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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON - Farmer's ADVOCATE 1 3 I BY Bob Madison runners or ie's equal (or bet- enough without any intervening. have to build of stamina and endur- COmpetitive. sufficient well of both Strenuous workouts. It from training. runners don't need telling them "no" when two miles or 1,600- ~etition is factor with on any given heat, dehydration debilitating enough. doesn't need her own "You can't do this" in unmistakable messages. runner with asthma without total control Even with in the low 60s, with [ity, and low pollen e runner with isn't the master of her uni- distance run- scorches its way into Ps and any number of heaped on top of their with that has a member of its COuntry team (which has two consecutive Class Sos- and track team that as a constant (if un- Jefferson team points toward the meet title. But as she reached the finish line, Underwood was in trouble. She was gasping for breath. An alert member of the as- sembled staff rushed to her side. He knew of her condition and asked, "Did you bring your in- haler?". U/lderwood struggled to answer, but it was understood that she had not. She was scared. The attendant got her to sit and then soon to lie on the ground where she was comforted by coach Bob Rizzo. There were water-drenched towels for her and Rizzo tried to calm her and help her regain a composure that would have aided her breathing. As the minutes went by, Underwood began to relax, just a little at first, but then more and more as she finally knew she could breathe on her own. She had been vocal in her time of extreme stress, repeatedly tell- ing her attendants that she could not breathe. Soon enough she was quieter. And soon enough she was up and about and joining her teammates under a tent near the track. Asthma had reigned for some agonizing minutes, but it was once more in the background as the meet went on through the stifling heat. Underwood is a pleasure to have on any team. She is upbeat, knows how to be a positive influence when in any group or in a one-on-one situation with a teammate. wood usually She is quiet and doesn't draw with her long strides attention toward herself with her companion needless boasting or loudness. her in every race.The junior isn't the most ath- Journal/Hedgesville letically gifted runner on track meet held on a Jefferson's cross country team. Nor 12 days ago, is she the best basketball player. breathing prob- Nor is she the best of Jefferson's distance runners. the Lady Cou- Yet, because of her personality the and positive influence on any activ- relay, teaming with ity where she is a team member, Rebekah Muck, and she just might be the most valu- able person on any of the three the sun took control teams she gifts with her presence. of the day, Asthma may be axdeterrent. And ran her one individual it may limit athletic performance. 1,600-meters or to old- But it doesn't limit what any le. viable competi- enough for an A mile against those on a 90-degree day limit. reeled off a 5:51 fifth, earning person remembers about their high school days---that the shared experiences with teammates and their personalities are most of what was important. Jiketta Underwood will be long remembered by her teammates long remembered. and Charles Town duel on a leg of the girls in a recent meet held in Martinsburg because of the of a track anywhere in Jefferson County. Pierson Serenth SOphomore golfer Ja- in a three-way place among indi- at the NCAA Divi- Regional held in Shepherd's only at 224 (three Ransburg of the Indianapolis and of Charleston. medalist was from Millersville a three-round to- was the ". defeating U. of Mis- four strokes. rounds of 80, 70, CAMP Baseball Camp di- coach John >e held June 19- Point. The ages 5-12 noon, and for ages to4 June 8 is :hild is $40 and a after Call coach Lowery an application or EPIC SOCCER TRYOUTS The EPIC Soccer Club will hold tryouts for both boys and girls on June 5 and June 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the Veterans Administration Center in Martinsburg for U10, Ull, U12, and U13. Call Mary Ruth Durbin at 876-2444 for more information. JHS GIRLS SOCCER There will be an informational meeting for any girl who wants to play soccer for Jefferson High in the 2000 season on Wednesday, May 24 at 7 p.m. in the JHS cafete- ria. All parents and prospective players are encouraged to attend. Packets with required paperwork for participation will be distrib- uted. YOUTH SOCCERslGNUP The Jefferson Co. Youth Soccer Leaqgue will hold a registration for the fall season of 2000 and the spring season of 2001 on May 20 at Jefferson High from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. All boys and girls between the ages of 4 1/2 and 18 are eligible. There are no tryouts in this league. To register, bring the name of the child's doctor and phone number, a medical insurance carrier, and emergency contact's name and number. Registration is $55 and includes team shirt, socks, short;s, and player insurance. For more info call either 876-8363 or 876-3114. Jiketta Underwood has overcome asthma to participate in three sports at Jefferson. @ By Bob Madison for successful diagnoses and surgi- What was described by the Bal-cal procedures. Dr. Frank Jobe in timore Orioles as "tendonitis" was Los Angeles is the only other re- really a frayed labrnm in the left nowned sports physician. shoulder of Josh Cenate. The point being that if Dr. Cenate was finally sent by theAndrews gives his opinion, does Orioles to see Dr. James Andrews the actual operation, and has his in Birmingham, Alabama. post-operative instructions fol- Andrews is the nation's most lowed, then a resumption of pitch- prominent surgeon in sports medi- ing can be forseen. cine. His clients include Roger ~+~.~ Clemens, David Cone, Kerry Wood, and Kenny Lofton. Dr. Andrews found the dam- aged labrum. There was no struc- tural damage to Cenate's rotator cuff. "Dr. Andrews performed orthroscopic surgery on Josh's shoulder," said Paul Cenate, Josh's father. "There are just three small holes there from the surgery. Nothing was wrong with his rota- tor cuffor any other muscle or soft tissue." Josh Cenate had experienced [ pain last fall when pitching in an instructional league in Florida. He stopped throwing in Sep- tember and didn't resume any pitching until January when he went to Baltimore with other high draft choices to pitch under the stands at Camden Yards. When he reported to spring training in February, Cenate again felt discomfort . . . and it didn't go away. After not throwing for several weeks, he tried once more, but again had pain. The Orioles finally sent him to see Dr. Andrews. Now that surgery has been per- formed, Cenate remains in Sarasota, Florida at the Orioles' minor league training camp. On Andrews recommendation, Cenate will not throw again until he rehabilitates for about a month. The surgery was perfomed the last weekend in April. If the Andrews-prescribed timetable is followed, Cenate should begin light throwing some time around Memorial Day or early in June. His recovery will not be rushed. When he is satisfied that he is pain-free and in sufficient physi- cal condition to face minor league batters (and the Orioles are just as satisfied), Cenate will likely join Delmarva of the South Atlantic League. Dr. Andrews expects the sur- gery to successfully alleviate Cenate's problems. A Jeff Gessler win in Andrews had perfomed opera- tions or made diagnoses for more the 3,200 could put than 300 baseball players. Jefferson over the top. Top right, Rebekah Muck He has more than 100 National hands to Jill Morton in Football League players as clients the 4x800 relay. At right, including three members of theBo Bolton in the blocks Dallas Cowboys--- Emmitt Smith, for the 110 hurdles. Troy Aikman, and Michael Irvin. There is only one other doctor in the country with the credentials II Ill Ill I I Illl IIIIIIIII IIIIII III I IIIIIIIIII I IIIIIIlllllll By Bob Madison Baseball people for a I00 years have looked for "strength up the middle". And when they found it, success in the form of World Series titles, league pennants, or prime September contention was their re- ward. Jefferson High has a seldom- seen trio in the middle of its defen- sive alignment. Second baseman Craig Smith, shortstop Brandon Conway, and center fielder Josh Green have no equals in this area or this state. Even though Jefferson has won seven state titles and has 24 con- secutive 20-win seasons, it may never have had the defensive "strength up the middle" Smith, Conway, and Green provide. Green's most memorable catch came in Cooperstown, New York last April when Jefferson defeated nationally-ranked Riverdale Bap- tist, 5-3, in one of the school's most accomplished moments. Green went deep toward an al- cove in centerfield and made a catch that saved two runs about 380-feet from the plate. In the general scheme of things, Green catches everything he should and then runs down balls in the gaps or shallow popups at times. Smith seems flawless at times. Every groundball within reach is taken for granted. Jefferson may have had one or two second basemen with better range, but it hasn't had anyone more sure on any grounder. Also, if any ball is hit sharply, Smith and Conway will execute a double play. And middle-infield double plays are not a common sight in high school games. Conway has soft, receptive hands that allow even the unex- pected hop to be caught. He has made throws from his right that no Jefferson shortstop has made in some time. Several high throws to first have been Conway's errors this season, not on grounders eluding his range or grasp. Any West Virginia high school that can catch the routine grounder in the middle of the in- field can usually be a contender for post season laurels. But 90% of West Virginia high , schools don't catch that much in ' the middle of their infield. To have both a second baseman and shortstop that don't make er- rors is not something to be taken for granted. Strength up the middle. Smith, Conway, and Green. Nobody in this state comes dose. iii? @ On Sunday, May 21 the Charles Town Races will feature three $25,000 stakes races for West Vir- ginia-bred horses. The Ruth Funkhouser Stakes, the Robert Hilton Memorial Stakes, and the Roger Van Hoozer Memorial Stakes will all be contested at 7- furlongs and will have a number of horses that will eventually run in the West Virginia Breeders races on September 16 and 17 at the track. This Saturday, May 20 the track will have a special 6:15 p.m. post time following the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. Patrons can wa- ger on the Preakness at Charles Town. Charles Town will also hold a nine-race program on Memorial Day that will have a 4 p.m. post time for the first race. Other holiday special cards will be held on Independence Day and Labor Day. The National League in the Jefferson Co. Little League Majors is led by the Giants (9-2) with the Cubs in second at 9-4 and the Ori- oles a close third at 8-4. The Braves are 7-6 and the Yankees are at 5-5. In the American League, the Rang- ers lead with a 9-4 mark. The A's are 5-6, the Angels 4-8, the Pirates 3-8, and the Senators 0-13. The Yankees beat the Senators, 15-9, as Robbie Miller and Mark Tusing doubled twice. Josh Nicewarner had two Senators' hits, but the Yanks scored six times in the seventh to win. The Pirates used Mike Myers' 3- for-3 and the pitching of Wes Beans to beat the Yankees, 10-5. Justin Grantham fired a two- 1/itter at the Pirates as the Giants won, 10-0. Grantham fanned nine. Josh Brown doubled twice, but his A's lost 5-3 to the Orioles. Tyler Hockman homered and Josh Dowdy tripled as the Orioles tripped the Giants, 6-5. The Cubs topped the Senators, 14-4. The Cubs also beat the Sena- tors, 7-4 as Aaron Kessel made a pair of good defensive outfield defeated the Wildcats, 15-14, as plays. Andrea Ranalli, Casey Nagel, and Jordan Diehl then got the win Jody Haynes all doubled. And the and drove in two runs as the Cubs Tornadoes got by the Hurricanes, won a 6-1 decision over the Angels. 16-14, with Jody Haynes slamming Diehl had a season-high 17 two homers. strikeouts. In the Senior Softball League, The A's beat the Rangers 10-7 the Cyclones beat the Lightnings, and 8-7 despite two RBIs and a 31-14 as Heather Thompson hit for triple from the Rangers' Bruce the cycle and Shalinka Jacobs and Terris Jr. and a double from Ed V~nitney Milburn each had three Schottroffe. With Tim Lloyd, Jonathan Hash, Bruce Terris Jr. and winning pitcher Sean Adams all getting two hits, the Rangers stopped the Braves, 12-1. In Little League Softball, the Thunders beat the Wildcats, 12-11, as Brittany Soloman and Kaitlin Thorcell had doubles. The Hurri- canes beat the Hornets, 20-16, as Emily Liston had two triples. It was Thunders 17, Tornadoes hits. Amber Hodges and Candice Mumaw had two hits. Shalinka Jacobs had four hits and Alicia Fleming and Heather Thompson had two hits as the Cy- clones stopped the Lightnings, 16- 6. Casey Woods held the Light- nings hitless. The Thunder has a 6-1 record, the Tornadoes a 4-2 mark and the Hurricanes are 3-3, while the Cy- clones lead their league at 6-0. 16 as Brooke Shipe tripled and got The Pirates pace the Jr. League the win. Jody Haynes hit a pair of with a 5-2 mark. Richard Nelson homers for the Tornadoes. was the winning pitcher as the Pi- Emma Byrne went 4-for-4 with rates beat the Devil Rays, 9-3. The a homer as the Thunders edged the Pirates edged the A's, 8-6, as Tyler Hurricanes, 18-13. The Tornadoes Greenstreet was the winner. if"