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PAGE B2 Wednesday, Januaw 24, 2018 SPORTS SP1RI I of JE.O ERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE SPORTS IN BRIEF WVU, Kentucky to meet Saturday in Morgantown MORGANTOWN -- The West Virginia University men's basketball team comes in at No 7 in this week's Associated Press poll. The Mountaineers (16-4) lost at Texas Christian on Monday night in Dallas. WVU will return home this Saturday for a matchup with unranked Kentucky (14-5). ESPN's Col- lege Gameday will be in Morgantown Saturday for the pop- ular pre-game show. This past week, WVU snapped a two- game skid with an 86-51 rout of the Texas Longhorns. The Mountaineers are currently second in the Big 12 Conference at 5-3, with losses to Texas Tech and Kansas. Senior point guard Jevon Carter continues to lead WVU in scoring at 16.9 points per game. Carter scored 22 points in the win over Tex- as and James Bolden had 19 points. Kansas still leads the Big 12 race at this point with a 6-1 record There are three teams tied for third place at 4-3 (Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and Kan- sas State). Tip time for Saturday's game against Kentucky is set for 7 p.m. Washington grapplers Pine, Dreyer find more success CHARLES TOWN -- Washington High's Eric Dreyer earned his 100th career win over the weekend. Washington came in fifth place at the Big Blue InVitational in Christiansburg, Va The Patriots finished with 149.5 points, while Dreyer finished fourth at 126 pounds. Dreyer notched a 10-8 win to earn a place in the semifinals. Dreyer then moved on to the consolation bracket and earned a spot in the consolation finals before he eventually lost on a 6-2 decision Dreyer was one of six Washington wrestlers that placed at the tournament. Hunter Locke came in fifth place at 113. Ethan Hardy, at 120 pounds, Came in third. Cameron Pine also won again with a first place finish at 170 pounds, and teammate Jace Bradbury came in second place at 182 pounds Connor Wogan, at 195 pounds, came in with a seventh-place finish for Washington The Washington wrestlers travel to the Ocean Lakes Invita- tional in Virginia Beach this weekend. Shepherd men fall to Fairmont FAIRMONT - Caleb Davis scored 17 points and D'Ondre Stockman added 16 to lead Fairmont State (14-4, 10-2 MEC) to an 81-66 win over Shepherd University ( 11-7, 7-5 MEC) in MEC men's basketball action at Fairmont State on Saturday Sophomore guard Thomas Lang paced the Rams with 17 points, He connected on 6-of-8 field goals with a 2-of-4 per- formance from beyond the arc. He was 3-of-3 from the line. Junior guard Derek McKnight added 14 points and grabbed a team-high five rebounds Junior forward Winston Burgess had nine points, while senior guard Steffen Davis tossed in eight. Jason Jolly and Andrew Emrick each added 11 points, while Vonte Montgomery had 10 for the Fighting Falcons. Fairmont State had a 36-29 lead at halftime. Shepherd kept the game close for the majority of the contest. The Fighting Falcons took a double-digit lead for good at 74-64 on a jump- er by Jolly with 3:59 remaining. Shepherd connected on 44.6 percent (25-56) from the floor with a 14.3 percent (3-21) per- formance from beyond the arc for the game. Fairmont State shot 50 percent (31-62) from the floor with a 24 percent ef- fort (6-25) from three-point range. The Falcons shot 76.5 per- cent (13-17) from the charity stripe. Fairmont State had a 38- 28 advantage in rebounding. The Rams forced eight turnovers and committed 11. The Rams return to action today when they travel to West Liberty for a 7:30 p.m. contest -- Shepherd Sports Information e By ZACH CUMBERLAND CHARLES TOWN -- After a tough start to the season the Jefferson girls basketball team has found some light at the end of the tunnel. The Cougars, under first-year head coach Damon Smith, pulled out a win over rival Washington and got their second win-overall this season on Thursday. Jefferson started the sea- son at 1-9 before the win. "I thought we played pretty good and it was something we really need- ed," said Jefferson coach Damon Smith. "After starting 1-9 we real- ly needed to get that win. It's some- thing that can help build our confi- dence up. The girls played really hard and played for each other and that's all I'm looking for." Jefferson pulled out the 55-20 win for its fn'st win since the Rock Ridge tournament in Virginia back on Dec. 27. The Cougars had lost six in a row since then. With this being coach Smith's first season at the helm, he did not sugar- coat the fact that his first go-round hasn't gone quite the way he'd like. "It's been difficult," Smith said. "First year of head coaching is a lot morethan what I expected I'm still learning and I'll probably be learning for the next couple years to be honest. It's difficult, but I enjoy it. I wouldn't change it for anything." Smith said he thought all the girls performed well in the win on Thurs- day and highlighted the importance of thesenior leadership. "We have a few girls under the weather, but I think Kiayha Bradley really stepped up being a senior lead- er," Smith said. "I think Leah Logan played awesome against Washington With the cross town rivalry, it's big for us to get the win." Jefferson also responded after its win over Washington with its second straight victory over Parkview, Va 49-34, on Monday night to get their third win this season "I'm hoping these wins build some confidence and push us to get some more," Smith said. "I told them win- ning is addictive, so if we can get one, then we'll work on the next one." ZACH CUMBERLAI~ Jefferson High's Destiny Valaike blocks~, a shot during Thursday's game against, Washington. The Cougars came out on i-" top 55-20. , ZACH CUMBERLAND Washington High's Davian Hester drives to the hoop during Friday night's win over Jefferson. Hester leads the Patriots in assists with 3.9 per game. Patriots FROM PAGE B1 i~. ~ 4. k By TED BLACK Special to the Spirit CHARLES TOWN -- After opening the 2018 slate with the Tri State Derby and then eventually nixing the Thurs- day, Friday and Saturday cards to poor track conditions on the opening week of the meet, Charles Town offered its first Handicap race of the year amid a bevy of allowance events on a pair of weeknight cards last week amid much more favorable conditions for racing. Last Saturday's feature was the sev- en-furlong, $30,000 Shenandoah Hand- after the loss to Martinsburg. Dave Rogers is an incredibl coach and so is Kelly Church. We felt like we could've hel l our own in those games." Senior guard Trajon Brown continues to lead the Patriots m scoring at 11.9 points per game enior forward Parker Jack'- son leads the team in rebounds at 5.4 per game and Davia l Hester leads the way in assists at 3.9. ', "I love the fact that our kids continue to compete," Feli said. "I love the fact that our kids continue to work hard. have a really good core of kids that love to work. The bigges! thing is, once this group becomes a cohesive group, then w$ can do a lot of special things." After the tough back-to-back road matchups with Martlns burg and Mussleman this week, the Patriots will turn thei] attention to Spring Mills on Saturday The Cardinals are overall this season With the loss to Washington, Jefferson High fell to 5-6 overall and 1-3 in the conference. The Cou- gars will play at Millbrook, Va tonight e 8 time tries and seems destined to tacld tougher in the Grade II, $300,000} bara Fritchie at Laurel on Feb. 17. Four races earlier in a one-turn maid en special weight event for state-brex1 3-year-olds, Molokai debuted in sharg fashion when he ran down loose leadeT and even-money favorite Pagan Smar in the final furlong to post a 6-1 upset) A sophomore son of Orientate trained by Javier Contreras for owner-breed, er O Sullivan Farms, Molokai watched, the choice open a four-length lead on J, See RACING Page I~ icap for fillies and mares and Renais- sance Rosie lived up to her billing as the 4-5 favorite in a number of ways. Three weeks after falling just past the wire after finishing second in the $100,000 Gin Talking Stakes at Lau- rel Park, Renaissance Rosie rebounded with a sharp score in the Shenandoah Handicap on Saturday night. A 6-year-old Jump Start mare trained by Kevin Patterson for owner Robert 'Cole, Jr Renaissance Rosie got a clean bill of health and scored in her 2018 de- but. She now owns 10 wins and career earnings of over $220,000 from 17 life- JEFFERSON HIGH's Simmons helped lead the Jefferson girls to a win at the EPAC meet Saturday. She won the 2001M and the 100 breaststroke, along with helping the girls to multiple relay wins. PROUDLY SPONSORED BY Start your total 1-800-S74-1648 JEFFERSON HIGH's Chris Turner Turner won the 200 free on Saturday at the EPAC meet and helped the Cougars to a win in the 200 free relay. PROUDLY SPONSORED BY i Complete Vehicle Repair Center I Bddgestone/Flrestone Dealer I ~'~ Computerized Diagnostics l Alignments I TIRE, TOWING & AUTO CARE CENTER, INC. | Shuffle Service I 304.876.6835 1"owing Senhce I I I Mon - Frl. 8am to6pm J Soturdoy 8am to 12 noon I Sundoy Closed Z JEFFERSON COUNTY Annual Valentine's Purr-fect Dinner Auction Fundraiser < Saturday, Feb, 10 Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races Doors open at 5:30 p,m: WASHINGTON HIGH's Emily Lewis Lewis helped lead the Patr/ots to a second place finish Sat- urday. 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