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1 2 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 1978 Ram Batsmen Opened Spring Sports, Season Jefferson High Stars Expected To Play Lot OPTIMISTIC ABOUT YOUNG TEAM: Shepherd College head baseball coach Mike Jacobs, is expressing optimism about 1978's young squad. The Rams will be an official member of the West Virginia. Conference's Southern Division this year. On row one, left to right -- Bobby Jones, Mike Ditto, Carroll Scarborough, co-captain; Doug Higgins, co-captain; Steve Diehl. Row two - Joel Wilson, Scott Kerr, Keith Stains, Steve Lynch, Dave Potter, John D'Angelo. Row three -- Hugh Dillon, Gary Farley, Rich Holmes, Dave Hearn, Rick Waugh. SHEPHERDSTOWN -- With only four lettermen returning off of last year's 6-12 squad, baseball coach Mike Jacobs is cautiously optimistic about this spring's Shepherd College diamond Rams. "We have a lot of talent this year, probably the best collection we've had in sometime. However we also have a lot of youth. Inexperience could be a decisive factor against us", the second-year mentor points out. The Rams can't afford too many "decisive factors" to go against them. Besides having 13 newcomers on the squad, Shepherd has been hindered by the weather as well. The Rams have yet to practice outside as of Tuesday afternoon. Jacobs feels his team has taken all in stride so far. "We may hurt somewhat by not playing outside, but we have made up for it in attitude and hard work. Besides, if you don't have the fundamentals, it doesn't make a difference whether you practice indoors or outdoors. I'd say we're a fun- damentally sound team", Jacobs observed. With a 32-game schedule facing them, the Rams will undoubtedly have enough chances to limber up their arms and bats by the season's end. This season marks Shepherd's return to WVIAC play. The Rams will compete in the southern division of the con- ference. Three former Jefferson High diamond stars of last season, showed up well in Spring pre- season drills and all three will be seeing a lot of action for the Rams, two of them possibly as starters. Steve Diehl, one of the former Jefferson stars, looks to be the most impressive of all the newcomers to the Shepherd squad this season. Diehl turned down a few offers to play football and baseball at Shepherd College Coach Jacobs feels that Diehl could possibly break several school batting records and should be one of the top base stealers on the team. Bobby Jones, another former Jefferson Star, looked sharp defensively at shortstop for the Rams in the pre-season training and should see a lot of action al the spot for the Rams. The other former Jefferson star who is expected to see considerably action either as a pitcher or an outfielder, is John DeAngelo. Catcher Doug Higgins returns as the Ram most likely to im- press pro scouts. The senior co- captain has poked some tremendous home runs in recent years and Jacobs calls him "our most proven hitter". The other co-captain is senior third baseman Carroll Scarborough. Scarborough was among the team leaders in hatting average last year and he more than held his own at the "hot sack". Second basement Joel Wilson who anchored the Rams' double play combination with his steady fielding is the third letterman Jacobe is counting on. Utility infielder Mike Ditto is the fourth returnee. First base chores will most likely be divided between fresh- man Dave Potter from Harrisburg, Pa., and first-year man Scott Kerr from Cin- naminsou, N.J. Both are handy Jefferson Jr. Netters with the bat and Kerr could possibly be a starter in the pitching rotation. Open Season April 7th The Jefferson Junior boys' tennis team will launch its ll- match schedule on Friday, April 7, when they host the Randolph- "Macon Yellow Jackets' junior varsity team in a match scheduled to get underway at 3:30 p.m. at the Jefferson County Memorial Park courts. The junior boys' team which was formed last year rolled through their first season with an unblemished 10-0 record against formidable opposition. Four of the top eight players who helped achieve this record are now at Jefferson High. Opponents on this year's schedule may breath easier for a moment but consider that this years junior squad includes five returning players who last season compiled a combined 32-6 won-lost record in the singles competition, a transfer student from Virginia who has tour- nament experience and a fine crop of seventh graders among the hearty 25 member boys team then it's no small wonder what veteran coach Glenn Edwards fells this year's squad may possess both more quality and quantity then the '77 edition. The addition of several junior varsity matches will give most of the players an opportunity to par- ticipate. A pair of ninth graders, David Ramsburg and Monte Keiter, who held down the number two and three spots respectfully last spring,, are each expected .tp move up a notch this year. Ramsburg was 10-0 and Keiter 8- 2 in the singles play last season. The numbers three through eight positions on the team ladder are still up for grabs with eigth graders Craig Kershner and newcomer Kelly Colbert battling ninth graders Mike Smith, Dong Nicodemns, Kerry Fries and David MeDaniel, the latter the transfer student from southern Virginia, for the higher singles positiom. To seventh grads candidates include Rodd Ramey and Keony Cameron. Other returnees in- clude ninth graders Scott Kelican, Todd Rauch and Tim Dunbar and eighth grader Chris Bush. First year members include ninth grader Jay Krzcuik; eigth graders Willie Pindell, Danny Mills and Todd McCanuel; and seventh graders Kenneth Tyler, Robbie Watson, Keith Potter, Todd Kruger, [,annie Sbreck, Mark Owens and David Dailey. The Jefferson Junior girls' team will open their 7-match slate on Friday, April 14, when they journey to Randolph-Macon Academy to tangle with the "Queen Bees" in a 4 p.m. en- counter. Only Wendy Whitehair, an eighth grader, returns from last season's 3-I-I squad but the 15-member girls team includes many proven players who are out for the team for the first time. Joining Whitehair in the even battle for the top six kinglns positions are ninth graders Susie Jamison, Deanna Spunich, Kathy Lloyd; seventh grader Sherry Keiter; and eighth grader Berbra Fargo. Ninth graders Kelly Watson, Dana Smallwood, Tina Smallwood, Jackie Willingham; eighth gras Catherine Whiting, Tonya Smallwood, Laurie Hoffmaster, and seventh The pitching staff is com- prised of five newcomers, whom Jacobs feels could all con- ceivably be starters. Hugh Dillon, a sophomore transfer from Chowan Jr. College, looks to be a sure starter with his impressive speed. Gary Gurley, Williamsport, Md., Rich Holmes, West Haven, Conn.; D'Angelo, Jefferson, W. Va., and Kerr, made up the rest of the mound staff, along with Berkeley Springs native, Rich Waugh. Joining Diehl in the outfield will most likely be D'Angelo, Keith Stains, Beltsville, Md., or Steve Lynch, a freshman from Rockville, Md. Jacobs indicates the outfield and the infield look as sharp defensively already as last season's team did. Others that will see action as backups are: David Hearn, from Delmar, Pa., who will be the team's designated hitter. Robert Mercado, from Oxon Hill, Md., will join Ditto as a utility in- fielder. Jacobs, whose team finished in the top ten teams in the nation in hatting average, .292, feels his team will learn as the season goes along. He foresees Lyn- chburg, West Liberty, con- ference champion last year, and West Va. State, southern division champion, as the toughest teams the Rams will face this year. He is calling this season the beginning of "a new era in Shepherd baseball" because of the predominantly BOYS JUNIOR VARSITY Saturday, April 22, Mer- t--ec'pe eersburg C, Away, 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 9, Randolph- Macon C, Away, 2:30: Saturday, May 20, Mer- for ALL cersburg c, Away, 1 p.m. GIRLS VARSITY .... Friday, April 14, Randolph- Macon, Away, 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22, Mer- cersburg, Away, 10 a.m. Friday, April 28, Powhatan (Va., Home, 3:30. Tuesday, May 2, Highlanc (Va.), Home, 3:30. Friday, May 12, Randolph- Macon, Away, 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, Loudoun Day (Va.) , Away, 5 p.m. Saturday, May 20, Mer- cersburg, Away, 1 p.m. Ladies' Slow-Pitch Open Tourney Is AnnouncedMay A Ladies A.S.A. -- Sanctioned Slow-pitch Open Softball Tournament is scheduled for May 13th and 14th, officials of the Berkeley County Ladies Softball League and the Hedgesville Womens Club, co- sponsors, announced today. The entry fee for the tour- nament will be $50 and two softballs, according to the sponsoring officials. Additional information is available by contacting John Harmison, Jr., 513-D Rock Cliff Drive, Martinsburg, W. Va. 25401, telephone 304-263-1554, or Judy Minghini, General Delivery, Jones Spring, W. Va. 25429, telephone 304-754-3047. Mm, Sherpj Brown NamedCoachWomen's Softball At Shepherd SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Sherry M. Brown, a 1973 graduate of Shepherd College, has been named the coach of the newly-formed women's softball team. The team begins its season Saturday, April 1. While at Shepherd, she was named to "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities", was a member of SAPHER physical education society ; was a varsity cheerleader, and participated in collegiate intramurals. A native of Waynosboro, Pa., and a graduate of Waynesboro Area Senior High School, she was a high school varsity member of the field hockey, basketball, and softball temas. Ms. Brown is the daughter of Ordean W. Miller of Waynesboro. Currently residing in Shepherdstown with her husband, Thomas W. Brown, Ms. Brown is a teacher at Jef- ferson High School where she coached girls' basketball from 1974 to 1976. She is working on her Master's Degree in Safety studies from West Virginia University. Financi 12 JEFFERSON From Page II meet and the reunoer-up trophy at the Frederick Relays. Both girls and boys teams qualified more swimmers for post season competition than in past years. Hagerstown was represented in over 30 meets held throughout the east coast during the six month season. underclass squad, which he hopes will form a powerful[ nucleus in the seasons ahead Veterans, Youth For Girls graders Michelle-shwbridgelTennis At Jefferson High and Shannon Price are expected I to hard press the first group as I  coveted fwst bilhn " " When Coach Gary Wrat-! " "" g. me season progresses.., chford's girls tennis team at Wratchford is also looking at a "we were anle to get m ex f h m re la ers ......... h" Jefferson High took to the courts ine crop of sop o o p y , cellent worxouts aurmg t e . , . thin st Wednesda after n including De|dre Dldden, who 'rJ pa y non spring break for both the gl s , (weather nermittina) for the won the St. James Tournament and boys teams. The players first time 'lis seas, it was a last year. "She's a great FREE CHECKING DRIVE-IN SERVICE EVENING HOURS SAVINGS PLANS FAST CONVENIENT LOANS SAFE DEPOSIT BOXES attitudes and enthusiasm are mixture of youth and experience prospect and should give us a real lift", the Cougar coach confided. Also being counted on heavily will be Ellen Hilton, who will determine by her own play at which spot she will compete, along with sophomore Kelly Weese, who likely will grab the number three or four seeding among the Cougars. As far as the schedule is concerned, Wratchford looks at lames Wood .as one of the toughest teams which Jefferson will face during the year. "They have a lot of key players back from last year and they were plenty tough then", Wratchford noted. If the weather cooperates, the Cougars were hoping to cop their first victory of the year Wed- nesday against Morgantown. The girls come back today against Brunswick, Md., at the Maryianders' school at 3:30 p.m. Next week, James Wood will come to Jefferson on Tuesday, April 4, for a 3 p.m. encounter. The only other match to be played next week will be on Saturday, April 8th, when the Cougar girls travel to Peter- sbm'g for an 11 a.m. fray. Cougar Varsity-- From Page 11 often in winning their second game. Three first inning walks by Judge Starter Tom Radle, set the stage for a four run lead for the Cougars in the first frame. Warren Stewart drove in two of the players who had walked and Keith Carley drove into two more. really tops", commented Ed- wards, "Each player got in several intersquad singles matches, we did a lot of work n fundamentals and running, and we put in our "Australian" doubles formation which the players picked up quickly. We hope to scrimmage the Hagerstown juniors on April 1, and pending sanction we hope to travel to Charleston in early May to engage several of the top junior high teams in the state", he concluded. The Jefferson Junior tennis teams are sponsored by the Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Commission and sanctioned by the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission. JEFFERSON JUNIOR TENNIS SCHEDULE BOYS VARSITY Friday, April 7, Randolph. Macon J.V., Home, 3:30, Wednesday, April 12, St. James J.V., Home, 3:30. Thursday, April 20, St. James J.V., Away, 4:00. Saturday, April 22, Mer- cersburg J.V., Away, I0 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, Massanutten, Home, 3:30. Friday, April 28, Powhatan (Va., Home, 3:30. Tuesday, May 2, Highland, 'Ca., Home, 3:30. Tuesday, May 9, Randolph- Macon, Away, 2:30. Saturday, May 13, Mnssanutten, Away, 1 pm. Tuesday, May 16, Loudoun Day, Va., Away, 5 p.m. Saturday, May 20, Mer- cersburg J.V., Away, 1 p.m. which the Cougar mentor hopes will meld into a solid unit as the season progresses. Only two starters return from last year's solid team which went 11 and 1 overall and cap- tured the regional crown. The only returnees for Wratchford are in the person of Kim Gruber, who held down the second spot on the team last season, and Ellen Hilton, the number five player for the Cougars last year. Both are seasoned and should do well in their senior years in the 11-match schedule, which Wratchford hopes to increase by scheduling two or three more matches throughout the season. Last year's only defeat came at the hands of Loudoun Valley, while beth scheduled matches with Mercersburg were rained out. This year, Wratchford in- dicated, an additional match will be sought against super-tough Stonewall High of Manassas, Va. This should give the'Cougar girls some good experience against rugged opposition. Thus far, the girls' team has' been hampered by the weather, getting little praeticeprier to the opening match. Earlier this week, Wratchford hoped to get some challenge matches un- derway in order to let the girls decide through competition at what position they'll begin the season. Gruber should start at the number one or two position, according to her coach, but there will be some solid competition among her teammates for that Check out the full service financing we've got cooking for our customerSl We've added some of the tastiest ingredients ever . . . like our delicioUS free checking.., savings accounts with the highest interest permitted by law.., and fast, convenient loans ... just to name a fewl Come in and gel a taste of the many financial services we offer! TRUST and INVESTMENT SERVICES Mter Handley had scored once in the second, Jefferson plated three more runs in the second to take a 7-1 lead in they stayed in front all the way. Jefferson starter, Jeff Reynolds, who was the victim of six Jefferson errors, gave up three unearned runs in the four innings he worked. Tony Smith gave up the other two runs in the fifth frame. H. F. Fire Company Dance April 7 The Friendship Fire Company will sponsor a dance at the Fire Hall on Friday, April 7, from 9 till 1. Music will be furnished by Damion and the Classics. Ad- mission, Limited sold at the nations, call $ is to give advice self. Dodge Aspen sedan wlth SE Packages. When it comes to cars to buy or lease, nobody more to choose from than your nearby Dodge Dealer. he has a complete lineup of handsome and practical Diplomats, exciting Magnum XEs, family-sized MonacOS, little Colts. Cars that offer the comfort, style, you've come to expect from Dodge. 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