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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, June 2, 2005 13 Brian Redman (left) and Bill Scott are shown below as they sur- vey the happenings at the Jefferson 500 day of races at the Summit Point Raceway held two weekends past. Re~lman is the founder of the Jefferson 500 and Scoff is the own- er of the Raceway At left, are two entrants and their racing machines who partici- pated in the day of racing at the Jefferson 500. (photos by John Gibbs) team's successes on them. Individual awards were given the spoils",as well. Ryland Newman was the viCtors the at-team's assists leader; Josh Brown schoolsgot an award as the steals lead- scrambled to find er; Vance Hosby had the most re- boys bas- bounds; and Reggie Creamer got the award for taking the most off a 19-6 re- charges. that included aStarkey and Carpenter collab- champi- orated on the other awards that is no longer a were doled out following a sump- the schedules tuous buffet meal that includ- wins with- ed seafood, breakfast fare, and to get madb-to-order omelets. The Unsung Hero Award went to Aaron Edwards. at the Clarion The Best Defensive Player coach Award was given to Desmond that Jef- Newman. schedule will The Heart and Hustle Award l County was accepted by Reggie Cream- er. Played Broad Run, The Ultimate Team Man was Falls Tehron Jacobs. County last sea- The Most Valuable Player was had a 4-1 Josh Brown. And the No. 1 Fan Award went handed out by to Jefferson High librarian Sara ~s~istant coach Sam Lueck. to a team that The bestowing of awards came ortunes at the end of the get-together and year followed an inspirational speech taking the by former Shepherd basketball at Jefferson player and current Middletown "15record. (Maryland) High teacher ~m and manag- Leber. with I~ber spoke while using an on them electronic program he download- with the ed from a computer to an audio WQs the speaker at the Jefferson basketbafl banquet, for all Jeffer- ninth grade, will June 10 m. at the Harp- set- ~aust have corn- Physical forms Again; The Charles state cham- AAA and in Claes A, Regional level. entrants are ',a 5-4 winner in the Region- game), Beckley (which stopped inthe and victo- Cabell Midland L One of the Class Wood- Fairmont Se- ty in its Region games and will have a semifinal date with Shady Spring in Charleston. Shady Spring stopped PikeV- iew and trounced Bluefield, 12-2, in its Regional. The other Class AA semifinal pits Logan against Frankfort. Lo- gan defeated Wayne and Herbert Hoover to reach the state semifi- nals. Frankfort got past Keyser and Clarksburg Liberty to earn its meeting with highly-regarded Logan. The Class A semifinals have Charleston Catholic against Wheeling Central Catholic and Clarksburg Notre Dame against Man. Man defeated Wahama, 3-2, in the Region finals while Notre Dame eliminated Pendleton County, 11-1, Wheeling Central Catholic destroyed v~rflliamstown, 14-1, and Charleston Catholic edged Faye~e, 5-1. visual screen Among Leber's most poignant comments were his directions toward the players that those adults who love them and care for them should be given "thanks" for their behind-the-scenes work and effort. The 43-year-old one-time var- sity boys basketball coach at both Lmganore and Middletown ex- plained several philosophic points to the players, explaining to them "That there are plenty of teenag- ers who can't walk, can't see, and aren't able to participate in any sports" and the athletes should "give your absolute best" when competing. Leber tried to put to rest the phrase that admonishes an ath- lete to "give 110 percent". He said nobody can give more than 100 percent, and that athletes should "give what you've got." He implored the assembled varsity, junior varsity, and fresh- men team members to '%e a great teammate" and "to make ev- ery day Thanksgiving Day". The reference to Thanksgiving Day was in conjunction with Leber's comments about the vital roles played by the players "parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and guardians". The athletes were asked to give "thanks" on many more occasions than just Thanksgiving Day. Starkey was surrounded at the dais by state-earned trophies, a sportsmanship banner given the team by the Eastern Panhandle Officials Association, and a large trophy won at a summer camp. Leber told those in attendance that Starkey, now 73, had been coaching basketball for 48 years. Brown and Desmond Newman were named team captains for the 2005-2006 season. And Starkey was given by the players a thick album of photos and published material from the past season. After Starkey sketched the par- tial schedule the team will face (beginning with early-season tour- naments at Hedgesville and Mar- tinsburg and including the Coal Classic Tournament in Beckley and two games against Mercers- burgAcademy), the team came to- gether in a circle (much like they do before their games) and chant- ed "Ooh-ah, it's "J" High". The victors enjoyed the spoils. . which included plaques, Star- key's story-telling and jokes, a bountiful meal, Leber's ~ought- provoking and inspiration- al words, and many individual awards. Town-Ranson Major League Marlins. Potomac State College won ment against both Louisburg" da in its first-round game of its way to a second straight Na- and Briarcliffe (New York).the double elimination tourna- tional Junior College Athletic Louisburg defeated Briar- ment. The World Series runs Association Division I World cliffe in the Eastern Division's from May 27 through June 4. Series when it defeated Louis- first game and then the Hur- Former Jefferson High (class burg (North Carolina) in two ricanes eventually topped Po- of 2003)outfielder Justin Dai- consecutive games in the East- tomac State. ley is a starter for the Cata- ern Division tournament af- The Catamounts bounced mounts and had a .400 batting ter earlier losing to the Hurri- back to beat Louisburg twice to average through the Region XX canes, earn a berth in the World Se- tourney on 56-for-l15. The Catamounts had won ries in Grand Junction, Colora- Sophomore Terry Mumaw the Region XX tournament in do for the second straight year. (Jefferson High class of 2003) Hagerstown and then hosted Potomac State will face St.is a pitcher on Potomac State the Eastern Division tourna- Petersburg College of Flori- roster. By Ted Black Over the past five years the slots-enhanced purses at Charles Town have allowed owners and trainers of cheap claimers and maidens to earn a decent living, while enabling the track to expand its stakes schedule to feature hors- es that, a decade earlier, would not have considered racing here. But when Governor Joe Man- chin reached into the track's purse account and lifted $4.1 mil- lion to use for worker's compensa- tion expenses -- a veritable black hole in the state -- Charles Town was forced to drop its stakes in April, May, June, and July. Even the $100,000 Charles Town Dash on July 4, an open stakes that could someday put the track on the map, might be a casualty of the governor's fiscal move. Beginning with the stakes rac- es in August~ including the Robert Terms Stakes at Laurel Park and Leavitt Memorial, sadie Hawkins the Federico Tesio Stakes at Pim- Stakes, and Frank Gall Memori- lice before finishing eighth oin al, Charles Town will resume its the Preakness Stakes. stakes lineup and racing secre- Even casual observers must tary Jim Hammond is hoping to have thought there was a mis- find a spot for the Charles Town print in the program or Daily Rac- Dash sometime this fall The West ing Form when they saw a horse Vn-ginia Breeders Classics, which with a prior race at Charles Town could see purses reach $1.2 million, in the past performance lines for are set for Saturday, October 8. a Preakness starter. Open stakes Owners and trainers might ar- such as the Charles Town Dash, gue that races such as the Charles St. Nick Stakes, and the Snow Town Dash are typically won by White Stakes can have an impact horses and trainers that ship in on the quality of horses that at- from neighboring states and de- rive at thed local track and give part with "their" money. But in racegoers horses to follow in sub- truth, the races are funded by the sequent years. bettors -- perhaps not to the extent Six years ago Xtra Heat won they once were -- and the wager- the inaugural running of the ing public deserves a fair shake. Snow White Stakes. XDtra Heat Races such as the Charles Town would later finish second in the Dash offer the track a brief chance Breeders Cup Sprint and she of notoriety on a national level, took home the Eclipse Award In Maryland, where the purs- as champion three-year-old filly es, horses, and overall interest in that year. The Snow White may horse racing have declined over not have her first stakes score -- the past decade, the state's long- she concluded her career with 26 and short-term success evolves of them -- but it was her only local around the Preakness Stakes, appearance. the middle jewel of racing's Tri- Hammond has always admit- ple Crown. If not for the Preak- ted that one of his goals is to get ness, which attracted more than the Dash a graded status, some- 115,000 fans and more than $60 thing that has never happened million in wagers, Maryland rac- at the track. But first, Hammond ing would be deceased, has to make sure the Dash is Mountaineer Park in northern back on the book for the fall. West Vwginia offers a sold array By moving the Dash to October of stakes and overnight events, but 1 or October 15-- one week before the only race that the track aggres- or one week after the Breeders sively campaigns in the $500,000 Classics -- Hammond could ecru- West Vh, ginia Derby for three- ally entice horses with Breeders year-olds. Granted, few horses Cup Sprint aspirations to arrive. with Triple Crown experience have Then he would have to keep his ever arrived for the West ~rn~.h fingers crossed that the winner of Derby, but the race attracts horses the Dash had a good showing in from top oWners and trainers from the Breeders Cup Sprint on Octo- around the nation, ber 29 at Belmont Park. Charles Town recently got a Horses such as Malibu Moon- glimpse of visibility due to the shine and Xtra Heat justify hav- emergence of Malibu Moonshine, ing such races. A rescheduled a winner of the $75,000 St. Nick Dash might serve as a prep race Stakes here last December. The for "Cup" horses. horse went on to win the Private Charles Town- The Charles Town-Ranson Major League Braves Ranson League The Charles Town-Ranson Major League Braves defeat- ed the Cubs, 5-3, as Kyle Wfl- hams pitched a complete game and got the win. Taylor Wilk- erson and Andrew Patton each had two RBI's for the Braves. The surging Braves have ~- cently won four of their last five games to improve their overall record to 4-10. In the Junior League, the Orioles beat the Morgan Coun- ty Cubs, 9-5. John Witt was the winning pitcher, notching a complete-game four-hitter and getting four strikeouts. Luke Allerton scored three runs for the Orioles and Ken- dall Dozier scored twice. A1- lerton, Witt, James Huse, and Jonathan Brown all had two hits for the Orioles.