it showed on the court as the Warriors took an 87-34 loss and dropped their overall record to 1-5.

    Eminence starters Nelson Hedges and Dallas Roberts missed the game, along with six-man Brock Roberts. Keith Blackburn was also absent on the sideline after receiving two technical fouls the previous outing.

  • Martin not worried about...

    The Eminence Lady Warriors dropped three more basketball games last week, which gave them a 0-6 start to the 2007-08 season and 50 losses in the previous 52 tries.

    But coach Carter Martin, who took over the struggling program a year ago, isnt concerned with the win-loss columns right now. Instead, hes concerned with the squad getting better, and prepping the young team for games down the road.

    "The scores might not indicate what the team is learning," Martin said, "but from a coaching perspective, I see a little bit of improvement each game, which is a good thing."

  • Wildcats earn first district win...

    For the first time this season, the Henry County Wildcats played with intensity all four quarters last Tuesday night against the visiting Carroll County Panthers. And in the end, it led to a 68-57 win over Carroll in the Wildcats' opening home game of the season.

    Henry put three players in double figures - Cody Hinkle with 23 points, Cari Dunaway with 13 points and Ben Roberts with 10 points - and forced Carroll into 21 turnovers in the up-and-down game. The Wildcats were ahead by as many as 21 points late in the third quarter, and cruised in for the 11-point victory.

  • Ladycats run out of steam...

    With six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter last Monday night, the Henry County Ladycats cut their deficit to just three points against the defending 31st District basketball champions Carroll County. Playing on the comforts of their home court, the Ladycats were right where they wanted to be.

    But the 39-36 score was as close as the Cats would get as Carroll's suffocating defense held Henry in check for the rest of the game and its offense used a 13-0 run to pull away to a convincing 52-36 win.

  • Every golfer's dream

    Marty Kaelin of Louisville hit a lifetime shot last Tuesday afternoon at the Henry County Country Club when he aced the No. 2, par-3 hole for his first ever hole-in-one.

    It was the shot of his career for the 81-year-old Kaelin, who plays three days per week at the HCCC, and one he's been waiting a long time for.

    "After 51 years of playing, it was definitely a surprise," Kaelin said an hour after landing the perfect shot.

  • Lady Warriors falter in fourth...

    The Eminence Lady Warriors were on the verge of earning their first win of the season, but instead took a 43-25 loss at Silver Grove Saturday afternoon.

    Eminence was behind by just one point, 25-24, heading into the final quarter. After that, the Lady Warriors scored just one point and Silver Grove went on a 18-1 run during the final period for the 18-point win.

  • Swim Cats hope to make a splash

    The Henry County Swim Cats started their program three years ago when Kaitlin and Kara Blair were eighth graders. Now, with dozens of races behind them and attainable goals ahead, the twins hope to make a splash as juniors.