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PAGE BIO I Spa rts Wednesday, August 22, 2012 VIRGI N IA U T D 0 0 R S It had been awhile since I last fished with Dad so when Tara asked me what I would like to do for my birthday I told her that I'd like to take Dad fishing on a float trip down the New River Dad has floated the whitewater sec- tion of the New River before but he had never fished it. This river is world class when it comes to the smallmouth bass fishing One call to my buddy Sam- my who owns New River Tro- phy Outfitters and the plan was set fox a day on the river. I awoke well before dawn and picked Dad up at 5:30 a.m. We drove through the hills of Fayette County as the first rays of light were coming over the ridgetops and met Sam- my at the takeout. It had been several years since Dad had been on that road so he was ertjoying the scenery along the way. We really live in a beau- tiful state, but I don't have to tell y'all that. After meeting Sam- my we drove to the put-in a few miles below Sandstone Fails. From there down to the take- out at Grandview Sandbar is all catch and release for bass and there's some nice ones lurking in this stretch of river A light rain started to fall just as we pushed off but I didn't mind one bit as it made for good fishing conditions Overcast days are much better than bright blue bird skies with the sun blaring down when it comes to fishing I guess I should have re- J CLI FERGUSON mem- bered a rain jacket as it picked up but didn't last too i long Dad was the first to strike with a small, but feisty, smallie. He was spin fishing in the back of the boat while I took the fly rod and fished from the front. I tied on a big yellow popper and start- ed to work the banks. It didn't take long for the first fish to smack the popper but I missed. I ended up missing several until I finally connected with a solid bronzeback. Dad continued to put fish in the boat on different baits as Sammy had several in his arsenal. 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Sammy's mum provided a good home-cooked lunch along with a tasty peach cake to top it off. We didn't go hungry that's for sure. Actually I've heard that Sammy's clients come back for the lunch just as much as the fishing The sun came out and the fish- ing slowed for a little while after that. Thick grass beds form this time of the year and I had an ad- vantage with the fly rod as I could plop my popper right on top at the edge of them. There are even holes in the grass beds where I could cast. I ended up catching a couple but didn't do as well as I, or Sammy, expected. The damsel flies started pick- ing up in numbers and a few fish were jumping out of the water after them. I sized down my pop- per to a small sneaky Pete which proved to be a good choice It has long rubber legs which mim- ics a wad of mating damsel flies well. The catching picked up not spending the day on the river long after I tied it on. with Dad and he was already Dad was thoroughly enjoying talking about going back on the himself catching enough fish to way home Not five minutes af- keep him happy, which doesn't ter we got in the truck the heav- take very many. They were av- ens opened up and the rain be- erage fish with several on the gan to pour down. We got off smaller side that I kept pointing . the river just in time. out. As we neared the takeout a If you would like to float/fish dark cloud loomed downriver. I the New River give Sahuny a caught one last fish to end the shout as he'll put you on fish and day. show you a good time. I provid- Overall, Sammy said it was a ed a link to his website below. slow day but I managed quite a Take care until next week. few including that bruiser on the Link: www.newrivertrophy- trusty ale' fly rod. It was great Shepherd will be joining the Mountain East Conference in the 2013-14 school year. WILLIAM RANSOM Gabriel becomes Shepherd basketball assistant Eric Gabriel, an assistant Gabriel replaces Casey Laramie (OH) High School, men's basketball coach atWeitzel, who took an assis- and Alexander (OH) High Mount Olive College (NC) for tant coaching post at Azuza School. the past three years, has been Pacific. The new SU assistant grad- named to the staff of Shepherd Prior to coaching at Mount uated from and played bas- head basketball coach Justin Olive, Gabriel held positions ketball for four years at West Namolik. at Methodist University, Fort Liberty. Marshall will have two Penn nior linebacker, and Devon for the 2012 season. State transfers in uniform when Smith, a senior wide receiv- In 2011, Smith has 25 pass it faces West Virginia on Sept. er, took advantage of the receptions for 402 yards and 1 in the season opener for both NCAA decree that any Penn two touchdowns for the Nitta- football teams. State player could transfer ny Lions He also is a kick re- Derrick Thomas, a ju- and immediately be eligible turn specialist. t Ligament FROM PAGE B8 Neild actually made himself a player the NFL would want with his take-charge showings, espe- cially in the bowl game. Seventh-round draft selections in the NFL don't receive guaran- teed contracts. If they are cut, so be it. Neild had to stay healthy. . and be a playmaker to be kept by the Redskins. In the season opener last year against the New York Giants, Neild had sacks and did well enough on the kickoff team to earn the confidence of the coach- es. He went on to stay healthy. And he played some in all 16 games. But "The Beard" won't be playing at all this year. A tom ACL while he was participating in 11 -on- 11 drills brought him down The usual rehabilitation time h ~n injury is six months to a year. Instead of trying to break through blockers and reg- istering sacks this winter, Neild will be lifting weights and doing drills shown him by a rehab spe- cialist. Shepherd FROM PAGE B8 with the NCAA organization when it comes to the football cre- dence the league holds In the an- nual NCAA Division II football playoffs, the WVIAC has not re- ceived at-large bids and only the conference champion enters the national playoffs. Both Shepherd and West Vir- ginia Wesleyan had 9-2 football records in 2011 and neither of them was given a berth in the na- tional playoffs. Shepherd had reached the na- tional semifinals in 2010. Amos has gotten West Lib~ erty football games on a region- al cable network. Now he has a calendar year to get some of the Mountain East Conference games on a similar regional ca- ble network i On August 16, the Sleepy Hollow Ladies played "Mystery Holes" (the eighth on the front side and the 10th on the was second with a 27 and Lynne Wiseman was third with a 28. Three Ladies had 15 putts each -- Dot Sager, Dr: Mameerati and Carole Daly. C o!e Daly birdied the 16th hole, The Ladies are simultaneously ; playing the Club Cham- : pionship as well. The last i four players in the First Flight of the Club Chain- vsl Lynne Peggy Sowers vs, Dabble DeLeonardo, The last two in the Second Flight are Maggie Whitehair vs. Dot Sager. Moreland i-seeded team. After getting game's winner and celebrated as Cookman took other.honors. FROM PAGE B8 through the first round of playoff the league's playoff champion. The 2013 Flagler season in games, the Lightning saw De- . When the league handed out the Peach Belt Conference will land in the finals, its awards to reward those indi- be Moreland's last year as a col~ During the mid-season The Leesburg vs. Deland series viduals whose seasons were war- legiate player break for the league's All- went to a final game inside Trap- thy of public notice, Moreland He will have been to the junior Star game, Moreland had icana Field, home of the Ameri- had his name called, college national playoffs at Fred,- played left field for one of the can League Tampa Bay Rays He was named Leesburg's erick played two summers ill teams. In the playoff series finale, Most Valuable Player as players Winchester two years for Fla- Leesburg entered the Moreland clubbed a home run in from North Carolina State,'~fam- gler and the summer of 2012 league's playoffs as the No. "The Trap", but Deland was the pa, Florida Atlantic, and Bethune- for the Leesburg Lightning. Unbeatens seniors Rynal Newman, Darrod quately fill his linebacker spots? excellent facilities and a thirst Doleman, and Geoffrey Walk- Opponents were successful at for winning games no matter the FROM PAGE B8 er surrounding King as a run- running and throwing against the sport or the season ning back and wide receivers, Cougars. And all of them except Support from the families of eral girls sports in 2011), the Cougars do possess enough Keyser scored enough points to players is always present And Jefferson faces a Wolverine speed at the skill positions, defeat Jefferson interest in the school's athletic team that won last year's sea- Casey McDonald and Sean Special teams have been just programs is very high even from son opener between the two Spotts are two senior linemen as problemed for (~oach Mills outside the school's student pop- schools who played extensively in 2011. Finding a quality long snapper ulation. The Wolverines were 3-6 Jefferson had one win last sea- is the first order of business And Woodgrove is missing some of last season and at times gave son and will have to find both of- then finding a player with some its better athletes from the 2011 up over 40 points to some of fensive and defensive linemen in punting skills follows closely, team but the Wolverines will the teams that beat them. order to show marked improve- With "Newman to return kick- be competitive and spirited again Andrew King is the soph-ment. offs and punts,the Cougars could this season omore, first-year starter at The defensive secondary has threaten opponents with his open- Unbeaten Untied. Can either quarterback. King did play experience and quickness. How field ability. Washington or Jefferson be im- some as a freshman. Withwill Coach Richard Mills ade- Woodgrove is a school with pressive? I