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PAGE B4 I pirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE J Wodnsday, May ATHLETES OF THE WEEK ..S " : .:i:::i  ::::iiiif ..iiiiii ' .iiiiiii' '" ...... TIRE, TOWING & AUTO CARE CENTER, INC. presents the Patriot Female .Athlete of the Week! Track and field Player: Sara Pifer Sara won the pole vault with a jump of 9 feet, 6 inches as the Patriots finished second during the girls' regional championships this past weekend in Buckhan- non. Congratulations, Sara. I Complete Vehicle Repolr Center Bddgestone/Flrestone Dealer Computerized Diagnostics TIRE, TOWING & AUTO CARE CENTER, INC, Alignments 30.4.876.6835 . rSoh.Q -  WWW, Drownsl:lre.net Mon.- Fd. 8am to 6pm J Saturday 8am to 12 noon J Sunday Closed presents the Patriot Male Athlete of the Week! Track and field Player: Ian MacLeod Ian won the lO0-meter dash with a time of 11.44 seconds as the Patriots finished third during the boys' regional champion- ships this past weekend in Buck- hannon. Congratulations, Ian. presents the Cougar Female Athlete-of the Week! Track and field Player:. Michaela Ashford Michaela won the long jump with a jump ofl5feet, 10 inches as the Cougars placed first during the girls' regional championships this past weekend in Buckhannon. Congratu- lations, Michaela. ::?Zi - . !:!iiiii :,:!iii#ii:::iiIlii : iiiiiiiiiiY:2 z .i% :. t  .%:  .ii :* .iiiii:::: ::!iii" .Diiii! * 2::!i::i::i::i .... TIRE, TOWING & AUTO CARE CENTER, INC. presents the Cougar Male Athlete of the Week! Track and field Player:. Andrew Milliron Andrew won the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meters as the Cougars placed first during the boys' regional championships this past weekend in Buckhannon. Congratulations, Andrew. I Complete Vehicle Repair Center Brldgestone/Flrestone Dealer l Computerized Dlagnoslics TIRE, TOWING & AUTO CARE CENTER, INC. Alignments I Shuttle Service 304.876.6835 rong sece J wwvw.brownstire.net I Man. - Fd. 8am to 6pm J Saturday 8am to 12 noon I Sunday Closed 21,2014 I SPORTS  Some state counties approve Sunday hunts on private land CHARLESTON (AP) - After voters gave their blessing, Sun- days will be fair game for West Virginians to hunt on some private lands in five more counties. According to unofficial results, voters passed a referendum Tues- day to give private landowners in Braxton, Calhoun, Nicholas, Web- ster and Wlrt counties the option to open up their property to Sun- day hunting. It won't add the Sun- day before the Monday start of big game seasons, like deer, bear, tur- key and boar. Lawmakers dropped a Sunday ban in 2001, but gave counties the option to hold their own referen- dums on the issue. The following year, all 41 counties that put the question on their ballots voted to ban it. The old blue law prohibiting Sunday hunting dealt more with religious observances than safe- ty concerns, said state Division of Natural Resources spokesman Hoy Murphy. This election, Sunday hunting advocate Cory Boothe was able to get the question on ballots in sev- en counties where the practice was banned. Gilmer and Lewis county voters rejected the proposal. "I would've have really en- joyed seven for seven," said Cory Boothe, an organizer of this year's referendum movement. "But yes, I'm satisfied. I'm just satisfied that people who work five-six days a week have the opportunity to use their own land." Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, said state lawmakers are happy leaving the decision up to counties. There hasn't been a similar push to open up public lands for Sunday hunting, Murphy said. Boothe, a Summersville resi- dent, started a petition drive last year. He said he wanted to give his children the opportunity that hunt- ers in most other states have. He focused on seven counties, a manageable number in his estima- tion. The signatures of 5 percent of registered voters were required to get the measure on the ballot in each county. Boothe worked fe- verishly on the grassroots cam- paign, distributing petitions at convenience stores, bars, diners and larger employei's. "IfI knew a coal miner, I'd give him a petition, and hopefully two weeks later he brought by 15 sig- natures,' Boothe said. Boothe suggested "a lot of mis- information" about hunting safety was the reason behind the earlier ban: People didn't want to take a chance on getting hit by stray bul- lets on their land. "Statistically, you're more like- ly to be hit by lightning than killed by a hunter," said Boothe, who also cited federal health statistics that show hiking was the third most dangerous outdoor activity. The issue went beyond safety. Mike Johnson, manager of John- son Sporting Goods in Summers- ville, suggested many people in- voked religious reasons for op- posing Sunday hunting - that the day was meant for focusing on church. Jefferson FROM PAGE B1 ing pitchers, two middle infield- ers - who led the team in batting - and a cast of speedy defensive outfielders. "Obviously we're optimistic about our future," Lowery said. "There's really nothing guaran- teed, but I like the position we're in with our future." Everton finished the season bat- ting .360 from the leadoff spot, scoring a team-best 43 runs and stealing a team-leading 15 bases. "Garrett came in as a fresh- man and he wasn't very mature physically yet," Lowery said. "He worked extremely hard during. this four-year period in the weight room to get stronger. His first couple of years he was primarily a pinch runner for us. He's played the outfield and some in the in- field, but at the end of last year he established himself as our catcher. He's provided great leadership for us all year. "He's had a solid senior sea- son for us and we'll miss' his pres- ence" Lowery added. "We have some kids coming up who I think will-be able to catch for us, but that presence, his foot speed and that element that he brings to the game, we're definitely going to miss." Everton signed to play college ball next year at Potomac State. Sophomore reserve catcher Joe Mills played in seven games and has the most experience of a trio of potential successors that also JEFF BRAMMER Jefferson sophomore shortstop Paul Witt (left) tags out Washington junior Trevor Pansch as he tries to steal second base Saturday during the sectional semifinal in Shenandoah Junction. includes sophomore Dylan Mack- ey and freshman Bailey Dodson. Jefferson stands to return its top six pitchers next year as far as in- nings pitched, including three freshmen that combined for a 12-3 record. Junior Andy Disque (6-2, 2.48 earned run average) threw the most innings with 42.1, while freshmen Dylan Carroll (4-1,2.63 ERA, 32 IP), Austin Bulman (5-0, 1.48 ERA, 28.1 IP) and Austin Cross (3-2, 1.28 ERA, 27.1 IP) followed suit. Sophomore Bradley Davis (3-0, 3.23 ERA, 17.1 IP) returned late in the season after experienc- ing arm trouble early on, while sophomore Charlie Bamholt (1-0, 3.23 ERA, 17.1 IP) added qual- ity innings of his own, including pitching well in relief after com- ing in for Disque in the season fi- nale against Washington. "Plus we had some kids pitch by design on the JV almost every opportunity they had, so that they could get the experience with the innings," Lowery said. At the plate, sophomore short- stop Paul Witt led the Cougars with a .443 batting average, while junior second baseman Andrew King hit .430 and added a team- high 35 RBI. Junior third baseman Miguel Acosta (.344, 24 RBI) added a strong seison batting clean- up, while sophomore outfielder Chase Crockett (.301, 12 RBI), sophomore outfielder Charlie Barnholt (.325, 17 RBI), fresh- man outfielder Austin Bulman (.324, 24 RBI) and junior out- fielder Brody Price (.280, 12 RBI) covered ground well be- yond the infield. Jefferson batted .336 overall as a team, but Lowery said he sees room for improvement. "We've got to get stronger physically and more consistent at the plate," Lowery said. Tennis FROM PAGE B1 1 Mackenzie Littleton, No. 2 Doff Sanders and No. 3 Jessica Barr drop fast-round singles matches on Thursday, ousting them from the toumament. Litfleton was de- feated 8-6, while Sanders lost 8-5 and Barr lost 8-0. On the boys' side, Washington's No. 1 Austin Thomas and Jeffer- son's No. 1 Kaleb Lochnor also both fell in their first matches on Thursday. Thomas lost 8-6, while I_xh- nor fell 8-0 after having the mis- fortune to draw Tubert for his opening contest. .Washington's No. 3 Stone Sand- ers was defeated, 8-4, in fLrst-day action, while Washington's No. 1 doubles tandem of Austin Thomas and Tommy Wheatley fell 8-3 in the opening round. Washington's No. 2 boys' dou- bles tandem of Trenton Litfleton and Stone Sanders was defeated 8-4 in their first match on Friday. The Patriots' No. 3 doubles team of Connor Howard and Brad Diehl also dropped their first match, 6-3, 64) on Friday. On the girls' side, the No. 1 dou- bles tandem of Mackenzie Little- ton and Doff Sanders lost 8-3 in fast-round action on Friday. The Patriots' No. 3 doubles team of Tori Rinaldi and Briana Browning also lost Friday, 6-1,6-0. George Washington won the Class AAA boys title with 16 points, followed by Huntington and Parkersburg, with 12 apiece. Huntington won the tiebreaker with three champions. On the girls' side, Huntington won the Class AAA state cham- pionship with 22 points. Morgan- town, Parkersburg, Hurricane and University tied for second with sev- en points apiece. Morgantown won the tiebreaker with two finalists. Martinsburg was the top East- em Panhandle Athletic Confer- ence program, registering four points. The Bulldogs' No. 1 dou- bles team of Carter Davis and Owen Hamilton also won a quar- terfinal match, 8-2, before losing to Huntington in the semifinals.- Neither Washington nor Jeffer- son scored. - JeffBrammer" ? Rams FROM PAGE B1 more pitcher Tyler Thomas issued an eight-pitch walk with the bases loaded. The Rams played a school-re- cord 53 games this spring, while winning the inaugural regular sea- son Mountain East Conference rifle and being the league,s sole representative in the Division II regional toumament. For years, Shepherd had been a baseball power in the now defunct West Virginia Conference. Shepherd reached the NCAA Division II regional toumament in 2012, but lost its first two games and was eliminated. After notching a ninth-inning save against Winston-Salem State, senior lefthander Paul Hvozdovic suffered his fn-st loss of the season against Seton Hill after posting a 10-0 record and 1.42 earned run average through the regular sea- son. Hvozdovic, the MEC Pitcher of the Year, entered his fmal outing a perfect 11-0 having struck out 91 batters in 81 innings while walk- ing only six. But he allowed four earned runs on nine hits and two walks through eight innings as the Rams were dropped into the los- er's bracket and facing eventual elin/ation by Kutztown. Hvozdovic registered 307 ca- reer strikeouts at Shepherd, and his nine strikeouts against Seton Hill saw him tally a school-record 100 on the season, surpassing the old mark of 94 set by current Shepherd head coach Matt McCa- rty in 2009. For his efforts leading the Rams, McCarty, who just finished his second season atop the pro- gram, was named MEC Coach of the Year. McCarty was also named regional coach of the year by the national baseball writers' associa- tion. In addition to having to re- place Hvozdovic's leadership on the mound, Shepherd will also part ways with first-team all- MEC graduate student outfielder Michael Lott, who led the Rams through 47 regular season games with a .423 batting average. The Rams also stand to lose second-team aI1-MEC selections in senior outfielder Kyle Porter (.299) and senior designated hit- ter Ryan Messina (.312). Porter led the conference with 27 stolen bases, while Messina was tied for second with 49 RBI. However, Shepherd will wel- come back next year first-team all-MEC selections junior catcher Spencer Wolfe (.401,49 RBI) and freshman second baseman Jacob Carney (.379), as well as second- team junior outfielder Matt Wil- son (.384). Wolfe, Carney and Wilson also received all-region status by the national baseball writers' associa- tion. on the mound, the Rams should return honorable mention all-con- ference sophomore pitchers Ryan Pansch (6-3, 2.42 ERA) and Ja- mie Driver (8-1,4.10 ERA). Newberry FROM PAGE B2 his starter in the game, saying he checked with Fosnacht before ev- ery inning and he didn't seem to be tiring. Talk about passing the buck. And Fosnacht took issue with anyone who wanted to blame his coach or parents for endanger- ing his health.Which is to be ex- pected, since the teen became an instant social media sensation. "People need to chill," Fosnacht wrote on Twitter, which meant he could at least still raise his ann to type out a message. But Tommy John - yep, the Tommy John, the one who fast had a ligament replaced in his el- bow and wound up with an op- eration that will forever bear his name - said the problem starts at home. Like Andrews and others in the medical profession, John sub- scribes to the theory that many of these elbow injuries can be traced back to playing too much ball at too young an age. While he says any coach who would let a high school pitcher throw nearly 200 pitches in a game deserves to be fired, he puts ultimate blame on the parents. "The parents get built into the idea that little junior is going to get pitching lessons from the guy who pitched minor league base- ball, who's going to get paid two, three grand a winter, and he comes down twice a week and works on his pitching and all this" John said. "He should be working on his strength playing basketball, playing football, playing lacrosse, playing something other than throwing a baseball. "It won't make him better," John said. "It will just increase his chances of down the road of hav- ing Tommy John surgery." Paul Newberry is a national writer for The Associated Press. , ? ! ^