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q A16 Wednesday, May 16, 2018 W ashington's Cortez Jenkins jumps a hurdle at the regional meet at Spring Mills on DAVID PENNOCK Thursday. Athletes will compete at the state meet Friday and Saturday. By ZACH CUMBERLAND will be in search of some state hardware after sports@spiritofjefferson.eom wins in the boys 110 meter hurdles and the 300 meter hurdles at the regional meet. Spring Mills ran away with the boys region- i CHARLES TOWN -- Coming off a strong al title with 160.50 points. Hedgesville came performance at the regional meet, Eastern in second with 85 points. Also, on the boys Panhandle track & field athletes will head side, Jefferson High's Jeffrey Gaskins will south this week to compete at the state cham- be in search of a state long jump title after pionships, winning at the regional meet with a jump of Local athletes from Berkeley Springs, 22-00.00. In the boys pole vault, Washington Hampshire, Hedgesville, Jefferson, Martins- High senior Chase Duckworth will be look- otlrg, Musselman, Spring Mills and Washing- ing to win a state title. Duckworth vaulted 12- will converge on Laidley Field in Charles- 00.00 to win the region title last week. t6)a on Friday and Saturday. Over on the girls side, there were also mul- state meet begins at 2 p.m. on Fridaytiple winners from Jefferson and Washington tth many final events going off. The athletes High that will be looking to earn state titles m urn to the field on Saturday at 9 a.m. with this week. Roxanne McFarlin continued her field events getting underway and then run- strong running as she won the girls 400 meter ning events will start at 10 a.m. dash at regionals with a tune of 59.22. Mc- Several athletes from the Eastern Panhan- Farlin also finished second in the 100 meter die will be looking to add to their champion- dash behind Sydney Banire of Spring Mills. ship hardware after winning last Thursday at The Cardinals (112 points) were just barely the Class AAA, Region II meet held at Spring edged by Hampshire (115 points) in the girls Mills High School on Thursday. meet at regionals. "Washington High senior Cortez Jenkins @ See TRACK & FIELD Page A15 Jefferson High senior Lily sbnmons competes at the regional meet held at Spring Mills on Thursday. Sim- mons won the event with a Vault of 10~06.g0. ZACH CUMBERLAND Washington Hlgh's Craig Link delivers a pitch to the plate against Jeffer- s~l)n on Friday. The Patriots will play Martinsburg on Monday as the region- al, championship series begins. ~i:k r By ZACH CUMBERLAND CHARLES TOWN -- After mak- ing a trip to the state tournament in Charleston a year ago, the Washington i High baseball team has another chance / to make it back this year. The Patriots will battle it out in a best of three series against the Martinsburg Bulldogs in the Class AAA, Region 2 championship starting this coming Monday. Washington earned its way to the next round by winning over Jeffer- son on Saturday. In the three-game sectional series against Jefferson, the Patriots won the first game on May 9 by a 5-3 final in extra innings. Then Jefferson won the second game 10-0 on Friday evening before the Patriots took the final game in convincing fashion 15-4 on Satur- day. In Saturday's finale, Washington catcher Cameron Pine drove in six runs to lead the Patriots and pitcher Zach Depoy went 5.2 innings on the mound with four strikeouts as Washington eliminated Jefferson. The Cougars fin- ished the season at 21-14 overall, while the Patriots improved to 16-12. Senior outfielder Spencer Delawder continues to lead the Patriots in batting average hitting at .494 clip with a team leading31 runs batted in. Craig Link and Pine are also hitting above the .300 mark. Nathan Kerr still leads the pitch- ing staff with a 4-1 record and a 2.35 earned run average. Martinsburg will begin the region fi- nal with a 22-10 overall record. The Bulldogs have won nine games in a row heading into the series with Wash- ington, including the Section I title vic- tory over Musselman, 7-4, on Thurs- day evening. The Bulldogs also won over Hedg- esville, 11-1, on May 8 in sectional ac- tion and beat Musselman the night be- fore that 12-5. Martinsburg has scored 41~ See BASEBALL Page A1 5 strikes down on betting By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail In a long awaited ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a fed- eral law banning sports bet- ring in most of the United States, cleating the way for West Virginia's five casinos to begin offering sports bet- ting later this year. Gov. Jim Justice called the court's ruling, "good news, great news" and added, "We all know there's a lot of ille- gal sports betting going on, that's going on all over the country." West Virginia Lottery Commission Director Alan Larrick said he hopes sports betting will be be underway in West Virginia in tune for football season this fall. "In a perfect world, we'd like to be up and running by then," said Larrick, who said the Lottery Commission's next step will be to approve rules and regulations govern- ing sports betting. "We're really looking for- ward to working with our partner casinos," Larrick said in March. "I think we' ve real- ly gotten ahead of the curve. We're out there In'st." At that time, Larrick said he thought West Virginia ca- sinos could have sports bet- ting up and running 90 days after the Supreme Court gave its approval. The 90-day mark would be mid-August. Both West Virginia Univer- sity and Marshall Universi- ty are scheduled to play their first games on Sept. 1, and the National Football League season begins on Sept. 5. West Virginia is one of six states to have passed laws to allow sports betting. It is the only state to pass sports bet- ting legislation this year in anticipation of a favorable Supreme Court decision. The only nearby state that has also legalized sports bet- ting is Pennsylvania, but in- dustry experts have said its exorbitant fees, including a $10 million licensing fee and 36 pe, rcent tax on casino profits, make it unworkable for casinos. By comparison, West Virginia has afive-year $100,000 fee, and a 10 per- cent tax on profits. The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the 1992 law known as the Professional and Am- ateur Sports Protection Act should be thrown out. The law restricted legal gambling on sports to Nevada, with a few exceptions. The state of New Jersey, which has fought for years to have gambling at its casi- nos and racetracks, sued to overturn the law. West Vir- ginia Attorney General Pat- rick Morrisey filed a brief in 2016 supporting New Jer- sey's arguments and urging the Supreme Court to throw out the law. Mordsey's office said in its brief that the attor- ney general took no position on whether states should al- low sports betting, but said the issue was one of the fed- eral government usurping states' rights. One obstacle remains to- ward implementing sports betting in West Virginia: Jus- tice has said he wants to call a special session of the Leg- @ See SCOTUS Page A15