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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE 9 placed four plav- figures. And one Wasn't leadin~ point .Iennin~s. -~ad the t~ams had score 17 points. score 15. Keith 14. and Philip score 14 as they visiting Davis & El- in a WVIA(" game at the Butcher February 20, 2003 had beaten the in Elkins earlier in balance wasn't g. The sur- when Jennings only four points, to his early-game that limited his rofminutes. Win was Shepherds Act Stmnps Senators fifth in conference play against nine losses. The Rams im- proved to 8-15 overall. The Senators were 2-12 in the WVIAC and 4-19 overall ibllowing their latest loss. The Rams struggled to get a 33-30 halftime lead. Then, in the second half Shepherd shot much better from the field and eventually put a safe distance between itself and the down- trodden Senators. For the game, Shepherd was 33-fbr-60 from the field for 54- percent. The Rams converted 11-of-16 free throws in winning for the just the third time in some 12 outings. Davis & Elkins continued to sputter along in 14th place in the 15-team league. The Senators finished with a 25-for-64 showing from the field and made 12-ot"-15 free throws. The Senators hurt their cause by making only 1-of-i8 attempts from three-point range. Shepherd made 3-oi:10 long-range field goal attempts. The inside scoring of Fanjoy was aided by several of the 14 assists the Rams were credited with as a team. Davis & Elkins was credited with just three assists. Shepherd began to distance itself from the fading Senators with about 10 minutes remain- ing in the second half. The Rams went on a 21-5 tear and were able to limit the Senators to one shot -- usually a three-point try -- on most of the Senators' offensive forays. Meanwhile, the Rams were scoring with most of their possessions and finally broke the game open. / shown defending in an earlier game, scored 17 points as Shepherd beat Davis Champion Polar Bears Region Swimming Winner champion Fair- outdistanced the six in both the boys divisions at the re- meet held in Fair- Bears amassed in the boys division double runne~-up 's 100 points. The second to in 2002. County was third Finishing- was Martins- while Fair- was fifth, Hedges- and scoreless North Polar Bears to- points to outswim Jefferson, which 120 points. The were also second West in 2002. was third with Martinsburg was ~irmont East was Marion sixth, and ~nty last. in an indi- who finished in earned a berth in swim meet to the West Virginia in Mor- any relay fin- top six was eli- in the state are four regional held around the no less than competitors and make up the event this week- finishing in the relays units doing earn points for at the state meet. boys couldn't manage to win any of the indi- vidual events or relays but did place Logan Zagarella second in the 100 butterfly, had the 200 medley relay (Alex Tice, Jake Iden, Kevin Writt, and Zagarella) finish second, the 200 freestyle relay (Tice, Liam Bowers, Stephen Alemar, and Evan Whalen) finish second, and the 400 freestyle relay (Zagarella, Bowers, Iden, and Writt) also finish second. The Jefferson girls also were unable to win any of the indi- vidual events or relays, but had Sarah Harty. finish second in the 50 freestyle, Jade Zagarella take a second in the 100 butter- fly, and Laura Lovett finish sec- ond in the 100 breaststroke. Cougars Catch Lions With 27-Point Spree Trailing by three points af- ter three periods, the Jefferson boys basketball team rallied behind a 27-point fourth quar- ter outburst to finally subdue Broadfording Christian Acad- emy, 77-70, in a game played last Thursday in Washington County, Maryland. Of the 33 field goals Jeffer- son had, seven came from be- yond the three-point arc. Broadfording Christian Acad- emy had six three-point field goals. The Lions jumped out quickly at the game's outset, scoring 26 points in the open- ing period to take a 26-19 lead. Jefferson could not make any headway in the second quarter, actually getting outpointed, 15-14, in the pe- riod, and trailed, 41-33, at the intermission. The Caugars chopped five points off the Lions' lead in the third period and went into the last quarter trailing, 53-50. Jefferson finally took the lead for good at 61-60. Senior guard Jawaan Holmes scored 19 points for the Cougars, who were winning for seventh time this season. Tristan Jacobs contributed 17 points and Justin Dailey to- taled 14 points. Giving the Cougars points at crucial times, especially in the fourth period, were Marcus Allen (six points), Andy Elder (five points), and Josh Brown (seven points). Shawn Dillow helped out with his seven points off the bench. Broadfording Christian Academy was 21-10 after the loss. The Lions had Sean Moore score a game-high 32 points on ll-of-16 shooting from the floor. Eric Longerbeam had 17 points. There were not many free throws attempted by either side with the Cougars going 8- for-10 and the Lions converting 8-of-ll foul shots. Jacobs scored 20 hauled in 13 re- l~ace Jefferson to a OVer Shenandoah of New Mar- scored a career and Jawaan notched .12 points who were win- sixth time against an early the Stars second quarter to lead at the half. put together a rd quarter and at their lead to the close of that Valley Acad- Dim Stars, 63-56 emy. then 18-5 after the loss, made a steady comeback that sliced the Jefferson lead to only three points with less than 40 seconds remaining in the game. Several Jefferson free throws in the waning moments restored order and allowed the Cougars to split the season se- ries between the two teams. The Cougars owed much of their success to their 10-for-23 showing from three-point range. Jacobs was 3-for-3 on long- range attempts, while Elder went 3-for-6 and Holmes con- nected on 2-ot"-4 three-point at- tempts. Chris Cathlin paced the Stars in scoring with 29 points on 12-of-19 from the field and 5-of-9 from the foul line. The Stars made only 1-of-13 three-point tries, including Cathlin's 0-for-2. Cathlin scored 11 of his 29 points in the fourth period, but his teammates chipped in with only four more points in the pe- riod. And Jefferson was able to hold onto the last of its 18-point lead. Jefferson was 22-for-50 from the field for 44-percent. Shenandoah Valley Academy went 25-for-59 from the field for 42-percent. The Cougars converted 9-of- 14 free throws and Shenan- doah Valley Academy made just 5-of-13. Early Risers Try Matching Wits With Wily Crows on Frosty Morn By Bob Madison The darkness is eclipsed only by the stillness and the cold. It is 4 am. Civilized people are still dreaming . . . pi'bbably about staying warm and staying com- fortable. Only the uncivilized, the un- knowing, and the insomniacs would yearn to be crunching through the farm fields laden with snow. The sunrise is still over three hours away . . . and the would-be hunters are off to a Maryland destination where the fast-action of crow hunting has been made to sound like it is akin to attending the sev- enth game of the 1955 World Series where pitcher Johnny Podres stumped the Yankees. Camouflage gear is every- where in the SUV. Decoys are in place. The sound system needed to dupe the wily crows has been checked and said to be what is needed to send them to a fren- zied pitch. There in the corner of the cargo-space is a reasonable fac- simile of an owl, complete with rubber-like tufts of feathers. Gloves, water-proof boots, and paraphernalia enough to equip every crow chaser in cap- tivity is stowed in crannies General Motors didn't know it put into one of its finest ve- hicles. The trek to the crow-hunt- ing grounds is ready to begin. Tales are spun by those with experience. Tales are spun with a tone that would make the crustiest presidential advisor green with envy at their cred- UDC Out-Fires Lady Rams The sands of time keep slip- ping away for the Shepherd women. With only five games re- maining on their schedule the Lady Rams had a 9-13 overall record after letting a halftime lead get away in a 65-56 loss in Washington, D.C. to the Lady Firebirds of the University of the District of Columbia. Shepherd had a 29-26 lead at the half, but that advantage was only shortlived when the Lady Firebirds began a steady march to the foul line and the Lady Rams continued to lose offensive possessions because of a mounting turnover num- ber. UDC went to the free throw line a staggering 22 more times than did Shepherd. And the Lady Rams commit- ted 27 turnovers in losing. The huge advantage UDC held in free throws attempted, coupled with Shepherd's turn- overs were a combination that the Lady Rams couldn't over- come even though they made 8- of-17 three-point field goal at- tempts and had a 33-25 re- bounding margin. Shepherd had just eight free throws, making four. UDC shot 30 foul shots and converted 21 of those. While the Lady Rams were committing their steady stream of turnovers, UDC was guilty of only 12 floor errors. Jaime Brown had 19 points and Tinisha Townsend had 16 for the Lady Firebirds, 9-14 overall. Cassie Murray, who was 4- for-6 on three-point shots, scored 22 points for Shepherd. It was Murray's third straight game scoring more than 20 points after averaging just 9.9 points a game through the first 19 outings. Murray was the lone Shep- herd player to score in double figures. Shepherd was 22-for-48 from the field as a team. UDC was 21-for-51 as a team. Murray also led Shepherd with her eight rebounds. Following the loss in Wash- ington, D.C., Shepherd had home games remaining against Davis & Elkins, Glenville, West Virginia Wesleyan, and Alderson-Broaddus, plus a road game at West Virginia Wesleyan to close the regular season on March 1. ibility. The crow is given his due. And then some. Must be smarter than Einstein. More aerodynamic than the stealth bomber. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound -- well, maybe not the equal of Superman. But close. Real close. It makes one of the sleepier would-be shooters ask as to why such a shrewd customer eats road kill and carrion. "Just shows its versatility. Crows can adjust to most any- thing," comes a forceful rejoin- der. "Eating dead possums ain't exactly the same as hitting over .300 from both sides of the plate," is the comeback. The highways and the crooked backroads are deserted of people, if not deer and other assorted nocturnal beasts and fliers. The eastern sky is full of pastels as the hunters reach their destination. The wind is low and coop- erative. The gear is rounded up and muscled toward a stand of ruddy trees that faces an open field. Daylight is still a half-hour away. Those in the know say the waiting morning shows prom- ise. The promise that crows will hear the distress call of a brother broadcast in screams and shreiks. And they will re- act in a predictable way, searching for their mate so they can "mob" an ancient arch enemy -- the owl. (;over for the hunters must be carefully placed. The crows might be preoccupied with the mobbing calls sent from the re- corder, but they will sense a set-up if any shotgun or person's outline is spotted. Remember. Einstein with the eye sight of a talcon. The blind is finally in place. The shooters are spaced. Facing in every direction. The crow decoys are placed. The tuft-eared owl is stationed in an open space in a medium- sized tree. All is ready for the on- slaught of crows wanting to dismember the owl. The tape is played. Sounds pierce the still, 7:30 a.m. air. Frosty breath is every- where. Trigger fingers aren't yet numb. They can't be with the promise of diving and swooping crows dancing in their camou- flaged heads. The owl seems placid enough. He just sits there. As if stunned by the daylight and the noise all around him. The decoys seem to have a derisive look. They can't be sneering at the would-be shootists. But two hours go by. And no black-feathered Einsteins come to the aid of the dis- tressed crows lining the perim- eter of the blind. Toes begin to tingle. Fingers begin to have a mind of their own, Ears begin to voice their ir- ritation at those screams from the recorder. The vigil is kept. In the distance, several specks appear. Could it be the quarry, the crows? Nobody moves. They couldn't even if they wanted to. The cold has made moving "not an option". It is the crows. They have fi- nally heard the distress signal from their rubber buddies on the ground. In they come. Four of them. And they do veer and gyrate. Better than any break dancer or Sandy Koufax curveball. Blasts come from those hid- den. Down come two of those hoping to torment or destroy the owl. The recorder yelps on. In come more black bundles of the swoop-and-dive set. Down to the snow they come, to be retrieved when no more are on the horizon. These guys spinning the tales through the dark ride were right. Maybe not Einstein. But at least his bril- liant cousin. The sun warms the tingling out of the fingers. Other crows must have found enough possums or lost grain to join the owl-lynching. Instead, they join those who came before on the ground. As noon nears, the crows are still coming to the rescue. The hunter's rescue. The day has been as predicted -- full of matching wits with the clever crow and full of the cold out- doors. The incessant recorder is si- lenced. The decoys are picked up. The rubber owl is plucked off his perch. He is as silent as ever, with a perplexed look to him as if saying,'''I don't do days. I work only at night." The field is cleaned. The olive- and brown-cov- ered bodies slowly make their way back to the vehicle. The crannies are stuffed with the cargo. Sleep awaits all'but the driver. He is fortified with the strongest of coffee. No tales are heard. There is no need to "spin" what has hap- pened. And there is no one awake to hear anything but light snoring anyway. Huge Run of Points Ruins Lady Cougars Hedgesville heaped a second loss this season on the Jetter- son girls basketball team when it scored the first 19 points of the third quarter. The Lady Eagles then glided to a convincing, 58-46, win that left them with the first-round bye in the upcoming Class AAA sectional tournament. Hedgesville registered a 4-0 record in sectional games against opponents ,Jefferson and Martinsburg. The Lady Cougars had failed to win against either sectional foe. Jefferson had secured a one- point lead at the half of the game played in Shenandoah ,Junction. But the remarkable, unchecked run of points to open the third quarter became too tall an order for the Lady Cougars to overcome. The Lady Eagles had four three-point field goals in their third-quarter streak of excel- lence. When the 19-0 streak was fi- nally ended, Hedgesville had a 47-29 lead. Hedgesville was 15-4 and Jefferson was 9-8. The win was Hedgesville's 12th in its last 13 games. After scoring 29 points in the first half, the Lady Cougars were limited to but 17 in the second half. Jefferson was successful enough in the first half against continual Hedgesville backcourt pressure, but then the Lady Eagles changed de- fenses, going to a 2-3 halthourt zone in the second half. The Hedgesville halfcourt zone constricted the inside and torced mostly perimeter shots and few offensive rebounds from the Lady Cougars in the second half. Hedgesville was 21-for 48 from the field and 10-of-21 from the foul line. ,Jefferson was a mere 15-for-50 from the field but did convert 16-of-23 free throws. Hedgesville went 6-tbr-12 on three-point attempts, while the Lady Cougars were 0-tbr-6. Keisha Thomas (13 points), Jill Bradley (10 points), and Jenna Bradley (eight points) were a combined 10-tbr-32 from the field and 0-Ibr-5 from be- yond the three-point line.