https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sports/rss.xml en Youth football pipeline helps grow high school program https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/youth-football-pipeline-helps-grow-high-school-program <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/football_practice_0618_001.jpg" alt="Members of the WCHS football team that played in the Washington County Youth Football League pose for a picture during a preseason practice." title="Members of the WCHS football team that played in the Washington County Youth Football League pose for a picture during a preseason practice." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> There&rsquo;s a long-term vision for Washington County football. Now, after close to a decade of tweaks and improvements, a system is taking shape that will help guide kids from the first time they put on pads, all the way up to when they graduate high school.<br /> &nbsp;&ldquo;That&rsquo;s what our end-all goal is,&rdquo; said Washington County head football coach Eric Sagrecy. &ldquo;To have everything under one umbrella so that we were all an extension of each other and we were all working towards the same things.&rdquo;<br /> World What? https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/world-what-1 <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fauzan-saari-687562-unsplash_1.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Last week we broke down the first four groups of the tournament. This week we&rsquo;ll look at the second set of teams and see who has the best chance of raising the trophy on July 14.<br /> <br /> <strong>Group E</strong><br /> <em>Brazil, Switzerland,<br /> Costa Rica, Serbia</em><br /> Growing the league https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/growing-league <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/grow_up.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="93" height="85" /><p> This year will mark the 10th anniversary of youth football in Washington County, a project that has made strides in growing the county&rsquo;s football pedigree.<br /> Before the league&rsquo;s start, youth football options were limited.<br /> &ldquo;You didn&rsquo;t play until you got to middle school,&rdquo; says John Graves, one of the league&rsquo;s current administrators. &ldquo;You look at Danville and Boyle County and all these other programs that do really well [on the high school level] and they&rsquo;ve got an established youth football program.&rdquo;<br /> High school anglers go to regional https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/high-school-anglers-go-regional <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/maddy_-anne_claire_reg._5.jpeg" alt="Maddy Sagrecy and Anne Clair Smith hold up their catches from the regional bass fishing tournament. The pair caught four fish that weighed a combined 6 pounds and 3 ounces. They finished 39th out of 176 competing boats." title="Maddy Sagrecy and Anne Clair Smith hold up their catches from the regional bass fishing tournament. The pair caught four fish that weighed a combined 6 pounds and 3 ounces. They finished 39th out of 176 competing boats." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> The Washington County High School Bass Fishing team wrapped up its season fishing at the KHSAA regional tournament at Lake Cumberland.<br /> The Commanders&rsquo; region encompasses a swath of the state that stretches from Louisville to the Tennessee border. More than 170 boats launched from Burnside Island, with only 29 spots available for state tournament qualification.<br /> Commanders end season https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanders-end-season <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/_nd52647.jpg" alt="Drew Yates attempts to tag out a Central Hardin runner during the Commanders 8-4 loss to the Bruins in the regional tournament semifinals held in Elizabethtown on Saturday." title="Drew Yates attempts to tag out a Central Hardin runner during the Commanders 8-4 loss to the Bruins in the regional tournament semifinals held in Elizabethtown on Saturday." align="left" hspace="6" width="111" height="85" /><p> All good things must come to an end. For the Washington County baseball team, season finale came in an 8-4 loss to the Central Hardin Bruins in the semifinals of the regional tournament.<br /> The end was delayed more than once. A narrow win over Adair County in the opening round stretched the Commanders&rsquo; season farther than it went last year, and bad weather pushed the game against Central Hardin back four days.<br /> World What? https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/world-what-0 <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fauzan-saari-687562-unsplash_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> Last week we looked at what exactly was going down in Russia this summer and how a four-year long process will eventually culminate in crowning the best soccer team on the planet.<br /> The tournament&rsquo;s 32 teams are divided up into eight groups. After three games, the top two finishers in each group advance into the knockout rounds.<br /> This week will rundown the big names of 16 teams in the tournament and who is going to be making headlines and dominating news feeds.<br /> <br /> <strong>Group A</strong><br /> <em>Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay</em><br /> World What? https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/world-what <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fauzan-saari-687562-unsplash.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> Do you want something more?<br /> Maybe the drought of major sporting events in the summer months has your desperate for a new fix. Maybe you&rsquo;re burned out from watching the same two teams compete for the NBA Championship year after year. Maybe you&rsquo;ve gotten so sucked in to playing FIFA on your PlayStation that now you want to take the next step into soccer fandom. Maybe you just love a good bit of drama.<br /> Softball three-peats after win over Thomas Nelson https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/softball-three-peats-after-win-over-thomas-nelson <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/softballvthomasnelson_0524_017.jpg" alt="Kate Taylor homered in all three of the Commanders playoff games." title="Kate Taylor homered in all three of the Commanders playoff games." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> After a 0-6 start to the season, the prospect of a district title couldn&rsquo;t have looked farther away for Washington County Softball. But after a mid-April revival, the team went on a 15-6 run that took it into the 19th District championship and beyond. That run, and the season, came to an end after a first round exit in the regional tournament.<br /> <br /> <strong>Thomas Nelson</strong><br /> Generals<br />