Today's Sports

  • Sports withdrawal

    It’s that dreadful time of year again.

    No, not time to mow the grass. I actually enjoy that.
    It’s the lull of the national sports calendar.
    Sure, baseball is on every day, but I haven’t followed that closely since the strike-shortened season back in the 1990’s.
    Yes, there is golf on television, too. I enjoy watching golf on TV (when I want to take a nice long nap).
    I’m stuck with updates on the NFL and NBA lockouts, which only sadden me.

  • SCC hosts volleyball camps for...

    Head coach Adam Stevenson, assistant coaches Jason McDannold and Kristen Michael, and the St. Catharine College volleyball team have been really busy this summer.

    The Patriots conducted a middle school camp from June 26 - 29. Players from many surrounding counties, and some from as far away as Caldwell County, attended the four-day camp. On the heels of that, from June 29 to July 2, a four-day camp for high school players was held.

  • Washington County falls to...

    Pitching was the story of the night when the Washington County 9-and-10-year-old Little League softball all-stars battled Marion County on June 21 at Idle Hour Park.

    Haley Mattingly hurled 12 strikeouts in six innings, earning a no-hitter. Six of those strikeouts were the result of Washington County batters going down looking.
    She walked two batters.
    Haylee Graves fanned eight Marion County batters and only gave up two hits, but it wouldn’t be enough to win. Graves walked three batters.

  • WC bats too much for South Hardin

    Washington County used three big innings to nearly run-rule South Hardin on Sunday at Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon.

    The highlight of the afternoon came from John Floyd, who cleared loaded bases with a triple, then reached home himself on an error for an inside-the-park grand slam.
    Floyd fell to the ground with joy after crossing home, only to be picked up by the ankles by his coach, as he was carried to the dugout among cheers from his teammates and fans.

  • Marathon thriller

    It took over four hours to finish, including a prolonged lightning delay and three extra innings, but the Washington County 11-and-12-year-old Little League baseball all-star team outlasted Campbellsville 6-5 at Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon on Sunday.

    Thomas Bartley began the ninth inning with a 0-1 single, then stole second to put himself in scoring position.
    Michael Chastain, who started the game on the mound for the all-stars, finished the deal from the plate by knocking in Bartley on an RBI single to end the game.

  • Accepting defeat

    I read an article by Larry David in The New Yorker recently about his golf game.

    David describes a physics-defying tee shot that goes only 90 yards and veers 30 degrees to the right.
    It’s ugly, but he’s used to it now after years of hacking.
    I can relate. I’ve hit that shot and I’ll probably keep hitting it.
    David describes coming to the point of acceptance that he’ll never be a fantastic golfer.

  • Glow-ball winners announced

    The Lincoln Men’s Golf Club recently held its annual Glow-ball tournament. 

    A Glow-ball is a ball that glows in the dark.  They come in really handy when playing golf outside after the sun goes down.
    The first nine holes were played late in the afternoon.  At the finish of the first nine holes, everyone took a break for hamburgers and hotdogs.  
    When the sun finally set (9:45 p.m.), players went back to the course to finish the final nine holes.
    The eventual winning score was 10-under par.  

  • Award winners announced

    The Washington County High School baseball team recently announced post-season award winners at the team banquet.

    Blake Smith and Tyler Coulter shared MVP honors on the varsity level.
    Smith also walked away with the pitching award, while Coulter earned the offensive award.
    Seth Mattingly earned the defensive award for his work behind the plate.
    Connor Riney earned most improved honors. He returns next season, along with Smith and many others.
    The coach’s award went to seniors Javier Gonzalez and Travis Smith.

  • All-Stars fall in two

    The 11-and-12-year-old all-stars couldn’t reap the benefits of home field advantage over the weekend, falling out of the district tournament after two games.

    The locals got off to a shaky start on Friday as they opened the tournament against Russell County.
    Washington County got behind 3-0 to start the game, but countered with two runs in the top of the second to make it 3-2.
    Russell County stepped on the gas in the bottom of the second, scoring four runs to go up 7-2.

  • All-Stars have staying power

    The 9-and-10-year-old Little League softball all-stars from Washington County hung around after the first weekend of play of the district tournament at Idle Hour Park.

    The locals played the second game of the tournament, facing Russell County on Friday in the night cap.
    Washington County scored two runs in the second and third, as well as one in the fifth inning to accumulate a 5-0 lead.
    The all-stars took advantage of three consecutive walks and an error to go on a five-run scoring binge in the top of the sixth.