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High School Sports

  • Over the net

     Tennis could be seen as a delicate balance between fierce fighting and elegant hand-eye coordination mixed with good sportsmanship and footwork.

    Alex Spalding, a junior at Marion County High School, has a grip on that balance. In fact, he may even have mastery of it. 

    That’s because he’s been earning wins for the Knights for the last five years and taking plaques and trophies back to his school.

  • Baseball Knights drop three of four

     The Marion County Knights went in swinging but came out with heads hanging after being defeated by the Taylor County Cardinals 10-0 in five innings on May 1. 

    Knights Coach Patrick Campbell said his expectations going into the game were for the team to play well. 

  • Maupin holds Generals hitless

    Marion County Lady Knight freshman pitcher Allison Maupin pitched a no-hitter against the Thomas Nelson Generals last week. The victory would be one of a string of wins that would leave the team sitting 10-5. Lady Knights Coach Todd Spalding their opponents were a mixed bag of various skill levels. 

    “We played one really good team,” Spalding said. “We played two pretty good teams, a couple average teams, and one really bad team during that stretch, but I am very pleased.”

  • Knights are ‘Saving Second Base’

    The Marion County Knights hosted their inaugural Saving Second Base Invitational to raise breast cancer awareness last week.

    April 25 and 26, the Knights played in three games to honor family and friends who have had breast cancer. 

    “We wanted to do something to show support for them,” Knights Coach Patrick Campbell said. 

  • Marion County competes at Panther Invite

    The Marion County High School track team returned from the Panther Twilight Invitational without an overall top 10 performance from either the boys or girls teams on April 25. The girls placed 19th and the boys placed 18th in the competition. 

    In an email sent, MCHS Track Coach Daniel Johnson wrote that the team just did not have the numbers and they were facing some stiff competition in the meet. Several students from other schools met the national silver standard with their performances at the meet. 

  • Outstanding athlete getting better

    A 17-year-old boy stands with a straight face. His sharp stare is one that’s been honed by the experience of both victory and defeat.

    On the mound he cocks his arm back, ready to fire. With a snap forward, he throws a pitch —  in the blink of an eye, the ball rips past his target.

    It’s just one of many strikeouts and another tally in his stat book.  

  • Spring football
  • Knights win conference tennis championship

    The Marion County boys tennis team won the Heartland Conference tournament last week, and the Lady Knights finished as the conference runner-up.

    In the boys tournament, Marion County’s Alex Spalding defeated his teammate, Ryker Cassidy, in the boys singles championship in the Heartland Conference tournament last week. Spalding also won the title last year and in 2012.  

  • Lady Knights take second in conference track meet

     Victory is sweet.

    Marion County High School track athletes won several events in the Heartland Conference on April 17, and the girls finished second in the team competition with 94 points. 

    The boys finished third overall with 97 points.

    “Outside of region or state, this is probably our biggest meet of the season,” track Coach Daniel Johnson said. 

  • Marion County softball tops Elizabethtown

    The Marion County Lady Knights got back to winning with a pair of victories over the Elizabethtown Lady Panthers (6-7) and the Washington County Commanderettes (4-12) last week. The wins placed the Lady Knights to sit 6-5 for the season so far. 

    Elizabethtown

    A seemingly done deal turned into a full affair with the Lady Knights trumping the Lady Panthers 10-3 in seven innings on April 18.