Today's Sports

  • Five Marion Countians competing...

    More than 1,200 athletes, including five from Marion County, are scheduled to compete in the 2009 Special Olympics Kentucky.

    The event will be held June 5-7 at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond for the 15th consecutive year.

    The five Marion Countians participating in this year's events are William Daugherty (800 meters, 400 meters),

    Ashley Rakes (800 meters, 400 meters), Lucille Richard (100-meter walk, shot put), Joseph Taylor (100-meter walk, shot put), Laura Smith (50-meter breaststroke, 100-meter freestyle).

  • Second annual disc golf open is...

    Nearly 100 disc golfers descend on Graham Memorial Park's scenic 18-hole course in June to slug it out for the Lebanon Disc Golf Open crown. This is a Professional Disc Golf Association sanctioned pro-am B-tier event that, at times, is also Kentucky's United States Disc Golf Championship qualifier.

    In 2009, the LDGO is June 13. There are 90 spots in the field open on a first come, first served basis to all divisions.  Entry fees are $50 for Open Pro, $40 for Advanced Amateur, $30 for Intermediate Amateur and $25 for all other qualified amateur divisions.

  • Camp Action

    The first-ever Anthony Epps' basketball camp was held May 20 at Lebanon Middle School.

  • 'The Unpredictables'...

    True to form, the team dubbed "The Unpredictables" performed just as their nickname indicated on Tuesday of last week at Hourigan Field.

    The Marion County High School baseball team took a 13-3 drubbing by Campbellsville High School in the first round of the 20th District tournament to finish the season 14-12.

    The Knights split the season series with the Eagles, with each team winning on the road.

  • Lancers crack century mark in win

    The Lebanon Lancers used a barrage of three-pointers to take an early lead, then hung on to defeat the visiting River City Gamblers, 103-89.

    The Lancers held off a pair of runs by the Gamblers in the win.

    "Basketball's a game of runs," Lancers Coach Mark Bell said. "It's who can withstand the runs."

    The Lancers built a 12-point lead in the first quarter by hitting six three-pointers in the opening period.

    Elton Scott led Lebanon with 24 points, including four three-pointers.

  • Tennis wins region for first...

    The Marion County High School boys tennis team may have been overlooked when it came time to seed the region tournament in Elizabethtown. That didn't bother the Knights as they raised eyebrows all week against the region's elite, eventually winning the region title and earning a team trip to the state tournament.

    It was the first time the boys tennis team had accomplished such a feat in 27 years. The last time came in 1982, with a team led by Brad Hanks.

  • Knights' win a pair of...

    The Marion County boys’ tennis team made some racket at the 2009 state tennis tournament. Coach Beverly Thomas said she had hoped that both of the Knights' doubles teams would get out of the first round.

    And they did.

    Senior Trey Hamilton and junior Austin Spalding got Marion County's first win when they defeated junior Chase Carrico and sophomore Parker Whitehouse of Owensboro Catholic, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, May 20 at the Sayre athletic complex.

    "The maturity level of Austin and Trey helped them in that match," Thomas said.

  • Means takes third in shot put

    Marion County senior Chris Means ended the 2009 track season with the best performance of his career.

    Means finished third in the shot put with a throw of 50 feet, 9.75 inches in the 2A state meet Friday at the University of Louisville.

    Not only was that Means' personal best, it was also a new Marion County High School record.

    "It may be a long time before we have anyone throw that far again," Marion County track coach Robby Peterson said.

    Junior Tyrell Williams of Calloway County won the 2A shot put with a throw of 51 feet, 9.25 inches.

  • Home run lifts Adair past Lady...

    Experience trumped all in the Marion County High School Lady Knights softball team's season ending defeat.

    Adair County High School senior Jessica Young stepped up and broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning by blasting a ball into centerfield. The ball topped the fence and bounced over.

    Centerfielder Tiffany Sapp's best efforts couldn't prevent the home run as she collided with the fence and lay on the field for several minutes before hopping up, cuts oozing blood down her leg.

  • Baseball staff has it covered

    Chad Spalding could field a baseball team with his coaching staff. And that's just the way he likes it.

    Marion County High School's baseball team currently has a staff of nine coaches, including Spalding, taking care of all the varsity, junior varsity, freshman and middle school age players.

    "I went from one staff member coaching with me early on with eight now. We're now up to 45 kids," he said. "Back then, it was 20. When we did infield practice, everybody was an infielder. I left exhausted. Now I leave with a lot more energy."