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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.

  • Baseball All-Stars battle in...

    The District 5 Little League All-Star Baseball Tournament began Saturday, July 1, at Beaver Creek Park in Glasgow. Washington County’s 8-10 and 10-12 year old teams took on Marion County Saturday and Glasgow Sunday. The teams also took on Boyle County Monday and Adair County on Tuesday, though results weren’t available at press time. Washington County will finish play against Campbellsville today, July 5, at 5 p.m. CT. Be sure to see more in next week’s issue of The Sun.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.”

  • Reviewing the 2017 Commanderette...

    The Washington County Commanderettes finished a very strong 2016-17 season. The team finished 15-15 overall, but that included a second consecutive 19th District Championship and a berth into the Region 5 Softball Tournament. They also won the 12th Region All “A” Classic in April for the first time in school history, earning them a spot in the All “A” State Tournament. Head coach Christy Baker was very pleased with how the season went and being able to win district for just the second time in school history.

  • Reviewing the 2017 Commanders...

    The 2016-17 Washington County baseball team has closed the book on another season. The team did well overall, going 19-17 and competing in the 19th District Baseball Tournament. They also had the chance to travel to Tennessee in April to compete in tournament play there. Head coach Adam Blair was pleased with finishing the season with a positive record and competing against quality teams both in and out of state.

  • Commanders defeated by Bardstown...

    The Washington County baseball team competed in the first round of the 19th District Baseball Tournament last week at Bardstown High School against Bardstown. The team fell five runs behind by the fourth inning and its effort to come back came up just short, losing to the Tigers 7-5 on Tuesday.

    “Our guys played hard and fought back into this game, we just couldn’t quite get back after getting down so early,” head coach Adam Blair said.