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Today's Sports

  • Practice makes perfect for...

    Sports are at the center of many communities big and small across the United States. Whether it’s high school, college, or professional sports, people come from all over to watch and cheer on their favorite team or player. Here in Washington County, there’s a sport more than 20 years old and has seen many participants go on to compete at higher levels in competitions across not only Kentucky, but also the country.

  • Behind the scenes at Idle Hour...

    Everyone in Springfield knows the name Idle Hour Park. Little League is played there, Washington County High School plays many of their sports there, and community members enjoy walks around the track or days on the playground with their kids there.

    People who visit the park see well-kept fields and an overall clean environment. But keeping it that way isn’t a small task, something park director Bernard Smalley knows all too well.

    “We do what we can out here, I think we do a good job with what we have,” he said.

  • Keene has umpired for over 30...

    For many, baseball is a hobby. People who love baseball will do anything to be around it, regardless of whether it puts them on the field or in the stands. This is exactly why Felix Keene became a Little League umpire more than 30 years ago.

    “It’s always been a hobby of mine,” he said. “I played all sports growing up, but baseball was my main one.”

  • All-Stars begins June 22

    With summer in full swing, many Little League All-Star tournaments are starting to get underway. Washington County will not only participate in these tournaments, but will also host one this year.

    Starting tomorrow through Sunday, Little League softball players from ages 9-12 will compete in the District 5 Little League tournament at Idle Hour Park. The tournament will see Washington, Adair, Russell and Marion county 9/10 and 11/12-year-old teams compete over three days leading up to the championship games on June 25.

  • Spaulding umpires for the love...

    Baseball is a tough and demanding sport, and many are passionate in their love for the game. While some devote their time to playing on the field, others offer their services in other ways, such as coaching and officiating. This is what Joey Spalding, the vice president and loan officer at Springfield State Bank, has devoted his free time to since the early 2000s.

    “I’ve been around baseball a long time,” Spalding said.

  • Learning the game

    Young boys and girls interested in golf got the chance to test and improve their skills last week at Lincoln Homestead State Park.

    A junior golf clinic was held June 5-8 for boys and girls between the ages of 12-14 at the golf course. Park Manager Bobby Bartholomai said he started the clinic to give kids the chance to get out on the course to play golf and help them improve their skillsets.

    “We do it every year, I try to do it right after they get out of school,” Bartholomai said. “Normally the first full week of June.”

  • Commanderettes win back-to-back...

    The Washington County softball team competed in the 19th District Tournament last week at Bardstown High School. After defeating Nelson County in the first game and Bethlehem in the second, the Commanderettes completed back-to-back seasons as 19th District champions.

    “It’s been a great year coaching these girls,” head coach Christy Baker said. “They’ve all stepped up and played hard and the results now speak for themselves.”

    Washington County 18 Nelson County 0

  • Commanders split games with...

    The Washington County Commanders took on Bethlehem last week in a three-game series, losing the first game 12-2 and bouncing back to win 8-1 in game two. Game three was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

    “We played our game and executed very well,” said head coach Adam Blair.

    Washington County 2 Bethlehem 12

  • Commanderettes play in All-A...

    After claiming their fourth consecutive All-A Classic 12th Region championship last month, the Washington County Commanderette volleyball team spent this past weekend in the All-A Classic state tournament in Florence, Kentucky.

    The tournament opened with pool play, featuring four pools made up of four teams in each. Washington County head coach John Rogers knew his team had anything but an easy draw, and before the tournament was over, three teams from Washington County’s bracket would be playing in the finals of their brackets.

  • Volleyballers fall in opener at...

    Jeff Moreland

    Regional Publisher

    Washington County volleyball head coach John Rogers knew his team was going up against a tough opponent Monday night as the Commanderettes opened their season at Elizabethtown.

    “I haven’t seen E-Town play, but I’ve heard they have one of the better teams they’ve ever had here, and of course E-Town’s won the region several times, so to say they have one of the best teams they’ve ever had means they’re going to be good,” Rogers said.

    He was right.