Today's Sports

  • SCC falls in MSC semifinals

    Special to the Sun

    The St. Catharine Patriots were unable to defeat top-seeded Pikeville (Ky.) in the Mid-South Conference tournament this past week, despite a furious rally by the Patriots.

    The 78-69 semifinal loss ended SCC’s bid for the conference tournament championship.

    The No. 2-ranked Bears would then go on to to Sunday’s title game to soundly defeat second-seeded Georgetown (Ky.).

  • Lady Patriots unable to make...

    Rebuilding a basketball roster is not always the easiest of tasks, and following an NAIA National Tournament appearance in 2013 and the graduation of two NAIA All-Americans, the St. Catharine Lady Patriots found out exactly how difficult it can be.

    The Lady Patriots came into the 2013-2014 season knowing that they would be faced with the gargantuan task of replacing Janae Howard and Reilly Poirier, the aforementioned NAIA All-Americans.

  • WC archery season ends at...

    With no Washington County archer qualifying for the state tournament, the team’s journey to an Anderson County tournament this past weekend would mark their final tournament of the season.

    WC was led by Ryan Saling, who finished 90th overall (out of 290 boys) after shooting a 258 on the male side of competition.

    For the females, Hannah Simpson led WC with a score of 256, which was good enough for 69th place (out of 201 girls).

  • 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.