https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sports/rss.xml en WCHS alum earns starting spot at Cumberlands https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/wchs-alum-earns-starting-spot-cumberlands <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/smith_adam_9124.jpg" alt="Adam Smith (50) has started all 11 of University of the Cumberlands’ games this season." title="Adam Smith (50) has started all 11 of University of the Cumberlands’ games this season." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> College football was not the original plan for Adam Smith, but four years of hard work have seen him rise from scout teamer to varsity starter at the University of the Cumberlands.</p> <p> <br /> The road to get there hasn&rsquo;t been a simple one.<br /> &ldquo;During high school, I was more looking into playing baseball,&rdquo; Smith says.<br /> When a good opportunity to play in college wasn&rsquo;t available, he took a year at community college, taking classes and trying to figure out what he should do next.</p> Esports come to Kentucky high schools https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/esports-come-kentucky-high-schools <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/playvs_logo.jpg" alt="PlayVS, an online gaming provider, partnered with the NFHS to help with the management of the leagues in each state." title="PlayVS, an online gaming provider, partnered with the NFHS to help with the management of the leagues in each state." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The newest competition among high schools won&rsquo;t take place on the court or on the field, but online. The National Federation of State High School Associations, the body responsible for governing high school sports nationwide, announced earlier this year that they would begin introducing esports to high schools and state associations around the country.</p> End of the road for WC football https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/end-road-wc-football <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/football-11-7-main-image-web.jpg" alt="A Lloyd Memorial defender is left in the mud after powerful running from Senior Jbias Dawson." title="A Lloyd Memorial defender is left in the mud after powerful running from Senior Jbias Dawson." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Washington County&rsquo;s hopes for a third-straight playoff win were dashed after losing 50-44 to Lloyd Memorial Friday night in Erlanger, Kentucky.</p> <p> <br /> &ldquo;I felt like it was going to be one of those games,&rdquo; said Commanders&rsquo; head coach Eric Sagrecy. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got great playmakers, they&rsquo;ve got great playmakers&hellip;it could get rolling in that situation and there could be a lot of points scored.&rdquo;</p> Commanders prepare for Lloyd Memorial https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanders-prepare-lloyd-memorial <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/10-31-football-main-image-web.jpg" alt="Ja&#039;tavian Churchill lines up at quarterback for the Commanders during a Monday&#039;s practice." title="Ja&#039;tavian Churchill lines up at quarterback for the Commanders during a Monday&#039;s practice." align="left" hspace="6" width="100" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> It&rsquo;s win or go home for Washington County football, as the team prepares for Friday night&rsquo;s contest with Lloyd Memorial in the first round of the Class 2A KHSAA State Tournament.</p> <p> A bye last week gave the Commanders a week off to regroup and reorganize after a tough loss to Christian Academy of Louisville. In the time since, head coach Eric Sagrecy has been preparing his team for the Juggernauts.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Getting healthy</strong></p> Commanders end regular season https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanders-end-regular-season <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/main-image-web_6.jpg" alt="Miguel Alacantara, right, sizes up Christian Academy of Louisville&#039;s Milton Wright before making the tackle. Washington County lost 49-0 to the Centurions on Friday night." title="Miguel Alacantara, right, sizes up Christian Academy of Louisville&#039;s Milton Wright before making the tackle. Washington County lost 49-0 to the Centurions on Friday night." align="left" hspace="6" width="88" height="85" /><p> Relentless rain, injuries, and a matchup with the most difficult opponent in the class; altogether, it combined to create a night to forget as the Commanders were routed 49-0 by Christian Academy of Louisville Friday night.<br /> &ldquo;You plan for them to be good,&rdquo; said head coach Eric Sagrecy after his team&rsquo;s loss. &ldquo;Did I think they&rsquo;d turn out to be possibly the best team in the state? No, I didn&rsquo;t plan for that.&rdquo;</p> Commanderettes are new district champs https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanderettes-are-new-district-champs <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/vb-10-17-main-image-web.jpg" alt="The celebrations commence for the Commanderette volleyball team after they see off Bardstown 3-0 to capture the 19th District Championship." title="The celebrations commence for the Commanderette volleyball team after they see off Bardstown 3-0 to capture the 19th District Championship." align="left" hspace="6" width="118" height="85" /><p> From day one, the goal for the Commanderettes and head coach John Rogers was to have the team playing at its best by the time the district tournament began. Two months and 33 matches later, it&rsquo;s mission accomplished. For the first time since 2006, Washington County has won the district tournament, beating out Bethlehem and Bardstown along the way. The postseason run ended when they lost 3-2 in a match to Elizabethtown in the regional tournament Monday night.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Commanders battle with top-ranked Colts https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanders-battle-top-ranked-colts <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/football-10-17-main-image-web.jpg" alt="Javontae Wright outjumps a DeSales receiver to intercept a pass for the Commanders. Wright also had 4 catches for 56 yards." title="Javontae Wright outjumps a DeSales receiver to intercept a pass for the Commanders. Wright also had 4 catches for 56 yards." align="left" hspace="6" width="96" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Going into Friday night&rsquo;s matchup with DeSales, there was never any doubt that Washington County would be playing the role of underdog. The Colts have been on fire since the start of the season when they defeated class 6A powerhouse Saint Xavier 19-16. Last week, DeSales was ranked third in the state by the Kentucky Associated Press. Last season, the Colts defeated the Commanders by an average score of 48-0 in their two meetings. A betting man would have placed money on a similar scoreline for Friday night&rsquo;s game as well.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Commanders rumble over Shawnee https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanders-rumble-over-shawnee <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fb-10-10-main-image-web.jpg" alt="Jbias Dawson hurdles a Shawnee defender and runs his way on his way to 170 yards and 5 total touchdowns." title="Jbias Dawson hurdles a Shawnee defender and runs his way on his way to 170 yards and 5 total touchdowns." align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The only thing able to slow down the Commanders Friday night was the weather. After a thunderstorm pushed kickoff back by 30 minutes, Washington County made quick work of the Shawnee Golden Eagles during a 45-0 win at home.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The wet weather continued to play a part once the teams were on the field. A slippery ball led to a fumbled snap that was recovered by Shawnee, ending the Commanders&rsquo; opening drive less than 10 yards from the goal line.</p>