http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sports/rss.xml en SCC sports see continued growth http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/scc-sports-see-continued-growth <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_spencer_adams_0.jpg" alt="Spencer Adams’ wrestling team has been one of the biggest additions to the SCC athletics department." title="Spencer Adams’ wrestling team has been one of the biggest additions to the SCC athletics department." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> While the 2014-2015 collegiate sports season is still in its offseason, St. Catharine College has been hard at work to continue making strides in its athletics department.</p> <p> And the results have been noticeable.</p> <p> For starters, SCC has already seen several new facility enhancements with more still on the way.</p> PHOTOS: Preseason Prep http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/photos-preseason-prep <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_img_4977.jpg" alt="Pictured above are the Washington County volleyball players who participated in the varsity camp put on by St. Catharine College." title="Pictured above are the Washington County volleyball players who participated in the varsity camp put on by St. Catharine College." align="left" hspace="6" /> COLUMN: Welcome to the Space Sham http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/column-welcome-space-sham <p> Let&rsquo;s look past the obvious: aliens that can steal player&rsquo;s basketball skills, Looney Tunes luring Michael Jordan into Looney Tune land and when Michael Jordan&rsquo;s hand CLEARLY goes past the hoop on the final basket but we later see him hanging on the rim.</p> <p> Space Jam, one of my favorite childhood memories, is flawed for so many reasons that only an adult basketball mind can fathom, something I rediscovered this past week.</p> Brandon Johnson to Thomas Nelson http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/brandon-johnson-thomas-nelson <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_tnhs-bjohnson-1407_8635.jpg" alt="Brandon Johnson finished his SCC career in 2012 as the all-time leader in scoring, rebounds and steals. " title="Brandon Johnson finished his SCC career in 2012 as the all-time leader in scoring, rebounds and steals. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>Tom Dekle</strong><br /> <em>Nelson County Schools</em></p> <p> One of the newest high schools in the state, Thomas Nelson, went with a coaching newcomer to fill the void atop the boys&rsquo; basketball program, tabbing former St. Catharine player and assistant coach Brandon Johnson to lead the Generals.</p> Springfield falls in 16th annual President's Cup http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/springfield-falls-16th-annual-presidents-cup <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_img_4962.jpg" alt="Pictured above is Springfield’s Presidents’ Cup team this year. Front row, left to right: Jordon Reinle, Mikie Yates, Tommy Smith, Ryan Spalding, Chad Hardin and Joe B. Yates. Back row, left to right: Kevin Taylor, Tony Medley, Bill Frost, Jason Osborne, Barrett Tingle, Aaron Spalding, Scott Reinle, Fred Armstrong and Ricky Hoppes." title="Pictured above is Springfield’s Presidents’ Cup team this year. Front row, left to right: Jordon Reinle, Mikie Yates, Tommy Smith, Ryan Spalding, Chad Hardin and Joe B. Yates. Back row, left to right: Kevin Taylor, Tony Medley, Bill Frost, Jason Osborne, Barrett Tingle, Aaron Spalding, Scott Reinle, Fred Armstrong and Ricky Hoppes." align="left" hspace="6" width="188" height="85" /><p> Since the President&rsquo;s Cup inception 16 years ago, the battle between Springfield&rsquo;s Lincoln Homestead Country Club and Lebanon Country Club has been tight.</p> <p> A win by Lebanon this year helped prove just how close the series has been, evening the all-time record at 8-8.</p> <p> The Lebanon side came away with an 18-12 victory after the two-day event.</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> SCC athletics stay busy with recent signings http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/scc-athletics-stay-busy-recent-signings <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_emmalee_fleener.jpg" alt="Emmalee Fleener (Louisville) is the first recruit for SCC volleyball’s class of 2015." title="Emmalee Fleener (Louisville) is the first recruit for SCC volleyball’s class of 2015." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Emmalee Fleener</strong><br /> Before the 2014 volleyball season has even seen its first kill, the St. Catharine Patriots have received their first commitment for 2015.</p> <p> Emmalee Fleener, a 5-foot-7-inch defensive specialist/libero from Louisville, has committed to be a part of the St. Catharine College volleyball program.</p> <p> Fleener began club volleyball at age 8 as an outside hitter/defensive specialist.</p> Blake Hoppes sign-ups http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/blake-hoppes-sign-ups <p> Registration for the Blake Hoppes Youth Football League will be held July 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., July 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and July 27 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.</p> <p> All three days will be at the Washington County High School football weight room.</p> <p> The registration fee will need to be paid at this time as well.</p> <p> This league is for any interested players in kindergarten through sixth grade in Washington County.</p> <p> Home and away games will be played against Marion and Boyle County teams on Saturdays and Sundays.</p>