• By Piper McCoun Woodford Sun Sports

WCHS boys off to winning start

HUNTER PENN, with 23 points, scored more than a third of the Yellow Jackets’ total during Monday’s 63-61 home loss to Walton Verona. (Photo by Piper McCoun)

The Woodford County High School Yellow Jackets boys’ basketball squad lost a 63-61 nail-biter Monday at home against Walton-Verona – despite Hunter Penn’s 23 points. Before that, though, the Jackets started the delayed-2021 season strong with a 60-52 win over Lafayette Jan. 6, followed by a 63-54 district win against Anderson County two days later. In pre-COVID-19 seasons, the Jackets would be in the middle of their schedule, getting ready to finish up regular season play and starting to prepare for the postseason district, regional and state tournaments. “COVID has impacted our season in many ways. It has pushed many games closer together, giving us less time to prepare. It also limits fans, and we have to create and live off of our own energy,” said senior Hunter Penn. Although COVID has changed what a regular season would look like, the team’s focus remains the same, Penn said. “Our main goal is to just prove to everyone that we are here to stay. We work hard every day and are just glad to be playing. We are most successful when we work as a team. We have everything that we need to be really good. It will take some time to get used to playing with each other but once we start playing together, we will be really good.” The Jackets graduated seven seniors last year, creating space for a new wave of underclassmen to prove themselves. “Our team is really young, but we are super athletic and have the pieces to be a top contender in both the district and the region,” said Penn. Jackets are scheduled to take on Tates Creek at home Thursday, then hit the road to play Spencer County Friday. The games begin at 7:30 p.m. Other sports notes The WCHS swim and dive team opened up its season Wednesday, Jan. 13, against Boyle County, with dive events beginning at 4:30 p.m. and swim events at 6 p.m. The WCHS wrestling team celebrated its senior class of 2021 Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m. and will also compete in the Bryce Sheffer Memorial Duals Saturday at Union County High School. The WCHS girls’ basketball team will travel with the boys’ team Friday to take on district foe Spencer County at 6 p.m.

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