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62 Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Sports plrlt of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Reunion of 1959 team brought back players from Schaus's 'Golden Era' BOB MADISON Spirit Stoff It was a night when the nar- row carpet was rolled out twice to "bring on the Mountaineers". The first time was just before the reg- ular season basketball game be- tween West Virginia and Louis- ville. And the second time was to welcome many members of the 1959 team that came closer to win- ]ning a national championship than any Mountaineer team in history. The date was March 7, 2009. It had been 50 years since the season the carpet was first rolled out at the Fieldhouse where the 1958-59 team played its way to a 29-5 record. It had been 50 years since that once-in-history team achieved the heights no other West Virginia team has reached. Out came the carpet with its gold lettering that spells out "West Virginia". And the silver- haired and slightly bent players walked over its length to the ap- plause and cheering of the crowd -- many who had only heard the stories of the team passed to them by fathers, grandfathers, or great uncles. There had been 15 players on that team. The starting forwards were fast-friends Jerry West and Willie Akers. The center.was un- dersized Bob Clousson. And the starting guards were Bucky Bol- yard and Bobby Joe Smith. From off Coach Fred Schaus's bench came the diminutive Ron- nie Retton and versatile Jim Ritchi'e. The other two players who had important reserve roles were center Joe Posch and guard Lee Patrone. When West Virginia slammed Furman, o100-66, and drubbed Duke, 101-63, the other six team members -- Butch Goode, Jim Warren, Nick Visnic, How- ie Schertzinger, Bob Davis, and Jay Jacobs -- would get in for a minute or two. At the Coliseum that celebra- tory night of March 7, 2009 were eight of the players from that team. Bucky Bolyard had passed away while playing golf. Butch Goode had also died. Assistant coach George King had passed on. So had trainer Whitey Gw- ynne and equipment man Carl Roberts. The first player to be be intro- duced was Willie Akers. He am- bled down the carpet and waited for the others at one of the court' s foul lines. Out came Bob Clous- son and then Ronnie Retton be- came the third player to wave his thanks for the applause and warmth he was given. Bob Davis, who had never played enough to earn a let- ter, came forth. He was carrying a white poster with several names on it. How- ie Schertzinger acknowledged the crowd's greeting. Morgantown na- tive Jay Jacobs, another who never lettered as a player, was next. The last player left to move over the carpet was Jerry West. And he received the loudest and longest ovation from the gathered thousands who had not even been born when he was WVU's brightest nova. After West joined the oth- ers at the foul line, it was time for Coach Fred Schaus to be in- troduced. Schaus, past his 80th birthday and with cane in hand, was aided by two younger men as he walked out through an en- : others :hdiireaons th: coatd n6 ,:= imi :: Waren,: a!:.Nicki:: Vishi: ................... trance . . . and heard the heart- felt adu- lation sent flooding down to- ward him. The others had reasons they could not attend. Missing were Bobby Joe Smith, Joe Po'- sch, Lee Patrone, Jim Warren, and Nick Visnic. Clips from games played dur- ing the 1958-59 season were shown on the overhead score- board. However, little film has been preserved from the NCAA tournament wins over Dart- mouth, St. Joseph's, Boston Uni- versity, and in the national semi- finals against Louisville. Sev- eral moments from the national championship game against Cal- ifomia were seen. The players and coach had been toasted at a Friday lun- cheon held in downtown Mor- gantown. Each had a few words or sentences to say about the team itself and their years on the campus. Their reunion weekend was carded to a close after a re- ception to honor them followed the basketball game against the Cardinals. Only one other West Virginia team has ever won its way to a Final Four. And that recent surge was foiled by a loss to Duke in the national semifmals. Willie Akers was from Mul- lens. Jerry West was from Chely- an in Kanawha County. Bob Clousson was from Clarksburg. Bucky Bolyard was from Au- rora in Preston County. Bobby Joe Smith was from Charleston. All five starters came from high schools in West Virginia. None of those high schools still exists. Fred Schaus was a graduate of West Virginia University. The 1959 team was recog- nized for its on-court accom- plishments. Those accomplish- ments have always been held in near-reverence as the high-water mark of West Virginia's "Gold- en Era" of basketball. Nothing better has visited West Virgin- ia basketball in the 53 years that have passed. The Fieldhouse hasn't been the home of Mountaineer basketball since the 1971 season. Coaches -- some of them former WVU play- ers -- have come and gone in sig- nificant numbers. Leagues and conferences have been joined and then left behind. It's been more than 50 years now. At least on the 50th an- niversary of that team's rise through the national tournament, the players and coach were giv- en recognition that no other team has since warranted. Last home game sees Shepherd dismantle Pitt-Johnstown SHEPHERDSTOWN-- Per- sonal career highs and a raucous send off for its seniors were the highlights in Shepherd's 91-69 women's basketball victory at the Butcher Center last Wednes- day against Pitt-Johnstown. With Emily Daniel account- ing for a career-high 24 points and freshman center Gabby Flinchum achieving her career- best 22 points on ll-for-13 from the field, the Lady Rams clinched a first-round home game in next week's WVIAC tournament. The Senior Night. perfor- mance helped send off the three senior starters with Shepherd's seventh win in the last eight games. After taking a 40-33 lead at the half, Shepherd came back to score 51 points in the second - half to steadily move away from the Mountain Cats. Shepherd savaged the Moun- tain Cats on the boards, claim- ing 47 rebounds to the visitors' -24. Flinchum added 12 rebounds to her 22-point scoring total. Re- serve Priscilla Moseh had eight rebounds and Daniel was credit- ed with six. Shepherd senior Jenn Prine " scored 15 points and Moseh scored 12 more points. Moseh was 5-for-6 from the field. Alex Tamez had eight assists to Boys Basketball SECTIONAL ,RECORDS mostly offset her four turnovers. Shepherd was 16-10 overall and its 13-7 WVIAC record had it in fourth place just ahead of Fairmont with two road games left on the regular season sched- ule. The Mountain Cats were 12-11 overall and 10-9 in the conference. In a game where the Shepherd women had shooting problems from all over, the Lady Rams survived the cold spell to eke out a 52-48 road win over confer- ence rival Ohio Valley. Shepherd was 17-10 overall and remained in fourth place in the WVIAC with a 14-7 league mark. Ohio Valley was 11-15 overall and 7-13 in the ANDREW WILT Kenya Dozier (24) and Washington had their season ended by Musselman in the Class AAA, Region II, Section 1 tourney. Henderson gets help, W L Martinsburg 19 2 Hedgesville 16 5 Washington 14 6 Musselman beats Patriots Jefferson 10 12 Hampshire 7 10 Musselman 7 14 INWOOD-- The Musselman in the last minutes of the fourth ..............  ......................... girls had, ridden the aggressive quarter. Girls all-round play of Nicole Hender- The tournament loss ends son to two regular season wins Washington's season witha4-17 over Washington. So when the overall record and an 0-3 mark two teams met in the first round against the Lady Applemen. Mus- Basketball of the Class AAA, Region II, selman improved to 13-10 over- Section 1 tournament on Mon- all and will play a second-round SECTIONAL day, the Patriots showed Hender- Sectional game tonight (Wednes- son and her teammates a box and day) at top-seeded Hedgesville. HI-LUHU one defense that assigned a chas- It was better free throw shoot- er to Henderson and had the oth- ing that greatly helped Mussel- W L er four Washington players in a man. The Lady Applemen were Hodgosvillo 16 6 2-2 zone defense. 16-for-24 (66.7 percent) while Martinsburg 13 7 Henderson was limited to just Washington was 7-for-17 (41.2 Hampshire 14 8 two field goals and nine points, percent). Musselman 13 10 but the Lady Applemen posted Alycia Lambert (11 points), Washington 4 17 Jefferson 3 20 a 40-34 win anyhow as Brian- Morgan Adams (eight points), na Caison scored 16 points and and Kenya Dozier (six points) joined with Henderson to make scored more than did the other a handful of critical free throws Patriots. UVE SCHEDULE WEPK -"-------- Airlkne c 6:30pro on Olclles 95.9 FM Cly. Feb. 24-Gids 1Champiomhip-Airtime at 6:30pro Ffidc Feb. 24-1lUeffe at West jinie-Airlime immediateb/after lhe High hool Game Feb. 27-Boys  at Jeflerson-Airlime at 6:30pm Feb. 28-Gids  Toumarnent Game-Airlime at 6:30pm on Oldies 95.9FM only lay r. 28-Oepaul at Wea V'gnia4me at 6.Xm on 340 WEPM only Listen online at WEPM.com..Iook us up on facelxxk at facebook. and follow us conference. The Lady Rams close the reg- ular season tonight (Wednesday) at Davis & Elkins and open the WVIAC turnament on Monday, February 27 at home. Ohio Valley held a 30-28 lead at the haft, and Shepherd only took the lead at 44-42 with 4:11 to play. The Lady Rams made 34.5 percent of their field goal tries and only 8-of-1 (44.4 per- cent) of their free throws. The Fighting Scots made 33.9 percent of their field goal tries, 14.3 per- cent 'of their three-point efforts, and 55.6 percent of their few free throw tries. Shepherd was careless enough to have 21 turnovers and Ohio Valley followed along with its 23 turnovers. Shepherd played without lead- ing scorer and leading rebounder Emily Daniel and found nobody to accomplish what Daniel usu- ally gives the Lady Rams. Cougars' Holland, Simmons perform best at state swim meet MORGANTOWN Keegan Simmons gave Jefferson a third- place in the 200 freestyle and a fourth-place in the 100 butter- fly at the state swim meet to eas- ily lead the individual effort for the 13th-place Cougars at the event held at the Natatorium at West Virginia University. Sim- mons was clocked in 1:48.57 in the 200 freestyle while the win- ner, Tate Warden of Capital, had a winning time of 1:41.49. In the 100 butterfly, Simmons had a time of 54.60 while the wmner, Jack Wright of Hurricane, fin- ished in 52.94. The boys division of the state meet crowned George Wash- ington (185 points) as the state champion with Bridgeport (1-30), Charleston Catholic (122), and Hurricane (116) finishing sec- ond through fourth. Jefferson was 13th with 33 points while Washington High was 16th with 20 points. Washington's best individual finish came from Shawn Gee, who was sixth in the 100 back- stroke. Gee's time was 59.29 as compared vith Nate Carr's (Charleston Catholic) winning time of 53.31. In the girl's division of the state meet, it was Jefferson's Lu- isa Holland. registering a fourth- place finish in the 100 breast- stroke. Holland was timed in 1:12.43 with the race's winner, Kelsey Ferguson (Weir High), getting home in 1:07.72. Hol- land also finished eighth in the 200 freestyle. Winning the girl's division team championship was Mor- gantown (170 points). Just be- hind the Mohigans was George Washington with 164 points. Buckhannon had 141.5 points and Elkins was fourth with 121.5 points. Jefferson was 17th with its 18 points. Lady Cougars end season at 3-20 ROMNEY-- Ending its sea- son with a 3-20 overall record, Jefferson's girls basketball team fell, 67-56, to homesfanding Hampshire in the first round of the Class AAA, Region II, Sec- tion 1 tournament. Hampshire (14-8) advanced to tonight's (Wednesday) second- round game at Martinsburg. As it had in nearly every game this entire season, Jefferson could not solve an opponent's pressure defenses. The Lady Cougars committed 32 turn- overs in all -- many of which led directly to easy layup baskets by the more forceful Trojans. Hampshire had several im- portant uninterrupted streaks of points that helped it get away to double figure leads. The Trojans scored 25 points in the second quarter to take a 36-30 lead at the half. Hampshire advanced its lead to 50-42 after three quarters  and then outpointed the Lady Cougars 17-14 in the last quarter to cement the victory and extend its season. Sierra Bloomquist had 21 points for the Trojans while McKinley Thomas scored 25 points for Jefferson. Jefferson went 17-for-27 (62.9 percent) from the foul line and winning Hampshire was 14-for- 31 (45.2 percent) from the free throw line. ADAM HOLSTON Nyos Velez (left), Liza Silver (12), and McKinley Thomas (32) had their season end with a loss in the Class AAA, Region II, Section 1 tournament's first round game at Hampshire.