http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sports/rss.xml en 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> 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> 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> Volleyball loses its first game of the season http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/volleyball-loses-its-first-game-season <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_img_7031.jpg" alt="Washington County Commanderette senior Katlyn Seger celebrates a big run by her team against bitter rival Marion County last Thursday. " title="Washington County Commanderette senior Katlyn Seger celebrates a big run by her team against bitter rival Marion County last Thursday. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Washington County Commanderette (12-1, 2-1) volleyball team&rsquo;s bid for perfection ended on Monday night after a 3-0 (25-19, 24-21, 25-18) loss to the Bethlehem Banshees (13-2, 5-0).</p> <p> The Commanderettes were one of only seven teams &mdash; WC, Mercy, Oldham County, Assumption, Jackson City, East Ridge, Monroe County &mdash; left in the state with an undefeated record going into Monday night&rsquo;s action, a number that is now down to four after losses by WC, Assumption and Monroe County.</p> Commanders fall to E-town 55-7 http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanders-fall-e-town-55-7 <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_edit_garrett_floyd.jpg" alt="Washington County’s Garrett Floyd is tripped up by Elizabethtown’s Tevin Lucas. " title="Washington County’s Garrett Floyd is tripped up by Elizabethtown’s Tevin Lucas. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Washington County Commander football team (0-2) had their chances against the Elizabethtown Panthers (3-0), but they were unable to capitalize, losing by a score of 55-7.</p> <p> Their first chance came just 15 seconds into the contest, when Elizabethtown fumbled a lateral on its first play from scrimmage. WC senior Michael Wheatley ended up with the football and returned it 43 yards for the touchdown, giving the Commanders their first lead of the season at 7-0 after the extra point.</p> Emily Cox goes to All-A State http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/emily-cox-goes-all-state <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_emily_cox_1.jpg" alt="WC sophomore Emily Cox finished in the top-40 at the All-A State Classic in Somerset." title="WC sophomore Emily Cox finished in the top-40 at the All-A State Classic in Somerset." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> This past weekend, Washington County sophomore golfer Emily Cox played in her fifth straight All-A State Classic.</p> <p> She placed in the top 40 after carding a 102 at Eagle&rsquo;s Nest Country Club in Somerset.</p> <p> In her past two All-A State Classics, Cox shot an 84 at each event, even clinching a spot in the top 10 last year.</p> <p> This year&rsquo;s top performer &mdash; Olivia Cason of Owensboro Catholic High School &mdash; carded a 74 on the evening.</p> <p> The event featured 77 players from All-A-eligible high schools from around the state.</p> 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" width="162" height="85" /><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> 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>