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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON - Farmer's ADVOCATE 1 3 II I IIII I N C :BY Ted Black ,~g~Oesday, July 4, Charles w,~ Offer fans a fireworks ~0f both the equine and ' aga~verieties when the oval 'en .~Second running of the ~n, ~Uarles Town Dash, a 4 1/ t berne Vent that will feature men~ Sparkles. .gio ~:ear, locally-based It's cat--the only start that It's 7;i,~: Yn V~ sUld r ~: kee:: ~ :t ~l~toG~ae~eS ~r ~ne ti ~:llt~ : ~t~0f21 horses was invited ;'Y~Cond running of the l? wn Dash, and racing ~Jimmy Hammonds be- Year's '~4--- group of runners ~ e fans with an exciting ,T~rhaps another track ~ght of the top 10; I'll be onds said. Id like A ~horses hit the wire to- I m weighting the "~|'~ also hoping that they ~track record, several ~the 21 nominees, l~k~.~ capable of breaking or iit~!~~ey's track record. Hammonds will have a furlong allowance race at Holly- shown a fondness for the Charles blend of local speedballs, as well as wood Park in 1:02. Town strip and his second-place possible invaders from neighboring Among the local prospects is finish" in the Dash last year was a states and perhaps another from Yifter the Shifter, trained by Rich- solid effort. Trained ~)y Javier southern California. Even the one- ard Gordon. Yifter the Shifter re- Contraras, Bubba Higgins has turn world record of 49.1 could be cently overcame a track bias to banked over $220,000 in his racing in jeopardy, post a wire-to-wire victory in a 61/ career and is being pointed for the Heading the list of nominees is 2-furlong, $16,000 claiming race Dash on July 4. Old Jason, who has won three of here for his fourth win 10 starts. nine starts and banked over Last year, Yifter the Shifter won Citiwhirl is another horse who $51,000 this year for trainer Dale eight of 16 starts and was nearly has always shown a liking for the Capuano. Old Jason has been very unbeatable in 4 1]2-furlong events Charles Town strip. Last fall, he sharp of late, especially in five-fur- at Charles Town. took the 4 1/2-furlong Governor's long races at Pimlico, where he Another local buzzsaw is Real Cup on West Virginia Breeders routinely runs the distance in 57 Metal, who has won three of four Classic Day. Citiwhirl has done seconds. His pure quickness and tries this year and banked over well in both one- and two-turn solid gate speed will certainly $24,000. Trained by Leonard events at Charles Town, so he de- make him a factor in the Dash. Downs, Real Metal has won seven serves a look should he arrive for In regards to pure speed, per- of 20 lifetime starts and banked the Dash. haps the swiftest horse on the list over $56,000. Rounding out the field of serious of nominees is Governor's Pride. a Last year, Bubba Higgins and contenders for the second Dash is 3-year-old Housebuster colt based Wise Dusty shipped from the Night Night. He rallied from just in California. He has won twice in Bowie Training Center to finish offthe pace to win two five-furlong four starts and banked nearly second and third in the Dash. Both events at Mountaineer Park this $48,000, but Governor's Pride pos- horses are being pointed for this spring. He won the May 6 Pan- sesses such freakish speed that he year's renewal and both are right handle Handicap at Mountaineer could become the first horse to on schedule, in :56.4, two weeks after winning blow the far turn in Charles Town's Wise Dusty has won 18 of 72 an allowance event there in :57.2. one-turn affair, lifetime starts and banked over Having downed Yifter the Shifter In his two most recent starts, $614,000 for owner Adrian Merton in both Mountaineer races, Night Governor's Affair has displayed and trainer Wayne Bailey. He re- Night certainly bears watching blinding speed on the grass. In a 6 turned a~er a lengthy layoff to win should he arrive for the Dash. 1/2-furlong event at~ Santa Anita, an allowance event at Penn Na-Regardless of which horse wins he set insane fractions of :20.4, tional, then finished third in his the second running of the Charles :42.4, and 1:06.4 before tiring late. next start. Town Dash, local racegoers will Governor's Pride then won a 5 1/2- Bubba Higgins has always certainly be in store for a treat. II IIIIIIIIII :-;i I IIIIIIIIIIII IIIII I IIII II IIIIIIIIII IIII IIIIIII I III I ! kWW :: pla~rson County American to give Stewart a 7-2 lead. ~Yil~.i"u'Year-old--*~- All-Stars be- Eddie Francowic, Justin - :~alanche of post-seasonStambaugh, Travis Dube, and .~t games for area teams Brandon Campbell all supplied ry ~an 11-3 win over South key, run-producing hits in the first nd .!~Alaerican in a game two innings. ell ~.Wood. Not satisfied with its five-run ~tewart pitched a corn- lead, the Americans launched a ~t l~',li~aiting the South Ber- three-run, third inning that had se l~ans to just two hits in RBIs from Morris Breeden, a i~m f~tned 10 in getting the Francowic, and Stambaugh. Stambaugh had triple, Tony s w~+0fftoasuccessfulstartCitro and Steve Peters added lea~efferson County teams singles, and Tom Van Vliet doubled lev~llow in All-Star play for th, e Americans. Josh Nuse and 7/~1,t ::/:r~nd Scott Bushman both scored a run in the eight-run, tournament-open- ,~:Ocal teams advance to ing win. Jo~ents in either base- In games on Tuesday, Jefferson laV~. American defeated Hedgesville, iy-'--~ 'can All-Stars scored 13-3, as Brandon Campbell pitched i co~ill the first two innings a complete game and fanned 11. ~eed] ave solve| Francowic had three hits and Jus- tin Stambaugh clubbed a double. Jefferson National saw its first action and drilled Martinsburg American, 11-5, as Dylan Coffman struck out 10 and permitted only two hits in his six innings of pitch- ing duty. Thomas Smoot had four RBIs with his two hits, and Steve Marrone scored three runs and had two hits. Dominique Jones added two hits to the National cause. Charles TowrdRanson opened play with a 7-3 win over South Ber- keley. Stephen Clark was the win- ning pitcher. A five-run rally in the fifth inning reversed a 3-2 deficit. Clark, Wesley Kidwell, Andrew Rotruck, Phillip Ranalli, Richard White and Casey Williams all reached base in the crucial fifth-in- ning uprising. do,ii J" Madison -- j~re Association Player notoriety coming baseball season be- been the winning and junior champion- 2000 season, on coming Rhodes had" compiled a pitching record of 20-1. He also pitched in the Class AAA state tournament as a freshman in 1997. During Jefferson's 32-6 season this year, Rhodes overcame an early bout of arm tenderness and sickness to post a 13-0 record with five of his wins coming in the post- season sectional, regional, or state tournaments. Rhodes missed about 12 days in April before returning to finish with an 8-0 record during the first for Jefferson pitcher Jimmy 30 games. He then picked up wins over Hedgesville and Martinsburg in the four-game sectional tourna- ment, wins over Musselman and University in the regional tourna- ment and 3-1 win over John Marshall in the semifinals of the state tournament. Rhodes was ineligible to pitch in the state championship loss to Lo- gan because he lacked 48 hours of rest when that game began on a Friday night, but ended on Satur- day morning. With his final high school career record standing at 34-1 overall, Rhodes missed tying the school record for career wins by just one victory. There were five shutouts among Rhodes' 13 wins this past season. As a hitter, which probably played little or no role in the writ- ers' selection of Rhodes as the state's best player, Rhodes batted .413 with 10 home runs, 48 RBIs, and a .750 slugging percentage. Rhodes follows by a year the se- lection of Jefferson's Josh Cenate as the Player of the Year. The Sports Writer's Association has an awards banquet in Huntington in May to give out the school year's awards. Cenate was the West Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year for West Virginia in 1999. Rhodes also received that same honor earlier this year. Oklahoma State has already signed Rhodes to a Division I schol- arship. He was also drafted in the 39th round of major league baseball's free agent draR earlier this month. Like Cenate last year when he was drafted as the 34th player in the country and had dealings with th~ Baltimore Orioles, Rhodes must be signed by the end of this month or the Atlanta Braves (who drafted him) must wait until his Jr. American Legion season is com- pleted before negotiating again with him. Rhodes is also playing in Balti- more tl~is summer with an age- group team that is trying to gain eligiblity to play in nationally-rec- ognized tournaments in August. If Rhodes attends one day of classes at Oklahoma State, and re- mains there, he will not again be eligible for the major league draft until the completion of his junior season or he turns 21-years-old, whichever comes first. (No member of The Spirit is af- filiated With the West Virginia Sports Writers Association). In the l 1-year-old tournament, Hedgesville defeated Jefferson American, 17-7. Jefferson American was limited to just five hits in the loss. One of those hits was a home run by Josh Nicewarner. The North defeated the South, 20-18, in the West Virginia high school All-Star Football Classic held Saturday at Laidley Field in Charleston. The North also won in 1999, giv- ing it the first two-game winning streak in the Classic since the 1982-83 games. But the South still holds a commanding 30-14-3 over- all record in th series. Parkersburg's Isaac Weaver had two interceptions and a fumble re- covery for the North squad. He earned Most Valuable Player hon- ors for his three takeaways. The South committed seven turnovers in all. The North intercepted five passes in the game where the al- tered rules call for each side to at- tempt at least 15 passes. Musselman's Todd Mosby, em- ployed as a running back, scored the game's first touchdown on a one-yard run after Parkersburg's Vic Lombard had recovered a fumble at the South 45. The South evened the game on Donald Amaker's seven-yard scor- ing run. After the first South touchdown, the North went 85 yards for an- other score. Mosby plunged through the middle of the South defense from three yards out for his second touchdown. With the South ahead for the first time at 18-12, Sachini went 25 yards to give the North the lead for good at 20-18. In the North-South high school All-Star basketball game, it was the South exploding to a 30-18 lead after the first quarter and eventu- ally posting a 112-85 win. Rick Cottrill of Poca went 11- for-21 from the field and scored 26 points in the winning South effort. West Virginia University signee Jay Hewitt (Richwood) scored 10 points for the South, while Tug Valley's Greg Davis had 15 points as did Capital's Darrion Scott. Kevin Harrington had 10 points for the South, which led 51-41 at the half. R.D. Bolyard also tossed in 15 points as the South had six players in double figures and had Jason Beller get eight points. Chris Exilus (North Marion) was 13-for-27 from the field and scored 40 points for the North. Exilus was 12-for-12 from the free throw line. Only Bryan Crislip (Parkersburg South) with 14 points and Ryan Lambert (Peters- burg) could score in double figures besides Exilus. Lambert had 11 points. Sachini (Brooke High) ran nine times for 101 yards. Mosby was employed at quar- terback when the North was inside the South five. Both his touch- downs came when he was at quar- terback. Mosby also intercepted a pass. He finished the night with five carries for 39 yards, had one inter- ception and was part of the defense that held the South to 123 total yards, forced seven turnovers and limited the losers to 10 first downs. Costy Caras continues to handicap the horses in the usual nine-race cards at Charles Town. He provides the "selections" for each of the races in the track's race program. By Costy Caras 28, with cocktails being served at With a treasure of rich prizes up 6:15 through 7:15 p.m dinner to for grabs, the 24th edition of the follow. prestigious Bob Leavitt-Charles Players' handicaps for the last Town Races Golf Classic will be re- five tournaments have been com- newed Saturday, July 29 and Sun- puterized, giving the handicap day, July 30 at the tourney's home- committee a tool to use as a guide site, Sleepy Hollow Golf Course. line. Entries close Monday, July The affair is expected to attract a 17, entry fee $110. Interested golf- full field of the tri-state's top ama- ers may call the Charles Town teur golfers. Races direct for additional infor- Tournament director Dominick mation, 304-724-4208; or toll-free, Fargo and key members of the 800-795-7001. various committee members in- "Most of our players are repeat eluding Dick Hart, Oliver Kastle regulars," noted director Fargo, and Hazel Denny have finalized "however, we've noticed quite a few activities to insure another finan- first-timers. Pennsylvania will be cial success for this charitable af- involved in this year's play, and we fair. have a couple of entries from as far 2000 marks the 24th anniver- as Florida." sary of the Bob Leavitt tourney This year's schedule of events: and the annual influx of top golf Friday, July 28 - 6:15 p.m Dinner talent and the solid backing of the for two at the Charles Town Races; commercial community in the area Saturday, July 29 - First Round of has enabled the Jefferson County Men's Golf Classic, entry fee is Charities to distribute $526,000 to $110; Sunday, July 30 - Final local charitable activities and the Round; Awards-team and indi- Eastern Panhandle Training Cen- vidual awards on "Point Quota" ter. system. Men's field will be divided In a departure from previous into four flights. Maximum handi- years, "dinner-at-trackside" for the cap allowance - 30 for 18 holes. golfers and their guests will be in- Power carts mandatory (included eluded Friday at the Races on July in entry fee). Bowling / Wednesday Summer Scratch Team W I Don't Know 32 Pair of Jacks 29 Big Johnson 25 Larry Sirbaugh Masonry 24 Wanna Price? 20 Double ~[Youble 19 J & J Pro Shop 13 B&D 12 Team #2 n R&R l0 Team #7 S Team #6 7 Team #13 4 Axe We Crazy 3 W L M.T.J. 23 ~$ Bob & the Wizmers ill 7 Krank It Up 19 9 don't Know 19 9 T~mz #16 18 10 Bad Luck 18 10 D&S ~ ~g 1o Bone, Bowler$ 17 n DAMIFINO 16 13 L Bowler~ Choi(m Pro Shop 15 13 6 MHM 14 14 9 J&J Pro Shop 15 15 4 Homey*s 19 16 6 Just for ]Punt 13 15 7 Team #g lg 16 9 Juzt DO It 12 19 12 L.8. Mi~oz~ry n 17 9 Booby*l ~ U 17 12 Ten Pins 11 17 n Ruff Ryder= 9 19 13 Nut Cams 9 19 14 2 Rlghtl & A Wrong 9 19 17 We Don+t Kn~ 8 20 18 Gutter Dusters 8 20 lligh Average: Larry Sirbaugh, 215; Jon Carter, 208; Grog Staubs, 206. High Game: Larry Sirbaugh, ~77; Tuggy Davis, In, 276; Terry Sirbaugh, 273+ High Series: Larry Sirbaugh, 680; Dartn Bar- row, 678; Tuggy Davis, ni, 678. High Team Game: Larry Sirbaugh Muonr~+ 492; I Don't Know, 48~ Pair of Jacks, 474. High Team Series: Pair of Jacks, 1339;, I Don't Know, 1327; Larry Sirbaugh Mgsonr~ 1274. Hilh Averat~e~ Jon Carter, ~ Grog ~taub~, 21te0~ bllY i}tvlt HI, =14Jt4. High Game: David 8turroek, ~78; Grog Staub~ ~, Jim Oqtz~a & Larry 8irbaulCa, ~S8. High Series: David Sturroek, '727; Grog Staub~, ega~ Ed Zet~el~, ee~ High Team Game J&J Pro Shop, ~; Don't Know, eg~ Team #1e~ 64s. l~Agh ~ema Settee: Don't Know, 18eO; 1 8. Ma- eo~a,y, 1S28; J & J Pr~ ~aop, 18~ Stk# 6857B 2000 AT, EFI 4-Cyl, AC, PS, PB, PW, PL, CD, Remote Keyless Entry, Tilt, 15" Wheels PON'P, r MSRP $16,245 6UV'S PRICE Price inc)udes $2000 factor Op~m $=t III 4PM WwW~ IS~ I on all Sunltres in our stock,