Today's Sports

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Springfield...

    Hustling is not just an option for Ty’Lyn Byas when it comes to sports.

    It’s a certainty.

    You see, that’s just the way Byas was wired while growing up in Springfield, which he described as “just kind of a nice, quiet, country place.”

    “I always tried my hardest (while playing sports) because I just wanted to score some touchdowns and make some plays,” Byas said. “I always dreamed of scoring the game-winning touchdown or watching the ball going through the net when you hit that big shot.”

  • WC baseball starts this week

    With the Washington County Commander baseball team coming off of a disappointing 16-17 season last year, head coach Derek Schuler has high hopes that his team can turn the corner and he can guide his ball club to a winning record.

    To do so, Schuler first must find a way to replace the experience that the Commanders lost on the pitching mound. Last season, his team relied heavily on Thomas Spaulding and Will Begley in this department, both of whom graduated last May.

  • WC looks to build on last year’s...

    For Washington County’s softball head coach Paul Coulter, the key to his team’s success this season will be the playing experience that the Commanderettes bring to the table.

    They return four seniors who have received significant playing time in the past — Hannah Coulter, Olivia Goatley, Maddie Abell and Mercedes Cowherd — and bring in Kari Creech, who transferred in this season from Letcher County where she was a two-year starter.

  • COLUMN: The vibes of March

    Eleven days.

    Eleven days is the only thing standing between America and the official beginning of the greatest spectacle in sports: the aptly named March Madness.

    When the brackets are officially finalized and announced on Selection Sunday, the talking heads will fill the next few days’ airwaves with the blithering over-analysis of how Arkansas was snubbed and North Carolina was seeded too high, how Virginia isn’t getting any respect and how Wichita State is getting too much.

  • Season ends in first round of...

    The WC Commanders played their final game of the season last week, but assistant coach Paul Howard couldn’t fault his team’s effort against the Nelson County Cardinals.

    With WC down by five at the half and tied at 48 at the end of the third quarter, Howard’s confidence in pulling the game out with a win began to steadily grow stronger.

    However, after being outscored 27-10 in the fourth quarter, the Commanders were unable to extend their season another game, losing by a score of 75-58.

  • Lady Patriots sweep conference...

    After dropping their season opening series to the Grenadiers, the St. Catharine Lady Patriots (4-2, 4-0 MSC) bounced back in sweeping fashion in their first conference weekend.

    If scoring runs had ever been a concern for Head Coach Holly Smith prior to the season beginning, she breathed a sigh of relief when the visiting Pikeville Bears (0-2, 0-2 MSC) and Bluefield Rams (0-4, 0-4 MSC) invaded Salt River Electric Field.

  • Commanderettes fall in second...

    The 2013-2014 season ended last Tuesday night for the WC Commanderettes with a 68-46 loss to the Nelson County Lady Cardinals in the District 19 Tournament.

    The No. 1-seeded Cardinals, who would go on to win the district championship, had been a tough matchup for the Commanderettes all season, something WC Head Coach Bernard Smalley knew going into the contest.


    At 6 feet 2 inches tall, Jennifer Keene is used to being the biggest player on the basketball court.

    She often finds herself posting up against smaller players, and when facing this type of height disparity, Keene knows there is only one logical course of action: use her tall stature as a clear-cut benefit.

    “I just feel like it’s important to show my strength and ability,” Keene said. “Some taller players that play ball don’t use their height advantage, but me being as big as I am, I feel like I need to be aggressive.”

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: A Passion for...

    Finding the younger version of Sean Lewis was never difficult. If he wasn’t playing basketball, he was most likely playing football in the backyard.

    And if those two options failed, it would be wise to see if he was sitting in front of his video game system, playing something sports-related to be sure.

    Young Sean Lewis was not hard to figure out. He just loved sports.

    The same could be said of Lewis today.

    Depending on the season, Lewis could be at football practice, basketball practice or in the weight room.

  • SCC Patriots stand tall against...

    The St. Catharine big men came through in a big way on Thursday night, as the Patriots (17-9, 10-6 MSC) outlasted the Campbellsville Tigers (14-11, 9-7 MSC) 99-92 in three overtimes.

    With a front line of 6-feet-8-inches and 6-feet-6-inches, the Patriots don’t stray far from the norm for frontcourts in college basketball.

    On Thursday night, however, the combination of Raymon Austin (Cleveland, Ohio) and William Tolefree (Stone Mountain, Ga.) played as if they were larger than life, combining for 61 of the Patriots’ 99 total points.