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12 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, November 13, 2008 BECKLEY -- Jefferson's quest for a second consecutive girls soc- cer state championship ended last Friday afternoon in Beckley when University High managed several feats no other team had been able to accomplish against the Lady Cougars during the 2008 fall season. The Lady Hawks held Jefferson scoreless And they dealt the Lady Cougars their first loss of what turned out to be a 23-game season In its 2-0 win, University kept Jefferson's top scorers -- Sarah Cogswell and Jenny Perry -- from ever taking aim at their goal- keeper. In fact, the Lady Cougars were able to take only one shot during the 80-minute match. The two teams had opened their respective regular seasons against each other and had played to a 2-2 tie in August. That tie game was only one of two the Lady Cougars couldn't win in a regu- lar season that saw them finish with a 20-0-2 record The Lady Hawks had employed an aggressive, physical style of soccer in that game, but were able to successfully show Jefferson an even more body-clashing style in Friday's state semifinals. University continually pressured any Jefferson player who at- tempted to control the ball and move it from the defensive end to- ward the University goal. It wasn't until late in the second half that the Lady Cougars could get to the Lady Hawks' penalty box in their attempts at looking for makable shot-attempts. University scored a goal in the first half when Kylie Sphar hus- tled to a corner kick that was loose in front of the Jefferson goal. Sphar actually slid to get enough control of her shot that scooted by Jefferson goalkeeper Melissa Taylor, giving University a 1-0 lead in the 38th minute of the first half. One goal appeared to be gold for the Lady Hawks, who had 17 shutouts in achieving a 19-2-2 record before seeing Jefferson a sec- ond time. When University's Alex Cranston scored with just six minutes having elapsed in the second half, the Lady Hawks had doubled Jefferson's trouble and taken a 2-0 lead. There was no releasing the pressure on Jefferson's defenders and University remained diligent whenever Jefferson tried to get out of its own end with a series of passes. The only shot-attempt Jefferson had was when Taylor Brown sent a shot off the goal in the first half. After Brown's attempt the University defensive quartet of Hillary Johns, Ashley Collins, Sphar, and goalkeeper Hillary Dewitt were enough to disrupt or halt any Jefferson offensive momentum. University had five shots in all. The game was the last for Jefferson coach Harold Bache, who had led Jefferson to three consecutive appearances in the state semifinals. Glenville Wins WVIAC Title Glemdlle topped visiting last three games by one point, Charleston, 50-20, to clinch frrst two points, and three points, had place in the final WVIAC foot- an overall record of 7-4 and was ball standings With the win not selected for the playoffs. the Pioneers finished with a 7-1 Charleston fell into a fourth- conference record and an over- place tie with West V'rrginia State. all mark of 8-3 The three losses Both those teams had 5-3 confer- kept the Pioneers from receiv- ence records, The Golden Eagles ing a bid to the NCAA Division were 7-4 overall and the Yellow II Super Region I playoffs. Six Jackets were 7-3 West V~n~inia teams received bids to the Su- State trimmed West %rrrginia Wes- per Region I postseason games leyan, 31-24, in overtime this past Seton Hill was tied for first Saturday.The Bobcats were 1-10 placeintheWVIACwithGlenville overall and 1-7 in WVIAC games. going into the season's last week- In the other game on the end. The Griffins were edged, 35- WVIAC's last weekend, Fair- 32, by West Liberty and fell into mont tripped winless Concord, a second-place tie with the Hill- 27-8, to finish with a 3-5 con- toppers at 6-2. The Griffins' over- ference record and 5-6 overall all record was 9-2 and gave them mark The Mountain Lions re- one of the six berths in the Super corded an 0-8 conference record Region I playoffs where they will record and were 0-11 overall. travel to Massachusetts to face Shepherd had already corn- American International. pleted its season with a 5-5 over- West Liberty, which won its all record and 3-5 WVIAC mark. Shepherd's Hairston, Lavin, The WVIAC has released its foot-Baker (Fairmont), and Sammy ball honors for the 2008 season. Tranks (Seton Hill) Glenville's Alan Fiddler was The defensive first-team had the Coach of the Year after the Shepherd senior end Mike Spie- Pioneers won the league cham- gelberg and sophomore corner- pionship with a 7-1 WVIAC re- back Deante Steele The re- cord. Glenville had an over- mainder of the defensive first- all record of 8-3. West Liber- team included linemen T. L. As- ty's Darren Banks was the De- bury (Charleston), Matt Gala- fensive Player of the Year after dyk (Seton Hill), and David Hill his seven pass interceptions left (Fairmont); linebackers Nate him with a conference career re- Black (Fairmont), Nick Hard- cord of 35. The Offensive Player ing (West Liberty), DeMichael of the Year is Glenville running Nesbitt (West Virginia State), back Jerry Seymour, who ran Andrew Eggleton (West Vir- for 2,282 yards this season ginia State), and Terrell Parker The 14-player All-WVIAC (Glenville); and backs Eric Turn- first team offense included er (Glenville), Xavier Drakeford Shepherd junior tackle Jere- (Charleston), and Darren Banks my Hairston and senior tight (West Liberty). end Ryan Lavin. Lavin missed The all-conference, first-team several games in the middle of special teams players included the season with an injury, but punter Zach Boyd (Concord), place did return for the season finale kicker Billy Hager (West Liber- against West Virginia State. ty), kick returner Deante Steele The remainder of the often- (Shepherd), and kick returner sive first-team included line- Sammy [Pranks (Seton Hill). men A. J. Erni (Seton Hill), Shepherd sophomore run- Matt Khouri (Fairmont), Mar- ning back Jimmy Sutch was cal Lazenby (Glenville), and placed on the all-conference, Chris Levy (Charleston); quar- second-team and senior nose terbacks DaRante Hunter tackle Mike Heatwole and ju- (Charleston) and David Wess nior safety Layton Hersh were (Seton Hill); running backs placed on the all-conference, Jerry Seymour (Glenville), second-team defense Branden Ore (West Liberty), Receiving "special honorable and Antwarn Jones (Seton mention" were Shepherd sopho- Hill); and wide receivers Ed- more receiver Raymond Mends and die Hills (West Liberty), Perry senior linebackerLouis Corum. By Bob Madison When the 1957-58 college basketball season began people were still excited about the national championship game that had end- ed the previous season in triple overtime fashion. North Carolina and coach Frank McGuire had beaten Kansas and sophomore cen- ter Wilt Chamberlain in three overtimes after winning in the na- tional semifinals with another three-overtime success against John- ny Green and Michigan State. North Carolina and its legion of New York-based players had com- pleted an unbeaten season The NCAA tournament was quickly be- coming one of America's most anticipated sporting events Out in Morgantown, coach Fred Schaus was winding up his bunch of full court-pressing, mostly undersized water bugs for another run at the Southern Conference championship and the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. West Virginia would enter the 1957-58 season with No. 8 national ranking. Schaus would gladly find room for his 6-foot-3 sophomore for- ward, Jerry West, who would be playing his first varsity season for the Mountaineers. While West would eventually become a premier guard in the NBA for some 14 seasons, he was a coveted rebounding and scoring forward at West V"rrginia. Schaus had back senior center Lloyd Sharrar, a 6-foot-10 team- first player who was one of Schaus's all-time favorites because of his quiet diligence and positive attitude toward the necessary work and running basketball teams need Sharrar would be the only true cen- ter Schaus ever coached at WVU and he was the near-perfect com- pliment to the 19-year-old West and the run-run-run guards Schaus sent out after any opponent. Bob Smith was a 6-foot-3 guard whose skills were used by Schaus to keep opponents from surrounding Sharrar and concentrating too heavily on West One of the few seniors was guard Joedy Gardner, a player who was not a bit worried about any situation that would give lesser competitors claustrophobia. Gardner usually scored in double figures and he al- ways ran until his tongue hung out and his tongue never hung out. Gardner was about 6-feet in length and 12-feet in quality hustle. Another sophomore was 6-foot-4 Willie Akers, a bruising sort who didn't have to be told by Schaus to run through a wall. Akers provided a nice body guard for Sharrar on the inside and he could be sent after any opp~ nenfs best inside scorer provided that scorer wasn't 6-foot-8 or taller. Don V"mcent had his scoring games. And he could also rebound even in crowded half-court situations. Schaus called on Bob Clousson (6-foot-8), Bucky Bolyard, and Ronnie Retton when relief was needed for the other six players in his rotation. Clousson fit right in. Often overlooked by opponents, Clousson re- bounded and made the few close-in shots he got. Bolyard would dive off the old Fieldhouse roof into the frigid Monongahela River in Jan- uary if he thought that is what Schaus wanted from him. No Moun- taineer player cared more about the success of WVU basketball than the 5-foot-ll vacuum from the tiny speck called Aurora in Preston County. Retton was a crowd favorite, what with his muscular 5-foot-6 frame draped around some guard from Pitt trying to get through the Mountaineer pressure defer/se. Schaus and his workaholic players went into December, 1957 with that No. 8 ranking in tow. The team's first six games were all played in the state of West V~lrginia. The season opened on December 3 in Morgantown and was toast- ed with a 109-50 win over Virginia Military Institute. Then Furman was chased out of the Fieldhouse on the heels of a 105-67 loss to the Mountaineers. The noise was palpable at the Fieldhouse when the Mountaineers crushed Penn State, 84-50. The fourth game of the season was played in Logan before a rabid crowd that hollered throughout a 68-52 win over v~rfl- liam & Mary. The next night, the Mountaineers stayed in the southern part of the state and bounced Washington & Lee, 74-69, in Fayetteville. Those games away from the Fieldhouse had not been runaways.And. neither would the next game be tike the wins over V.M.I. and Furman. On December 17, it took the Mountaineers an overtime session to finally ease past Richmond, 76-74 The record was 6-0, but the last three games had been fitful and without much success with the previously disruptive defense. West Virginia traveled to Lexington, Kentucky for tl{e country's much-saluted pre-Christmas event know as the University of Ken- tucky Invitational Tournament or UKIT. The UKIT meant more to Kentucky basketball than any Christmas season that ever visited the Bluegrass State. Held in sold-out Memo- rial Coliseum (12,500 loud bodies sealed in a sea of blue surround- ings) the whole scene was presided over by the Man in the Brown Suit, Adolph Rupp. Rupp already had three national championships to his credit, and it was always a toss-up as to whether Kentucky basketball, Kentucky thoroughbreds, or Kentucky bourbon was the most-revered of the state's traditions. Kentucky came to the 1957 UKIT with the No. 5 national ranking. Defending national champion North Carolina arrived in Lexington for the tournament with nation's No. 1 ranking. Rupp matched his "Fiddlin' Five" against the Mountaineers on the first night of the tournament. Kentucky had 6-foot-3 Vernon Hatton, 6-foot-4 Johnny Cox, 6-foot- 3 John Crigler, 6-foot Adrian Smith, and 6-foot-7 Ed Beck as its start- ers. Beck wasn't a scorer. He was often replaced by Don Mills. Phil Johnson was Rupp's only other partially-trusted reserve. Schaus and his 6-0 Mountaineers literally shocked the Memorial Coliseum crowd by taking a 47-32 lead at the half. Rupp had been a fast break innovator in his years as a teacher, but his team could not keep pace with WVU in the first half. In the second half, Cox and Smith and Hatton helped bring Kentucky back. West and Sharrar would finish the game with four fouls each Even though the thoroughly blistered 'Cats had lived past Rupp's halftime i'advice", they couldn't catch the Mountaineers Sharrar had 18 rebounds and scored 21 points in the 77-70 win. Smith totaled 17 points and had nine rebounds, while Vincent had 14 points and seven rounds West scored 15 points and claimed 10 re- bounds. The athletic Mountaineers had 50 rebounds that upset-pro- ducing night. In the UKIT fmals, it would be WVU against North Carolina. Carolina had not lost a game since the 1955-56 season. The Tar Heels would lose to the Mountaineers on December 21 on the neutral court Memorial Coliseum floor. West would score 14 points and take nine rebounds as West Vir- ginia defeated McGuire's team, 75-65, on that last Saturday before Christmas in 1957. When the national polls were revealed the next Monday, sitting atop the rankings was West Virginia. The No. 1-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers. It was the first time in school history any WVU team had risdn to No. 1 during any regular season And it took wins over Kentucky and North Carolina on successive nights to bring the Mountaineers to the pinnacle. There would be six straight wins following the UKIT. And then there was a 72-68 loss to Duke in Durham that snapped the all-win- ning streak Following that loss in Durham, the Mountaineers reeled off nine straight wins to close the regular season still ranked No. 1. In the Southern Conference tournament, the Mountaineers defeated Davidson (91-69), Richmond (81-70), and William & Mary (74-58) to en- ter the NCAA tournament with one loss and the nation's No. 1 ranking. West V~rrginia was playing well. But it would enter the NCAA tour- nament missing Don V'mcent who had been injured. Without Vin- cent, Schaus had to do without a valued scorer who could be matched with West, Sharrar, Smith, and Gardner to show the opposition five .scorers. Without V~mcent, the interchangeable nine-player rotation was whittled back to only eight In the NCAAtournament, West Virginia was sent to its usual first- round location -- New York City The opponent would be Manhattan, the locally-based Jaspers West Virginia pressured Manhattan. The Jaspers ran with the Mountaineers. A sizzling first half saw fouls be meted out to both teams by officials Lou Bello and John Nucatola. Points came in frequent sprees But so did the personal fouls. Manhat- tan got through WVU's press often enough to lead, 56-49, at the half. With starters on both sides having to retreat to the bench in foul trouble, the scoring and the running tempo slowed in the second half. On West Virginia's side, Jerry West fouled out, Lloyd Sharrar, fouled out, Willie Akers fouled out, Joedy Gardner fouled out, and Bob Smith finished with four fouls. On the Madison Square Garden floor at the very end for West V~rrginia were Bucky Bolyard, Ronnie Retton, Bob Clousson, Bob Smith, and the little-used Howie Schertz- inger. Vincent's injury had been vital in his not playing. And in Man- hattan's 89-84 win. The Jaspers had been called for 29 team fouls and had four players foul out -- the same as West Virginia. Manhattan went 35-for-49 at the foul line and the Mountaineers were 28-for-42. With the tournament loss to Manhattan, the season ended The 195.7-58 season would be the only time any WVU team had the nation's No. 1 ranking during the regular season. And it achieved that lofty perch by beating both Kentucky and North Carolina in the prestigious Kentucky Invitational. Rupp would find the ways to harvest the talents of his players to win his fourth national championship at the end of the 1957-58 season.