Today's Sports

  • Home for the holidays

    Who would have thought a 29-year-old, multi-million dollar professional athlete would have roots right here in Springfield, a town which according to the 2010 U.S. census, has a population of 2,553.

    Probably not many, but as hard as it is to believe, Ann Murphy, a teller at Springfield State Bank, is one of those roots, and the sports star she’s related to is Daniel Murphy, a left fielder and first/second baseman for the New York Mets.

    She’s his grandmother.

  • WC girls fall 60-24


    The Washington County Commanderettes took a tough loss when they were defeated by the Marion County Lady Knights (7-6) on Jan. 10. The Commanderettes, who opened the girl/boy double header, were defeated 60-24 in the rivalry game, and the loss put Washington County’s record at 1-9.

  • Fighting the border war

    In what they call the border war, the Washington County Commanders fell hard to the Marion County Knights, 68-42, in their first of two meetings this season on Jan. 10.
    Commander head coach Bernard Smalley said rivalry losses can be disappointing.

  • Simply leading by example

    She may be smaller than some, but she can hustle on the court.

    Victoria Mattingly, 17, has been playing basketball for a total of nine years, the last four of which were for the Washington County Commanderettes.

    Mattingly, who could be called a seasoned veteran, is one of only two seniors on the team.

    She can often be seen playing post on the court, which she said she considers tough because of her stature.

  • The quiet one

    “We call him the silent assassin.”

    Those are the words of Washington County Commanders head coach Bernard Smalley.

    The person he’s referring to is senior Derek Barr.

    “He’s a kid of few words, he don’t say much, he just goes out and plays (and) gives you 110 percent,” Smalley said. “(He) does the dirty work, he does the little things for you.”

  • Play ball!

    The Washington County Commanders baseball team lent a hand to youth in Washington County over the holiday weekend when they hosted their annual Washington County Christmas Camp at the Washington County Elementary School.

    At the event, children learned to catch, hit and bunt among other activities.

  • WC boys struggle over holidays

    The Washington County Commanders spent their holiday vacation taking three losses in the South Oldham Dragons’ Coach Bob Holiday Classic last week.

    Already sitting at 0-6 before the games, the Commanders lost to the Dragons (5-8) 70-39, on Dec. 26, the Todd County Central Rebels (2-12) 57-54 on Dec. 27, and the Danville Admirals (10-6) 77-48 on Dec. 28.

    Seniors Zac Graves and Justin Shelton led the Commanders in scoring in all three games. In total, Graves scored 36 points, followed by Shelton who scored one shy at 35.

  • WCHS sports, a year in review

    January 15 Commanderettes end six-game skid

    The Washington County Commanderettes (2-7, 1-4) went up against the defending state champion Marion County Lady Knights (7-7) this past Saturday night, and it showed.
    The Knights jumped out to a 15-4 lead to start the game and never looked back. The Commanderettes cut their deficit to 12 by halftime, but the damage had already been done.
    Marion would go on to win by a score of 52-39.

    March 19
    Commanderettes score 38 runs in first two games

  • A look at the silverback

    5:45 a.m.
    While much of the region sleeps, Gene Boone’s heart pounds and adrenaline rushes as the air fills with rock and roll and the grunts of others.

    Sweat pours as they feel the burn, and it’s all in the name of fitness.

    “My motto is fit over 40,” Boone said.

    Many in Washington County may know Boone as a mail carrier who works the east side of Springfield. The 45-year-old, who walks on average 10 miles a day for the position, has worked as a mail carrier for the last 14 years.

  • Carman named Mid-South...

    St. Catharine  freshman Brian Carman is the Mid-South Conference Wrestler of the Week, conference officials announced on Tuesday.

    The weekly honor is the first of the season for Carman. He becomes the first St. Catharine grappler to win a conference honor.

    The Patriots are in their first season of collegiate wrestling.

    The New Haven, native posted a 3-1 record during the Indiana Tech Warrior Duals over the weekend in Fort Wayne, Indiana.