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C2 Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Sports lairit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATI~, West FROM PAGE C1 "'Most Influential or Well- Known" West Virginians at any given time in the last 100 years of our history. Politicians almost scream for attention. Magnates from the busi- ness world want the same spot- light shone on their enterprises. Those with immense influence on the lives of others that don't want the notoriety, don't need the applause, don't crave the at- tention are very few in number. As famous as anybody now living from the state is basketball great Jerry West. Jerry West is as revered as any athlete ever to be born and be raised in West Virginia. Yet, he nev- er sought the storms of praise, the mountain-high fame, or the even the thinnest beam of limelight. But all the expression of emo- tion sent his way by the state has never been stanched. When West played for now- gone East Bank High School in Kanawha County, the politicians that were proclaimed the school's name be changed to West Bank High School for a day. While at WVU, West and his teammates drew attention to Mor- gantown like spring picnics draw pesky gnats or other critters. The Mountaineers won three consecutive Southern Confer- ence championships in West's three years of eligibility. West Virginia went to the NCAA tour- nament in every year West was a player with Coach Fred Schaus. In West's junior year, the Moun- taineers reached the national championship game. And that championship game loss to California in 1959 is the one college game West remem- bers most -- not remembers "best", but remembers most. West Virginia lost. Do poli- ticians dwell most on their lost elections? Do business moguls dwell most on one underperform- ing quarter? Do college presidents chide themselves for long over one fewer Rhodes Scholar from the student population or one few- er grant from Exxon or Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing? Jerry West will tell you the one game that overrides everything he and his teammates accom- plished was the loss to California by a single point. He will tell you that the love, kindness, and complete inter- est shown him (and a few other teammates) by Ann Dinardi, the owner of the rooming house he lived in while at WVU, touched and influenced him most of all while he was in Morgantown. While a 14-year member of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers, West played on one playoff champi- onship team. The Lakers lost six times to the Boston Celtics in the league finals. The losses to the Celtics, West will say, can't be forgotten. Those games are there just as clearly as is the loss to California. West averaged over 30 points a game in his long NBA playoff history, and still the losses in the championship finals are the most indelible marks or memories. In 1960. West was a co-cap- tain of the United States Olym- pic basketball team that swept through its games with mostly 30- and 40-point wins. After his NBA playing career Was over, West coached the Lakers for three seasons and then was the archi- tect of league championship teams that featured Magic Johnson, Kar- eem Abdul Jabbar. Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant and coaches Pat Riley and Phil Jackson. Now at age 73, West has left a short retirement to be an adviser to the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. With all his accomplishments that form his background. West still values most his friendships and personal relationships, some of which have lasted for more than 50 years, more than what ever happened in college or pro- fessional basketball. Recently, when it was revealed that West would be visiting the Eastern Panhandle to sign copies of his autobiography "West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life" the limited number of tick- ets for the event in Martinsburg sold out in a day. No doubt there will be politi-" cians there for the April 28 book signing. No doubt there will be business owners, members of vari- ous clubs and Civic organizations. An no doubt, though Jerry West will be the focal point of the event, he will not be seeking the spotlight •.. and will be as unassuming and soft-spoken as always. MYRTLE BEACH, (SC)-- On Tuesday of last week, Washington dropped an 11-2 decision to West Hill (NY) in the weeklong baseball tour- nament it was participating in while in Myrtle Beach, but then came back on Wednes- day to defeat St. Edmund's (NY), 10-0, in a game short- ened to just five innings by the mercy rule. The Patriots had Hunter Weaver go 2-for-2 with two RBIs in the abbreviated win Circus FROM PAGE C1 Could Williams be pay- ing the price because Peyton Manning -- and his $100 million dollar contract al- legedly suffered his "much- hyped neck injury against a Gregg Williams' coached Redskins defense2 This colunm is not to con- done the way, for example, Jack Tatum played. His hit on Darryl Stingely should have resulted in the conven- ing of an emergency grand jury to discuss whether to in- dict him for felonious, mali- cious assault. But, on the oth- er hand, Tatum's same type of crushing hit on Frenchy Fuqua -- which could have very easily broken Fuqua's neck -- resulted in one of the iconic moments in NFL history: The Immaculate Re- ception. A favorite play of Red- skins Nation is the fa- mous game turning knock- out sack of Dallas quar- terback Danny White in the 1982 NFC champion- ship game. Dexter Manley would have been ejected roll )' over St. Edmund's, Jarod Silva and Ryan Pansch both get two hits. Drew Hetzel had two RBIs and Colin Gustines weighed in with a triple. Washington pitcher Blake Wilt limited the New Yorkers to one hit and fanned four. Earlier in the day, Washing- ton was credited with forfeit win over Wilson (SC). In Tuesday's nine-run loss to West Hill, the Patriots were held to five hits. Gustines had two of the hits and Silva was 1-for-1 and drove in one of Washington's two runs. Thursday saw the Patriots en- ter the single elimination por- tion of the tournament where a win that day would earn them another game on Friday, but a loss would eliminate them from further play. On Thursday, the Patriots were able to defeat Cazenovia High (NY), 4-3, to give them- selves a fifth tournament game in Myrtle Beach. With Pansch pitching, Wash- ington was able to get a 3-0 lead after five innings. Pansch al- lowed only one hit and fanned seven in five innings. Relievdr Tyler Mattei allowed all three Cazenovia runs when he yield- ed two hits. Outfielder Gustines went 3-for-~ and scored two the P~i- triot runs. Drew Hetzel had two hits and Pansch contributed a double. Washington was 10-9 over- all with last Thursday's otto- run win. from the game faster than Dar- league wanted "culturally ac- ing for it. Why let players put. rell Green's 40-yard dash time, ceptable tackling." I cannot print themselves in a hazardous situ- by today's standards, what the hall offamer's response ation? Eject them for their own- The NFL is sliding swiftly was. Let us just say he did not good. down the Teflon coated slippery agree with the league. One of the problems with the slope of hypocrisy. Culturally acceptable tack- players of today is the game is so | The league's network cele- ling? What about culturally ac- fast, players have approximately brates its history with such shows ceptable blocking? Wonder how 1/2 second to react to any given as "The Top Ten Most Feared Tacklers" and "Top Ten Hard- est Hitters." ESPN, until recent- ly, had a popular segment called "Jacked Up!," celebrating the best hits from the previous Sun- day. Hard hitting is what makes the game so popular. Jack Lambert, Dick Butkus, Deacon Jones, Sam Huff, Ron- nie Lott and Ray Nitschke are examples of legends whose brutal style Of play helped build the league into the powerhouse it is. They are revered for their contributions to the game. If they played in today's game, they would be reviled and broke from the weekly fines their style of play would incur on their wallets. Last October, while cover- ing the Breakfast of Champions at the Charles Town racetrack, I heard a conversation between a Hall of Fame defensive player and a team manager. The man- ager had just flown back from a league meeting and said the many players are hurt because of situation on the field r the "pancake block?" The poor Here is a solution: No player defenseless player could hit the Who runs a 40-yard dash in under back of five seconds should be eligible.to I his head play. Slower players equal safer on the One of the players. g round, problems:with Special teams should be elimi- nated. Kickers are just too small T h e tiZ#ip~P~ ofl;i: and fragile for such a violent sweep ...................... p 1 a y :t y: i~the made fa- g~e :~ sO ~ast; mous by players have Lombar- ~ app te~ di should'ly:::J/2second result in ::~: a person-to: reactto: y:: al foul. given i:situation T h a t on the fieM. play could hurt somebody. Why stop there? What about culturally accepted receiving? Wide receivers should only be allowed to run fly patterns. No more down and in patterns. No more going over the middle. The risk outweighs the reward. What if the quarterback throws the ball over a receiver's head? No jump- game. Just ask Luis Zendejas. He still has nightmares revolving around Buddy Ryan. What about the running backs? They already take a bruising. The screen pass, with the back out in the flat all by himself, leaves the player in a position to get leveled. Can't have that. Not culturally ac- ceptable by any means. The NFL needs to be careful. The league has a lot of motr- ey riding on this issue of player safety. Kill the head (stop all the hard hits) and the body will die (the audience will find something else to watch). Be careful, leagtle officials. Don't cut off your nose to spite your face. ANNUAL Friday, June 22, 2012 at Cress Creek Golf Course Registration at 8:00 a.m. Shotgun Start at 9:00 a.m. Breakfast and lunch provided with prize raffle to follow lunch To register or more info., call S. Wood at 304-676-7594 We would also like to thank last year's participonts and supporters: Major Sponsors: Sunset Car Wash • BB&T Bank • Jason Barrett • Martin Diskibuting Company KRM Associates, Inc. • David A. Camilletti, Attorney at Law, LC • Pill & Pill, PLLC • Parson's Ford • Centra Bank Tee sign contributors: A&A Pools • BPO Elks #778 • Burke Schultz Harmon & Jenkinson • Briel PC Attor- neys • Britt Reed Law Office • Bowles, Rice, McDavid, Graft & Love, PLLC • Capitol Development Enterpris- es, Inc. • Center for Orthopedic Excellence, PLLC • City National Bank • Cox Hollida Price • Dr. John Veach • Drs. Russell, Pike & Nelson, PLLC • Dub V Pub • Hersh Business Services • Hess' Family Steak & Sea • Jackson Williams Appraisers • Jamie L. Davis, CPA, PLLC • Jefferson Distributing • Jefferson Security Bank • Joseph B. Cordell, Esq. • Kenneth Banks DDS • Law Office of Harry Waddell • Martinsburg Family Heathcare • Medicap Pharmacy •McDonald's of Martinsburg • Mid-Atlantic Group • My Mechanic • Nata- lie Hoffman •Palace Lounge • Prettyman Broadcasting • Dr. Riley Dobbins; DDS • Smith Elliot Keams & Co., LLC • Station Grill • Suzy & Lacy Rice • Talkradio WRNR AM 740 • The Center for Positive Aging • The UPS Store-Ranson, WV • Wells Fargo Sarah Melzbower Golfers: Amy Rush, Anna Reigle, Bobby Bartles, Brenda Derr, Carl Jenkins, Charley Rush, City National Bank Team, Cory Dawson, Craig Staubs, David Henry, Dean McBee, Dennis Stoner, Doug Lamp, Dougie Smith, Earl Palmer, Jamie Weller, Jason Daily, Jeff Gibson, Jeff Jenkins, Jerry Ficklin, Jill Woolcock, Jim Lawson, Jim Richardson, John Hertelenzy, John Sutton, John Taylor, Ken James, Kevin Johnson, Les Reaser, Luke Christie, Manuel Washington, Mark Silvers, Mike Dopson, Mike Green, Nick Lawson, Old Dominion Supply, Inc. Team, Pam Green, Phillip Fowler, R Webb, Randy Courtney, Ron Agnir, Rusty Johnson, Susie Sheehan, Susquehanna Bank Team, Suzy & Lacy Rice, Tim Sheehan, Todd Butts, Varnell Burkhart, X-Cell Computers Team Donations: A&A Pools, Advance Auto, Allure Nails, Ambassador Flag Co., Auto Zone, Beach Bum Tanning, Bechdel Jewelers, Betty Lous, Blockbuster, Bonnie Reinfried, Bonnie Shultz, Brenda Derr, Butlers Farm Market, Caperton Furnitureworks, Chik-FiI-A, Chris Lewis (the Woods), Christian Calne Jewelers, Cress Creek Golf Course, Cumberland Country Club, David, Greer, Earth Dog Car6, Embroidery Screen Printing, Flowers Unlimited, Food Lion, Goodyear, Green House Shop, Groves Cleaning Service, Hair Designs, Inwood Florist, Jackie Kemple, Jane's House of Hair, Jeanne Wooten, Jefferson Distributing, Joan Willards, Kings Pizza Inwood, Kings Pizza Martinsburg, Lavra Sticker, Leota Shillingburg, Locust Hill, Martins Grocery, Pe- king Restaurant, Phillip Wooten, Rapid Lube, Reflections Family Hair Care, Roc's Gerrardstown, Sally Clark, Shenvalee Golf Resort, Shoney's, Stonewall Resort, Subway, Summit Point Racing, Susquehanna Bank, Temptations RestJCaf6, The Country Inn, The Edge Salon, The Homestead, The Pines Country Club, The Woods Resort, Valley View Golf Club, Virginia National Golf Club, Vital Signs Plus, West Virginia Baskets, Petrucci Ice and Fruit Storage, Cougars FROM PAGE C1 the seventh. Brandt Petrie grounded to the Frontier third baseman, who bobbled the ball. The infielder made a poor throw to first where Petrie was safe and Grove moved on to third base. Andrew King had a sacrifice fly that scored Grove, making it a 4-3 game. Anthony DiAmario drew a walk and Jefferson had runners at first and second. Fraser Brown rammed a dou- ble past a retreating outfielder that plated the tying run and al- lowed DiAmario to score all the way from first with the winning run. Blake Johnson was Jeffer- son's route-going pitcher. He struck out five, doled out only one intentional walk, and al- lowed seven hits. Frontier had a four-run third where a dropped infield pop fly made three of the runs unearned. Three of Frontier's seven hits came in that inning. Jefferson sliced the deficit to 4-2 when Andrew King singled, DiAmario walked, and Brown eventually delivered a two-run single. Brown had four RBIs. Andrew King, Matt Ballou, and Brown all had two hits. The Cougars were 12-5 overall with their last tournament game to be played on Friday. 8, 2012 Democratic Primary Experience: 17 years service as Magistrate plus 10 years in private lawfirm Education: Graduate, National Institute of Paralegal Studies "Using the foundation of education and experience, + i /promise to serve Jefferson County, with integrity, competence and common sense. " Paid for by the Committee to Re-Elect M.R Rissler Magistrate, Rebecca Jones, Tmasuren