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Columns

  • Injuries on the rise in NFL

    By Will Phillips

    Enterprise correspondent

  • No need to babysit players

    By Will Phillips

    Enterprise correspondent

    If you’ve watched any college basketball this season, chances are you’ve seen some of the new rules that have been implemented by the NCAA. In essence, these new rules decrease the amount of contact a defender can have with a ball handler, which naturally increases the number of fouls called. 

  • That’s a bully!

    Bullying.

    No definition needed. 

    That’s because we have all been victims of it. 

    In fact, I would argue we are all a little guilty of it too, whether we realize it or not. 

    But we are not talking about the awkward middle school locker room antics from which we all survive. 

  • Shake on it

    Earlier this year, the KHSAA made the decision to ban postgame handshakes following all sporting events. The rationale was that the handshake was an invitation for the teams to fight, or otherwise cause a scuffle. 

    Following a backlash from media, fans, parents, and students, as well as a blatant disregard for the directive by coaches, the KHSAA retracted their statement, saying that the initial press release was “poorly worded.” 

  • Crossing the line

    As a sports correspondent for The Lebanon Enterprise, I have had the luxury of covering soccer, football, volleyball, and occasionally golf and cross country. I have also covered youth baseball and softball. Covering these sports means I have to get close to the action. So close, in fact, that I have been hit by a few fast moving balls.

    Lately, however, I have been hit by a much different kind of fastball - rudeness. 

  • New face in the field

    By Will Phillips

    Enterprise correspondent

    I’m Will Phillips, and I’m the new correspondent here at The Lebanon Enterprise. Primarily, I’ll be covering Marion County sports. 

  • Not so hot pink

    Anyone who watches college sports with any regularity knows that Oregon, perhaps more than any other university, has been a trend-setter in the world of bizarre uniforms.

    I know some people love the Ducks’ array of optic green and seemingly day-glo attire, not to mention the occassional mirror-ball chrome. I’m not among the fans of Oregon’s out-there style. But I’m not a player, so really, what does it matter.

  • Football fan & female

    As a college football fan, I welcome the mini-playoff that will be used to decide the champion at the end of the 2014 season.

    Better yet, once the television networks realize how much money they can make, I fully expect the powers-that-be in college football to expand the playoff to include more teams. 

    A selection committee -- similar to the ones that pick the teams for the NCAA basketball tournaments -- will pick the four teams that will be included in the 2014 mini-playoff.

  • More than a game

    Too many people take sports too seriously.

    But sometimes, sports are about more than just a game.

    During the past few weeks, Marion County athletes have proven that more than once.

    Last week, the Knights soccer team defeated Bullitt East, 9-0. The game was never in doubt. Marion County led 5-0 at the half, and they kept up the pressure in the second half.

  • Back of the net

    Something has gotten into the Marion County boys soccer team and into the back of their opponents nets.
    In their past four games, Marion County has outscored its opponents 30-4. The Knights have scored nine goals or more three times in that stretch.
    It’s the kind of offensive outburst that should be a concern for future opponents.
    I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve only seen a little of the Knights in person, but what I saw Thursday (in a 9-1 win over Bullitt East) was a team that was focused, confident and aggressive.