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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Genuine Risk She was the second filly to win the Kentucky Derby She was second in both the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes See page B3 Patriot girls in Sectional Washington faced Musselman in the Class AAA, Region II, Section 1 tournament. See page B2 I as Patriots wrestling title I HDGE.SVILLE-- Sev- en individual weight brack- et champions w able to lift Washington High to the . ......... .: :- ,.+,%!: ,!j:.! :; i'!!:,!  +"U'" : :!!.:: ; i !":i?  ' " ?:':. :.:. ; :i,,i".!  "%':'.-':i! '  :''i ,%" '' ":'-= fling championship in the! i hh atthe Reglonlltou' . :: 'nali tourtmmnt held over the ' "  .................. " :' !i  ....... " weekend. W.ashington became one of the four Regional cham- pions that were crowned across the state. With its first-ever Region- al wrestling title in hand, Washington qualified nine individuals for this week's Class AAA state tourna- ment in Huntington. The Patriots totaled 195 points in winning the Region II championship. Finishing second was East Fairmont (174 points). North Marion was third with 171 points. The rest of the team standings showed Fairmont Senior (152), Musselman (143), Martirisburg (108), Hedgesville ,(95), Hamp- shire (84.50), Jefferson (70.50), and Preston (67). Any wrestler finishing at least fourth in his weight division qualified for the state tournament where there will be 16 individuals comprising each weight class. Beginning with the lightest weight brackets, Washington's first champion was sophomore Ty Reynolds. Reynolds defeat- ed East Fairmont's Brody Nes- selrotte scoring a 17-2 techni- cal fall victory in the title match. In Huntington at the state meet, Reynolds will first wrestle fourth-place (Region Ili) David Pancake (31-19) from George Washington High. Reynolds takes a 52-5 overall record to the state meet. Tyler Cross gave the Patriots a championship at 113. He was able to pin Fairmont Senior's Austin Pattersonin 3:03. Cross takes a 52-6 record to Hunting- ton where the junior will face Region IV fourth-place finisher Zach Myers (18-20) from Uni- versity High. The next Washington titleist was at 120 where senior Austin 4 See PINNING page B3 Rebounding dominance carries Washington past Jefferson BOB MADISON Spirit Staff Rebounding -- sometimes three grabs in the same sequence off the offensive boards -- car- ried Washington to an insur- mountable lead over county rival Jefferson. And then the Patriots called in a raftload of reserves before the end of their 65-53 win over the Cougars last Friday. The low-scoring ftrst half was almost completely forgotten when Washington (14-6 over- all) began the third quarter with a three-rebound  possession and then four quick-strike fastbreaks that ballooned its lead to 33-19 in just a little over a minute. In a period where it outscored the Cougars, 24-9, Washington had secured a 46-26 lead after three quarters of rebound-solid basketball. Jefferson had clung close for a half. But the way the Cougars "accomplished" a five-point def- icit just couldn't continue. Gar- rett Grantham had scored 14 of Jefferson's I7 points. And he had an assist on the one other field goal the Cougars had man- aged. Other than Grantham's scor- ing, the other Jefferson play- ers Coach Bob Starkey tried were a puny 1-for-14 from the field. Starters Aaron Stottlemy- er. Kalen Nehler, Billy Kontos, and Josh Dudley hardly scored and were searching in vain for any kind of contributions. Mi- chael King, Darrod Doleman, and Rynal Newman didn't play nough to cause much stress to Washington. Stuck on the perimeter with its halfcourt offense, Jefferson shot two free throws in the first half. Two free throws and 17 to- tal points. And still, the Cougars (10-12 overall) only trailed by five points because Washington had 22 points. But once the second half be- gan. it was a whole different pace that had been changed by a charged Washington team that began to dominate about every phase of the game. Every shot the Patriots at- tempted from the field Was from the inside. Christian Coles, Ken- dell Smith, Tyrek Collier and company put the game out of reach of Jefferson in a matter of three minutes. Grantham stopped shooting. He stopped looking for shots. Jefferson's fluctuating line- ups could not find offensive re- bounds. And there were plenty of them to fmd. Finally, it was Dudley who had the ball in his hands. Dudley's scattered points only kept the score within rea- son, but couldn't bring Washing- ton back toward the the reeling Cougars. Washington's reserves played much of the anticlimactic fourth quarter. Rebounding was the complete story of the game. The only cam- eo roles left 'were for Washing- ton's fast breaks and its effective lmlfcourt defense. Moore's 47 can't rescue Shepherd VIENNA Although Chad Moore went on a record-set- ting mission against homestand- ing Ohio Valley, Shepherd still dropped a 107-103 decision to the Fighting Scots on Saturday in a WVIAC men's basketball game. Moore, a 6-foot-5 junior, went on a 47-point scoring rampage against the Fighting Scots (7-16 overall and 7-13 in the WVIAC), but the effort couldn't keel b the Rams from losing for the third straight time and going to 12-13 overall and 10-11 in the WVIAC. The Rams were in ninth place in the 15-team league and need a win tonight (Wednesday) at Davis & Elkins to have any chance at hosting a home game in next week's conference tournament. Moore went 16-for-25 from the field and a dazzling 14-of-15 from the foul fine to notch his 47 points. He also had nine of Shepherd's 32 rebounds. Brant- ley Osborne scored 21 points "and Sidney McCray added an- other 18 points. Ohio Valley had five players in double figures led by Kend- 'all Allison and Austin Cunning- ham, who both had 26 points. Osvaldas Gaizaukas added 18 points with Rodney Everage getting 17 points and Jordan Brooks totaling 16 points. Ohio Valley's starters scored all but four points of the team total. The Fighting Scots made 58.5 percent of their floor attempts, 78.6 percent of their free throws, and 50 percent of their three- point attempts. WILLIAM RANSOM Chad Moore scored a ca- reer high 47 points, but Shepherd still lost. ANDREW WILT Washington's Kendell Smith is guarded by Michael King. Boys seeding has Patriot:s second, Jefferson fourt0000 The seeding of the six teams involved in next week's Class AAA, Region II, Section 1 boys basketball tournament has been announced and Martinsburg (19-2 overall) has the No. 1 seed. Wash- ington is seeded second. Hedg- esville is third. Jefferson has the fourth seed. Musselman will come in with the No. 5 seed, and Hamp- shire will have the sixth seed. Play begins on Monday, Feb- ruary 27, with a pair of 7 p.m. games. Hampshire will be at HedgesviUe and Musselman will be at Jefferson that night. In the second round games on Wednesday, February 29, it will be the Hedgesville vs. Hamp- shire winner traveling to Charles Town to face Washington and the Jefferson vs. Musselman win- ner traveling to Martinsburg to face the Bulldogs. The Section- al title game is scheduled for Fri- day, March 2 at Martinsburg. All games have a 7 p.m. start time. Both finalists will enter the Re- gion II tournament and face both the winner and runner-up from Section 2 where the competing teams are Bridgeport, Buckhan- non, Robert Byrd, Elkins, and Lewis County. Two teams from Region II will play in the eight- team state tournament. 'Backyard' just became long distance to manage The "backyard" just became a long distance away. No In- terstate can bring it around. No paddle-wheel riverboat can extend its life. No snake- oil salesman nor internet pitchman can keep it alive. The nicknamed college foot- ball series fashionably known as the "Backyard Brawl" is no more. West Virginia Universi- ty and the Uni- versity of Pitt- burgh might as well be as close in proximity as Moscow (not the one in Idaho) and Patagonia at the southernmost tip of South America as the 70-plus miles that now separate the garden city of Morgantown and the gentrified Oakland section of the now-smokeless city of Pittsburgh. No more. No more. When WVU agreed to pay the Big East Conference a get- out-town $20 million, the row- dy Panthers of change-coach- es-by-the minute Pittsburgh were gone from the Moun- taineer football schedule. There will be no football game between the two re- spected research institutions in 2012. A'series that was be- gun in 1895 and interrupted only for three years in the ear- ly 1940s will not be contin- ded. West Virginia and Piffs- burgh had at it in 104 games. The fact that the Panthers own a 61-40-3 advantage might not be broadcast to the dues- paying alumni by the current WVU adminstrators. But re- cent history favors the Moun- taineers, what with their three straight wins and 14-6 record against the Panthers since 1992. What will Pittsburghers" Beano Cook and Dave Wannst- edt say? What will columnist Mickey Furfari or leisure-time golfer Bill Stewart say? Will they storm through the ream of yellowed historical fries and see that the first game in the series as actually set- tied in WVU's favor in Wheel- ing. And then the second game had the Mountaineers on top again in Fairmont, a real back- /ard to old Morgantown. And the. third game was held at the WVU Athletic Field in front of what is now Woodburn Hall.. with WVU showing its supe- riority with a 6-5 win over the Panthers. It couldn t hav been called a rivalry because any real ri- valry is never so one-sided as West Virginia's 3-0-0 record in the early going. Of course the series his- tory was turned on its head when Pittsburgh had winning streaks of 11 games (interrupt- ed only by a tie in 1909) and 15 games (from 1929 through 1946). Oh, that 0-0 tie back in aught nine (1909) was one to remember! The "brawls" were played at Exposition Park (home of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team), Forbes Field, Pitt Sta- dium, Three Rivers Stadium, .and Heinz Field when held in Pittsburgh. The WVU Ath- letic Field, Old Mountaineer Field, and Milan Puskar Sta- dium were the sites when the Mountainners were at home. No more games were seen in either Wheeling or Fair- mont. Following World War II, West Virginia sent its forc- es coached by Dud DeGroot, Pappy Lewis, Gene Corum, See BACKYARD page B3