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SPORTS NEWS AND VIEWS FROM PAGE I FROM PAGE 1 high school football teams as well as the selection of players for all-state teams. Both are in dire need of an over-hauling of some kind .before they are completely discredited by laughter--and right out LOUD, we might a d. . * * * . *, * LARRY BURNS, Charles Town High s classy quarter- back, who would be a, most welcome addition to any Class AAA football teams backfield in West Virginia--(an observer who saw the Bluefield-Parkersburg champion- ship contest, took the time to tell us that Larry would have I iL ed into either teams back field without any diffi- culty at all)--has received offers to enroll at the Uni- versity of Miami, University of Virginia and V. M. I., but not a word has he received from our own West Virginia University athletic heads, who are apparently not in- terested in the'talented youngster... TALKING WITH A KEYSER resident who happened to be passing through town one day this week, the sub- ject of the Panther- Keyser football game was quick to , come up. Asked if he, the visitor, saw the game. He replied, yes, I did. Well, what did you think of our team and what about our quarterback Burns as that compared with your star QB Keedy? . . . Well, I'll tell you this my friend, 'this Keedy boy is a good football player and he s just about the entire Keyster team... It's different wi4h Charles Town, he went on to .say. They've got a good all-around football team and in Burns have a quar- terback who is just a little bit better all-around "than our oy Keedy... Now don't get me wrong, Keedy is a dandy little football player, but I'd have to say that Burns has it on him in many ways when it comes to throwing apass, backing up the line, running with the ball, etc.. Keedy is faster I believe, or I'll say he is faster than Burns, but it all Charles Town and Burns in the Keyser game." By the way, too bad you fellows were rooked out of a chance to play in the championship game.".. Then, he drove off... , * * * * * ROBBY FUNKHOUSER, a Charles Town boy and a history major at Washington and Lee University, wound up the year as the team s top scorer with 64 points, its second best ground-gainer with 258 yards on 61 carries-- a,handsome 4.2 average--and one of its top pass receivers with five catches for 70 yards. His total in points is the greatest W. & L. showing since Walt Mich els, fullback on the great Gator Bowl team, scored 89 points in 1950. Following the Washington game, the Generals held a locker room election of captains for the 1960 season. They picked tri-captains--two seniors and a junior--and one of the boys who will lead Washington and Lee next year is Robby Funkhouser. 'I know Robby will do a good job for us next year," says Coach McLaughlin. "He's been with us for three lean seasons and we're count- ing on him to help us to a real fat one in 1960." Robby is the son of Mrs. Ruth Funkhouser, of Charles Town, alnd Justin Funkhouser, of Hagerstown, Md. < BOB LEAVITT, boss-man at Shenandoah Downs, is back with us again after a Short vacation in sunny (but cold) Miami. The hustling general manager of America's best lighted race track i,s marking time until the West Virginia l cing Commission makes public the 1960 racing dates for the two local tracks and this announcement should come Thursday, December 10th if not before. Charles Town Race Couorse is all set to operate from December 16 through February 22 .... " FROM ROANOKE, VA., where he is a representative of the Shenandoah Life Insurance Company, Millard Trussell writes as follows: Dear Max Sure was happily surprised to see you state in your column last week that 'Carry Me Back To Old Virginny" sounded better and better all the time. The C.,H. S. foot- ball texan, over the years, has always wound up in exactly the same situation butnot so over on this side of the line. I remember Handley High playing Pinion down here one year for the championship and those two are about two hundred rai s apart I Tell all the supporters of V. P. I. that they are going to be in for another rough year 1960. V. M. I. only loses Sam Homer from this year's team and they are going to really have some power next year. From tim telecast of the Army-Navy game it would appear that N avy scouted V. M. I. on Thanksgiving since that game was almost a duplicate of the V. M. I. - V. P. I. game. Two thrillers in one week! If I don't make it to the Yokefellows between now and the Christmas season, I would like to wish you a very happy Christmas and the best of health and happiness in the New Year. Sincerely, MILLARD. (Editor's Note:---Millard is the son of former Mayor and Mrs. Millard C. Trusaell, of Ranson. Thanks, for the Roanoke Times story about John Brown. Enjoyed reading it.) Quick Results Use Classified Column. WILL GIVEN AWAY BY EACH CITIES SERVICE ~$&'S DEALER IN THIS AREA BE SURE TO STOP IN AND REGISTER AT YOUR CITIES SERVICE DEALER. COMPLIMENTS OF Jesse Riggleman, that grea't lit- tle guy who has done such a mag nificent job of winning friends mud influencing high school and college athletes as head coach at Shepherd College since 1956, had a real tribute paid to him Monday night by his football and basket- ball boys. The little grey-haired mentor was completely caught by surprise when he was ushered in- to the Shepherd College cafeteria about 7 p, m. and was greeted by! a rousing welcome at a dinner which was also attended by some' members of Vhe college faculty and representatives of the press and raQlo. Riggleman, one of the most pop ular coaches in the area, was lost for words as his boys had kept :this affair about as secretive as tony project or program ever stag ed at the college. The group had gathered in the cafeteria and were hard at work on a steak dinner when Billy 'Wireman, head basketball coach, Mrs. Wireman, Coach and Mrs. Jesse Riggleman and their daugh- ter came in. The Riggleman's were to have been guests of the Wireman's at a dinner party in Hagerstow~, Md. and had just stopped by the 'college cafeteria en route to the Maryland city-at least that is what Coach Riggle- man had been told. The cafeteria is where the Hagerstown trip end ed. Dr. Oliver S. Ikenberry, presi- dent of Shepherd College, pro- nounced the invocation for the dinner program and then Joe Hockman, star lineman for the Shepherd Rams for the past sev- eral seasons and co-captain of the team, ex, plained the purpose of the banquet. Wireman, ~vho served as toast- master for the, program, briefly traced the coaching career of Coach Riggleman and then noted that he had never met a Coach with a better approach for recruit ing handling boys. He also lauded Coach Riggleman's record since he came to Shepherd College. Good Coach, Teacher Dr. Ikenberry then paid tribute to Coach Riggleman. calling him a good coach and a good teacher. Dr. Ikenberry noted that when the coaching post became vacant at Shepherd College in 1956 there were some 50 applicants for the job. He said the college athletic board felt it wanted for the col- lege job a ,man with a high school coaching and teaching back- ground; a man with a good char- acter, good family, algood citizen and one who could handle and un derstand boys and get the most out of them. College officials felt that Eiggleman" met all 6f these req,2rements and in addition he was an Alumnus of the college And Dr. Ike~berry said since 1956 Coach Riggleman's record at Shop herd College has justified the con fidence wh)ci~ has-~eefl ~placed in him. Dn. ,~rdaa ,Sl~r~, hc~den~ic, I~an' ~t'~he Coilbge in ~)aying his respects to Coach Riggleman. praised his philosophy and point- ed out with ~pride to the fact that he had been a long time friend of Riggleman. Cletus Lowe, chairman of the college's aVhietic committee, heap- ed ~ore praise,upon Riggleman and ,his accomplishments in the field of athletics both on the field and as a coach, mixing in some humor in so doing. Dr. Sarah,tree, of the colIege athletic committee and E. A. Fei- ger, awimming coach at Shepherd congratulated Coach Riggleman on his fine record and the former read a poem as a tribute to him. Kenneth Day, one of the co- captains of the Shepherd foot- Wiremafl From Page One be regarded most unusual in most high schools and colleges, that is exactly what has been taking place at Shepherd College these mornings since the Thanksgiving holidays. Alhough changes may be made as the seasor~ progresses, at the present Coach Wireman has been using Jim Conner, Alexandria. Va. and Jerry Harmas, Romney, two veterans of last year's team as his starting back court men and they form the nucleus of the rebuilding job. Battling for the center post are Vwo returning lettermen in Harry Hanf Rahway, N. J. and L. P. Close, Berkeley Springs a~d Ber- nard Martin, Parsons and George Rutherford of Charles Tawn, the latter newcomers. Although the forward posts are still wide open, Coach Wireman said Charles Duvall of Martins- burg, Allen Burns, Parsons: Paul Swartz, Mus~elman and Dick Du~ can. Detour, Md. are waging a bat tle for ~,hese two slots. A returning letterman. George Bishields, should give added s~rength at the guard position. Newcomers ,Doug Tucker and Ber nard Martin. both big, rangy ~boys with a lot of potential, are com- ing right along and with exper- ience will have to be contended with for the pivot spot. Center Oeoyge Rutherford is also being counted on for action at the pivot spot. AI Cononzco and Jack Kar- ackatonis round out the ,squad which will be short on experience and height but long on desire and hustle. The schedule: Dec.2-W. Va. Tech Dec.4-Frostburg Dec,7-Wheeling 'Dec. 8 -Bethany Dec.11-Wheeli,ng ,Dec. 14-~hippensburg Dec.15-Southeastern Jan.6-Davis & Elkins Jan.7-Fairmont Jan,9-Southeastern Jan. 1 l-Shippensburg J~n. 16-1aotomac State Jan. 27-Davis & E~klns Jan.3O,Fairmont Feb.l-Salem Feb.5-Potomac State Feb.8-W. Va. Tech ~eb,9-Morris Harvey Fcb.12-Frostburg ,Home Away Away &way Home Home Home Away A way~ Away. Away Home Home Home Home Away Away Away Ex-Panthe Will 60 After Third Victoff December 9 At 7 p. m. The Ex-Pant'hers of Charles Town who have already chalked up a pair of victories in their 1959 60 ,basketball s~ason, will go a~ter their third win Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 7 p. gL when they play host to the So~th Side cagers of Mar- tin.~burg cn the Charles Town Jun ior High gymnasium. The game will be a preliminary to a game to be played by the Charles Town VFW cage temn. In their two nrevious games the Ex-Panthers defeated a team 'from Harpers Ferry and the Char SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON FARMERS lee Town ~A cagers. 2--B THURSDAY, n .MRRR Last ~eason the Ex-Panthers chalked up 20 victories as against only six losses. And while they do rmt play semi-pro teams, they do play the section and area's strang er independent teams. LLO.YD'5 PLUMBING AND HEATING Members of the team managed by Ernie Rudolph are; Jerry KeN lean, Rudolph, Gene Johnson, Richard Chrisman, Charles Hine, Bill Hine, Zill Sombre. David Wilt Plumbing - Heating - Septic Tanks and Norman Ballenger. The Ex-Paathers ,plan to play Drainfields -- Stone and Dirt preliminaries each Wednesday ev ening to the VPW cage team's act ion. This is the fourth season for the team. PHONE 744 CHARLES TOWN, W. READ THE SPIEIT-ADVOCATE CLASSIFIED BEST RESULTS JESSE RIGGLEMAN i i ball team, made a presentation of a gift certificate to Coach Riggle- man on behalf of the football and basketball players. Overwhelmed by the express- Ions of praise for him on "his night" at Shepherd College Rig- gleman expressed his thanks to Dr. Ikenberry, the administration SO MANY COLORS SO MANY STYLES faculty members, press and radio ...... and to Coach Lowe and Dr. Cree SO MANY FABRICS "whose philosophy he has tried .~i " " " following ever since entering the .~ There's a Chair for EVERY Homemaker on Your List coaching field." ~i He also praised his wife, whose patience and understanding has ~! , q.~ helped him continue in the coach :-~', )'~'~ ........ ing field Prices Start At Spienala vmues He thanked his athletes, prais- :~ ing them for the type of ball : ; , which they had played at Shep- ~"; Is there ANY home you know of that wouidn t herd and for giving him Iour en- ".~i welcome one of these beautiful chairs ? For joyable years. : , Riggleman ,pointed out that al- ~i comfort and for beauty, a CHAIR m the perfect though playing a rugged schedule ~ gift.Choose from our "Aisle of Chairs" and against some schools, which pro- .~, , ........... vided full-time scholarships, his ."~i SOlVe~ oi your gli~ problems, boys had carried on the fine ath- ".~; letic tradition at Shepherd. - ..~: He expressed ~hat memories t :~ .... ~.,,YT; ~ .. --. [" are all that are left after finish-[.~#; ~~)~ | , ) ================================ lng as a player and coach and [~: ~ ~~~ ~~ii~ that "This night will be one I will I:_~', ~ .......... ~~~?~ ~~i:: :~ ~~~:;~i: always cherish". ]2~; ~~"~. ~~:[ ~~~ The Shepherd mentor also prais [2~; v~---:,-_~: ~ ed the performances of Joe HoCk [~!~: ~~~ ~~~ ~l~~ man and Bruce Phillips, whom he [:~', ~ffj:~ ~ ~~ ,. ~[~~::~ ......... ... noted had earned first-string re-I~i ~~ ~~ ~?~ [~ cognitio~n on the All-West Virgin- ].~: _ ~.j.: _ - :: ~~"~;: ~~ ~ ia Intercollegiate Conference team I:.~, ->-- :"*/ .... - .... . ~~ ........ 2~"'~..'~ ~-:L.9 to be announced in the near fur-[.~; ~/. : .. ,:-. ~r ~]~~. ~il [~ - ~ ure. 1.~i - ~~-';" :" ~f ~ ~rmm'~ Coached At Ridgeley I~t~! : ~"::: -:: - ~ ~ 'ff~ Riggleman has been active in [:~', ~~~ the coaching field since graduat-[.~; U ~ ~"~-":~-- - - ing from Shepherd in 1941. Follow ]~: ~[~ , '" ing a tour of duty in the U. S. I:~', Navy during World War II, in .~;; , , which he coached service teams, g iJi:l t/lM T ,'TI IhED P/ JD/,MV Riggleman guided the-athleticl:.~: L IVlLLVlI~ /. }lil%lUU t UIVll-/ l / reins at Ridgetey:and'Md the Min {,~; , eral countians to several PotOmac [~{ n. ~ .~.~ ..=~ T. .. ~ .-,. . m **r Valley Conference ,~ooZball and/:.~, r none lbZ (we Deliver) unarms lown, w. basketball crdwn~, t~ '- [ .~; Ha " - ' rpers.Ferry H jh [ : , From~ Pa~e One ; ~'~ ~. ~ .~r.. ' ,,.----~ A .... , The.sChedule as ana~nced thi~ ~ ~ ' Week follows: ,Dec. 10-Brunswick Home Dec: 15-Muselman Home Jan. 5-Charles Town Away Ja~. 8-Hedges~lIe" Home Jan. 12-Wardensville Home Jan. 15-Shepherdstown Away ran. i9-Berkeley ~prings Away tan. 22-St. Joseph's Away Jan, 26-Charles Town Home Jan. 29-Berkeley Springs Home ,Feb. 2 -Musselman Away Feb,5-St. Joseph's Home ,Feb. 9-Wardensville Away Feb.12-~hepherdstown Home Feb.16-Hedgesville Away ,Feb, 19-Bruaswick Away Second Time From Page One of the best ends of any Shepherd College fool~ball ~eam. Then on being graduated from Shepherd College he was hired by the Jeff- ers~n County School Board for a post at Charles Town High. Since taking over as head coach he has done an ou.tstandi~g job at not only building football to one of it's highest peaks in the history of the school, but he has also made ~he school's track teams a- mong the most powerful in the section and area in the past sev- eral years. THE MELVIN T. STRIDER CO. 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