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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE- Thursday, March 25, 1999 11 By Bob Madison spring foot- on Monday. The drills until April 24 when Gold-Blue scrimmage the month-long session. coach Jerry Holmes Mountaineer staff to join Cleveland Browns, will begin play in the NFL this Holmes' place is Darrell Hazell had been at Army past two seasons. He will the running backs at WVU. Pierce moves from run- backs coach to the secondary. from the 1998 season West Virginia fared well with its offensive num- Mountaineeers were 14th offense, 15th in total of- and 16th in scoring offense. WVU players also ranked in individual stats. Amos was sixth in rushing, Marc Bulger was in passing efficiency and in total offense. Jerry Porter 13th in interceptions and Saunders was 17th in pass This spring will see WVU search for replacements for 13 starters and 17 lettermen from the 8-4 1998 team. The entire offensive line will be missing, as well as four defensive linemen. Gone from the so-called skill positions on offense will be Zereoue, Saunders, and Shawn Foreman. Bulger returns at quarterback and he has Kori Ivy, Pat Greene, Antonio Brown, and tight end An- thony Becht as his receivers of note. Antwan Lake, Ryan Brady, Mark Thurston, and Greg Robinette are the most experi- enced players from the defensive front even though Brady may miss the spring with a broken foot. Barrett Green led WVU in tack- les last season and returns at line- backer. Chris Edmonds is another returning starter at linebacker. At least the secondary has plenty of experience. Gary Thompkins, Scooter Davis, and Porter will be back. Nate Terry will be back after be- ing forced to redshirt last year be- cause of a broken clavicle and safety Rick Sherrod returns after a year-long rehabilitation from an injured knee. Jay Taylor, both the punter and the place kicker, is a returnee as well. The Mountaineers won't have to worry about the fickle Morgantown weather interrupting practices. There is an indoor build- ing in which to practice if the weather is inclement. Don Nehlen will field his 20th team in the fall. His record is 138-81-4 and he has taken teams to 12 bowl games in his 19 seasons. The 1999 Schedule Sept. 4 E. Carolina Charlotte 11 Miami (Ohio) Home 18 Maryland Away 25 Syracuse Away Oct. 2 Navy Home 16 Rutgers Home 23 Temple Home 30 Miami (Fla.) Away Nov. 6 Virginia TechHome 13 Boston College Away 27 Pittsburgh (ESPN TV)Home r 4 Shepherd spring football is on the horizon. With Damian Beane (left) returning for his senior year, coach Monte Cater (right) will be seeking a third straight WVIAC title and second consecu- tive Division II post-season berth. had only four hits off Urbana pitchers on Monday, had its chances to win its baseball game. But the committed critical errors to get clutch hits when i did have base runners, eventu- to the Hawks, 3-1. Cenate struck out 11 and walk, but was the vic- early-season defensive by the Cougars. Burgee and Ryan Keyser out eight for Urbana and Jefferson to hits by Josh Cenate, Ethan Osbourn and Scott Wells. got on top, 1-0, in the inning when Green started the s with an infield single. Green the way to third base on a pitch and a passed ball. ground ball to second base Green with the game's first retired the first two schools in North Carolina any dropoff in tal- Shepherd's baseball team, annual spring break south- found that to be true again Lenoir-Rhyne was the : North Carolina school to flex itting muscles against the B, defeating Shepherd in a doubleheader by scores of 17-3. south with a 1-0 and returned with a 2-4 ~, expecting such treatment k Coach Wayne Riser sched- Some of the east coast's best Rams pounded out 14 hits opener against Lenoir- but couldn't contain a 15- the home team. ~herd trailed 7-5 in the when Lenoir-Rhyne ex- for six runs in the fifth in- n 13-5 lead. Blevins and Damien Aus- Shepherd homers in and Blevins went 3-for- five RBIs. shman Jason Walter went and was relieved by Smith. pounded out 18 the nightcap as Shepherd to five safeties. Preston Miller the second game and was in the third inning by McAllister. Fresh- )anny Nobbs came on in the and shortstop Matt game. Fincham in the doubleheader. Rams lost to Pembroke, 12- Blevins went 2-for-4 homer and double and two l~ill Staub was 2-for-4. Ritenour took the loss for ~herd totaled 10 hits, but four errors in the game. began its southern a doubleheadeer Pembroke won the Urbana hitters in the bottom of the first and then fanned David Sanchez. But Sanchez reached safely when the third strike was not caught and the subsequent throw to first sailed into right field. Pete D'Amour then hit an RBI dou- ble that tied the game at 1-1. With one out in the Jefferson fifth, Urbana reliever Tom Windsor walked three straight batters. Keyser replaced Windsor. Keyser induced a grounder to third that was turned into a force out at the plate. With two outs and the bases still loaded, Keyser got the next Jefferson batter to ground out to shortstop, thus preserving the tie. Keyser then held the Cougars to two hits while striking out three over the last two innings. Urbana scored its final two runs in the fifth as Brian Valichka dou- bles and moved to third on Burgee's single. Burgee stole second, giving the Hawks runners at second and third. Bryan Eberle laid down a suicide bunt that scored Valichka and the resultant throw to first to get Eberle was off target and went into right field allowing Burgee to score from second base. Trailing, 3-1, Jefferson got its first two batters on base to open the sixth. Cenate singled and Justin Osbourn walked. Eric Smoot sac~i- riced both runners along, but Keyser then struck out Ethan Osbourn andJimmy Rhodes to strand both runners. Wells delivered a pinch single in the Cougar seventh, but Keyser got the next three batters in order and left Jefferson 0-1 to begin the new season. The Cougars are slated to play Thomas Johnson this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. at Sager Field in Shenandoah Junction. e a Shepherd is spending its spring break in North Carolina play- ing Mt. Olive, Pembroke, and Lenoir-Rhyne. The Rams next home games are scheduled for tomorrow as Shippensburg comes to Fm.rf~ Field for two gaines. opener, 5-4, but the Rams took the Jamie Ware took over with the second game, 9-4. game tied at 4-4. Ware was the los- Tyler Gaines ripped a grand ~ ing pitcher. slam homer in the tenth inning of Travis Bagent pitched seven in- the Shepherd win. Gaines' blast ningsofthe 10-inningnightcap. He was Shepherd's third homer of the struck out seven. Ware pitched the game as Blevins and Austin also last three innings and got the win connected. Blevins had a solo shot when Gaines hit his grand slam and Austin a two-run home run. homer. Ty Hart pitched into the sev- enth inning of the opener where SHEPHERD BASEBALL MAKE-UP DATE Shepherd will now play Oswego in a baseball doubleheader on Monday, March 29 in Shepherd- stown at 1 p.m. The Rams did not play Oswego last Saturday or Sun- day because of lingering snow and then the eight inches that ~fell on Sunday. By Bob Madison ruined Moorefield's chances for two by Weir. Overtime games, close finishes, state titles in the same school year Tug Valley and Bluefield traded and finally a winning field goal with by defeating the Yellowjackets. the lead on numerous occasions in less than a second remaining were Moorefield had won a third straight Saturday's title game. The Mingo the usual fare at the West Virginia football state championship inCounty Panthers trailed by 10 state basketball tournament corn- December. It was also the 'Jackets points at the half and by one point pleted last week in Charleston. third consecutive trip to the basket- at the end of the third quarter Parkersburg Catholic was the ball state tournament, none of trips before outscoring the shocked Class A winner, using rousing fin- resulting in a state title. Beavers in the fourth quarter to ishes to win a one-point quarterfin- The Class AA champion was Tug register a comeback win. al verdict over Williamson and tak- Valley ofNaugatuck, a small village There were few people who ing two overtimes~to finally subdue tucked hard by the Kentucky bor- expected North Marion to emerge Valley of Smither~in the champion- der in Mingo County. Tug Valley as the Class AAA champion, but the ship game. was a consolidation nine years ago Huskies got a last-second three- It was Parkersburg Catholic's of Kermit and Lenore High Schools. footer to fall in beating Capital by a first-ever state basketball cham- In Class AA quarterfinal games, single point in the championship pionship and it came over a quality Bluefield topped South Harrison game. field of small-school brethren who and Weir edged East Bank by three The Class AAA portion of the helped make the 1999 state tourna- points, thus ending the basketball four-day tournament began with ment as competitive as any ever story at the school that gave the Beckley Woodrow Wilson beating played, state Jerry West. East Bank and Parkersburg South, 83-75, in Class A quarterfinal winners DuPont will be consolidated next overtime. The Flying Eagles trailed were Moorefield over Charleston year intoRiversideHigh, by seven points with only 47 Catholic by six points, Valley of In the other quarterfinal games, seconds remaining in regulation, Smithers crushing Valley Wetzel, Tug Valley ousted Tucker County but tied the game with five seconds and Tygarts Valley over Big Creek and Richwood beat Oceana. remaining and sent it into by five points. Tug Valley handed Richwood itsovertime. Valley of Smithers eliminated first loss of the season in adminis- Tygarts Valley in one semifinal tering an 88-60 lesson to the Continued on next page game and Parkersburg Catholic Lumberjacks, and Bluefield slipped Enjoy live racing four days a week, along with a full card of simukasting seven days a week. For fun and entertainment, Charles Town Races is a sure thing. Live Concert Sunday, March 28 7:00 p.m. Tickets: V.I.P. $8. General Adrnls -k~n $5 FLING JEFF Every card is a potential winner - you could win up to a million dollars! 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