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Looking back at the year in high school sports

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By Brian Blair

Owen County once again enjoyed a successful year on the field of play. Whether it was a football field, a basketball court, a soccer pitch, a golf course, a baseball diamond or a cross-country course, the Rebels once again made their mark.
Beginning in February both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams reached 31st District championship games.
For the third-straight season, the girls cut down the nets as they defeated Carroll County.
The boys fell short in hopes of their second consecutive title as they dropped an overtime thriller to Gallatin County in Warsaw.
The girls eventually lost in the opening round of the 8th Region Tournament to Simon Kenton, while the boys reached the semifinals before falling to Shelby County.
In the spring, the Lady Rebels finished strong as they won their last five games heading into the 31st District Tournament. The girls reached the district finals and the 8th Region Tournament.
A young Rebel baseball team took some lumps in 2010 but is ready to come back strong in 2011.
Once fall rolled around, the Rebels hit the gridiron.
Owen County got off to a good start by winning three of its first four games. Once district play started, the wins quit coming.
The Rebels finished the year by dropping their first-round playoff game to eventual Class 2A champions Newport Central Catholic.
All eyes are focused on next season when the team begins play in a new district minus any teams from Louisville.
A pair of athletes enjoyed success this fall. One on a golf course and the other on a cross country course. One led to team success the other was the team.
On the links, Krista Power helped lead the Lady Rebels to another All “A” championship while she also captured the 6th Region championship as an individual.
Danielle Hoop performed well again on the cross-country course. She once again made it to the State Cross-Country Meet and performed well.
Not only did both girls receive accolades for their athletic performance, but both were recognized by their peers for how they competed. Both Hoop and Power were given sportsmanship awards following their respective state tournaments.
On the volleyball court, the Lady Rebels captured their first ever 8th Region All “A” Classic championship, earning them a trip to the state tournament.
Under first-year coach T.J. Wesselman, the Lady Rebels finished the season with 19 wins.
Both the boys and girls soccer teams represented Owen County well on the pitch. While the win-loss records may have not been what they wanted, the kids played hard.
Success was also not uncommon at Bowling Middle School where the football team once again reached the playoffs, and the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams performed well.
Perhaps one of the biggest stories locally was the announcement that Kentucky Speedway will host a Sprint Cup Series race in July. Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Clint Bower will be in Sparta July 9. Construction is under way at the track in preparation for the race.
What does 2011 have in store for Owen County sport’s fans? Buckle up and let’s find out together.