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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE 15 THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 1978 Schoolboy Spring Sports Action Beginning On Full Scale Basis S P O VIEWS NEWS BY DON RENTCH BOSS SIDELINED BY INJURIES: With Max Brown, general manager of the and the author of this sports for many years, sidelined because of injuries sustained in a bad highway on Tuesday afternoon, March 14, we felt most appropriate to devote this space ' he would be filling, to Max, who has written hundreds, yes, even of words about sports, and the great, so great sports personalities, of the area and state. We often won- each time Max returned to the office ventured forth on to the highways to neighboring communities, his and first remark was always, "Well, I back again". Last Tuesday afternoon, ,out. Because that was one time when he make it back from his weekly trip to Va. Max was enroute to the office when a heavy mist, much like on the highway. And just a few of Charles Town on U.S. Route 340, his Hornet", as we at the office always carwas smashed into in a head-on near the Bull Skin Run on Route 340. the driver of the car which crossed el" line of the highway and into the front s car, was not injured, except for bruises, seriously injured. He was rushed to Memorial Hospital, where for several Was thought his most serious injury was crushed knee cap. Examination at the did reveal some bad lacerations and of the face and head. But late evening, Max was rational in his talk ate some food. The reports on his Were most encouraging. But early morning, after the shock of the Max's condition took a serious Worse. He suffered a slight stroke speak. He was then rushed ngton County Hospital in Hager- and 24 hours later underwent head relieve pressure on the brain. Since has had a 50-50 battle with life. And his wife Evalyn brought us encouraging news since Max un- ,. report was that tests conducted Internal problems which had developed were most encouraging. And Max once again was responding other body movements to instructions put to him by the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital doctors. Max was an outstanding baseball days, and he was involved m the field of play. And all knew that Max was never a it his all right down to the is just what he is doing today, here at his typewriter and column. filled this column many times names of local, county, area, and alities and just plain common folks and who have flooded this office with inquiries about his tell you how Max is doing as of 21, at noon when this column we believe is more important to Say that now the reports are most h and if Prayer is as powerful as we this is another battle which Max not only have the prayers for from many church pulpits, Cases the calls of inquiry have ended "we can only hope and pray praying for him". [ will be available on a loan basis, but students may want to pur- i chase their own gear after [ consultation with the instructor. -'ll uK'"I A West Virginia fishing license will be necessary for field trips. The course is designed to weather provide a background of knowledge and skills so that the participants can successfully catCh fish and attain maximum enjoyment from the sport. An interest in fishing is all that is required to register. There is no i age limit. Registration is possible up to and including the first class on March 28. The course will begin on Tuesday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m. in classroom 19-30 in Sara Cree Physical Education Building. With Spring having officially arrived, coaches of the schoolboy and schoolgirl sports teams are now hoping the Weather Man will cooperate and permit them to get their outdoor Spring sports action underway. The winterize4ike weather which prevailed in this section and area until this week not only prevented the coaches for taking their proteges outside the school gymnasiums for workouts, it also has already forced the postponement and re- scheduling of some outdoor events, especially this is true of the Jefferson High Cougar baseballers, who for the past several seasons have been early beginners when it comes to opening their season, and late finishers in their wind-up. But this afternoon, Thursday, weather per- mitting, the Cougar batsmen will be raising the curtain on their season and then on Wednesday, March 29, the Jefferson High boys' tennis team will roll into action also on their home courts and from now unlit May the action should be fast and heady. Cougar Fans at Regional Contest Cougar Batsmen JeffersonNetmen Open Season At Will Open Next IHome TodayAt 1 Week At Home A pitching staff that would scare the opposition just by its size, coupled with the return from last year's team of three veteran hurlers and a seasoned infield will give Jefferson Coach John Lowery plenty of impetus to improve on his baseball team's previous season record of 24-6. Lowery, whose charges went' to the state tournament last year only to be upended in the semi- finals against Ravenswood, looks to the current season with a great deal of optimism although he will be without the services of a real leader in Steve Diehl, who topped the team in hitting in 1977. Diehl, a junior will be lost to the Cougars until the middle of April after un- dergoing a knee operation. Lowery said that Diehl likely will have to work into shape and will undoubtedly be brought along slowly since he still has a t season left in his scholastic [ career. [ The Cougars will field a total / of 20 players on the varsity and [16 on its junior varsity team, , including, as Lowery put it, "ten I kids who can be called on to t pitch". I Leading the mound staff will be veteran Jay Mahoney and Randy Rutherford, both seniors, who combined for 14 victories last season. Mahoney, a righthander, will be the main- stay based on his nine wins against two losses in 1977. Also available is Randy Rutherford, another right-! bander who pitched well for! Jefferson last year enroute to a 5-1 won-lost mark. Turn To Page 16 Lefthander Dale Zeigler will be another valuable member of the hurling aggregation (3-0 last year) along with Sam Dillow (3- 0) who will be the starting catcher for the Cougars when not called upon to hurl. i Another hopeful is Jeff [ Reynolds, who Lowery said has the strongest arm On the team. ! Strictly a fast ball specialist, although he does posses a curve, Reynolds was 2-1 for Lowery last season. Sophomore John Mahoney, who will see some action at shortstop, is another candidate for pitching honors in the coming *season. A righthander, he performed creditably during the summer last year in an organized local league. Rounding out the pitching staff are Tony Smith and Bruce Longerbeam, newcomer, but a senior, Kevin Roman, who is $134.95 showing promise, and sophomores Todd Magaha and Dean Ballenger, all of whom Charles Town, W. Va. Phone: 725-5213 Lowery hopes to work into the pitching schedule through the season. "With the kind of grueling schedule we play, most of the LUCKY'S pitchers will get work, including the younger players, who need the experience to help us get ready for next year", Lowery indicated. Three-quarters of Jefferson's HALLTOWN W VA infielders return for the 1978 season, including Jim Lanham,  a first baseman who Lowery IIWILL HAVE seen in high school. He hit in the .350's last season and had five Junior Carl Jackson will apparently begin the season as the number one player for Mike Cook's 1978 tennis team at Jefferson High School. The Cougar netters will also find veterans at several other positions for a tough 16-match schedule which kicks off March 29 at Jefferson High against Morgantown's Mohigans. Jackson, according to Coach Cook, has a slight edge over sophomore Harry Barker for that coveted first team position. Jackson's fine sophomore season ( 16-4)and growth during the off-season has helped him become much stronger, ac- cording to Cook. Barker, who was undefeated last spring, might be a little slow starting this year after coming off a long basketball season. Barker may have the edge as far as physical conditioning is concerned, however, since he did play basketball. Slated to be the number three seed is Junior Todd Henshaw based on his fine 17-4 record of last year. Henshaw's strength lies in a good twist serve, strong net play, an excellent overhead and good racquet control. Last year, he had trouble with his backhand but has been working diligently to Overcome that weakness. The numbers four, five and six positions for the Cougars are likely to be manned by Sam Hart, Powell Owens and Victor Espinosa, although no order has apparently been determined. Espinosa is strong and quick, Cook evaluates, but he has been home runs. Junior Grantham, a slow starter with the bat last year, will return at second base. He worked hard on his hitting and lifted his average to .292 by season's end in 1977, including five home runs (two of these were grand slams and two were in the sectional tournament, one against Martinsburg.) Cougar fans were much in evidence this past Friday night when Jefferson High's basketball team went against Fairmont West's Polar Bears. Although the fans had plenty to cheer about in the early-going in the regional cham- pionship finals, there was some disappointment in the end as the locals lost a heart-breaking decision to Fairmont in overtime. (Photo by Errol Leslie) Cougar State Hopes Dashed In 66-61 Overtime Defeat Turn To Page 18 Lady luck failed to smile on Jefferson High School at the l Fairmont Armory last Saturday night when the Cougars dropped a tough 66-61 overtime, decision to underrated West Fairmont in the Class-AAA, Region IfI finals. The loss dashed all hopes for the Cougars for a trip to the coveted State Basketball Championship in Charleston this week and ended Jefferson's fine season with an overall record of 17-4, including a heart-stopping one-point victory over arch-rival Martinsburg in the sectional finals. Coach Tim Brinkley's Cougars went into the contest a solid favorite to come out on top, but the Polar Bears had different ideas. Fine team effort, in- cluding slick ball-handling helped the hometown favorites knot the score at the end of regulation play at 54-a11. It was the overtime period that spelled doom for the Cougars as Fairmont sank ten of ten at the charity stripe, despite the fact that Jefferson jumped out on top in the extra minutes on a free throw by Mike Gibson. Fairmont's Steve Smith had the answer to Gibson's free throw in the overtime as he charged to the hoop for a goal that gave the Polar Bears the lead for good. Mtera miss4ire at the other end of the floor, Fairmont took the game under control with its fine ball-handling and the Cougars were forced to foul in an effort to get the ball. However LIVE BAIT THIS WEEK 725. 2745 the fouls proved too costly for Brinkley's charges as the Fairmont "5" showed it can perform under stress from the free throw line. Jefferson, as Coach Brinkley readily admitted, has been a big play team during the season but [failed to make that clutch effort in this important encounter. iT his, coupled with 15 walking violations cost the locals dearly. Meanwhile, Polar Bear mentor Bill Reppert was basking in the thrill of victory. Reports indicated that the West Fair- moat team has been working hard on its free throws, shooting over 70 percent for the season) and it showed at the armory shoot-out Saturday night. The Cougars led only three times in the contest, the first time coming when Senior Junior Grantham cashed in a free throw to make the initial score 14). But Fairmont's power forward Dave Hanna led a ten-point spree (he scored three goals during this spurt) that pushed to score the score to 10-3 in favor of the home-standing Polar Bears. Late in the opening stanza, Hannah crashed the hoop on a drive and a little-vaunted hero, Reggie Armistead pushed home two jumpers to give Fairmont a ten-point edge at 17-7. A Kevin Roman charity toss along with a tip-in by Grantham, a rebound and score by Roman at the beginning of the second stanza cut deep into Fairmont's lead. At this point, the Polar Bears began shooting the one-and-one from the charity stripe, this aiding in holding onto the lead. With about two and one-half minutes to go in the half, Grantham forced a turnover on a steal and connected on a short ii i Fdz Domy Does Well In Tourneys In Md., Virginia Well-known local duckpin bowler Friz Dorsey is knocking out-of-state ducks down at a high rate as evidenced in his recent fine finishes in two area tour- naments. Friz, who was entered in a field of 44 in the Gordon McIIwee Handicap Singles Tournament in Winchester, Va., on March I0, 11 and 12, finished fourth in the event with a total score of 834 pins in five games. Among those five games, Friz had two great scores, a 180 and 182, to go along with 117, 142, and 149 in his remaining outings. With a total scratch score of 770, Friz added a 64 handicap for his overall total of 834. In finishing fourth in this event, he picked up $40, while the top three finishers gamed $200, [$100 and $65 respectively. The one, two, three winners were Donald Parka, Wheaten, Md.; Charlie B. Adams, Paris. Va.; and Lonnie Moore, of Win- chester. On St. Patrick's Day, Friz traveled to South Meadow Lanes, Hagerstown, Md., where be rolled a 751 scratch score in the ducks to place high enough in this tournament to get back his !entry fee. His scores in the five- game roll-off were 144, 155, 133, 142 and 177. With handicap, the total score was 851. jumper that helped the Cougars to pull within three points at 26- 23. Mter trading buckets, Vic Turn To Page 16 ii,, ii 117 W. 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