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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE- Thursday, November 13, 2008 11 By Bob Madison running forms of seniors Dewey only 13 times for 179 yards and third score of the half gave the McDonald and Brandon Hyler three touchdowns, cruise-control Cougars a jolt of The "old" school not only had gave Jefferson its early points Hyler blunted any possible six-point electricity that car- a distinct advantage in experi- . . . and then added more in a Washington comeback when heried them to a 21-7 lead at the ence but it also had a real edge second half where the Cougars turned an improvised run that half. in the team speed and quick- left no doubt as to which team saw him nearly downed deep After McDonald went 20 ness of its so-called "skilr' play- was going to complete its sea- in his own backfield into a 31- yards nearly midway through ers. son with some late success,yard score in the final minute the third period, Jefferson had The "old" school is Jefferson. Once McDonald ran for of the first half. showed its renewed interest The "new" school is now Wash- scores of 25- and 39-yards in Washington had moved to and had taken a 28-7 lead that ington. The two county high the first period; it was evident within 14-7 with a short Brad- made Washington's already schools had their first football Washington would need a fist- ley Jackson TD run early inPaul Bunyan-like task all the meeting last Friday in Shenan- ful of touchdowns or some kind the second period. But Hy- more improbable. doah Junction. And it was the of net to harness the Jefferson ler's scramble for Jefferson's Just minutes later, Casey "old" school literally running runner. Washington never fully away with a42-7 win over the found the means to curtail Mc- first-year program. Donald's surge in his last high Speed and elusiveness in the school game because he rushed Johnson put some additionaleffectiveness of both McDon- gunpowder to the Patriots col- ald and Hyler was just another umn of special teams' defend- Jefferson problem the Patriots ers when he wove his way back had no way of solving. some 63 yards on a scoring puntr eturn. ~ ~i~ ~ Johnson's speed added to the :: By Bob Madison Coming off a record-setting season, the Shepherd women's bas- ketball team has been selected to finish third for the upcoming season by a vote of the WVIAC coaches. Shepherd not only won the conference's regular season cham- pionship with an 18-2 record, but coach Jodie Runner's team also was extended the school's first-ever post-season bid to an NCAA Regional. With a 24-7 overall record, the Lady Rams won two of those games in the Division II Regional when they trimmed both West Liberty (65-56) and Mt. Olive (74-66) before finally falling to Cali- fornia (86-71). Runner had to say goodbye to no fewer than six seniors from her 2007-08 team. Starters Laura Harkins, Rebecca Frece, and Tiffa- ny Acker were joined by reserves Nyha Zamora, Molly Land, and Michelle Van Dyke in all playing their final season while the Lady Rams won the school's second regular season title. Shepherd won a game in the WVIAC tournament, but then lost to West Virginia Wesleyan and had to wait for the bid to NCAA Re- gional. There are actually three starters returning this season. Anna Kauffman was able to play only two games last year before a knee injury brought a premature finish to her season. Kauffman was a regular during the 2006-07 season and is now back to reclaimher place as a starter. In her last full season, Kauffman averaged over eight points a game and had about three steals per game. Last year's leading scorer, Katie Warehime, is now a senior. The 6-foot-1 Warehime shot 52-percent from the field and 77-percent from the foul line in averaging 14.6 points and 5.8 rebounds a game. A multi-year starter is guard Krissy Grosselin. The conference's leading free throw shooter in 2006-07, Grosselin made 75-percent of her foul shots last year and averaged 11.6 points a game. Senior Colleen Shumaker will be in her second year at Shep- herd. There were actually 14 starts in Shumaker's junior season where she averaged 6.1 points, but made only 61-percent of her free throws. The 6-foot center averaged 6.2 rebounds a game. Sophomore guards Carrie Saunders and Jerica Hewett contrib- uted inconsistently to the championship season, but both were more frequent help in the season's last few weeks. Saunders did well in the WVIAC tournament and then made significant contri- butions in the NCAA regional. She averaged 4.7 points and made 74-percent of her free throws. Hewett scored at a 2.9 clip and had 26 steals for her freshman season. The other upperclassman who could contribute is junior center Camille Wilmer. Wilmer scored at a 2.6 rate, but has had contin- ual problems making free throws, finishing last season with a 42- percent success rate at the foul line. Runner has five freshmen. Jenn Prine is a 5-foot-6 guard from Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania. Melissa Furr is another guard. Furr stands 5-foot-9 and played at Chantilly High in Northern Virginia. Another 5-foot-9 guard is Katie Biggs, who played in high school at Glenelg in Howard County, Maryland. The only front court freshman recruit is 6-foot Shelby Fayak from Willowick, Ohio. Hannah Safren is a 5-foot-6 guard who attended Highland High in Virginia. Shepherd once had a 13-game winning streak last season as it steadily rose through conference standings and finally was re- warded for its perseverance with a WVIAC title. The rest of the WVIAC coaches must believe that the Lady Rams have the same sort of reserve strength as they showed last season. With Warehime, Kauffman, Grosselin, Hewett, Shumaker, Saun- ders, and Wilmer, there could be seven possible contributors. Will any of the five freshmen be able to do what some of the three 2007-08 starters did? And both Zamora and Land came off Runner's bench to provide an additional lift at times. Shepherd's shiny 2008 season finish made the rest of the coun- try take notice. In the latest pre-season rankings, the Lady Rams were 25th in Division II. There will be 12 home games and 10 of them will be in the WVI- AC's regular season. One highlight of this year's schedule is a two-game sunshine spree in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 17 and 18. Shepherd will fly away to the islands for games against Montana State-Billings and Brigham Young-Hawaii. The 27-game season begins at the Stonehill (Massachusetts) Tournament when Shepherd plays host Stonehill on November 15 and then Assumption on November 16. There will be four games in November at the Butcher Center on campus. The visiting teams for those dates are Cheyney (Pennsyl- vania), West Liberty, Columbia Union, and Charleston. West Lib- erty and Charleston are WVIAC games. The other home games are all against conference opponents. The Lady Rams play 20 league games, facing West Liberty, pre-season favorite Fairmont, Pitt-Johnstown, Salem, and Seton Hill twice. The other league games at the Butcher Center will be against Ohio Valley, West Virginia State, Davis & Elkins, and A1- derson-Broaddus. Flying to Hawaii for a pre-Christmas present of sorts could be considered a reward for last season's record-setting ways. Now if some of the freshmen can surface as contributing play- ers, the Lady Rams could prove themselves worthy of their 25th- place pre-season ranking. By Bob Madison Justin Namohk will be familiar with everything about the WVI- AC. But he will not be sitting in a familiar seat when the Shep- herd Rams open their season on Saturday, November 15 at their Butcher Center against Fayetteville (North Carolina) State. Namolik was named Shepherd's "interim" head coach during the early summer when Ken Tyler left to become the athletic di- rector at West Virginia Wesleyan. After two years as Shepherd's full-time assistant coach, Namo- lik's 2008-09 team returns all the starters from last season and has five recruits coming in, two of which are former junior college players. Last year's team completed a 16-13 season with a loss to Alder- son-Broaddus in the quarterfinals of the WVIAC tournament. The Rams were 9-11 in their 20-game conference season. Shep- herd had 16 home games in the 2007-08 season. When the 16 conference coaches came together for a pre-season meeting, Shepherd was selected to finish eighth this season. West Virginia State (20-10 last season) was the coaches' pick to win this year's championship. Annual power Alderson-Broaddus (26- 7) was selected second with Pitt-Johnstown (23-8) and West Lib- erty (23-6) being tabbed for third and fourth. Pitt-Johnstown was the regular-season champion in its first year of eligibility in 2007-08. Also selected by the league coaches to finish ahead of Shepherd are Charleston (19-10), Fairmont (19-10), and Seton Hill (12-15). The last eight schools (in order) were Concord, Wheeling Jesuit, Davis & Elkins, Glenville, West Virginia Wesleyan, Ohio Valley, Salem, and Bluefield. In Tyler's eight years at Shepherd, his teams never finished higher than seventh and never reached the tournament's semifi- nals. But if experience is the necessary ingredient to moving forward in the conference standings then the Rams qualify on that count. Sophomore forward Liki Turner was the team's leading scorer (14.6) and rebounder (8.9) as the Rams finished toward the middle of the conference standings. Turner converted 51-percent of his field goal tries. The 6-foot-6 Turner is joined by holdover senior center Justin Jarman, a 6-foot-8 transfer from Virginia Military Institute, who was at Shepherd for his first season in 2007-08. Jarman averaged 13.7 points and seven rebounds a game while shooting 55-percent from the field but only 45-percent from the foul hne. The point guard will again be 6-foot-2 senior Fred Lymas, who will be in his third season at Shepherd since transferring from Morgan State. Lymas started all 29 games a year ago. Derek Gallagher had 13 starts -- most of them in the second semester -- last season. Gallagher is a 6-foot-2 junior who aver- aged 8.5 points a game while making 35-percent of his shots. Jona- than Motichka started 19 times. The 6-footer scored 9.9 points and made 39-percent of his shots and led the Rams in scoring in sev- eral games. Sophomore Abdullah Dosu (6-foot-5) actually started 11 times last year. He scored 5.7 points and averaged 3.8 rebounds while shooting 51-percent from the field. Senior point guard Duncan Williams (5-foot-ll) started seven games and scored 3.9 points while shooting 42-percent from the floor. The two first-year Rams from Montgomery-Germantown Com- munity College are 6-foot-6, 195-pound junior Tariq Uqdah and 5- foot-ll, 175-pound junior guard Tyrone Roach. Uqdah started at forward in the Rams' 87-52 loss to Virginia in an exhibition game last Sunday. Uqdah played 21 minutes, went 2-for-8 from the field, including 0-for-3 on three-point attempts. Roach went 0-for-8 from the field in 17 minutes as a reserve. Tory Wilson is a 6-foot-4, 190-pound redshirt freshman who played in high school at Seneca Valley in Montgomery County, Maryland. Wilson played one minute against Virginia. Tucker Lu- cas is a 5-foot-ll, 170-pound freshman point guard from Herndon High in Northern Virginia. Lucas played three minutes against the Cavaliers. Andrew Young is a 6-foot-4, 175-pound freshman from Ripley High listed on the roster. Young did not play in the ex- hibition game. Another holdover from last season is 6-foot-6 junior center Pier- rot Bendegue who played in seven games. This will be Bendegue's third year with the team. The Rams' starting lineup in the exhibition game against the Cavaliers had Uqdah, Turner, Jarman, Lymas, and Motichka. Virginia outrebounded the Rams, 60-37, as Jarman had 13 re- bounds. Shepherd will again play 20 WVIAC games, facing five teams - - Fairmont, Pitt-Johnstown, Salem, Seton Hill, and West Liberty -- twice and the other 10 teams just once. On opening night in the four-team tournament at the Butch- er Center, Shepherd will play Fayetteville State of the CIAA and Central State (Ohio) will play the University of the District of Co- lumbia. The next day (Sunday, November 16) the two winners and the two losing teams from November 15 will face each other in con- solation and championship games. There will be 15 home games in the 27-game schedule. The schedule has two first-semester conference games (Seton Hill and West Liberty) and other pre-Christmas games at the Butcher Center against Mercyhurst (Erie, Pennsylvania), Ship- pensburg, and Penn State-York. There will be seven home games in the November-December portion of the schedule. Namolik played collegiately at Columbia University in New York City after graduating from Wheeling Park High where his coach was Sam Andy. Shepherd has a different head coach and five recruits, but Namo- lik is surrounded by returning starters as he attempts to move the Rams past the teams that either won at least 20 games last season or jumped into the league and won the championship in its first year of ehgibility.