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B8 5 BOB MADISON Spirit Staff MARTINSBURG -- Two &oughts the size of what hit the Midwest this summer cost Wash- ington its second loss of the boys basketball season. A four-point first quarter in the, Patriots' holiday tournament game last Friday against Morgantown was con/pounded by a meager three-point third quarter. A total of seven points in two quarters? And, yet, the Patriots still had their chances against the equal- ly troubled Mohigans, a team with WVU 6-foot-8 signee Na- than Adrian and enough turnovers against Washington's pressure to be as harmful as the two massive droughts that visited in the first and third quarter. Morgantown survived. Literally. Washington's severe dearth of of- fense cost it a low-scoring 50-48 loss. Literally. It took the Patriots nearly five minutes to scratch at all in the first quarter. And they trailed 17-4 after eight frustrating minutes~ It was Morgantown that could barely score in the second quar- ter. Pressure defense exerted by Washington's quick-handed band of would-be pick pockets locked Morgantown in a scoreless closet for most of the second quarter. Morgantown found scoring im- possible for about five minutes. All of two points came from the fraz- zled Mohigans. And Washington had stormed through the tattered Morgantown offense to get a 24-19 lead by halftime. Another drought found the Pa- See DROUGHTS Page B9 ANDREW WILT Christian Coles rebounds for Washington in a thicket of Millbrook players. The Patriots defeated the Pioneers and are currently 5-2 overall. BOB MADISON Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN -- A long early lead played a significant role. So did players off the bench with their scoring contributions. As always with Washington, rebounding was important. Exacting steals and causing Millbrook turnovers were twin reasons the Patriots zipped out to an early advantage. But the outcome of the game last Tuesday against Millbrook hinged on what the Patriots could do at the free throw line. Millbrook knew full well the Patriots had missed 22 free throws in a disheartening loss to Handley, Washington's first fall of the season. Trailing by a margin it couldn't dissolve with back-and-forth play, the Pioneers decided to put Washington on the foul line for much of the fourth quarter. This time, Washington made enough foul shots to win. It wasn't a shooting clinic con- ducted by the Patriots. Or any- thing close. But 12-of-22 in the last quarter was good enough to salt away a 69-53 win over the Rze Culbreath-led Pioneers. An early double-figure lead gave Washington the start it needed to control the pace and tempo. Marquel Hosby with 11 points in the second quarter provid- ed the path to more success. He threw in nine points on three- point field goals. Millbrook could never find many close-in baskets because its offensive rebounds were so few. And then the Washington leads were padded by Millbrook floor See WASHINGTON Page B9 MARYLAND After losing its opener to Kentucky, Maryland has reeled off ten consecutive wins in Coach Turgecn's second year. Sl BOB MADISON carious time. Long-time coach many scholarships, coached Spirit staff Gary Williams, a lightning rod with a tall guard/forward COLLEGE PARK, Md, -- for alumni opinions both good named Walt Williams who kept Around the bright red seats and dozens of banners hanging from the ceiling at the Comcast Center, Maryland's second- year coach Mark.Turgeon can be almost invisible -- just the way he likes it. Turgeon accepted the coach- ing position at a somewhat pre- and bad, had resigned in late March after the recruiting sea- son had been completed. Williams had literally saved the Maryland program when it was on probation for years from the previous coach's (Bob Wade) breaking of NCAA rules. Williams coached without with Maryland even after the grisly probation was in place. And then the Williams- coached Terrapins started beat- ing Duke. And North Carolina. Maryland went to a long string of NCAA tournaments. Wil- See MARYLAND Page B9 Charles Town's Valley team forming roster BOB MADISON Spirit Staff WINCHESTER, Va. -- Even with their first summer in Jef- ferson County six months away, the Charles Town Cannons of the Valley Baseball League are quickly forming the roster for the team's initial 44-game season in the well-established league. The Cannons are moving to Sag- ex; Field at Jefferson High School from L uray (Va.) where they were known as the Wranglers. This will be the first team from Jefferson County to ever play in the Valley Baseball League that has franchises spread through- out the Shenandoah Valley, timbering 12 in all. Charles Town has sent out 32 contracts to prospective NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, and junior college players and has had 31 of them returned with players' signatures. The colleges with the most players returning signed contracts are Alabama State (Division I) with four, Sam Houston State (Division I) with three, Neosho CCC (junior college) with three, Florida International University See LEAGUE Page B7 CHRISTINE MILLER FORD Spirit Staff INWOOD - The man at the helm of Musselman High's foot- ball program since Richard Nix- on was in the White House has announced his retirement. Denny Price, a West Virgin- ia native who played football at West Virginia State, gathered sports writers, former players, family members and supporters to the school's library to say the Applemen's just-completed sea- son would be his last. Musselman ended the 2012 season in mid-November with a Round Two playoff loss to cross- county rival and eventual AAA division state champion Martins- burg High. Price, who came to Mussel- man in 1973 as a 23-year-old, spent his entire coaching career at the South Berkeley school. He retires with a state record of 276 See MUSSELMAN Page B9 Musselman High's Iongtime head football coach Denny Price (front and center) is retiring after 40 years on the job. Price is shown here in the early 1980s with members of his coaching staff, including (clockwise from left) Jerry Homer, Dwight Daugherty, Garry Kilmer, Duane Helmick and Bill Riggleman. Boys Basketball Washington 69 Millbrook 53 Handley 41, Jefferson 37 Washington 62, Stonewall Jackson 58 Washington 51, Sherando 41 Morgantown 50, Washington 48 : Washington 58, Handley 37 Sherando 63, Jefferson 49 ! Handley 65. Jefferson 34 :: Next up: : Jefferson at Williarnsport Tourney Friday 7 p.m. Next up: i Jefferson at Witliamsport Tourney Saturday 7 Washington at Hubs Holiday Tourney Thursday 6 p.m. ! p.m. Washington at Hubs Holiday Tourney Friday 7 p.m. Jefferson at Robed Byrd Mixer Friday 8 p.m. Jefferson at Robed Byrd Mixer Saturday 6 p.m. Girl Basketball i Wrestling Washington at McDonogh Duals Friday 1:30 p.m. Washington at McDonogh Duals Saturday 9 a.m. Boys Swimming Jefferson atBig Spring Invite Thursday 10 a.m. Girls Swimming Jefferson at Big Spdng Invite Thursday 10 a.m.