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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 1978 J00Jefferson ' High Cagers Will Host ,South Hagerstown Friday Night i , ii ill i i ii f P R NEW00 T VIEWS FIRING OF ALLEN" Soon after the news -t: t Edward Bennett Redskins Presilent had fired coach George Allen last ,SPorts fans about the Capitol area were : :.,v].ewed by Dick Slay, of the Washington Star ueir reactions One was Mike Trussell. son of | :l , i li M/.s. William E. "Bill" Trussell, of !l s .Hill, in Charles Town. Mike, who ,' SChool in Woodbridge, Va, and had this tgon'n r has done a "good job in "h " e he came we didn t have that ,e turned the whole Washington football to.nto... a championship contender. I'm nc mm go but I'm not upset. It gives us 'ce to get some good coaches -- Jack '.JB "", mr one ff he's available". BATTERS TRACK: William J. Shenandoah's vice president and who was with the track as when it opened, said that this the track ,has been closed because "Winter racing here is marginal at said, "and this meeting has so far. We already have spent of dollars in snow removal and . . and there is no end in sight". , JOCkeys, and employees are as hard race track, McDonald pointed out. for our owners and trainers and . a terrible time trying to keep horses in "The fact is, there's just no good in racing. We're all pulling weather. We hope that by this be better and we can get back to racing", he said. McDoanld Preserving the racing surface in a safe Is one of the biggest concerns of track :/ILeHIONOREDSKINS: Mark Moseley T a-'-'Bragg' who fit into the of future plans amgton Redskins even though George u nt, wi_receive awards at the 43rd ,=-uown Club dinner u da m t t :rat,,.. ,.. Sat r y "gh a r of'" rarl Hotel. Bobby Mitchell, 'hi pro Scouting for the Redskins, will * I Presentations. We have received an ,.  there but will be attendin the , i 'a'e;i  18' "me .CxnnpanYdate. banquet which comesg up SNOW AND ICE: Bill Brill, our who keeps the machines hum- snow, ice and cold doesn't soon Santa Claus and Grand- Card list! ! ! Witte Was Leading Jockey At Charles During 1977 Season I Most Cage Battles Postponed ILocal .Swimmers, .By Bad W00ther Have Now BeenlDo Well Against IRe.Scheduled, Few Cancelled ICounty's Best Although it took a lot of effort I and re-juggling of games, most1 of the basketball games which I Jefferson County schools had to i postpone "[dr the past ten ys because of the snow storms which hit this county and this section, have been re-scheduled for dates in February, thus making February schedules extremely heavy. In a very instance where it l was impossible to re-schedule I the games, they were cancelled. But fortunately for Jefferson High School, Athletic Director Donnie Hetzel was able to re- schedule all of the postponed games. Of course it is questionable whether any more of them will have to be postponed since the weather man is calling for more bad weather this weekend. But weather permitting, Jefferson High will be playing host to the South Hagerstown, Md., High Rebels Friday night in a pair of games, with the Jayvee teams of the two schools meeting at 6:15 and the Varsity squads going at each other about 8 p.m. The Cougars have not seen action since January 12 when they lost to the Martinsburg High Bulldogs in an overtime battle and while they have been getting in a number of workouts, the lack of combat action could make them a little rusty when they tangle with the Rebels CHARLES TOWN JUNIOR HIGH VARSITY CAGERS REtMIN UNBEATEN Nancy Witte was graduated from Goucher College in her native Baltimore, Md., with a degree in mathematics. Now the only figures she worries about are the ones showing the times her horses ran in races or workouts. . Witte, who has been riding for three years, was the leading femal e jockey at Charles Town during the 1977 season. She posted 80 victories, 10 better than Jenny Lynn Hykes, who was the leading female rider in the country in 1976. Things weren't always that good for the Notre Dame High[ Friday night. The Cougars will take a 7-3 record into the game against Rebels who shoo a 3-7 mark. Then on Tuesday evening, January 31, the Cougars will be hosting the James Wood High Colonels of Winchester, Va., in another big battle Jefferson High Athletic Director Don Hetzel, reports that the Harrisonburg, Va., High I game which was postponed on January 14, because of had weather, has been re-scheduled for February 4, and the game set for January 20 with Bishop Ireton High of Falls Church, Va, has been re-scheduled for February 9. Harry Barker, director of athletics at Charles Town Junior High School, also announced that the games which were to have been played with the Shepherdstown Junior High cage teams on January 16, have been re-scheduled for February 7, but instead of the 7th and 8th grade teams playing, it will be the 8th and 9th grade teams, and the games will be played in Shepherdstown, starting at 1:30 p.m. The tripleheader, which the Panther teams were to have played with the Frederick County, Va., teams of Win- chester, Va., have been 're- scheduled for February 13 at home. While she holds a degree in mathematics, after trying a desk job she decided she didn't like inside work and turned to race riding so she could be outside. Horsebacking was nothing new to Witte, having been competing in horse shows for several years before turning to racing. It's only natural that she gives her first call for her riding services to Mercer. However, now that she is going good other trainers are looking to use her and she has also had good success with the stable trained by James Hunsucker. The Witte's have bought house near Charles Town, and during the warm weather you could *drive by and see them working hard to improve it and seeming to enjoy every minute, of Iancy" is not losing any time in letting the fans and her fellow riders know that 1977 was not a fluke year. On January 3 she teamed up with Mercer to win four straight races and after the first week of 1978 she had ridden 6 winners from 20'mounts to hold down the lead in the jockey standings Kiwanians Will Have Speaker From Social Security Members of the Charles Town School graduate. Until March of a Kiwanis Club will have for their Thursday night dinner meeting, Mr. Wolfsheimer, of the Social Security Office in Martinsburg. President Ron Widmeyer will preside and dinner will he[ served at 6:15 p.m., with the] program to follow. On Thursday, ] February 9th, the club will hold a ladies night Valentine s party at the Village House in Shenandoah Junction, with Judge Pierre D. Dostert as guest speaker for the occasion. 1976, she was struggling to get mounts and the ones she rode usually finished at or near the end of the field Mter. a year and a half of fighting for any mount she could find, Nancy and her husband Jerry, decided to try the Charles Town circuit on a regular basis. She had been riding anywhere she could find a mount but she thought settling down in one place might help. As things have turned out it was the best move she could have made It wasn't long after coming to Charles Town that she picked up an open mount for trainer Henry Mercer. Mercer, who is always one of the leading trainers at Charles Town and Shenandoah Downs, gave WRte her chance and She has been one of his regular riders ever since. "She's one of the best gate riders on the grounds", Mercer said "When she first came around she had a lot to learn and i I was pretty hard on her. Some nights she probably went home mad at me but I believe it paid off in the end. She's a hard worker and has really developed into a good rider", he continued. "I got a big break when Mr. Mercer gave me a chance" Witte said, while getting ready to ride the first race one evening at Shenandoah Downs recently. "I was starting to get on some horses that could run and not always riding horses that trailed the field". "It, the chance to ride good Energy import fees threat i= renewed The Hagerstown YMCA junior and senior high swimmers journeyed to Mercersburg, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, January 18, to tangle with Mercersburg Academy and[ Solotar of Washington, D.C.[ Mercersburg Academy had won ] the national prep school boys I championships and the Eastern 1 Seaboard Interscholastic girls l championships in 1977. Solotar, coached by nationally known swim figure Ed Solotar, is one of the top AAU teams in the country. The Hagerstown girls team which had no 12th graders and only one llth grader in the line- up, tallied 53 points to trail 9 Mercersburg varsity with 87[ The Charles Town Junior High 9th grade cagers and the Shepherdstown points and Solotar's varsity with I 164 points. Hagerstown Coach " Junior High Varsity cagers, both unbeaten, clashed in a big game Monday Glenn Edwards was extremely afternoon on Charles Town's home floor and it was the Panthers, coached by pleased with the girls' team Harry Barker, who came out victorious in a rather low-scoring battle for both efforts noting that most of the teams. It was a 41-29 victory for the little Panthers, their 8th consecutive one in YMCA girls equaled or bettered eight games. The defeat was the first for the Cardinal Varsity in seven games. their previos best times in the Members of the Charles Town team, as shown above, are, left to right - meet. Local swimmer Jackie L Manager Scott Kelican; Gary Carley, Ernie Hester, David Ramsburg, Ernie Willingham betterd her 2001 Benner, Mike Hill, Tommy Clem, Bruce Smith, Richie Guinn, Doug freestyle and 500 freestyle times I Nicodemus, Richie Chrisman, Timmy Nicewarner and Brian Jones. (Photo by by five seconds each, while Julie [ William Harner) Benner matched her best times I ............ inthe l00 freestyle and 200 free Charles Town Jr. High I events. Lisa Titus, who was the scored 12 points while holding youngest swimmer in the meet, Shepherdstown to a single field competed in the 200 IM. goal and showed a 20-8 halftime The boys team received margin. winning efforts from Scott Cage Teams Get Winsl third period, Charles Gilbert in the 200 IM and Jeff Town rolled in another 18 points Baker in the driving to score 24 while Shepherdstown was points despite falling to both n rast"ep'e--own getting 15. Mercersburg J.V. and Solotar Over William Smith led the scoring 'B' team. Jim Rhodes turned in for Charles Town with 18 points, one of his finest efforts in the 100  while Craig Kershner had 9; Roy yard backstroke while Matt t .......... t n Nicodemus and Richie Benjamin and Bradley Page, 7 Tne oatue ol me uneea e * Meyers broke the one.minutel .......... Chrisman 4 each and Bruce each; Larry Stewart 4; Sam ,o,b .  , ,,o,a r.t,,t= I juntor mgn cage teams o oel-  .... , Bailey and Curtis Roy, 2 each '"=' "' "' = J' ""':' ' ken mlm ........... = ferson County, was to have ta , and Lester Tw-man 1 Ior me first time Ta(1 t;arper, ' rles Kin" led the scoring for g " ' place January 16 m Cha g ' C1 r ea h h equaled his best time in the 100 1 Town, but had to be postponed Shepherdstown with 13 points, ,at, nston:ndi,tak ci.?: zreestyie. ! because of the snow But while Kessel had t0 and Weigel ! ""  ............................. retH:rg:rs[TnMgs:::bu bys Wlnl]Monday afternoon, the teams 6. i .... g ! did have a go at each other on In the second game, the MWruAa., February 15, for a s ondl Charles Town 8th graders , , the Shepherdstown Junior High ; NEW YORK Radio City meeting with the Pennsywania hardwoods, and it was the defeated the Shepherdstown 8th, ......... "'... ." -- , ..... I MUSIC Man ShUtS IIS aoars In team. .....  Charles Town teams that came graoers ny a 5240 score. rmsl ,_.:, c,,,a,o ,- at, c. now am not s are me P t was the 8th consecutive vmtory, i h d le [ out on op. . I ........... ,  Marshall, prestdent" of the Hagerstown sw m sc e u I I the first half of tbel for uoacn eremtn t'omn s .....  ,,4,.fpu,c,,,,,,, eather as the meet th Cum- Panthers  .........  doubleheader attractmn, the two I - : 1 He said that the action was erJano scneauJea mr January{ . | " ; Varsity squads tangled wth the , frc 14, has been rescheduled for I ....... Charles Town held a slim 8-61 o ed by falling attendance w. ...... ,. . ,,n,, ,,,,t;nares [own t'antners, oono,,h,,,,a,,fh,ftnori,l ; and a projected $3.5 million [ ua.  uy ]==y #Ja=r= . i e ' oettclt In 1)/8. scheduled for January 15 .has: r,itorina *hoi Rh .... ,, ,.,o but m the second per od th y been cance, ea; ano me mee I , vmtory wthout a defeat by a 41- scheduled for January 2 has 29score and handing the Car- AFTER INVENTORY been postponed to a stil un-I decided date Weather per-I drools coached by Duane . ." .... Colchank their first loss mRtmg the tiagersown gtrts I The two teams started out will host Carlisle on January 28, flAgAMf; _A1; . . ...... l very slow both in play and while me voys wm journey into s--- o.a b,, the -,d -f , llll'=llllm=lll I11 =l Pennsylvama to do battle with .... ,, o fwst pertod, t was only a 6-6 ball the Carlisle boys In this riod both teams Discontinued and one game pe , Other area swmamers who m "' 1" of mist ke - ,  t ,.-, ,T.. r vi wi c  aoe a ot a s ano have been mp o ng th ca m, o lot of shots OI a KlnO bnow llres meet as members of the l Y'. _ .'. .  , Ln the secon( perlou, scoring Hagerstown squad include: I | Ill Larry Reed. Jeanelle reed. April was even more at a premium, / A rnl00, Reed, Jade Charley, Kadi Bazman, and Tracy Kidwell. Junior High Tennis Program Is Being Planned In Spring The Jefferson Junior Tennis program which was successfully launched last year is being planned again for this spring, it was announced by program officials. The club team is open to all 7th, Sth, and 9th grade girls and boys who live in Jefferson County The team" plays a competitive schedule of beth girls and boys matches. The season runs from approximately March 20, until May 20. More information will he available later, it was stated. with each scoring only four points to leave the floor at halftime deadlocked at 10-10. But in the third period, Charles Town began to find the range of the basket and rolled in 14 points, while Shepherdstown could register but eight And in the final period, the little Pan- thers continued to outscore Shepherdstown, 17 points to II. Ernie Hester led the scoring for Charles Town with 13 points, while Gary Carley had 12; Tommy Clem 9: Doug EVERYTHING on our bargain table V2 PRICE Paints.Shock Absorbers-Starters Muflers.Antique car parts, etc. WESTERN AUTO CHARLES TOWN W.Va. A Gift For A Friend Or Relative? Why Not A Subscription To The SPIRIT d JEFFERSON-ADVOCATE A WINNER: Nancy Witte is Paddock aboard Henry P. :Pool for the 6th race at on Wednesday, January 4. the second of four winners that evening. horses, has helped me more than anything", the first girl to ride a stakes winner in West Virginia stated. "You learn more when riding horses that have a chance to win. It puts you in different situations during the race and you have to know what to do. Before I was riding horses that mostly trailed the field and you really couldn't learn anything back there". Witte is quick to give her husband credit for helping her with her riding. "He has been a big help to me. He is still galloping horses and takes care of some of the ones I ride. Being with a big stable like Mercer's cuts down on the time I have to get to other barns and get on horses so Jerry takes care of it for me". Nancy's biggest thrill came last August when she guided James L. 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