http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sports/rss.xml/sports/rss.xml en Rogers prepping for first season at helm http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/rogers-prepping-first-season-helm <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_4039.jpg" alt="New volleyball head coach John Rogers speaks with his players during his first open gym at the helm." title="New volleyball head coach John Rogers speaks with his players during his first open gym at the helm." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">It was at Morehead State University where John Rogers cultivated his love of volleyball.</span></p> <p class="p1"> While playing for the club team, he also helped MSU&rsquo;s women&rsquo;s team as a line judge, keeping the book and whatever the team needed.</p> <p class="p1"> &ldquo;That&rsquo;s where I fell in love with volleyball,&rdquo; Rogers said.</p> SCC wrestling program transferring to Bellarmine http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/scc-wrestling-program-transferring-bellarmine <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_spencer_adams_1.jpg" alt="St. Catharine College wrestling coach Spencer Adams will be at the same position at Bellarmine University next season." title="St. Catharine College wrestling coach Spencer Adams will be at the same position at Bellarmine University next season." align="left" hspace="6" /><p class="p1"> Bellarmine University recently announced plans to begin a collegiate wrestling program competing at the NCAA Division II level this fall by essentially absorbing the former Saint Catharine College Patriot wrestling team.&nbsp;</p> Midway hires three SCC coaches http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/midway-hires-three-scc-coaches <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/luther_bramblett.jpg" alt="St. Catharine College baseball skipper Luther Bramblett is one of three Patriot coaches who will now lead teams at Midway University." title="St. Catharine College baseball skipper Luther Bramblett is one of three Patriot coaches who will now lead teams at Midway University." align="left" hspace="6" width="130" height="85" /><p class="p1"> At least three St. Catharine College sports programs will live on past the school&rsquo;s July 31 close date, although they will be doing so in Midway Eagles uniforms.</p> <p class="p1"> Last week, Midway announced that it had signed three current SCC coaches: Joe Krupinski, men&rsquo;s basketball; Tim Wolz, men&rsquo;s soccer; and Luther Bramblett, baseball.</p> <p class="p1"> &ldquo;We are pleased to bring these coaches and their team members into our Eagles athletics family,&rdquo; said Rusty Kennedy, Midway&rsquo;s athletics director.</p> District play changing format in baseball http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/district-play-changing-format-baseball <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0160edit.jpg" alt="Washington County head baseball coach Adam Blair is in favor of the 19th District’s new regular-season format." title="Washington County head baseball coach Adam Blair is in favor of the 19th District’s new regular-season format." align="left" hspace="6" /><p class="p1"> A new wrinkle has been added to next year&rsquo;s Washington County Commander baseball schedule, and it&rsquo;s one that WC head coach Adam Blair feels will help his team &mdash; and the entire 19th District, for that matter &mdash; once it comes time for the postseason.</p> <p class="p1"> In what will resemble a college baseball team&rsquo;s schedule, 19th District squads will now play a three-game series against each of their four district opponents, with the games taking place on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of the same week.</p> Commanderettes make it to region finals http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanderettes-make-it-region-finals <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_2463.jpg" alt="WC head coach Christy Baker noted that Lizzie Riley made “some awesome plays in the outfield” against Central Hardin." title="WC head coach Christy Baker noted that Lizzie Riley made “some awesome plays in the outfield” against Central Hardin." align="left" hspace="6" width="105" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">As the Washington County Commanderettes (19-12) walked off the field, most &mdash; if not all &mdash; hanging their head in defeat, Commanderette fans rose in unison to give the players a standing ovation that rivaled the one received by the winning team. Even though WC&rsquo;s season had ended in an 8-0 loss to Central Hardin in the 5th Region Tournament championship game, the Commanderettes had earned the fans&rsquo; praise by advancing further than any WC fast-pitch softball team had ever gone.</span></p> <p class="p2"> &nbsp;</p> WC baseball looks ahead to the future http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/wc-baseball-looks-ahead-future <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_2237.jpg" alt="Garrett Floyd makes contact at the plate during Washington County’s loss to the Elizabethtown Panthers in the first round of the 5th Region Tournament." title="Garrett Floyd makes contact at the plate during Washington County’s loss to the Elizabethtown Panthers in the first round of the 5th Region Tournament." align="left" hspace="6" width="122" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Clinching Washington County&rsquo;s first back-to-back 19th District championships&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">since 2001-2002&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">was on the minds of its players to begin the year, when they set it as a season goal.</span></p> <p class="p1"> So being able to secure that milestone &ldquo;meant a lot&rdquo; to the Commanders, according to head coach Adam Blair.</p> SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Dayanna Railey http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/senior-spotlight-dayanna-railey <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_0493_0.jpg" alt="Dayanna Railey is known around the Commanderette softball team as a positive influence on the younger players because of her upbeat personality." title="Dayanna Railey is known around the Commanderette softball team as a positive influence on the younger players because of her upbeat personality." align="left" hspace="6" /><p class="p1"> Keep it light-hearted and upbeat.</p> <p class="p1"> Every time Dayanna Railey steps onto a softball field, she has a natural ability to keep herself and her teammates positive by doing these two things.</p> <p class="p1"> &ldquo;I just laugh everything off every time I make a mistake,&rdquo; Railey said. &ldquo;I have to be positive because if I don&rsquo;t, I feel like I&rsquo;m just letting the team down and the team is going to collapse with me. I think you&rsquo;ve got to stay positive in order to succeed.</p> SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Vanessa Mejia http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/senior-spotlight-vanessa-mejia <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_0663_0.jpg" alt="Vanessa Mejia utilized her speed in the outfield for the Commanderettes." title="Vanessa Mejia utilized her speed in the outfield for the Commanderettes." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">&ldquo;She&rsquo;s just a true spitfire.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="p1"> Washington County Commanderette softball coach Christy Baker couldn&rsquo;t think of any other way to describe one of her most outspoken leaders, Vanessa Mejia.</p> <p class="p1"> &rdquo;She&rsquo;s high energy, fun to be around,&rdquo; Baker added. &ldquo;She&rsquo;s very vocal in the dugout and kind of helps lead the team there, which kind of sets the tone for how we play.&rdquo;</p>