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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE | | THURSDAY, MAY II, 1978 Opens In Jefferson.CountyFast, SIo-Pitch Softball 00Leagues NEWS O R T S BY DON RENTCH BIG 'WINS -- Congratulations to the baseball team. They ac- a feat on April 28 and 29 no other team has been able to do. other sports team from any high 1 in this section, when they went into of West Virginia and chalked up on the baseball field in two days. victories tied the Jefferson High the most victories in a 24. The Cougars lost only two games in 26 battles, one to and another to Frederick, Md., three victories at Buckhannon came host school once and twice over High. Jay Mahoney, a senior on the hurled outstanding ball in the to shutout Morgantown by a 4-0 l Randy Rutherford gave the Cougars Buckhannon and John Mahoney, , and a brother of Jay, hurled a six- to give Jefferson a 10-5 --Two singles players on the e men's tennis team won the and one doubles team a victory, but this was still not the Ram netters to retain their ) last weekend when the state .'staged in Morgantown. Shepherd r won last season to West Liberty SCore. Shepherd's top seeded Kurt his lofty seeded division and was of the Year", in the West Conference and Stock who was,seeded second and State champion. Brown and Wright tip in the doubles to become the No. tournament play. West Liberty Conference team to defeat regular season play. KIND OF A DAY -- Wed- 4, was a day which Doug Higgins, the Shepherd College baseball a long time to come. It he like most young baseball but never experience. In the plate against the GlenviUe Higgins belted a grand slam homer, a two-run homer, a and a single and drove in a total of Shepherd to a 19-4 victory over half of the doubleheader in three trips to the plate. performances are not new for of the Williamsport, Md., High His current batting average is clouted a total six home runs this of Higgins' feat was the all those home runs against pitcher, Ralph Smith, who the ScOuts were watching that day. -- Jefferson Countians will have a real menu of both :his Summer, most of it by local teams, but there will action which will bring top softball teams in the East, Coffin, president of the Fast-. '[rack Team Loses, Once : were with a leap of 17 feet, 2 inches Town and Bailey got a double win team when he ran the 120-hurdles in 16 seconds. Curtis Hosby took the 880 run in a time of 2:38 and Anthony Togans, Ken Hosby and Mike Gore swept the mile, the winning time being 5:26. Roy Banjomin was second in the shot and 220-dash while the Panthers swept the relay events. On May 2, at Winchester, Va., the locals were downed by Handley. Standouts for Charles Town included Jamie Merriman, Roger Wood and Parker Webb, who swept all three places in the pole vault, the vinning height being 9 feet. Gary Carley took honors in the long jump with a mark of 17 feet 4and 1/4". Mike Hill won the high jump, 5 feet, 2 inches, and the mile 5:03, this being only the Blue Ridge, MooSe Win Openers In SIo.Pitch play AMERICAN LEAGUE TEAMS W L Moose 948 1 0 Blue Ridge 1 0 Alberts 0 1 Summit Point 0 1 Bakerton 0 1 NATIONAL LEAGUE TEAMS W L Kearneysville 2 0 Wines Racing Stable 1 0 Miliviile 1 1 All Mountain Blood 1 1 Job Corps 0 2 Tle Jefferson County Slow Pitch League opened on Tuesday with the All Mountain Blood rolling for 8 runs in last of 7th to boat Job Corps. In 2nd game Kearneysville beat Millville 9-2 with Walt Brown going 3 for 3 and William Allen 2 for 2 and the winning pitcher. On Sunday, the Moose heat Summit Point in a close game 8- 7, with James Allison having 3 hits, one being a home run and Bob Appell also having 3 hits for the Moose. D. Dillon was the winning pitcher. In game 2, Millville boat All Mountain Blood 1-0, with Pete Davis the star, batting in the only run and being the winning pitcher. Randy Ashhaugh was 3 for 3 and Tuggy Davis 2 for 3. In game 3, Wines' Racing Stable beat the Job Corps. In game 4, the Blue Ridge Rangers heat Alberts 9-2, with Glenn Everhart and Roger Howell getting 3 hits and Don White had a home run and Keith Grove had a homer and was the winning pitcher. In the final game Sunday, Kearneysville battered Bakerton 28-1 with James Mc- Dowell .going 4 for 5 with 3 homers; Walt Brown was 4 for 4; Don Holmes 4 for 5; Anthony Allen 3 for 3 with 2 homers: Steve Holmes 3 for 4 and 1 homer and Jason Allen also homered. Alfred Clinton was the winning pitcher. Jefferson Junior Girl Netters Win The Jefferson Junior girls tennis team edged visitifig Highlands School of Warrenton by the score of 5-4, on May 2. The junior girls captured five of the six singles matches as eleven different local girls saw action in the match. In the singles matches, Highland's Couk downed Wendy Whitehair 8-0, at a number one singles position. Jefferson won the number two through six positions as Deanna Spunich downed Hodgin 8-3; Kathy Lloyd topped Mitchell 8-1; Barbara Fargo edged Hoouler 9-8; Catherine Whitingnipped Day 9- 8; and Dana Smallwond defeated Church 8-5. In the doubles matches which were all won by the guests Couk-Mitchell won over Whitehair-Sherry Keiter 8- o; Hodgin-Hoouler downed' Tonya Smallwood-Kelly Watson 8-1; and Day-Church defeated Laurie Hoffmaster-Micheile Shrewbridge 8-3. f(urth time in his career that he has run that event. In addition, his time was only one second off the school record.  Other winners were Brian Jones, second in the 100-yard dash and 120 low hurdles, and Robert Willis, second in the 440- yard dash. In their win against Harpers Ferry, Charles Town's team lost only four firsts in the total list of events. Winners were Carley- Chrisman, tie for shot put, 34 feet; Wood, Charles Town, pole vaule, 9 ' feet, 6 inches Chrisman, Charles Town, discus, 94 feet; Lancaster, Harpers Ferry, high jump, 5 feet, 3 inches; Carley, Charles Town, long jump, 17 feet, 4L"; Mayberry, Charles Town, 70- yard high hurdles, 10.1 seconds. Grove, Harpers Ferry, 100-  yard dash, 10.8 seconds; Hill, Charles Town, mile run, 6:16; Carley, Banjoman, Creamer Smith, Charles Town, 880-yard relay, 1:53; Jones, Bailey, Moran, Mayberry, Charles Town, shuttle hurdles, 42.3 seconds; Willis, Charles Town 44O-yard dash, 61.1 seconds; Jones, Charles Town, 120-yard low hurdles, 15.1 seconds. Benner, Charles Town, 880- yard run, 2:20; Grove, Harpers Ferry, 220-yard dash, 26.2 seconds; Twyman, Mayberry, Benner, Willis, Charles Town mile relay, 4:27.4; Harpers Ferry, 440 relay, 52.9 seconds. Thoroughbreds, Moose, Turf Are Fast.Pitch Winners Mtera slight delay of about a week due to Onavoidable cir- cumstances, play in the Jef- ferson County Fast-Pitch Soft- ball League got underway Sunday on the league diamond at the Leetown Park and it was the Thoroughbreds, the Moose Club and the Turf Club batsmen who were successful in the opening day's tripleheader. Prior to the opening of league play there was a brief ceremony with Q. D. Fleming, president of the Jefferson County Park and Recreation Commission tossing out the first bail. Then when the game action began at 1:30, the Thorough- breds trimmed the Discount Car Brokers by an 8-2 score. Gary Longerbeam hurled the Thoroughbreds to the victory and which saw two home runs clouted in the game, one by Jim Smothers, pitcher and first baseman for the Discount Brokers and one by D. Johnson catcher for the Thoroughbreds. Other members of the Discount Car team playing were: Rick Hare, John Johnson Bob Nichols, Norman Heflin Donnie Magaha, Dick Ashby, Terry Nicewarner, Scott Armel and Smothers. Making up the roster of the Thoroughbreds were: P. Dorsey, A. Johnson, S. Johnson, Longerbeam, Dilks, Rutherford, D. Johnson, Anders and Miller and Willingham In the second game of the afternoon the Moose Club scored a 9-3 victory over the Top Brass Club, with Simons getting the victory for the Moose Club. Ainsworth clouted a home run for the Moose and B. Martin for the Top Brass. Making up the Top Brass team were: W. Johnson, B. Grimm, B. Martin, T. Hoffmaster, S. Smallwood, B. Davis, F, Starliper, J. Milton and G. Pyne. The roster of the Moose Club is Morgan, J. Mumaw, Pic- colomini, Ainsworth, Anders Fauble, Shipe, T. Mumaw, E. Davis and F. Simons. In the third game of the af ternoon, the Turf Club scored a 14-2 victory over the AM-Vets Post, with the game being stopped under the 10-run rule. Coulter had a home run for the Turf Club. Other members of the squad are: Bowers, Jones, Kidwiler, Braithwaite Longerbeam, Edwards, Fritts and Caniford. The roster of the AM-Vets was Thomas, Branson, dram, Greed, Weedon, Brown Jordan, Hill and Foreman. Tom Coffin, league president, said Sunday's game will start at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. And Tuesday's games will be played at 6:15 p.m. on Monday and the same time on Tuesday. Thursday's action will take place Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. and the second game on Thur- sday at 6:15 p.m. TENNIS STROKES BY BIDDY SMOOT ._ '  _ - _ , __ _ _--- Since graduation will soon be an observance in thousands of areas all over our nation, I am reminded of the kudos that traditionally accompany the exercises. And being reminded gives me an opportunity to give recognition to some students and teachers of tennis in our area. Glenn Edwards has to be immensely responsible for the growing interest in tennis in this area in the last six or seven years, especially among young people. His interest has )roduced reputable high school and college players. His lessons and programs are still producing young boys and girls, who more than hold their own in competition against other areas during the summer. Not only did Glenn start most of us in our league with our first lessons, he even helped Lynn Umscheid start the ladies league and still is available to help us when we need him. No one could count the hours of free time Glenn has given Io teaching lessons and providing tennis programs at Jefferson Memorial Park. Kudos to Glenn Edwards ! Kudos to those who took lessons from him Aubrey Dixon, Tuscarora Racquet Club near Frederick, is also interested in good tennis in this area. Some women who have taken lessons from him are Wanda Perry, Ceil Frazier, Gall Price, Biddy Smoot, and more currently, Lucy Athey and Peg Crawford. Kudos to Aubrey and to those who "tried"! Mr. E. O. Hamstead, Kear- Turn To Page 12 24-2 COUGARS ENTER SECTIONALS WITH COACH LOWERY'S PHILOSOPHY OF SUCCESS COACH JOHN LOWERY BY GREGORY MAZZONI Beware the Jefferson Junc- tion. Led by a free-swinging assembly of .300 hitters and a trio of pitchers with combined records of 18-I, the Cougars of Jefferson High ran, hit and pitched their way to a remarkable 24-2 season record, the best in state scholastic baseball this season. Entering the opening game of the 1978 AAA Section 4, Reg. "2 tournament, against Hampshire High, a team the Cougars previously defeated, 9-I, the Jefferson nine appear as favorites to cop the state's coveted Secondary Schools Baseball Trophy, symbolic of baseball supremacy. The first- round contest was postponed Monday because of rain and rescheduled for Tuesday at Shenandoah Junction. The Maroon and Gold entered the sectional tournament opener riding the momentum of an 18- game victory streak, the longest in West Virginia this year. Jefferson's run toward the state title began on April 10 -- to be pracise, with one man out and bases empty in thebottom of the last inning, losing 9-2 to Thomas Johnson High. The situation was bleak, especially since Jefferson had suffered back-to-back losses earlier in the week to Mar- tinsburg and Frederick. But then, when hope had nearly faded, Tony Smith supplied the oil, Jim Lanham provided the toil, and the smooth functioning Cougar machine began to roll. Justifying head coach John Lowery's claim that "these kinds aren't afraid to face ad- versity; the Cougars batted in eight runs to claim a 10-9 victory over their frustrated opponents. Since that fateful day in early April the team has been un- s[oppable, doubling their op- ponents' run output this year, 212 to 106. Seven Cougar pitchers have chalked victories this season, combining for a superb 1.84 earned run ayerage and enabling Lowery to rotate his pitching staff without fear of a sub-par performance -- unlike other area teams that have been forced repeatedly to rest star hurlers for major tilts. Included in the onslaught on opposing pitchers, and their nerves, was the remarkable single-day, 3-game sweep two weeks ago of Morgantewn and Buckhannou. Cougar fireblling brothers Jay and John Mahoney batting averages JEFFERSON HIGH 'BATSMEN BATTLED, PITCHED WAY TO GREAT SEASON Shown above are a dozen members, including the seniors, who have played key roles in the outstanding 24-2 record which the Jefferson High batsmen established this season in regular season play. They are, top row, left to right --Jay Mahoney, Jeff Reynolds, Keith Carley and Randy Rutherford, all seniors. Middle row, left to right -- Kevin Wilt, a junior; Sam Dillow, a senior; Jim Lanham, a senior and Junior Grantham, a senior. Bottom row, left to right -- David Diehl, senior; Tony Smith, a junior; Todd Ma[aha, a senior and. John Mahoney, a sophomore. stopped highly regarded Big Ten Conference leader Morgantown High on two and six hits, respectively, winning a noon contest, 4-1, and the evening tilt, 10-5. Sam Dfllow, senior catcher and relief ace whose 0.40 is w for the team, squelched a seventh inning Buchanan rally to save the middle-game victory for senior hurler Randy Rutherford (6-0). The team's final two regular season games were postponed last week in Morgantown, despite Coach Lowery's hectic, last-minute effort to reschedule games to replace the cancelled St. Francis Invitational Tour- nament that was to have been played there. The hurried phone con- servations and rescheduling attempt was typical of Lowery, who planned the team's awesome 26-game schedule yet bemoans the fact that some games were cancelled because of bad weather and other con- tests could have been played on nicer days. Lowery, who teaches social studies and driver's education at Jefferson and directs the school's intramural spurts program, usually puts in Player (RANK) (ABP(R) (H)(RBI)(SB) (BA) Jr. Grantham Sr. 64 26 17 18 14 .266 Jim Lanham Sr. 86 22 28 25 I0 .326 David Diehl Sr. 53 20 21 14 3 .396 Jeffleynolds Sr. 69 21 28 26 12 .406 TonySmith Jr. 77 26 24 12 21 .312 KevinWilt Jr. 56 21 20 16 5 .357 KeithCarley Sr. 57 23 17 13 14 .298 Sam Dillow Sr. 60 12 23 19 5 .383 ToddMagaha Sr. 38 8 8 10 5 .210 Warren Stewart Sr. 26 3 4 5 0 .153 piiching Player (RANK) (W-L) (H) (SO) (ERA) Jay Mahoney Sr. 7-I 52 68 2.56 Randy Rutherford Sr. 6-0 46 42 3.23 John Mahoney So. 5-0 27 38 1.24 Sam Dillow Sr. 2-0 II 17 0.40 Dale Ziegler Sr. 2-0 15 15 0.81 Jeff Reynolds Sr. 1-0 3 4 2.80 RECREATION CENlrER BILLIARDS- PINBALL April 20.4t an ll-hour day, arriving at 7:50 I a.m. and heading homeward at about 7:00 each evening. Coaching his charges by the philosophy that if you work at something long enough and hard enough, eventually you will be successful, as stated in his team handbook, Lowery scoffs at critics who insisted that the Cougar schedule is weak and notes the addition of 12 teams to this year's list of opponents, Repeated attempts by Jefferson to allign with the Tri-State League have been rebuffed by league officials, and three top out-of-state area teams declined to schedule the Cougars this year. And no wonder. With Lowery as head coach, Jefferson has been nothing less than spec- tacular. His teams have com- piled an overall record of 119-37- 1, for a sparkling B-year .743 winning percentage. Eight of his frmer players have par- ticipated in college baseball, and to those whose active playing careers end at the high school level, Lowery sug- ges[s, "Community in- volvement with little league, pony league, etc., is another way of continuing in baseball." Lowery, who says, simply, that he enjoys baseball, as others do fishing or hunting, played on Fairmont State teams that won WVIAC championships in 1967 and 1968. He also played at Potomac State and for a year at the Naval Academy. His enthusiasm for the game is contagious. He describes his players' involvement with the baseball program as "year- round." Because the school's athletic budget provides for only 20 games, teammates raise money during the off season for additional expenses. As his handbook reads, Turn To Page 12 Teen.Agers Welcome Phone 7=5-9871. N. George St. - Charles Town our Eguitable Agent knows about... MORTGAGE INSURANCE FOR YOUR HOME DOUG LUTMAN CHARLES TOWN, W, VA. (304) 725-2523 or (364) 263-8859 The Eouffable Life hssu'ance Sooety O the United Stales N v N v i " TMINKING OF BUYING ilk POOL? _ COMPARE M Y PRICES! I lh ht e"Wle" and "mark I down" pricesat Sears, War, Two $, toy sLores, and any I other low priced stores. 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