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B1 Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Pet Peevy B3 LOCal man: honored for 40 years in , 4H, B9 Jefferson High pitcher Jordan Trunnell delivers to the plate in Jefferson's 11-1 win over MarUnsburg on Monday night. ZACH CUMBERLAND By ZACH CUMBERLAND sport s@ spiritofjefferson.com SHENANDOAH JUNCTION-- The Jefferson High baseball team started the season off on the right foot with two wins in the first two games of the season. The Cougars broke out the bats in both games and rolled to convincing victories. On Monday evening at Sager Field in Shenandoah Junction, Jefferson won 11-1 over Martinsburg in a shortened game that went only five innings. Jefferson used a five-run third inning and a four-run fifth inning to pick up the . win. Jefferson also scored one run apiece in the second and fourth innings to add to the total. Jefferson broke out on top early with a 1-0 lead in the second inning as Cullen Horowicz came across the plate on an error. In the five-run third inning, Dy- Jefferson High used a five-run third inning to pick up a win over (See BASEBALL Page B2) Martinsburg on Monday evening. FILE PHOTO Washington High's Taylor Cenate has helped lead the team to two season-opening victories. By ZACH CUMBERLAND 2-0 on the young season. With the recent sports@spiritof]efferson.eom snowstorm hitting the Eastern Panhandle the future schedule looks to be on hold, but the Patriots were scheduled to play CHARLES TOWN -- After making a Wednesday at Woodgrove, Va before run to the state toumament a year ago the playing at Hampshire on Friday. Those Washington High softball team has started games are likely to be rescheduled as of the season with two wins. Tuesday evening. The Patriots opened the season on Satur- Washington used some power at the day at Martinsburg with a resounding 16-0 plate to get things done against the Apple- win over the Bulldogs. Then on Monday men. Caitlin Myers finished the day with night, it took 10 innings to break a tie be- three hits, including a double and team- tween Washington and Musselman in In- mate Kylie Condon picked up two doubles wood, but the Patriots broke through with in four at bats. two runs in the 10th inning to get the 5-3 With so many innings Monday night, win. Washington used two pitchers in Taylor With the win the Patriots improved to (See SOFTBALL Page B2) BASKETBALL rolls : for state By RICK RYAN Charleston Gazette-Mail It wasn't always beautiful bas= ketball, but to George Washing- ton, it was breathtaking. Justin Phillips scored 20 points and GW held Martinsburg to 28.6 percent shooting Saturday, leaning on defense and rebound- ing to emerge with a 62-41 tory in the Class AAA champ L onship game at the Charlestola Civic Center. In winning their seventlh straight game, the Patriots (23-3) earned the third state title in pr(Yr' gram history to go with the one they captured in 1971 and 201E It came one night after No. seed GW shot just 33 perce in a semifinal win against selman, and the Patriots really didn't f'md their shooting eye until the second half on Saturday against Martinsburg. They led halftime 21-15 despite shooting a mere 19 percent (5 of 26). i "We weren't really [wow ried]," said Patriots coach Rickl Greene, "because that was prof'- ably higher than we shot the oth" er two first halves [in the toum ment]. I thought we were pretty hot at that point. "We thought it might be like the other two games and we're just going to have to figure oUt how to win. Keep defending anti keep rebounding: We-weten t worded at halftime because talked all day that it might be h game like the fn'st two. We've got to figure out a way to win, and we did." Thus, GW's defense clamped down on No. 4 seed Martins- burg (22-6), which had knocked off No. 1 University in the semi- finals, and the Patriots con- trolled the boards all night. The Bulldogs converted only 16 of 56 shots and were outrebound- ed 49-28, including 18 Offensive boards by GW. "That's just the kids wanting to rebound," Greene said. "It's not a coaching thing or an X's and O's thing. They know if a team gets one shot and that's it, and we get more than one shot in a possession, our chances of win- ning are really, really good." What proved to be the de- cisive run for GW came with about five minutes left in the third quarter, when it scored 14 of the game's next 16 points to turn a tenuous 23-20 advantage into a 37-22 lead. Phillips, GW's senior all- stater, had seven points in that burst, including one of his three 3-pointers. He'd made only 14 3s all season coming into the game. Phillips said his mindset was to ignore the Patriots' icy shooting touch in the first half and soldier on. "You've just got to do whatev- er you can to block it out," Phil- lips said, "and do whatever you can to win the game. Whether it's scoring points or playing de- (See STATE TITLE Page B2) the town | I1