https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/sports/rss.xml en GOLF ATHLETE OF THE YEAR https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/golf-athlete-year <img src="https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/sites/www.lebanonenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ethan_spalding.jpg" alt="Ethan Spalding’s senior season ended with a trip to the state tournament. Spalding shot an 83 at the state meet after shooting a 74 at the regional meet." title="Ethan Spalding’s senior season ended with a trip to the state tournament. Spalding shot an 83 at the state meet after shooting a 74 at the regional meet." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Ethan Spalding had a solid ending to his final season as a golf player at Marion County High School.<br /> Spalding&rsquo;s performance last season took him all the way to the state tournament, where he shot a 83 at the Bowling Green Country Club on Oct. 3.<br /> Spalding&rsquo;s golfing abilities were also recognized in December when he signed to continue his career at Midway University under coach Otis Smith.<br /> GIRLS BASKETBALL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/girls-basketball-athlete-year <img src="https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/sites/www.lebanonenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dailyn_spalding.jpg" alt="Dailyn Spalding led Marion County in scoring last season at 12.9 PPG. She shot 42.1 percent from the field." title="Dailyn Spalding led Marion County in scoring last season at 12.9 PPG. She shot 42.1 percent from the field." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Sophomore Dailyn Spalding led Marion County in scoring last season at 12.9 PPG. She shot 42.1 percent from the field. She also put work in on the glass, hauling in 3.4 rebounds per game.<br /> In an 80-15 blowout victory over Fairdale early in the season, Spalding scored 17 points. She went 6-9 from the field.<br /> BASEBALL: 8-10 All-Stars shutout Glasgow for district title https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/baseball-8-10-all-stars-shutout-glasgow-district-title <img src="https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/sites/www.lebanonenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/7-18_baseball_8-10_all-stars_1.jpg" alt="Austin Porter slides safely across home plate in the 8-10 All-Stars’ 5-2 win over Boyle County on July 9 in the District 5 Tournament. " title="Austin Porter slides safely across home plate in the 8-10 All-Stars’ 5-2 win over Boyle County on July 9 in the District 5 Tournament. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Marion County 8-10 All-Stars exploded in the fifth inning for nine runs to race past Glasgow 10-0 in five innings for the District 5 championship on July 11 at Graham Memorial Park.<br /> Noah Spalding scored Marion County&rsquo;s first run of the game on the bases. Spalding drove in two runs in the fifth as well on a double.<br /> In the fifth, eight of Marion County&rsquo;s nine batters scored. Lead-off hitter Gavin Miles score two runs. He recorded a single in the fifth, as well, to get on base and drive in a run.<br /> 11-12 Baseball All-Stars fall 2-1 to Glasgow in semis https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/11-12-baseball-all-stars-fall-2-1-glasgow-semis <img src="https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/sites/www.lebanonenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/7-18_baseball_10-12_all-stars_1.jpg" alt="Jackson Willett makes a throw from third base in the 11-12 baseball All-Stars’ 17-5 loss to Adair County on July 9 in the District 5 Tournament. " title="Jackson Willett makes a throw from third base in the 11-12 baseball All-Stars’ 17-5 loss to Adair County on July 9 in the District 5 Tournament. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Despite a few rough outings in the District 5 Tournament, the Marion County 11-12 All-Stars still made an appearance in the semifinals, with a chance to advance to the district championship and the state tournament.<br /> Oh so close they were to both.<br /> Glasgow pushed across the game winning run in the seventh for a 2-1 victory over Marion County on July 12 at Graham Memorial Park in the semifinal round.<br /> Conflict https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/conflict <img src="https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/sites/www.lebanonenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/zzgerard_flanagan_85.jpg" alt="Sports Reporter Gerard Flanagan" title="Sports Reporter Gerard Flanagan" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Conflict is an inevitable part of people&rsquo;s nature. It is both a blessing and a curse to have conflict. It can be both beneficial and harmful to have a difference of opinion.<br /> That is the nature of who we are. Different opinions provide opportunities to reach positive and long-lasting outcomes, benefiting not only our own interests, but the interests of other people. We have the potential to use our differences to better the world in which we live, and it&rsquo;s up to us to determine what course of action we will take.<br /> SEC names Lisa Mattingly coordinator of women’s basketball officials https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/sec-names-lisa-mattingly-coordinator-women%E2%80%99s-basketball-officials <img src="https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/sites/www.lebanonenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/7-18_lisa_mattingly_promotion.jpg" alt="Lisa Mattingly" title="Lisa Mattingly" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Marion County native Lisa Mattingly, a 33-year veteran of basketball officiating, has been named coordinator of women&rsquo;s basketball officials for the Southeastern Conference, Commissioner Greg Sankey announced on July 10.<br /> &ldquo;Lisa Mattingly&rsquo;s experience on the court and respect among her peers make her the ideal person to lead the conference&rsquo;s support of women&rsquo;s basketball officiating,&rdquo; said Sankey. &ldquo;Her insights and relationships will be valuable in moving our officiating program forward.&rdquo;<br /> State Champs https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/state-champs-2 <img src="https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/sites/www.lebanonenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/7-18_softball_9-10_all-stars_8.jpg" alt="#8: The Marion County 9-10 All-Stars defeated North Laurel to win the state title at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg. The team is pictured with the championship banner. Pictured, front row from left, are Karly Spalding, Chloe Spears, Claire Benningfield, Haylee Mattingly, Tori Gribbins, Kourtlyn Confer, Kendra Gaddie, Shelby Craig, Lexi Hall, Kinley Craig, Lila Filiatreau, Kaylee Wright and Abigail Million; back row from left, are Head Coach Jonathan Spalding, Assistant Coach Greg Gaddie, Assistant Coach Kirby Gribbins and Assistant Coach Marc Hall. Not pictured is Ally Cecil." title="#8: The Marion County 9-10 All-Stars defeated North Laurel to win the state title at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg. The team is pictured with the championship banner. Pictured, front row from left, are Karly Spalding, Chloe Spears, Claire Benningfield, Haylee Mattingly, Tori Gribbins, Kourtlyn Confer, Kendra Gaddie, Shelby Craig, Lexi Hall, Kinley Craig, Lila Filiatreau, Kaylee Wright and Abigail Million; back row from left, are Head Coach Jonathan Spalding, Assistant Coach Greg Gaddie, Assistant Coach Kirby Gribbins and Assistant Coach Marc Hall. Not pictured is Ally Cecil." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Considering the way Marion County was playing in the state tournament, a championship was the most fitting end.<br /> Getting a spot in the championship game was hard-fought. Getting the championship itself? Well, it wasn&rsquo;t nearly as difficult.<br /> The 9-10 All-Stars near-perfect play in the state tournament ended with a 6-2 win over North Laurel for the state championship on July 11 at the University of the Cumberlands.<br /> The win brought home a second straight state title to the 9-10 All-Stars.<br /> 11-12 SOFTBALL ALL-STARS: Ashland American goes to Indy and ends Marion County’s season https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/11-12-softball-all-stars-ashland-american-goes-indy-and-ends-marion-county%E2%80%99s-season <img src="https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/sites/www.lebanonenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/7-18_softball_11-12_all-stars_9.jpg" alt="The Marion County 11-12 All-Stars finished as state runners-up after falling to Ashland American 3-2 on July 11 in the state tournament. Pictured, front row from left, are Gracie Benningfield, Maggie Benningfield, Makenzie Gordon, Laurel Cochran and Kaylee Reed; second row from left, are Brooklyn Gaddie, Emily Gardner, Caitlynn Brady, Charleigh Browning, MaryBeth Overstreet, Chloe Cox, Reece Caldwell and Keira Atkinson; back row from left, are Assistant Coach Jim Reed, Head Coach Joe Browning and Assistant Coach Kevin Cochran." title="The Marion County 11-12 All-Stars finished as state runners-up after falling to Ashland American 3-2 on July 11 in the state tournament. Pictured, front row from left, are Gracie Benningfield, Maggie Benningfield, Makenzie Gordon, Laurel Cochran and Kaylee Reed; second row from left, are Brooklyn Gaddie, Emily Gardner, Caitlynn Brady, Charleigh Browning, MaryBeth Overstreet, Chloe Cox, Reece Caldwell and Keira Atkinson; back row from left, are Assistant Coach Jim Reed, Head Coach Joe Browning and Assistant Coach Kevin Cochran." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Joe Browning shared a hug with each of his players, shedding a few tears as he embraced his softball players for the final time.<br /> After stumbling 7-0 against Ashland American earlier, Marion County battled and battled through the losers&rsquo; bracket to get another meeting with this same team.<br /> And when they got there, they kept fighting, until the very last out.<br /> The 11-12 All-Stars let a 2-0 lead slip away and Ashland American did just enough to win the state championship 3-2 on July 11, earning a trip to Indianapolis for the regional tournament.<br />