https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/sports/rss.xml en Running Up the Score? https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/running-score <img src="https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/sites/www.lebanonenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/zzgerard_flanagan_134.jpg" alt="Gerard Flanagan - Sports Reporter" title="Gerard Flanagan - Sports Reporter" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The United States women&rsquo;s soccer team began its defense of the 2015 World Cup title, and it did so in dominating fashion, thrashing Thailand&rsquo;s women&rsquo;s soccer team 13-0 in the Group Stage round on June 11.</p> ATHLETES OF THE YEAR https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/athletes-year <img src="https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/sites/www.lebanonenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/marcus_yantis_0.jpg" alt="Marcus Yantis" title="Marcus Yantis" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <b><span style="font-size:14.0pt;line-height:107%">FOOTBALL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR&mdash;MARCUS YANTIS</span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> While the Marion County Knights went only 2-8 last season, they still had several playmakers on the team, including senior Marcus Yantis. As a senior, Yantis played a big role in the Knights&rsquo; offense, leading the team in four categories.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> Yantis led Marion County in pass receptions (53), receiving yards (609), touchdown receptions (4) and points scored (34).</p> SPORTS BRIEFS https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/sports-briefs-22 <p> <strong>Soccer Teams Hosting Camp This Summer</strong></p> <p> The Marion County High School boys and girls soccer teams are hosting a soccer camp this summer. The camp will be from 7-9 p.m., July 29-31 at the high school. Cost to attend is $50 per child, plus $40 for additional siblings. Make checks payable to MCHS Soccer Boosters. For more information, contact Greg Conley at <a href="mailto:greg.conley@marion.kyschools.us">greg.conley@marion.kyschools.us</a> or Daniel Johnson at <a href="mailto:daniel.johnson@marion.kyschools.us">daniel.johnson@marion.kyschools.us</a> .</p> Keion Brooks Jr. A Beast On The Court, Old Soul Off The Court https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/keion-brooks-jr-beast-court-old-soul-court <img src="https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/sites/www.lebanonenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/zzlarry_vaught_38.jpg" alt="Larry Vaught - Sports Correspondent " title="Larry Vaught - Sports Correspondent " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="font-size:18.0pt;font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; color:black;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">If McDonald&rsquo;s All-American and Washington signee Isaiah Stewart is right about high school teammate Keion Brooks Jr., Kentucky basketball fans are really going to like what the 6-7 freshman does this season.</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; Lofty Goals https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/lofty-goals <img src="https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/sites/www.lebanonenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/10-12_all-stars_4.jpg" alt="Head Coach Jim Reed speaks to the 10-12 softball All-Stars during practice Friday at Graham Memorial Park." title="Head Coach Jim Reed speaks to the 10-12 softball All-Stars during practice Friday at Graham Memorial Park." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> Jim Reed wants a team full of warriors, and he made such clear during the 10-12 All-Star&rsquo;s practice on Friday at Graham Memorial Park.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> &ldquo;Told the kids tonight there&rsquo;s a difference between being a winner and being a warrior, and I want a team full of warriors. We can&rsquo;t just be satisfied for our teammates to carry us. We got to be our own keeper, be able to bring it each and every night. Once the going gets tough in a game, you can&rsquo;t be satisfied to lay down. You got to fight back.&rdquo;</p> 8-10 All-Stars Look to Repeat Last Season’s Success https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/8-10-all-stars-look-repeat-last-season%E2%80%99s-success <img src="https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/sites/www.lebanonenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/8-10_all-stars_5.jpg" alt="All-Star Head Coach Jonathan Spalding instructs the team during practice Friday at Graham Memorial Park." title="All-Star Head Coach Jonathan Spalding instructs the team during practice Friday at Graham Memorial Park." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> The Marion County 8-10 All-Stars have had an iron grip on the district title, having been district champions for each of the past nine seasons.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> Jonathan Spalding coached the team in 2013 &mdash; the only year in recent memory in which the 9-10 All-Stars were denied a district title. Spalding returns for a second straight season to lead the 9-10 All-Stars, and he will look to bring home yet another district and state title to an already stacked trophy case.</p> Girls basketball team hosts basketball camp https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/girls-basketball-team-hosts-basketball-camp <img src="https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/sites/www.lebanonenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/girls_basketball_camp_1.jpg" alt="The Marion County High School girls basketball team hosted a basketball camp June 3-6 at the high school gym. Campers are pictured on the final day with members of the basketball team." title="The Marion County High School girls basketball team hosted a basketball camp June 3-6 at the high school gym. Campers are pictured on the final day with members of the basketball team." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Marion County High School girls basketball team hosted a basketball training camp on June 3-6.</p> Bikers, hikers and runners should check out Cades Cove Loop https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/bikers-hikers-and-runners-should-check-out-cades-cove-loop <img src="https://www.lebanonenterprise.com/sites/www.lebanonenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/5-22_vaught_feature_cades_cove_2.jpg" alt="The Cades Cove Loop Lope is Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. The 10-mile race begins at 7:30 a.m., and the 5k race begins at 7:35 a.m. A 5-kilometer route and 10-mile route will be available. The 5k route will be swept after 1.5 hours. The 10-mile route will be swept after 2.5 hours." title="The Cades Cove Loop Lope is Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. The 10-mile race begins at 7:30 a.m., and the 5k race begins at 7:35 a.m. A 5-kilometer route and 10-mile route will be available. The 5k route will be swept after 1.5 hours. The 10-mile route will be swept after 2.5 hours." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <em>By Larry Vaught, Sports correspondent</em></p> <p> There are not many races of any length in national parks and that makes the Cades Cove Loop Lope Nov. 3 in the Great Smokies Mountain National Park even more unique.</p> <p> The event offers both a 5K (3.1 mile) and 10 mile course through historic Cades Cove, which will be closed to vehicular traffic, like it is every Sunday morning when bikers,&nbsp; hikers and runners have a chance to travel part of all of the 10-mile loop through the park.</p>