http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sports/rss.xml en Taking Aim http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/taking-aim <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_2150edit.jpg" alt="Hannah Simpson, 17, has been shooting trap competitively for three years and will be shooting in the Grand American in Sparta, Illinois, a national competition, later this month. " title="Hannah Simpson, 17, has been shooting trap competitively for three years and will be shooting in the Grand American in Sparta, Illinois, a national competition, later this month. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Fighting through the searing summer heat and humidity, one Washington County girl has been making a name for herself in a male-dominated sport &ndash; trap shooting.</span></p> <p class="p1"> Hannah Simpson, 17, begins her practice by putting on a vest and stuffing its pockets with boxes of shotgun shells. She casually puts on her ear and eye protection &ndash; specially designed to help see the target for the day&rsquo;s weather &ndash; and grabs her gun, a Beretta 692 Xtrap.</p> Lebanon evens President's Cup series http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/lebanon-evens-presidents-cup-series <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_2526edit.jpg" alt="This year&#039;s Lincoln Homestead Country Club players pose for a team photo. Not pictured is David Carney." title="This year&#039;s Lincoln Homestead Country Club players pose for a team photo. Not pictured is David Carney." align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The Lebanon Country Club bested Springfield&rsquo;s Lincoln Homestead Country Club in the 18th annual President&rsquo;s Cup this past weekend, avenging last year&rsquo;s defeat.</span></p> <p class="p1"> The President&rsquo;s Cup is a local golf tournament that pits the two country clubs against each other in a four-event, two-day clash that has become an annual tradition.</p> 11-12-year-old All-Stars pick up win http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/11-12-year-old-all-stars-pick-win <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_4811.jpg" alt="Hunter Hall takes a swing in a recent game for the 11-12-year-old All-Stars." title="Hunter Hall takes a swing in a recent game for the 11-12-year-old All-Stars." align="left" hspace="6" width="94" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Washington County&rsquo;s 11-12-year-old all-stars entered the second half of District 5 Little League Tournament play this past week, and after a rough start, it looked like things would continue down that path for the local all-stars.</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Tuesday brought a matchup with a tough Boyle County team, and Washington County coach Jacob Howard said his squad had a tough day at the plate.</span></p> 11-12-year-old All-Stars begin action http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/11-12-year-old-all-stars-begin-action <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_4919.jpg" alt="Cole Mattingly fields a ground ball to pick up an easy out at first base against Campbellsville." title="Cole Mattingly fields a ground ball to pick up an easy out at first base against Campbellsville." align="left" hspace="6" width="129" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The Washington County 11-12-year-old Little League Baseball all-star team started play in this year&rsquo;s District 5 Little League Tournament this past weekend, facing off against Campbellsville and Marion County.</span></p> <p class="p1"> WC played Campbellsville in Saturday&rsquo;s opener, losing 10-5, before going up against Marion County on Sunday, losing by a score of 4-1.</p> <p class="p1"> <strong style="line-height: 20.4px;"><br /> Campbellsville</strong></p> 9-10-year-old All-Stars see tournament play http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/9-10-year-old-all-stars-see-tournament-play <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_5144.jpg" alt="Dustin Taylor was one of the pitchers who saw the mound in Saturday’s game against Campbellsville." title="Dustin Taylor was one of the pitchers who saw the mound in Saturday’s game against Campbellsville." align="left" hspace="6" width="114" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The Washington County 9-10-year-old Little League Baseball all-star team began District 5 Little League Tournament play this past weekend. WC lost 20-2 against Campbellsville on Saturday before falling to Marion County by a score of 12-10 on Sunday.</span></p> <p class="p2"> <strong style="line-height: 20.4px;"><br /> Campbellsville</strong></p> 11-12-year-old softball All-Stars’ season ends in district tourney http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/11-12-year-old-softball-all-stars%E2%80%99-season-ends-district-tourney <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/11-12-year-old_softball_all-star.jpg" alt="Pictured is Washington County’s 11-12-year-old Little League Softball All-Star team." title="Pictured is Washington County’s 11-12-year-old Little League Softball All-Star team." align="left" hspace="6" width="116" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The Washington County 11-12 Little League Softball all-star team saw its time in the District 5 Little League Tournament come to a close last week, losing to Marion County by a score of 13-0 to finish with a 1-2 record in the tournament.</span></p> <p class="p1"> Marion County, who would go on to lose to Russell County in the championship game, jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back, ending the game after the fourth inning due to the 10-run rule.</p> 11-12-year-old All-Stars split first two http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/11-12-year-old-all-stars-split-first-two <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_4564.jpg" alt="Shortstop Jasmine Coulter dives to keep a ground ball from reaching the outfield." title="Shortstop Jasmine Coulter dives to keep a ground ball from reaching the outfield." align="left" hspace="6" width="134" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The Washington County 11-12-year-old Little League Softball All-Star team participated in the District 5 Little League Tournament this past weekend, splitting its first two games. After losing 7-0 to Russell County on Saturday, WC bounced back with an 18-5 blowout of Adair County on Sunday.</span></p> <p class="p1"> WC was originally scheduled to play Marion County on Monday, but due to inclement weather, the game was postponed until Tuesday after press time.</p> 9-10-year-old All-Stars wrap up action http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/9-10-year-old-all-stars-wrap-action <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_4127_0.jpg" alt="9-10-year-old All-Star Nastasia Doty, who started both games in the pitcher’s circle, throws a strike. " title="9-10-year-old All-Star Nastasia Doty, who started both games in the pitcher’s circle, throws a strike. " align="left" hspace="6" width="105" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Since this year&rsquo;s Washington County 9-10-year-old Little League Softball All-Stars started practicing three weeks ago, one of the players&rsquo; main areas of focus has been to continue giving their all until the end of the game, no matter the score, according to head coach Theresa Mattingly.</span></p> <p class="p1"> And this past weekend in the District 5 Little League Tournament, Mattingly said her team did just that, despite losses to Russell and Marion counties.</p>