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Today's Sports

  • Junior league golf coming up

    Lincoln Homestead State Park will be hosting a junior golf league starting next week and lasting for about five weeks, according to Bobby Bartholomai, club pro and Washington County High School golf coach.

    The league, intended for ages 10 and up (Bartholomai noted that a golfer over 16 is a rarity), is unique in the way that it is set up.

    The league will be played on Tuesday and Thursday from 8-10 a.m. each week, but the commitment for each golfer is flexible, as there is a $3 charge for each day played rather than a set fee at the beginning of the season.

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: One-track mind

    Christian Ibarra has always been intrigued by track and field.

    He had a passion for playing football and enjoyed basketball and soccer growing up, but running track was always his dream.

    “I’ve been very fast my whole life,” Ibarra said. “I’m highly energetic, and I love running. It’s in my soul.”

  • Three new head coaches hired

    Three head coaching positions at Washington County High School were filled this past week.

    Mike Holt, Sr. was pegged as the head girls’ basketball coach, an opening that had been left vacant for the longest time of the three.

    Former Commanderette coach Bernard Smalley was recently hired as the head coach for the boys’ basketball team.

    Two spring sports jobs were filled as well, with Christy Baker and Adam Blair being hired as the head coaches for softball and baseball, respectively.

  • Volleyball clinic starts next...

    The Washington County Commanderette volleyball team will be hosting a volleyball clinic next Monday through Wednesday for girls in 4th-8th grade.

    According to WC head coach Anne Mudd, the clinic, which is in its sixth year, is a chance to get girls in the community excited about playing volleyball at an early age.

    “We just love exposing these young children to the game that we love so much,” Mudd said. “It’s a thrill seeing these young kids enjoying themselves playing volleyball.”

  • PHOTOS: little BIG league
  • SCC wrestling adds to its first-...

    The St. Catharine College Patriots wrestling team has gotten off to a fast start for the program’s inaugural season, signing four top recruits in just the past week.

    Dan Reed
    The St. Catharine Patriots show that they have no fear of branching out with the addition of “folk-style” wrestler Dan Reed.

  • WC native helps Bethlehem...

    Playing third base is all instinct, according to John Riney.

    When the ball is hit down the line, you can’t do anything but react.

    “You don’t do any of the work,” said Riney, who just finished his senior year at Bethlehem High School. “It’s just your body reacting to the ball.”

    He’s always exhibited a great knack for responding to wherever the ball is hit, although he started off his career at shortstop.

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: The comeback...

    It was late on a Friday night.

    It had been raining, and Marcus Wright was driving—along with two passengers—north on Bloomfield Road, about two miles outside of Springfield.

    According to a Washington County Sheriff Department’s police report, Wright’s 2001 Chevrolet Malibu entered a curve and dropped off the shoulder into a ditch. The vehicle traveled 97 feet in the ditch, where the driver was unable to recover. The car reportedly then flipped over four times before landing on its roof against fencing for a nearby farm.

  • WC track competes at state

    The Washington County Commander track team qualified for two events during this past week’s state championship at the University of Kentucky outdoor track complex.

    In individual competition, WC senior Ty’Lyn Byas participated in the Class 1A 100-meter dash.

    Running in the second heat, Byas was clocked at 11.75 seconds.

    The time, which was nearly identical to his regional tournament performance (11.74 seconds), was good enough for fifth in his heat and 14th in his class.

  • COLUMN: Buyer Beware

    Joel Embiid should not be the first overall pick in next year’s NBA draft.

    It’s not because he is already suffering problems with his back and knees (but it doesn’t help).

    It’s not because so many big men with those same problems have been absolute flops (although it’s not encouraging).

    And it certainly isn’t because he’s not talented (please excuse the double negative).
    It’s just the result of an evolving NBA.