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Community Sports

  • Baseball camps at East and Central focused on diamond basics
       Both the Bullitt East and Bullitt Central high school baseball programs held their annual summer youth camps this year with a good number of young players taking part. Both camps worked on getting the basics down pat, covering, base-running, throwing, hitting and even nutrition and weight-training. Still, the biggest part of both camps was having fun and there was plenty of that to go around. See more photos from Mike Farner in the multimedia section of www.pioneernews.net.
  • Short season, long effort for local swim team
     HILLVIEW – In Kentucky, the summer swim season is never long enough. However, this summer, with the end of the school year pushed back into second week of June, the summer swim season for the Dolphins Swim Team was really short in 2014. Veteran team coach Kathy Abell had her swimmers for only five total weeks this summer compared to as many as eight or nine weeks in the past.
  • Big swing eliminates Blue Lick in state tourney
     OKOLONA - With one swing of the bat, the season ended for the Blue Lick 16-18 All-Stars. In the top of the fifth inning, Ben Parker hit a long two-run homer to propel Okolona over Blue Lick 5-3 in the quarterfinals of the state Babe Ruth baseball tournament. The host Okolona team would go on to win the state title and advance to the Ohio Valley regional tournament later this week in Wisconsin.
  • Local All-Star squads taking part in state tourneys this week
     SHEPHERDSVILLE – A number of local baseball All-Star teams will be taking part in Kentucky Babe Ruth State Tournaments this week. The team playing closest to home will be the Mount Washington Under-15 All-Stars who will be playing at Germantown in Louisville. That team is coming off a third-place finish in the last week’s combined district tournament at St. Matthews.
  • Barren Co. cools MW U-8 All-Stars
     FERN CREEK –  After a hot start the Mount Washington U-8 All-Stars cooled off quickly in the quarter-finals of the Babe Ruth Kentucky State Tournament on Saturday at Fern Creek Park in Louisville. In the opening games of ‘pool’ play, the team coached by Dave Johnston slipped past Jeffersontown 15-13 and then crushed Fern Creek Orange by a 23-9 score. Those games were played on Thursday and Friday. That left the team with the number two seed from the pool heading into the quarter-finals.
  • MW U-10 softball out in state quarters
     FERN CREEK –  The Mount Washington Under-10 Softball All-Stars picked up a pair of wins in the Babe Ruth Kentucky State Tournament at Fern Creek over the Fourth of July weekend, but they were knocked out in the quarter-finals by a strong Priairie Village team 15-0 on Saturday. Coach Randi Vibbert’s team opened action in ‘pool’ play with an 11-10 victory over Fern Creek Black. In the second ‘pool’ game, the local All-Stars could manage just two hits and lost to Jeffersontown 11-1.
  • First game win gets BL U-14 to state tourney
     JEFFERSONTOWN - When a team enters tournament play, it is often said that the most important contest is the opening game.
  • Blue Lick U-12 All-Stars out of state in quarter-finals
     FERN CREEK –  Last weekend’s Babe Ruth Kentucky State Tournament at Fern Creek Park in Louisville was a powerful learning experience for the U-12 All-Stars from the Blue Lick Optimist League in northern Bullitt County. The league has been playing softball for just a few seasons after being a baseball only league for many years. The U-12 All-Star Softball Team was the only softball All-Star team that Blue Lick fielded this summer.
  • Summer All-Star action hits high-gear Saturday
     Blue Lick Optimist Baseball and Softball League Cal Ripken 7-Under Machine Pitch: Players – Austin Adams, Austin Bennett, Taylor Coffman, Brady Dawson, Andrew Day, Caden Dorsey, Andrew Guiterrez, Carter Hardy, Jacob Hodge, Landon Smith, Noah Smith and Brady Wooldridge. Manager – Chris White. Coach – Tracy Key.
  • Americana!! Summer All-Star games are just that
     SHEPHERDSVILLE – The Fourth of July on Friday. The start of Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth All-Star Baseball and Softball Tournaments on Saturday. You can’t get much more Americana than that. I’m not as young as I used to be and I’m not as old as I will be, but I probably sound like a 13-year old when I say that this might be the shortest summer in history. So, we have to take our traditional summer events where we can get them. This weekend provides a double dose of tradition.