http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sports/rss.xml en WC volleyball plays in All-A State Classic http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/wc-volleyball-plays-all-state-classic <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_img_8770.jpg" alt="Sophomore Lakynn Hodgens goes up for a block on a St. Henry hitter in Saturday’s All-A Classic state tournament " title="Sophomore Lakynn Hodgens goes up for a block on a St. Henry hitter in Saturday’s All-A Classic state tournament " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Going into the All-A State Classic last weekend, the main goal for the Washington County Commanderette volleyball team was to make it into the winners bracket with a top-two finish in pool play. A third- or fourth-place finish would mean a trip to the consolation bracket and no chance to compete for the All-A state championship.</p> Commanders 0-4 during tough opening stretch http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanders-0-4-during-tough-opening-stretch <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_img_8125.jpg" alt="WC senior Jimmy Wheatley cuts upfield on a rushing attempt against CAL. Wheatley ran for 20 yards on the night." title="WC senior Jimmy Wheatley cuts upfield on a rushing attempt against CAL. Wheatley ran for 20 yards on the night." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Washington County Commander football team (0-4, 0-2) was defeated 56-7 by the Christian Academy of Louisville Centurions (5-0, 2-0) this past Friday night. In doing so, WC finished off one of the toughest four-game schedules in the state, facing four teams that are a combined 18-2 this season and ranked in the top five of their respective classes.</p> Springfield native is state horeshoe champion http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/springfield-native-state-horeshoe-champion <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_julie_thompson.jpg" alt="Julie Thompson, a Springfield native who currently resides in Bardstown, was recently crowned the Kentucky Horesshoe Pitching champion. She will now compete in the 2015 World Horeshoe Pitching Championship in Topeka, Kan., next July." title="Julie Thompson, a Springfield native who currently resides in Bardstown, was recently crowned the Kentucky Horesshoe Pitching champion. She will now compete in the 2015 World Horeshoe Pitching Championship in Topeka, Kan., next July." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Julie Thompson went to back-to-back state tournaments as a basketball player at Washington County High School, but it wasn&rsquo;t until this year that she was able to capture her first state championship.</p> <p> This time around, though, she wasn&rsquo;t playing basketball; she was pitching horseshoes.</p> <p> Thompson, who now lives in Bardstown, was 17 when she first picked up the sport in 2007 after she went with her boyfriend to a couple of the state horseshoe pitching tournaments.</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> SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: In their footsteps http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/senior-spotlight-their-footsteps <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_johanna_spalding.jpg" alt="WC senior JoHanna Spalding was immediately hooked on the game of volleyball after watching her sister, Shelby, play. " title="WC senior JoHanna Spalding was immediately hooked on the game of volleyball after watching her sister, Shelby, play. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The first time JoHanna Spalding saw her sister, Shelby, play volleyball, she was hooked. She was captivated by how quickly the ball moved from player to player, but she was especially fascinated by the hitting. That was definitely what stuck out the most.</p> <p> But even if she had not been awestruck by the game at first sight, it&rsquo;s safe to say that she would have pursued the sport anyway. Shelby played, and that was the most important aspect for JoHanna.</p> WC football falls to 0-3 http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/wc-football-falls-0-3 <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_img_7288.jpg" alt="Senior Nick Hagan checks with the line judge in the 47-10 loss to DeSales." title="Senior Nick Hagan checks with the line judge in the 47-10 loss to DeSales." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> It may have been their third straight game against a team ranked in the top five of its class, but Washington County Commander head football coach Eric Sagrecy was pleased with his team&rsquo;s effort throughout its 47-10 loss to reigning Class 2A state champion DeSales (4-0, 1-0) last week.</p> WC just keeps on winning http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/wc-just-keeps-winning <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_kelsey_vball.jpg" alt="WC sophomore middle hitter Kelsey Thompson delivers a powerful spike during one of last week’s games." title="WC sophomore middle hitter Kelsey Thompson delivers a powerful spike during one of last week’s games." align="left" hspace="6" width="96" height="85" /><p> After winning its first 12 games of the season, the Washington County Commanderette volleyball team(14-2, 2-2) have dropped two of the squad&rsquo;s last four games.</p> <p> But it&rsquo;s how WC has responded after each loss that has impressed assistant coach Casey Mudd the most. The team went 6-7 in games following a loss, but a win this past Monday against the Anderson County Bearcats (8-5) improved their record in that department to 2-0 on the season.</p> St. Catharine College golf competes at Brescia Invitational http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/st-catharine-college-golf-competes-brescia-invitational <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/scc_golf_spalding.jpg" alt="Washington County native Aaron Spalding helped lead SCC during the tournament" title="Washington County native Aaron Spalding helped lead SCC during the tournament" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The St. Catharine Patriots golf teams traveled to Owensboro, Ky. to compete in the Brescia Invitational last week.<br /> <br /> Final Results:<br /> <br /> Men<br /> <br /> 1st place: Bresica 606<br /> <br /> 2nd place: St. Catharine 635<br /> <br /> 3rd place: IU East 659<br /> <br /> All Tournament Team<br /> <br /> Matt Bloom, Aaron Spalding<br /> <br /> Women<br /> <br /> 1st place: Bresica 675<br /> <br /> 2nd place: Oakland City 767<br /> <br /> 3rd place: St. Catharine 773<br /> <br /> Men<br /> <br />