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Today's Sports

  • WC finishes 2015 on 1-1 streak

    The Washington County Commanderettes (3-8, 0-3) traveled to Garrard County last week to participate in the Elite Insurance Solutions Lady Lions Classic. The Commanderettes played the host team, the Garrard County Lions (6-8), and the Berea Pirates (0-12) in the two-day tournament.

    Garrard County

    On the first day of the event, the Commanderettes fell to Garrard County by a score of 52-17 in a game where WC played out of sync, according to head coach Lena Bramblett.

  • 2015: A sports year in review

    Sun Staff

    January
    • New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy, who has family in Springfield, visits Washington County over the holidays.
    • The Washington County Commanders notch their first win of the 2014-2015 season after Kambron Hayden hits a buzzer-beating, game-winning basket against the Valley Vikings.
    • The Commanders pick up their second win of season against the Beth Haven Bearcats behind team-leading 18 points from Zac Graves.

    February

  • Senior spotlight: Daisha Edelen

    When Daisha Edelen is on the basketball court, she is always looking to make an impact on defense.

    It’s not that she doesn’t like offense, but for her, she has the most fun when she’s creating offense through her defense.

    “I like defense better than offense,” she said. “I like getting deflections and going down to the other side and getting the ball to a teammate for an assist.”

  • Senior Spotlight: Brandon Smith

    Growing up, Brandon Smith always preferred basketball over football. He played “a little bit” in pee-wee football and two years in middle school, but other than that, Smith always chose to play basketball if he could.

    “I liked it growing up because basketball’s more free,” Smith said. “You’re more loose, and there’s a lot going on. It’s just what I liked playing as a kid.”

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Michael...

    It was Michael Wheatley’s junior season as a Washington County Commander.

    His team was taking on its biggest rivals in the Marion County Knights during his first year playing high school football, and the Commanders had lost the last two games in the historically close rivalry.

    After the game ended on a controversial game-winning, fourth-and-goal touchdown by Marion County in overtime, Wheatley and his teammates couldn’t forget the agonizing feeling of that defeat.

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: D.J. Keeling

    When Bernard Smalley took over as the Washington County boys’ basketball head coach last year, one of the biggest lessons he hoped to instill in his new players was work ethic.

    And in then-junior D.J. Keeling, he found a player who bought into this philosophy from the start.

    “D.J. is just one of those scrappy kids,” Smalley said. “He always gives you 110 percent.”

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Kambron Hayden

    There was only two seconds remaining in the game, and the Washington County Commanders needed a spark. 

    The Commanders were 0-13 on the season and were in the midst of an overtime battle with the Valley Vikings. In addition to being a team hungry for its first win, it was also the first-ever boys’ basketball game in the gymnasium at the new Washington County High School.

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Morrison Smith

    Morrison Smith suffered his first major football injury his junior year. 

    It was his first scrimmage playing varsity, and a player hit him in the side of his knee. The diagnosis was an ACL tear, and it would end his season. 

    It wouldn’t be his last injury.

    As Smith puts it, that’s just the risk he took by never giving up on a play and going full speed all the time.

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Trevor Sagrecy

     For as long as he can remember, football has been a part of Trevor Sagrecy’s life. In some of his first baby pictures, he is wearing a football jersey, and as soon as he was old enough to understand what was going on, he began watching Cincinnati Bengals games with his family and — just like them — pledged his allegiance to the team.

  • Senior spotlight: Dwayne Yocum

    Dwayne Yocum is a worker.

    According to his head coach, Eric Sagrecy, Yocum is the type of football player “who never complains, never whines and never gets injured.”

    He just comes to practice each day — Sagrecy also noted he is literally there at practice every day — and works as hard as he can to become a better player for the Washington County Commanders.