http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sports/rss.xml en See you at State http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/see-you-state <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_img_6546.jpg" alt="The Commanderettes claimed the championship trophy in their first year competing in the 12th Region All-A Tournament." title="The Commanderettes claimed the championship trophy in their first year competing in the 12th Region All-A Tournament." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> It may have been its first time playing in the 12th Region All-A Tournament, but the Washington County Commanderette volleyball team (10-0) looked right at home this past weekend.</p> <p> The tournament opened with pool play against Danville, Burgin and Somerset to determine seeding for a single-elimination tournament. The Commanderettes showed their dominance from the start, defeating all three teams in two straight sets.</p> Heat Wave http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/heat-wave <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_img_5860.jpg" alt="Senior Jimmy Wheatley (left) and sophomore D.T. Yocum will have to wait one more week to start their season after last Saturday’s Alumni Bowl was cancelled." title="Senior Jimmy Wheatley (left) and sophomore D.T. Yocum will have to wait one more week to start their season after last Saturday’s Alumni Bowl was cancelled." align="left" hspace="6" width="94" height="85" /><p> The Washington County Commander football team will have to wait another week to open the 2014 season.</p> <p> WC&rsquo;s Alumni Bowl game against Lloyd Memorial last Saturday was cancelled due to weather.</p> <p> The scheduled showcase originally had Marion County and LaRue County slated to play in the opening matchup followed by the WC/Lloyd Memorial game.</p> <p> The games were at first postponed due to extreme heat, but after the high temperatures subsided, the games were ultimately cancelled.</p> WC volleyball dominates opening-week games http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/wc-volleyball-dominates-opening-week-games <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_img_5667.jpg" alt="Kelsey Thompson (left) and senior Katlyn Seger were all smiles after their team’s big wins." title="Kelsey Thompson (left) and senior Katlyn Seger were all smiles after their team’s big wins." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Last week, the Washington County Commanderette volleyball team opened its 2014 season by knocking off the Danville Admirals last Thursday in three straight sets (25-7, 25-10, 25-7) and winning its opening-season game versus the Campbellsville Eagles in consecutive sets as well (25-13, 25-19).<br /> <br /> <strong>Danville</strong><br /> The Commanderettes were able to build off their strong performance against Campbellsville on Thursday, taking control of the game from the very start.</p> SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: The Giver http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/senior-spotlight-giver <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_img_5714.jpg" alt="Senior Bethany Wheatley didn’t start playing volleyball until she was in seventh grade and grew to love the game." title="Senior Bethany Wheatley didn’t start playing volleyball until she was in seventh grade and grew to love the game." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> When Bethany Wheatley started playing volleyball during her seventh grade year, she didn&rsquo;t know whether or not she would stick with it. She enjoyed the game, sure, but she wasn&rsquo;t positive that she wanted to continue playing once she got into high school.</p> <p> It wasn&rsquo;t until her eighth grade year that she decided she would be a Washington County Commanderette volleyball player.</p> <p> It turned out to be the right decision.</p> Boys' golf team defeats Green County http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/boys-golf-team-defeats-green-county <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_img_5730.jpg" alt="Freshman John Mann helped the Commanders pull out a win last week by carding a 53 against Green County." title="Freshman John Mann helped the Commanders pull out a win last week by carding a 53 against Green County." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> In the team&rsquo;s fifth match of the season, the Washington County Commander boys&rsquo; golf team was able to defeat the Green County Dragons for its third win of the year.</p> <p> WC posted a 183 as a team while Green shot a 216.</p> <p> The Commanders were led by freshman Landon Taylor, who carded a 42 on the evening.</p> <p> Senior Luke Mattingly and junior Evan Mattingly each added scores of 44. All three of WC&rsquo;s top scores bested Green&rsquo;s top scorer, who recorded a 45.</p> <p> Freshman John Mann rounded out the Commanders&rsquo; final score with a 53.</p> WC football ‘inexperienced but talented’ http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/wc-football-%E2%80%98inexperienced-talented%E2%80%99 <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_img_5933.jpg" alt="Washington County senior Michael Moreland takes a much-needed water break during a timeout in last week’s scrimmage against Spencer County." title="Washington County senior Michael Moreland takes a much-needed water break during a timeout in last week’s scrimmage against Spencer County." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> Having 12 seniors on this year&rsquo;s Washington County Commander football team is somewhat misleading.</p> <p> Most of them are what head coach Eric Sagrecy calls &ldquo;young seniors,&rdquo; as in they only recently started playing football.</p> Dudley Hilton resigns from UPIKE http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/dudley-hilton-resigns-upike <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dudley_2.jpg" alt="Dudley Hilton resigned for both “personal and health matters” after three seasons as the University of Pikeville Bears head coach." title="Dudley Hilton resigned for both “personal and health matters” after three seasons as the University of Pikeville Bears head coach." align="left" hspace="6" width="95" height="85" /><p> After three seasons, University of Pikeville head football coach and Washington County native Dudley Hilton has resigned for personal and health matters, UPIKE President James Hurley announced on Saturday, according to a press release on the team&rsquo;s website.</p> Turning David into Goliath http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/turning-david-goliath <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_dudley_2.jpg" alt="Dudley Hilton, a Washington County native, was recently selected to the KHSAA Hall of Fame. He amassed 345 victories over 36 seasons as a high school head coach." title="Dudley Hilton, a Washington County native, was recently selected to the KHSAA Hall of Fame. He amassed 345 victories over 36 seasons as a high school head coach." align="left" hspace="6" width="55" height="85" /><p> It all started because the cows went dry.</p> <p> Or that&rsquo;s how Dudley Hilton tells the tale of how he got into coaching, at least.</p> <p> He was working at Armour Food, Co. in Springfield when he got laid off, enabling him to go to St. Catharine College to get a degree so he could coach and teach.</p>