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Today's Sports

  • WC volleyball holds year-end...

    The Washington County High School Commanderette volleyball team officially closed its season last week with the annual volleyball team banquet.

    Several awards were handed out on the evening, including two WC seniors — Katlyn Seger and JoHanna Spalding — receiving the Commanderette Award, a leadership-based honor that is voted on by fellow teammates.

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Hustle Points

    When Edwin Mendoza gets knocked down, he gets right back up again.

    He learned this type of mentality growing up in Washington County, a community he said was “an awesome place to be.”

    “It’s really nice to have been able to grow up here,” Mendoza said. “I’ve learned a lot of things here, and I’ve enjoyed it because it’s always peaceful and everybody knows everybody.”

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Fitting in...

    Two years ago, when Mark Lunsford moved to Washington County from a small town in Oklahoma, he wasn’t sure what to expect.

    He was coming to an unfamiliar place to live with his dad, who had lived in Washington County all his life. Turns out, it was “pretty much the same stuff, different place.”

    And for Lunsford, that was a good thing.

    “In a small town, I really like how everyone’s really nice, and everybody gets to know everybody on a first-name basis,” Lunsford said. “It’s a nice place to be.”

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Quiet Commander

    As Qualyn Yocum hears the question, he takes a long pause before answering, and when he does, he answers it just as it is asked, in the minimum amount of words needed.

    Do you play any other sports than football?

    “Baseball.”

    How long have you done that?

    “Three years.”

    What is your favorite part about playing for the Washington County Commander football team?

    “We know how to work as a team.”

  • Different year, same result

    For the fourth straight season, the Washington County Commanders (3-7, 3-3) had their hearts broken in Glasgow during the opening round of the Class 2A Playoffs. WC lost by a score of 42-0 to the Scotties (8-3), extending their streak of losing by a smaller margin than the year before to Glasgow.

    Despite the loss, Commanders head coach Eric Sagrecy was proud of how his team battled against a team that had beaten them year after year.

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Through the...

    Confidence.

    It’s one of the most important attributes to have as a kicker, and it’s one of the things that senior Josh Thompson brings to the position for the Washington County Commanders.

    “I would definitely describe myself as very confident,” Thompson said. “I have a lot of faith in my abilities as a kicker, and I feel like I’m getting better all the time.”

    It is also something that the Commander coaching staff has in Thompson.

  • WCMS girls win NIT tournament

    Last week, the Washington County Middle School eighth-grade girls’ basketball team finished up what head coach Janey Doty called “an incredible run,” winning the NIT championship.

    Doty, who was in her first year as WCMS head coach, believes it was the perfect ending for a team that didn’t start the season particularly well, allowing the players to showcase all the hard work it took to get to this point.

  • Washington County loses on...

    Washington County leads the game 17-14 after kicking a field goal during its overtime possession, but now Marion County has the ball, fourth and goal from the one-yard line.

    The call from the Marion County sidelines is to go for the win. Specifically, the call is a quarterback sneak.

    As both lines crash into each other at the snap of the ball, there is no movement for several seconds, either toward or away from the goal line.

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Utility Player

    Ever since Colton Nolan moved from Clay County to Washington County as a 7-year-old, he has felt at home. In fact, he says he has “loved every minute of it.”

    “There’s nothing bad about it,” Nolan said. “I wouldn’t change anything about it if I had to.”

    Nolan especially liked the family atmosphere he found while playing sports in WC.

    He has been interested in football ever since he first heard his father talk about his own experiences playing the game.

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Lead by example

    Ever since he first started watching the game, Adan Garza was drawn to the physical nature of football.

    As a middle-school student, Garza saw his older brother playing and became intrigued by a sport that “just wasn’t like anything else.”

    “I thought it would be fun because it’s so different from every other sport,” Garza said. “Being able to hit other people, be physical, it just always looked like something I would love doing.”