http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sports/rss.xml en ‘It’s not going to be easy’ http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/%E2%80%98it%E2%80%99s-not-going-be-easy%E2%80%99 <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_7806_0.jpg" alt="Brandon Smith tips in the ball during a practice." title="Brandon Smith tips in the ball during a practice." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Nick Schrager<br /> Sun Sports Writer</p> <p> <br /> In with a flash, the Washington County Commanders boys&rsquo; basketball team are tooling up to take on the district this season.</p> <p> <br /> Commanders head coach Bernard Smalley, who coached the Comanderettes for the last seven years, said the team, who is coming off a rough 3-22 season, will have to believe in themselves this year if they want to succeed.</p> <p> <br /> He said his four seniors will be leading the team this year.</p> WC girls gearing up http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/wc-girls-gearing <p> Nick Schrager<br /> Sun Sports Writer</p> <p> <br /> Through sounds of sneakers running on the court and the echo of a ball dribbling, the Washington County Commanderettes are coming off a 6-19 season and are gearing up for action.</p> Reeling in the big one http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/reeling-big-one <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/11_26_cochran.jpg" alt="Nathan and Lynn Cochran stand with their trophies from the 2014 Crappie Classic National Championship. " title="Nathan and Lynn Cochran stand with their trophies from the 2014 Crappie Classic National Championship. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Nick Schrager<br /> Sun Sports Writer</p> <p> <br /> Brothers Nathan and Lynn Cochran could be considered hometown heroes.<br /> That&rsquo;s because the two took the win in the amateur division of the 2014 Crappie Classic National Championship at Cumberland Lake in Somerset.</p> <p> <br /> According to Nathan, the pair won a slew of prizes including a new boat, motor, anchor, depth finder and battery charger. He said it felt good to win the event.<br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great feeling,&rdquo; Nathan said.</p> SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Striving for Excellence http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/senior-spotlight-striving-excellence <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/austin_riggs_web.jpg" alt="Washington County senior football player Austin Riggs hopes to play for Eastern Kentucky University at the next level. " title="Washington County senior football player Austin Riggs hopes to play for Eastern Kentucky University at the next level. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> John Overby<br /> Sun Sports Writer</p> <p> <br /> From the moment Austin Riggs discovered football, he was in awe at the physical nature that the game entailed. Unlike basketball and baseball, he says, football is a sport that you can impose your will on the other team through sheer physicality and &ldquo;it not be a problem.&rdquo;</p> <p> <br /> &ldquo;You can hit somebody and not have to worry about it,&rdquo; Riggs said.</p> <p> <br /> For him, that is perhaps the most rewarding part about playing football.</p> SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: The Overcomer http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/senior-spotlight-overcomer <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_davon_moore.jpg" alt="Senior Davon Moore was a steady contributor during his time as a Commander. One of his biggest accomplishments — breaking the school’s squat record — came off the field. " title="Senior Davon Moore was a steady contributor during his time as a Commander. One of his biggest accomplishments — breaking the school’s squat record — came off the field. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <br /> After a promising sophomore season, Davon Moore was looking forward to having an even stronger junior campaign. Everything seemed to be heading in that direction, too, until the injury bug struck and derailed those plans. Moore broke his wrist the week before Washington County&rsquo;s first game of the season. Head coach Eric Sagrecy initially speculated that the injury would cost him three-to-four weeks of playing time; it ended up sidelining him for the entire year after a surgery was needed to repair his wrist.</p> SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Tough Enough http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/senior-spotlight-tough-enough <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_jimmy_wheatley.jpg" alt="Washington County Commanders football head coach Eric Sagrecy said that Jimmy Wheatley “has an extreme amount of heart” and will “give you 110 percent all of the time.” " title="Washington County Commanders football head coach Eric Sagrecy said that Jimmy Wheatley “has an extreme amount of heart” and will “give you 110 percent all of the time.” " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &ldquo;Jimmy Wheatley is one of the toughest kids I&rsquo;ve ever coached.&rdquo;</p> <p> When Washington County Commanders head football coach Eric Sagrecy says this about one of his senior captains, it is not just idle praise; he means every word of it.</p> <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve only coached a few players in the past like him,&rdquo; Sagrecy said. &ldquo;He has an extreme amount of heart, and he&rsquo;s going to give you 110 percent all the time. You just always know what Jimmy Wheatley is going to bring, and that&rsquo;s everything he&rsquo;s got.&rdquo;</p> SCC wrestling begins journey as new program http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/scc-wrestling-begins-journey-new-program <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_web_spencer_adams.jpg" alt="SCC head coach Spencer Adams noted that his team exceeded expectations in opener." title="SCC head coach Spencer Adams noted that his team exceeded expectations in opener." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The St. Catharine College Patriots wrestling squad traveled to Ohio this past weekend for its first-ever tournament as a program.</p> <p> The &ldquo;Grappling Patriots&rdquo; competed in the inaugural Case Western Reserve University Wrestling Festival, held on CWRU&rsquo;s campus. The showcase consisted of two separate events &mdash; The Bob Del Rosa Duals and the Claude Sharer Classic.</p> SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: The Total Package http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/senior-spotlight-total-package <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_jordan_bottoms.jpg" alt="Senior Jordan Bottoms surveys the field before lining up at defensive end. He was also the punter and fullback for the Washington County Commanders for much of his career. " title="Senior Jordan Bottoms surveys the field before lining up at defensive end. He was also the punter and fullback for the Washington County Commanders for much of his career. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Offense, defense and special teams.</p> <p> In all three phases of football, Jordan Bottoms played an integral part during his career playing for the Washington County Commanders.</p> <p> On offense, Bottoms played fullback in a run-first offense. It was from this spot that he scored the first touchdown of his varsity career against Thomas Nelson earlier this year.</p>