http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sports/rss.xml en Commanders lose opening game http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanders-lose-opening-game <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_0063.jpg" alt="Washington County senior Keion Wright returns a kickoff as Julian Lopez leads the way." title="Washington County senior Keion Wright returns a kickoff as Julian Lopez leads the way." align="left" hspace="6" width="103" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The Washington County Commanders found themselves in a shootout last Friday night, but they were unable to come out with a win, falling short 54-40 against the high-powered offense of the Western Hills Wolverines during the season opener.</span></p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Despite a two-possession deficit on the board at the end of the game, it looked as if Western Hills would run away in a blowout early on.</span></p> WC volleyball starts season 0-3 http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/wc-volleyball-starts-season-0-3 <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_0549.jpg" alt="Seniors Kelsey Thompson (left) and Ashley Yates combine for a block against Nelson County." title="Seniors Kelsey Thompson (left) and Ashley Yates combine for a block against Nelson County." align="left" hspace="6" width="122" height="85" /><p class="p1"> The Washington County Commanderettes lost their first three games of the season last week, but they did so while playing three of the top teams in the 5th Region.</p> <p class="p1"> And that was by design, according to head coach John Rogers.</p> <p class="p1"> &ldquo;We wanted to load that schedule up, and with the way the girls are fighting, they understand what the game plan is,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;0-3 has no negative effect on us whatsoever as far as the district tournament and the region tournament go, unless we let it.&rdquo;</p> Commander golf team falls to Campbellsville http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commander-golf-team-falls-campbellsville <p class="p1"> The Washington County Commander golf team was in action last week, traveling to Taylor County to face off against the Campbellsville Eagles this past Thursday.</p> <p class="p1"> The Commanders were unable to extend their two-match winning streak, though, falling to the Eagles by 21 strokes, with WC scoring 190 compared to Campbellsville&rsquo;s 169.</p> Yates qualifies for All ‘A’ State http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/yates-qualifies-all-%E2%80%98a%E2%80%99-state <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_0085.jpg" alt="Drew Yates shot the lowest score during last week’s All “A” 12th Region Tournament." title="Drew Yates shot the lowest score during last week’s All “A” 12th Region Tournament." align="left" hspace="6" width="109" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">After posting the lowest overall score at the 12th Region All &ldquo;A&rdquo; Classic last week, Drew Yates is headed to the state tournament.</span></p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">The Washington County High School sophomore boys&rsquo; golfer will be the first male competitor to compete at the All &ldquo;A&rdquo; state level since WC&rsquo;s boys&rsquo; team qualified as a whole in 2011.</span></p> Commanders look to use experience as advantage http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanders-look-use-experience-advantage <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_0500.jpg" alt="Keion Wright lays out to tackle an opponent." title="Keion Wright lays out to tackle an opponent." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">One thing this year&rsquo;s Washington County Commander football team will not be lacking is experience. With 14 seniors &mdash; including many who have played multiple years on the varsity squad &mdash; the Commanders will continue to look to their veterans for leadership, according to head coach Eric Sagrecy.</span></p> Baker returns from stint with national youth all-star team http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/baker-returns-stint-national-youth-all-star-team <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_0247_0.jpg" alt="Beau Baker poses with his Baseball Youth All-Star Challenge uniform and a medal his team received for winning the event. " title="Beau Baker poses with his Baseball Youth All-Star Challenge uniform and a medal his team received for winning the event. " align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Beau Baker was &ldquo;very excited&rdquo; when he was chosen to compete in last week&rsquo;s Baseball Youth All-Star Challenge in Branson, Missouri, but even that feeling was nothing compared to how he felt after winning the 10-year-old Home Run Derby and being a contributor on a team that would go on to win the event&rsquo;s championship.</span></p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">&ldquo;It was a good experience,&rdquo; Beau said. &ldquo;Not a bunch of kids get to do this. &hellip; You&rsquo;ve gotta take advantage of it.&rdquo;</span></p> WC alums excelling in college football http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/wc-alums-excelling-college-football <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_sign_2_0.jpg" alt="Ty’Lyn Byas and Sean Lewis (front middle, from left) signed on to play together with the Campbellsville Tigers in February of 2014. Both players, who are not only former Commander teammates but also second cousins, have won two conference championships will playing for Campbellsville, noting that the two rings they received from these titles are the proudest moments of their football careers to date. Byas is a junior safety, and Lewis is an offensive guard for the Tigers." title="Ty’Lyn Byas and Sean Lewis (front middle, from left) signed on to play together with the Campbellsville Tigers in February of 2014. Both players, who are not only former Commander teammates but also second cousins, have won two conference championships will playing for Campbellsville, noting that the two rings they received from these titles are the proudest moments of their football careers to date. Byas is a junior safety, and Lewis is an offensive guard for the Tigers." align="left" hspace="6" width="133" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The speed of the game.</span></p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">That&rsquo;s what first stuck out to Ty&rsquo;Lyn Byas, Sean Lewis and Adam Smith as the biggest different between high school football and college football.</span></p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">But after the initial adjustment period, it&rsquo;s something that all three former Commanders have adjusted to on their way to making an impact on their respective college teams.</span></p> Five seniors lead the way for WC volleyball http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/five-seniors-lead-way-wc-volleyball <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_9706.jpg" alt="WC’s five seniors are looking to make an impact in their final season. They are, from left, Victoria Hamilton, Ashley Yates, Kelsey Thompson, Jordan Wheatley and Elizabeth Medley." title="WC’s five seniors are looking to make an impact in their final season. They are, from left, Victoria Hamilton, Ashley Yates, Kelsey Thompson, Jordan Wheatley and Elizabeth Medley." align="left" hspace="6" width="130" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">With no seniors on last year&rsquo;s Washington County High School volleyball team, this year&rsquo;s squad will see the return of many familiar faces.</span></p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">For new head coach John Rogers, who was promoted earlier this year from his assistant coach position, returning a team full of varsity-tested players should prove beneficial in the team&rsquo;s quest for its second-ever district tournament title.</span></p>