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Today's Sports

  • 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."

  • Knights head into postseason

    The Marion County Knights finished off a hot week by running into a solid Mercer County High School team that featured a high velocity hurler.

    The Knights finish the season 14-10, which guarantees they will finish the season with a winning record.

    "This is great for those seniors. They've been part of some decent baseball teams and we like to see them go out like this," Knights Head Coach Chad Spalding said.

  • Lancers lose to Thunder

    True to form, the Lebanon Lancers hit the road after a thrilling home victory last week only to lose a tight game against a team they previously beat. It seems home court advantage is extremely critical during league play for the Lancers.

    Luckily for the locals, the Lancers will be hosting the playoffs and the championship game at the Roby Dome.

    After defeating the Northern Kentucky Thunder 100-95 in overtime last week at the Roby Dome, the Lancers fell 89-87 to the Thunder this week on the road.

  • Lady Knights look to capture...

    The Marion County High School Lady Knights look to capture the 20th District title or at least earn a berth to the region tournament this week in Adair County.

    The Lady Knights (18-16) are coming off a solid week to head into district play.

    Ashley Walls pitched a one-hit gem from the mound against Caverna (1-22), completing an inning by throwing nine straight strikes.

    The Lady Knights controlled the game and ended it in five innings. The Lady Knights won 10-0 at Talley Field last Tuesday.

  • Track stars head to state

    While some of Marion County's track stars went about business as usual, there were some surprise entries that qualified for the state meet.

    The Marion County High School girls and boys track team will send five participants to the state meet on Friday and Saturday of this week. All events will be held at Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park at the University of Louisville.  

    All state bound athletes qualified in field events. The girls 4 x 100-meter relay team fell just shy of qualifying.

  • SCC wins national tournament

    St. Catharine College's softball team had a busy weekend, winning the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championship in Decatur, Ill.

    SCC is coached by former Marion County High School softball stand out Holly Smith. The local coach is in her fifth year as the head coach at SCC.

    Smith and her team experienced a dramatic finish in the title game as Sharonda Mangan hit a walk off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the game.