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" PAGE Sports Wednesday, October 3, 2012 BOB MADISON Hook 'em. Longhorns and the burnt orange uniforms. The Longhorn Network and athletic director DeLoss Dodds. Darrell Royal Stadium and the fringed sleeves of the hundreds in the University of Texas march- ing band. Unbeaten for Coach Mack Brown, long enough in Austin that the brown hair he brought with him from North Carolina has slowly turned gray. And into the Valley of Death in Austin march the eighth-ranked - West Virginia University Moun- taineers. Maybe "march" isn't the cor- rect word when describing the unbeaten, untied Mountaineers. Maybe it should be coming in on the wings of the 70 points needed to bump past the Bay- lor Bears. Those 70 points were mostly provided by quarterback Geno Smith and his so-far lethal wide receivers Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin. Now Baylor had 63 points with its quick-paced offense. But 63 points just weren't enough. Not with Smith pitching for eight touchdowns while completing 45 of 51 passes. Smith has thrown for more than 1,700 yards in just four games. What is absolutely incredible is that he has not thrown an inter- ception. None of his passes has bounced off the chest of an in- tended receiver and popped into the hands of a defender. No interceptions for Smith. Bailey catches enough of Smith's dartsto amass more than 300 yards and score "five times against the Bears. Austin caught about a dozen himself. West Virginia is 4-0. It's. only game away from Mountain- eer Field was at FedEx FieJd in Landover, Md., a neutral site for the $2.3 million-payday game against James Madison. Playing in Austin will be an adventure. The high-rise stadium seats 100,119 and the record crowd in there was more than 101,000 for a game against the Rice Owls. The student body numbers over 50,000 and the faculty and staff has over 24,000 people. Texas is unbeaten, having opened its Big 12 schedule with a road victory in Stillwater against Oklahoma State last Saturday. Mack's Longhorns beat Oklaho- ma State, 41-36. The Longhorns own other wins against Wyo- ming, New Mexico, and the Ole Miss Rebels. Texas is ranked llth. It has a much-improved quarter- back in David Ash and it trumpets the quality of its defensive ends, Jackson Jeffcoat and Alex Okafor. West Virginia has yet to run much at all. But when your quar- terback is pitching for more than 600 yards, running seems unnec- essary. It will become necessary. Possibly as soon as Saturday night at 7 p.m. when the Long- horns and Mountaineers begin their Big 12 struggle on the Fox Network. I TIRE, TOWING & AUTO CARE CENTER, INC. presents the Cougar Male Cross Country Player: Ryan Graf Ryan has won different cross country meets this fall and helped the Cougars to a No. 2 ranking in the state. He is the Cougar Male Athlete of the Week. Way to go, Ryan! Like us ....................... on Facebook 866-766-1495 51 Industrial Park Rd., Off Rt. 28, Romney, W.Va. 26757 Like us on Facebook t Cannon FROM PAGE B1 A look at the divisional align- ment for the 2012 season had Luray, Winchester, Front Royal, Haymarket, Strasburg and Wood- stock in the North and Waynes- bore, Harrisonburg, Rockbridge, Covington, Staunton, and New Market in the South. The Charles Town Cannons will be in the North Division. Now a not-for-profit league, the Valley Baseball League has all 12 of its franchises as individ- ual not-for-profit organizations. Each team plays a 44-game unbalanced schedule with more games against divisional rivals than teams from the other side. After the regular season is end- ed in late July, a fast-paced play- off system is instituted. The team winning the post-season playoffs is declared the league champion. The Harrisonburg Turks were the 2012 league champions. Luray finished the past sum- mer in fifth place in the South Division and was not involved in the postseason because the top four finishers in each division's regular season standings quali- fied for the playoffs. Losing their last seven games of the summer left the 2012 Wranglers with a 16-26 record. When the franchise had Mike Bocock as its head coach for nearly a decade, it won league championships in 2006, 2008, and 2010. Bocock was removed as Wranglers' head coach during the 2012 season. Fuller said he was inspired to bring the team to this area be- cause of the successful baseball career of Jefferson High coach John Lowery. He has brought a rich tradition of baseball to this area, Fuller said. "He is a baseball icon. To have his support means so much to bringing the Valley League to Charles Town and to Jefferson County and to the Panhandle." Lowery will serve on the team's board of directors. Steve Sabins will be the team's new general manager and recruit- ing coordinator. Sabins actually was the head coach with the Win- chester Royals last season when that franchise' had the league's best regular season record. Bobby Rauh will be the Can- nons' head coach. Rauh was an assistant coach under Sabins at Winchester in 2012. The newly-moved Cannons will play their home games at Sager Field on the grounds of Jef- ferson High. Since bleacher space and fixed seating is limited at that facility, some measures to in-, crease the number of permanent seats will probably be made. In another Valley League fran- chise move related to Luray's coming to Jefferson County, the Haymarket team will move to Aldie next summer and play its games at Champe High School. Jefferson High graduates have played in the league. Jeff Reyn- olds, Brian Collins, and Brett Me- " reland have spent summers in the league. Shepherd's contribution to the league's rosters have includ- ed Nathan Minnich, Matt McCa- rty, Nash Hutter, Josh Wenderoth, Anthony Jackson, and Collins. John Lowery and his son, John Lowery, Jr., have both been head coaches for the Winchester fran- chise in the recent past. Winchester had four players from West Virginia University on its roster this summer. The team in the far-flung league use 1-81 as their main route of travel. The Charles Town team will be more than three hours from Covington, lo- cated near Clifton Forge on 1-64 in west-central Virginia. North Division teams only had to travel to both Covington and Rockbridge one time during the 2012 season. League rosters are limited to 26- 28 players and teams add and de- lete players throughout all of the 44-game schedule. If players are in- volved in NCAA or NAIA playoffs, they could miss games when the season begins during the final days of May or the first week in June. Each league franchise tries to heavily involve the community's businesses and surrounding area commerce, especially with ad- vertising signs on outfield fenc- es, sponsorship of particular home games, and offering mer- chandise and gift certificate give- aways during the summer. Average attendance at Luray games was between 200 and 275 people in 2012, while Winchester often had crowds of between 425 and 550 people. Many of the franchises also use high school playing fields as their home grounds. All of the teams play on lighted fields. Most of the games start at 7 'p.m. Specific dates are reserved for make-up games and each team has offdays built into its schedule. There is an all-star game played against the Cal Ripken League during a mid-season break. Season tickets are available and civic organizations along with non-profit groups in other league cities have offered small blocks of free or reduced-priced tickets to fans. The Cannons will be firing this summer. , Jefferson County will have its first Valley Baseball League franchise. And some of the players com- ing in will no doubt have profes- sional baseball careers in front of them. And some could even reach the Major Leagues like a number of Valley League alumni already have. Surging Patriots blank Martinsburg, 3-0 Using much of the momen- tum it had achieved in winning the Fort Hill Invitational vol- leyball tournament on Sept. 22, Washington continued its mid- "season surge with a 3-0 win over visiting Martinsburg last Tuesday, The Patriots won the three games in the match by scores of 25-15, 25-22, and 25-20. In the first game, Wash- ington's Michelle Sieminski scored on six straight serves to help the Patriots get off on a winning note. Beata Lien- hard contributed crucial kills in that initial game. In the sec- ond game, Sieminski had four service points and Alexus Bon- ner had five service points for the Patriots. Washington broke away from a 22-22 tie to win the game. Lea Cook had important points in the third game with her serving. Alycia Lambert's serves helped the Patriots ex- tend a slender lead near the middle of the game. 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" Paid for by the Committee to Re-Elect M.R Rissler Magistrate, Rebecca Jonas,Treasurer. / Complete Vehicle Repair CoMer l Bflcigestone/Flrestone Dealer | ~~: " Computerized Dlogno~lics I TIRE, TOWING & AUTO CARE CENTER, INC. Alignments I Shuttle Sen, Ice I 304.876.6835 To ng se, ce I I I M0n. - Fd. 8om to 6pm I Soturdoy 8am to ] 2 noon I Sundoy Closed presents the Cougar Female Cross Country Player: Abby Colbert Abby, a freshman, won a tri-meet on the cross country course at Sam Michaels Park. She is the Cougar Female Athlete of the Week. Congratulations, Abby! L/iiiiii:?/%iii 4 , i