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1 8 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE -Thursday, October 28, 1999 Morgantown's Ryan Clawges Boys Soccer tied the game and it stayed that way until only 2:48 was left in the continued from page 15 fourth quarter. Clawges then Carter during a fast-paced first part scored on a header that sent the of the opening quarter. Cougars to their third loss to the But Carter and his backline defen- Mohigans in sectional play since sire mates kept the net unsoiled by 1996. a Martinsburg shot, weathering Jefferson had survived a first near-misses and seeing Jonathan half that saw the Mohigans make Byers block away a point-blank one offensive wave after another effort by Ryan Morris. end in good shots at Jefferson goal- Near the conclusion of the first keeper Kyle Carter. Carter made period, Garrett Budd scored what stops on corner kicks, throw-ins would prove to be the game's only from near the end line and even a goal and changed the tenor of the lone offensive player coming at him game for the rest of the raw-nerved with no defender near. afternoon. The Cougars had gained their 1- For the game's last three periods, 0 lead when Mike Nau found the Martinsburg managed a meager two net with a shot as the Mohigan shots at Carter and the Jefferson goalkeeper may have been at least defense, partially obstructed by a group of Struggle as they might, neither players around him. team could really sustain any real Nau's shot dribbled between the offense or menace the opponents legs of the Morgantown stopper. goal. Martinsburg had just one And it stood up as Carter legitimate shot the rest of the way, stopped shot after shot. misfiring from 15-yards out at the Jefferson had another valid nine-minute mark of the fourth scoring opportunity in the first half period, when Eric Brown got near the Morgantown used a huge shot right side of the goal and tried a advantage throughout Tuesday's header that was just deflected--- sectional finale to finally score two but not cleared---and was recov- second-half goals and trump ered by a Cougar who just missed Jefferson's only goal that had theleft corner of the net. helped the Cougars to a lead after Jefferson had several impeded the first half. shots in the last few minutes, but In winning 2-1, the Mohigans couldn't score. move on to the one-game regional The loss was just the third of the and vindicate their third-rated sta- season for the Cougars, but unfor- tus in the latest state poll. tunately ended their season. I I I Oakland's James Jett, a Jefferson High grad, caught a lasto minute pass for the winning TD in the Raiders win over the Jets on Sunday. 44 West Virginia's leading scorer from last season should get front court help this bas- ketball season from Calvin Bowman. Goree was double- teamed in many Big East games last year and had his point production lessened by the league's teams. The Moun- taineers must play in Charles- ton, Wheeling, and Fairmont instead of Morgantown this season. By Bob Madison front court. He is now available. "The Cat" has been around some Two freshman guards are also 59 years, is heading into his 22rid expected to be in the rotation that season at West Virginia, and has let has seven players doing 99% of the college basketball take him to most playing. comers of this world. Tim Lyles from Mt. Zion Academy But even '~['he Cat" has never wit- (NC) and Keith Kincade from nesses a season like he is about to Compton (CA) will be given every undertake, opportunity to stay in the playing Chased from Morgantown by rotation. Another freshman, Kent cancer-causing asbestos crystalline Dennis from Reseda (CA), is expect- fibers at the Coliseum, the vagabond ed to make the team as are Brad Mountaineers must play "home" McMillian and John Oliver. games in Charleston, Wheeling, and Gone from last year's 10-19 team Fairmont. for various reasons are Tom Beynon, Even practices must be held away Elton Scott, Javis Johnson, Jarett from the 29-year old Coliseum. Kearse, and others who got little or A portable basketball floor has no playing time. been installed in the shell building If Calvin Bowman, Tim Lyles, and where West Virginia must now hold Keith Kincade are reasonable --- not its practices, great --- players, West Virginia No home court advantage, shouldn't be bothered by its travel- No 5,000 raucous voices menacing ing ways. If Gaither doesn't recover Connecticut or Syracuse. enough to take his five fouls a game No Jerry West Lounge to hold or if Armstead is kept away from press conferences following games, playing, West Virginia will lose a How can "The Cat" be expected few it probably could have otherwise to beat Wofford, Robert Morris, gotten. McNeese State, James Madison, or The non-conference schedule is Bowling Green? squishy soft on purpose. Most of the transplanted home Nobody wants to lose 19 games games are in Charleston, where two years running. West Virginia annually faces This team can't play with Marshall anyway. Connecticut or St. John's on most Big East rivals Miami, Pittsburgh, nights anyway. Georgetown, and Syracuse will play Will it lose games in Charleston it in Charleston along with non-confer- would have won in Morgantown? I ence foes Marshall, Wofford, Ohio doubt it. University, Bowling Green, and Will it better last year's nadir James Madison. season? The Wheeling Civic Center finds Against Wofford, McNeese State, West Virginia waiting for McNeese Robert Morris, James Madison and State, St. John's, Providence, Boston Bowling Green for starters, one College, and Rutgers on the final would think so. day of the regular season. Can you How about the Big East race? imagine Senior Day having to be Connecticut, St. John's, Seton held inWheeling? Hall, Miami, Georgetown, and Fairmont gets two exhibitions Villanova are better than West against California All-Stars and Virginia. Australia as well as a regular sea- I~ this another "Young Guns" son game against Robert Morris. team? Is this another "Sweet 16" Of the 26 regular season games, team? Or is this a team who will only 11 are played at the opponent's have excuses made for it because place, 15 games are in the three asbestos chased it all over the homes away from home but still countryside? within the state. Only time and a revolving roster Non-conference games truly on will tell. the road are at Tennessee, at East But don't buy into the notion that Carolina, and at Virginia Tech. playing games in Charleston, The practices started on Saturday, Wheeling, or Fairmont is akin to October 16 and Lionel Annstead having no home court, no home was missing because he had been crowd, no chance. suspended and Jemar Gaither was Ask McNeese State or Wofford if not able to practice because of a they could have beaten West stress fracture in his leg. Virginia if the game had been Significant returnees are Marcus played on the moon. Goree, Chris Moss, and Brooks The schedule is there to be beaten, Berry. no matter where many of the games Calvin Bowman, ineligible last are played. These teams would not have been scheduled if they season after coming from a junior were college, is expected to start in the thought to be anything other than ] cannon fodder. By Ted Black der. First she won her non-winners Reynolds and Its Binn Too Long She may not be the most talented of two lifetime, then non-winners of have accounted for both the Sadie horse on the grounds, although that three, then four, before trying Hawkins and the Cavada Stakes. remains to be seen, but the fact that stakes. Casey never downplayed Its Binn Its Binn Too Long could complete But Its Binn Too Long was han- Too Longs health, noting prior to her perfect three-year-old campaign dled flawlessly by Casey. She won the Cavada that the filly was not with a victory in the $75,000 seven straight races against gradu- doing as well as he liked. Cavada Stakes on a night when she ally tougher opponents, under three But when the gate opened in the was clearly not 100 percent perhaps different jockeys, all of whom admit- Cavada Stakes, Its Binn Too Long indicates that she is one of the ted that they were merely along for broke sharply and she dueled out- gamest horses around, the ride. side of Katie Picks Her through the Its Binn Too Long concluded her Travis Dunkelberger, who is still first turn and down the backside. sophomore season with seven wins recovering from a July spill at Entering the far turn, Its Binn Too in seven starts. Along the way she Laurel, rode Its Binn Too Long to Long surged to command without a won three stakes, two of them her first three wins. hint of urging from Reynolds and against older rivals, and she devel- "I thought Its Binn Too Long was she cruised home four lengths clear oped into the track's leading con- ready for stakes company thatalthough her action was not very tender for Horse of the Year despite night," Dunkelberger said. "She fluid. dealing with quarter cracks, was that good. I never asked her to "Larry did a good job getting her "She wasn't 100 percent when she run." around the track," Casey said. "He won the Cavada, but she was still Since Dunkelberger's accident, knew she wasn't all right, so he good enough to win," Casey said. jockey Larry Reynolds has had the didn't get ai~r her too much. When Its Binn Too Long epitomized the mount aboard Its Binn Too I~ng in I bring her back next year, we might classic way that horses are supposed three of her last four starts, guiding look for some races out of town for to be brought along. She broke her her to victories in both the Sadie her. But well try to keep her togeth- maiden at first asking on May 16, Hawkins and the Cavada Stakes. er for the Sadie Hawkins and the then she climbed the condition lad- In their other two starts together, Cavada next fall." Shepherd finished 10th out of 14 schools in the Ocean City Invi- tational. Ross Shapiro had rounds of 79 and 79 to pace Shepherd. Ja- son Pierson had rounds of 81 and 79 as Shepherd's second-best fin- isher. Binghamton (NY) won the tour- nament, which had Delaware and 10 Division III schools. Shepherd closed its fall season with a win in the Shenandoah Uni- versity Invitational. Pierson carded a 71, Aaron Mueller a 76, and Shapiro a 77. Matt Sullivan had an 84, while Rob Dennis also carded an 84. Pierson finished with a season's average of 77.25. Shapiro averaged 80.17, and Mueller, 80.25. Oakland's NFL Raiders, strug-pulled out the win. gling to regain owner A1 Davis' credo couldn't have won or of "Commitment to Excellence", field goal and had to defeated the New York Jets, 24-23, touchdown to win. They when West Virginia University and Jett had four Jefferson High wide receiver James and totaled 58 yards on Jett took a five-yard pass from quar- tions. Oakland's Tim terback Rich Gannon in the game's Gannon's favorite target, last minute. 11 passes for 190 yards, The Raiders, now 4-3, had trailed going 20-3 late in the third period but The Jets led at the Gannon rallied them to three touch- before scoring the first 10 downs in the final 16 minutes, the second half. Gannon's pass to Jett came with Gannon then threw but 26 seconds remaining and to Brown and Jett. By Bob Madison Showcases. Area Code Games. Playing the best competition. It all paid offfor Jimmy Rhodes, Jefferson senior right-handed pitcher who let talent evaluators see him in fall baseball ever since his freshman year. This past summer, Rhodes went to Wilmington, NC for an "East Coast Showcase" and was seen by many of the colleges in Division I's top 40. Among those who were im- pressed was Oklahoma State head coach Tom Holliday. Later, Rhodes was in Long Beach, CA and played in the week- long Area Code Games, being seen by Oklahoma State pitching coach and ex-major leaguer John Farrell. Oklahoma State is a baseball fixture at the College World Series in Omaha and was there again this past season. The Cowboys have been in the NCAA Regionals, a tournament leading directly to the College World Series for 19 straight sea- sons and have won over 40 games for 19 straight seasons. Holliday has been the head coach in Stillwater for four years. Holliday offered Rhodes a schol- arship after an official visit last weekend. Rhodes has made a verbal com- mitment to OSU. He can sign the "grant-in-aid" during the early signing period which is from No- vember 10 through November 17. Randy Rhodes, Jimmy's father, says one of the reasons selecting Oklahoma that the Cowboys have cant number of senior this coming season's will need new arms for year, Rhodes' freshman "He received letters colleges and made official i LSU and West Virginia Oklahoma State "Stillwater is in It has a po and the school has students," Randy said. Holliday and Rhodes pitch a total of and are in agreement that one of the top 30 pitching I the country. He show cases, pitched in Code Games, and is of the most physical pitchers in the country." Neither Holliday nor can comment on receive his signed the mail. "Jimmy seriously Clemson, but they signed pitchers this year. He uled possible trips to East Carolina, and after he returned from State last weekend, he much made up his mind." Rhodes is expected to this coming June in the draft and could into professional baseball. If not, he's a Cowboy week of November 10. Jimmy Rhodes will letter.of-intent with State during the week vember 10-17. here in his Orioleland Jockey Leslie Cromer has recovered from a summer enough to post several wins on horses whose odds were than 20-1. Cromer also has been winnning for trainer Berry.