The year in sports

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By John Overby



- The SCC Patriots women’s basketball team earned their first-ever bid to the NAIA national tournament. SCC finished the regular season at 19-10, with eight of their 19 wins coming against teams that were nationally ranked at the time. The seventh-seeded Patriots played Westminster (Utah) in the first round of the 32-team tournament but lost by a score of 69-55.


- Washington County’s (then-sophomore) Davon Moore broke one of the school’s long-standing records while squatting 705 pounds, breaking the old record of 700. Moore was told that the previous record holder was Chuck Ellery. Moore, who didn’t begin lifting until the eighth grade, hopes to play college football someday.

- The WC fishing team took part in the Region 2 fishing tournament on April 7 at Taylorsville Lake. Michael Shelton and Thomas Smith (with boat captain Scott Sagrecy) advanced to the state tournament. The team posted a top-ten finish, ninth out of 44 boats.

- Damage to Tom Bystrek Field at Idle Hour Park was reported to Springfield Police after vandals broke in and took a golf cart for a spin on either the night of April 28 or morning of April 29. Park Director Bernard Smalley was the first to notice, saying that it looked like someone had “been doing donuts on the field.” Smalley said that, judging from footprints on the damp infield, two of the individuals appeared to be wearing Red Wing shoes and were with at least one other person. He said the damage could have been a lot worse, however. The Commanders were able to play their regularly scheduled contest against Bardstown the next day, but  Smalley estimated that damages ranged anywhere from $300-$400.


- Former WC running back/linebacker Tyler Loving, who had wanted to play college football since elementary school, signed to play his freshman year at the University of Pikeville. Loving had accumulated 1,163 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on 205 carries over the past two seasons, while catching 30 passes for 315 yards and a score.

- WC Commanderettes Head Coach Bernard Smalley and senior Jennifer Keene made a trip to St. Xavier High School in Louisville on July 13 to take part in the KHSCA (Kentucky High School Coaches Association) all-star game that featured players from the fifth and sixth regions. Smalley and Keene, who averaged 10.7 points and 8.8 rebounds as a junior last season, represented the 5th Region squad.


- WC volleyball seniors Mackenzie Messer and Morgan Mann took home 19th District Volleyball All-Tournament Team Honors in late October.

- WC senior quarterback Ty’Lyn Byas accumulated a school-record 361 yards on 41 carries in a 42-39 win against the Shawnee Golden Eagles. His final run of the night proved to be the most crucial, crossing the goal line to give the Commanders the lead with only 36 seconds left on the clock. Byas, who had broken the previous school record for rushing yards (288) by a large margin by game’s end, also tied the WC record for rushing touchdowns on the play, going in for his fifth of the night.

- WC volleyball juniors Halie Browning and JoHanna Spalding received Kentucky Volleyball Coaches Association All-State honors. Browning was recognized as a second-team performer with Spalding being named as an Honorable Mention.

- In Bobby Bartholomai’s time as WC’s head golf coach, he had never had a player make it to the state tournament, but senior golfer Amanda Cox was able to become the first to reach this accomplishment this past October. Cox came into the state finals after finishing fourth at regions but carded a 90 in the opening round, which was seven strokes shy of advancing.

- Pursuing her dream of playing college golf led WC senior golfer Amanda Cox to sign with Midway College this November. The program, which currently has one golfer, is in its first year of competing and almost lost out on their chance at Cox because of its previously nonexistent golf team. However, after meeting Midway Head Coach Otis Smith and discovering the new development, she signed her letter of intent and plans to join their “state-of-the-art nursing program” in addition to playing golf.