2012 sports year in review

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By Brandon Mattingly

- The Commander basketball team won a triple overtime thriller 99-95 over Metcalfe County in the National Guard Holiday Classic in LaRue County. Washington County was three points shy of the school record of 102 points scored, set in 1968.

- St. Catharine track coach Blake Jones won the Frostbite 5K in Louisville. Jones defeated a field of more than 1,000 runners, finishing in 15 minutes and 59 seconds, 52 seconds ahead of the closest competitor.

- The Commanderette basketball team -- the defending champions -- were eliminated in the semifinals of the 5th Region All-A Classic by Bardstown.

- Washington County senior Madison Phillips signed to play soccer at St. Catharine College in 2012-13.

- St. Catharine baseball Head Coach Luther Bramblett was recognized for 10 years at the helm, posting a 362-150 record over that span with a United States Collegiate Athletic Association national title in 2009.

- Commanderettes senior Shay Yocum and junior Kenya Turner became the 11th and 12th members of the WC girls’ 1,000-point club.

- Jones took another first-place finish at the four-mile Snowman Shuffle race at Cherokee Park in Louisville. Jones’ time of 20:42 beat the second-place finisher by 36 seconds.

- The SCC women locked up their first 20-win season as members of the NAIA -- 20-7 at the time -- on their way to a 21-10 finish.

- The North Washington Middle School seventh-grade boys’ basketball team won the 2012 NIT tournament, with a 57-49 victory over St. James in the finals.

- Turner scored a school-record 43 points in a 69-39 home win for the Commanderettes over Fort Knox. The previous record, 41, was set by Latonja Martin in 1986.

- Five members -- Paul Borders, Dr. Johnny Isaacs, Jr., Bill Robinson, Brenda Smith and Johnny Wimsatt -- were inducted into the Washington County High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

- Assumption High School’s Katie George -- daughter of Ann (Haydon) George, originally from Springfield -- was named PrepVolleyball.com’s 2011 National Player of the Year.

- WC boys’ basketball was eliminated in the first round of the 19th District tournament, while the girls advanced to the finals to earn a trip to the 5th Region tournament, before falling to Nelson County in the championship.

- Upon the KHSAA announcing bass fishing as a sanctioned sport, WCHS revealed its plans to start a fishing team for the 2012-13 school year.

- Joan Hamilton of Springfield was awarded the Ellen Scripps Davis Memorial Breeder’s Award by the United States Equestrian Federation.

- Turner was named to the 2011-12 5th Region regular season all-region team.

- The Commanderettes were knocked out of the first round of the 5th Region tournament by Elizabethtown.

- The SCC men’s season ended in the first round of the Mid-South Conference tournament against Campbellsville University.

- WC football senior tight end Kyle Curtsinger signed with Lindsey Wilson College for the 2012-13 season.

- The SCC women lost to Campbellsville in the first round of the MSC tournament, bringing their season to a close.

- Junior forward Janae Howard was named first team all-conference for the SCC women, while Kasei Evans and Courtney Milam received honorable mention.
Senior guard Brandon Johnson was first team all-conference for the men, with junior center Travis Wilkins being named to the second team.

- The St. Dominic fifth-grade boys’ basketball team won its second-consecutive championship in the Nelson County Developmental Basketball League. St. D posted a 29-1 record over two seasons.

- The Commander baseball team earned back-to-back 5th Region All-A championships with an 8-4 win over Campbellsville in Green County.

- After a first-round win over Bethlehem, the WC softball team exited the 5th Region All-A Classic in the semifinals with a 4-2 loss to Caverna.

- The Military Appreciation Day 5K took place in Washington County, with Jones taking the top spot.

- SCC softball knocked off Shawnee State and UVA-Wise in the MSC tournament before falling to Lindsey Wilson and Campbellsville to bring their season to an end with a 25-33 record.

- SCC baseball was eliminated from the MSC tournament with losses to Shawnee State and top-seeded Lindsey Wilson. The Patriots finished 32-25 on the season.

- WC baseball’s All-A run came to an end just short of a trip to the state tournament with an 11-4 loss to Walton-Verona.

- Former SCC basketball Head Coach Donnie Tyndall (1996-97) left his post at Morehead State to take over the head coaching job at Southern Mississippi University.

- SCC sophomore decathlete Troy Mattingly reached the national standard and earned a trip to the NAIA national meet with 4,892 points in 10 events at a track meet in Georgia.

- Senior Patriot second baseman Andrew Garcia was named first-team all-conference, as well as a member of the MSC Gold Glove team.
Senior center fielder Kasie Prather was named to the all-conference first team for the softball team.

- Tom Harmon stepped down as girls’ golf coach at WCHS prior to the 2012 season. Boys’ coach Bobby Bartholomai took over the girls’ team as well.

- Curtsinger finished fifth in the shot put at the Class 2A Region 2 meet with a distance of 43 feet and four inches, earning a trip to the state competition.

- Johnson and Prather were named 2011-12 SCC Athletes of the Year.

- The Commanderette softball team lost in the first round of the 19th District tournament, 7-3, to Nelson County.

- Curtsinger finished 24th in the state in shot put with a top distance of 41 feet and one-and-a-half inches.

- Washington County baseball lost an exciting district championship game against Bethlehem, 12-11, before falling 7-3 to Campbellsville in the first round of the region tournament.

- 11-year-old Devin Hurst finished the 11-12-year-old Little League baseball season 25-for-26 -- a .962 batting average -- at the plate.

- The Dodgers claimed the 11-12-year-old Little League baseball crown at Idle Hour Park, while the Rays upset the regular-season champion Reds in the softball finals.

- The 11-12-year-old Washington County softball all-stars earned a trip to the state tournament with a 12-6 win over Marion County in Hardin County.

- 2011 SCC graduate and former basketball player Ervin Williams signed a contract to play for the Washington Generals, the usual opponent of the Harlem Globetrotters.

- The WC softball all-stars lost their first game of the state tournament to Valley Sports. They bounced back for a win over Russell-Flatwood -- the eventual champion -- before being eliminated by North Laurel.

- Lebanon defeated Springfield in the President’s Cup, 15.5-14.5, at Lincoln Homestead golf course and the Lebanon Country Club. The win was Lebanon’s second in a row and ties the all-time series at seven wins each.

- Reese Hoffa, whose ties to WC include his grandfather Carl Thomas Brady of Springfield, earned the bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London with a 21.23-meter (69.65 feet) shot put toss.

- Washington County native and current University of Kentucky shotgun team member Stephanie Carey qualified for the Amateur Trapshooting Association’s 113th Grand American World Trap Shooting Championship with a first-place finish out of 926 shooters.

- WC volleyball was knocked out of the first round of the 5th Region All-A Classic with a 17-25, 15-25 loss to Green County.

- The Commander golf team was unseated as 5th Region All-A champions with a third-place finish in Green County. The host Dragons took the title, with Bethlehem finishing runner-up.

- Commanderette golfers Amanda and Emily Cox qualified for the All-A state tournament at Lincoln Homestead as individuals with nine-hole scores of 46 and 48, respectively.

- The WC football team played their rivalry game with Marion County, falling on the road to the Knights 28-21.

- Walk Time Charlie, a horse that was raised by Bob and Vicki Stannard at Rolling Acres breeding farm in Springfield, won the 2012 World Grand Championship at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

- Washington County varsity tennis Head Coach Aaron Dugger resigned after two seasons on the job.

- Assistant WC softball coach Paul Coulter was named to the head coaching position after Holly Medley resigned following her first season with the Commanderettes.


- Lindsey Pfoff took over as head coach of the SCC swim team, replacing Mike Carey, who led the program in its inaugural season.

- Commanderette volleyball advanced to the second round of the district tournament with a three-games-to-one victory over Bardstown.

- WC volleyball’s upset bid of top-seeded Nelson County fell short in the 19th District semifinals. The Commanderettes fell to the Lady Cardinals 3-2 (25-21, 20-25, 25-19, 23-25, 15-7).

- Senior LeeAnn Abell and junior Johanna Spalding were named to the 19th District volleyball all-tournament team.

- The Commander football team secured a spot in the playoffs for the eighth-straight season with district wins over Fort Knox -- 41-6 on the road -- and Shawnee -- 54-12 at home.

- Hoffa visited local elementary schools to talk about his struggle to become an Olympic medalist.

- The fifth-sixth-grade Springfield Steelers won the Blake Hoppes championship with a 20-7 victory over the Lebanon Raiders. Hurst was named most outstanding player with three touchdown runs.
The third-fourth-grade Springfield Colts also advanced to the championship game, losing to the Marion County Cowboys, 20-7.

- Glasgow ended WC football’s season in the first round of the playoffs for the second-straight year.

- Abell became the first WC volleyballer to earn all-state honorable mention honors.

- The North Washington eighth-grade girls defended their Mid-Kentucky Conference championship with a 27-24 win over Spencer County in overtime.

- Washington County native Kate Spaulding posted two national standard times in swimming at Lindsey Wilson College, earning her the right to compete at the NAIA national meet in 2013.

- The Commander basketball team beat Nelson County 67-60 in overtime, their third overtime game in the season’s first five matchups. They knocked off Thomas Nelson 75-74 on the road and fell to Taylor County 50-47 in the season opener in the other two overtime games.

- The WC girls secured a 3-1 start to the district season with a 61-42 win at home over Bethlehem.

- The St. Dominic fifth-grade girls’ basketball team won the championship in the Nelson County Basketball Development League, with the fourth-graders finishing runner-up in their division.