https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sports/rss.xml en For Smalley; It’s all about the kids https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/smalley-it%E2%80%99s-all-about-kids <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/smalley.jpg" alt="Coach Smalley cheers on his team after a big shot. Photo by Trent Taylor" title="Coach Smalley cheers on his team after a big shot. Photo by Trent Taylor" align="left" hspace="6" width="102" height="85" /><p> Through Bernard Smalley&rsquo;s life as an adult, five words he has often used can sum up the values he deems most important. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s all about the kids.&rdquo; And it is that short phrase that has led him to the work that he has done for the last 36 years.</p> Commanders prepare for upcoming season https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanders-prepare-upcoming-season <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_7388.jpg" alt="Coach Adam Blair talks to his team before practice begins. Photo by Trent Taylor" title="Coach Adam Blair talks to his team before practice begins. Photo by Trent Taylor" align="left" hspace="6" width="67" height="85" /><p> Baseball season is here and head coach Adam Blair and the rest of the Commander baseball squad are ready to go. After having a 21-win 12-loss, and 1 tie season last year the Commanders look to have an even better season this year.</p> <p> Last year&rsquo;s team featured a squad that included six seniors. They had an awesome post season run as they were ranked top seed in the district. WC beat Bardstown in the finals 9-7 to advance to the regional tournament. The Commanders fell to Central Hardin in the second round of the tournament to miss a trip to the finals of the tournament.</p> Commanders have historic season https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanders-have-historic-season <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bbb_v_marionco_010519_024_0.jpg" alt="Junior Josh Burkhead stumbles while being guarded by Marion County defender John Adams." title="Junior Josh Burkhead stumbles while being guarded by Marion County defender John Adams." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> After falling to LaRue County in the first round of the regional tournament, the Commanders ended their historic season. They finished the season with 19 wins and 13 losses and had a record of 12-10 in the region and 8-2 in the district.</p> <p> The Commanders had a good start to the season as they went 4 and 3, including three districts, wins against Thomas Nelson, Nelson County, and Bethlehem. They lost a close game against district rivals Bardstown 61-58 going into the Christmas tournament at Campbellsville.</p> Commanderettes finish tough season https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanderettes-finish-tough-season <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_6149_0.jpg" alt="Maddy Sagrecy drives into the lane against Lady Tiger defender Jaileyah Cotton. Photo by Trent Taylor" title="Maddy Sagrecy drives into the lane against Lady Tiger defender Jaileyah Cotton. Photo by Trent Taylor" align="left" hspace="6" width="66" height="85" /><p> The Commanderettes finished a tough season with an 8-22 record. They had a 3-16 record in the region and a 2-8 record in the district.</p> Tough opponent ends Commanderettes’ season https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/tough-opponent-ends-commanderettes%E2%80%99-season <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_6149.jpg" alt="Maddy Sagrecy drives into the lane against Lady Tiger defender Jaileyah Cotton. Photo by Trent Taylor" title="Maddy Sagrecy drives into the lane against Lady Tiger defender Jaileyah Cotton. Photo by Trent Taylor" align="left" hspace="6" width="66" height="85" /><p> The Washington County Commanderettes ended their season against the top seed in the district, and fourth by record in the region, the Bardstown Lady Tigers. Washington County fought hard throughout the game, but was unable to match the Lady Tigers. Head coach Lena Bramblett was proud of the girls but heartbroken after the loss.</p> Region loss ends season for Commanders https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/region-loss-ends-season-commanders <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_7050.jpg" alt="Sophmore Josh Burkhead hugs his teammate senior Cameron Willis as Josh is replaced at the end of the Commanders regional loss against LaRue County. Photo by Trent Taylor" title="Sophmore Josh Burkhead hugs his teammate senior Cameron Willis as Josh is replaced at the end of the Commanders regional loss against LaRue County. Photo by Trent Taylor" align="left" hspace="6" width="56" height="85" /><p> The Washington County Commanders faced off against the LaRue County Hawks in the first round of the fifth region tournament Monday night. The Commanders fought to the end but couldn&rsquo;t come up with the win, as they fell 76-53. The score was also misleading for how well WC played.</p> Commanders prepare for district action https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanders-prepare-district-action <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_5749.jpg" alt="Drew Yates dribbles into the Commanders half of the court. Photo by Trent Taylor." title="Drew Yates dribbles into the Commanders half of the court. Photo by Trent Taylor." align="left" hspace="6" width="103" height="85" /><p> The Washington County Commanders faced adversity with several injuries plaguing the team at the start of the week. Drew Yates didn&rsquo;t play during either of the early week contests against Adair County and Green County due to injury. During the Adair County game, Devin Hurst was injured and wasn&rsquo;t able to play against Green County. Additionally, Josh Burkhead was sick and unable to play in the game against Green County.</p> Commanderettes advance in district play https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanderettes-advance-district-play-0 <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_5944.jpg" alt="Indaria Spalding comes in contact with a defender. Photo by Trent Taylor" title="Indaria Spalding comes in contact with a defender. Photo by Trent Taylor" align="left" hspace="6" width="72" height="85" /><p> The Commanderettes are moving on in the 19th district tournament after beating the Nelson County Lady Cardinals 59- 51 on Monday. They advanced to play the Bardstown Lady Tigers Tuesday night after press time.</p> <p> The game against the Lady Cardinals was a back-and-forth contest. The largest lead of the night was only 10 points and that was held by the Commanderettes at the end of the game.</p>