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Member Sports in the Field By Stan Meseroll a spudder, a strainer, a sled, a Thermos of hot chocolate. three boat cushions, one wooden bench, two tip-ups, three eggs and a tackle-box assortment of jigs and lures, three of us two weeks ago and headed for Stonecoal lake to try our hand ice fishing for crappie, trout and possibly walleye. While come home with a stringerful of finny bruisers, we did have a of fun, enjoyed the healthy, crisp, fresh air, and learned a few I also learned how to get a big flat-bed truck out of the snow, a new use for the traditional johnboat besides. "boob tube" basketball for the Lewis/Upshur county ice packed up Bob Deal's Blazer at noon. When he lived in upstate ;Bob was an avid ice angler, and it was his two leftover tip-ups that was John Collins, a New Englander who is now working and Ice fishing is nothing new to him. topped the last hill on the road overlookin the reservoir, w if wed have any competition on the ice. The lake looked more Kanas prairie than a reservoir and was as deserted as during the recent blizzard scare. We stopped at the store there hopefully to buy a bucket of bait--minnows, by some as best for winter fish fare. All we could get was advice. guys have gone through the ice," the shopkeeper warned us. holes. Just sta, clear of those and you'll be okay. The ice is 5 to It seems that a leak had developed in a gas line that runs 'lake, and that leak had created a weak spot in the ice. We also 150,000 trout had been stocked in Stonecoal just before it froze at the boat ramp, loaded our gear on the sled, and headed out avoiding the weak spot and following a foot trail in the snow made souls we saw sitting off a point at the first cove--a popular fishing spot. set up over that artificial crappie bed over there," I said, pointing feet from a tree stump that I recalled as a marker for the ice fishing country, anglers use ice augers to cut their fishing be hard-pressed to out-auger "spudder" John Collins. He had holes cut before I could even rig up my rod. We baited with cheese eggs and set the tip-ups over about 20 feet of frigid tied on tiny crappie lures to our rod lines and jigged through three quickly cut. The kitchen strainer kept the holes free of Our light monofilament line wouldn't get cut. efforts proved to be far from spectacular. Not even a bite, at least six more holes in an attempt to locate that crappie bed. we fished, the more unsure I was. "That's not the right stump," 'aaounced, but before we could shift our site the only two other the lake beat us to it. Thanks to my misguided sense of direction, tust spent two hours fishing over a mythical crappie castle! We as they hacked away at the ice with a two-foot-long wrecking bar. " I said. "Let's give them a hand." Spudder John went we made new friends. They hadn't caught any fish either, we they had mealworms for bait. But more interesting than fishing was their over-the-ice "sled" and sitting rig--an aluminum, johnboat! It held all their gear, including two lit--and rtic heaters to thaw out numb fingers and cold toes. It was the I've ever seen a heated johnboat--and one with tow ropes instead of of the fishermen, it turned out, was the fellow who fell in the day shrugged off the incident with a laugh as he told us about his te escapade. We'learned other things too: how to tell the difference fox tracks, even the difference between tracks of the red and A red fox had crossed the lake a short distance from where we learned where the walleye lie, and that these two local caught as many as 100 channel catfish in one summer night I learned where the quail reside and the woodcock, too, were this year. We watched two deer on a hill overlooking the lake. bortsmen had gotten their bucks at Stonecoal last year. "Eight of seven deer," one of them informed us as we walked back to the had gathered at the top of the boat ramp. "They can't be I said. "We were the only ones on the lake." Then the whine of wheels spinning on ice explained the presence of the big, red, flat-bed truck was hopelessly stuck. Two men, with a pickup, had chained up to the snowbound truck but their Were in vain. Bob Deal offered to help. "I have four-wheel-drive and the front," He explained. "If someone will sit on my tailgate to give htin the rear, I'll yank him out." Six "yanks" later the truck was its way. We "unstuck" two more vehicles before we left the ice that sunny Sunday. Or creels may have been empty, but our still high. We hope to return for another try, but this time with According to one Minnesota outdoor newspaper I get, the cold have had of late brings on a very neutral feeding mood in innows won't work, advises the Minnesota Swede, "Use a small waxworm during January cold spells," he says. hat, pray tell, are they? Q. Gibson Zenith, February 10, 1977 The Glenville Democrat/ Patldlnder 5 Gilmer unaffected by layoff as Harrisville "ills 72-53 A three-week layoff didn't seem to bother Gilmer County High last Thursday, Feb. 3 as they trounced Harrisville 72-53 in the Glenville State College gyn. It was the Titans first game since bad weather and school closures had forced a suspension of five games. The first quarter was close with Harrisville even taking a 7-6 lead with 4:12 to play in the quarter. The Titans quickly regained the lead as Bill Lilly hit a medium-range jumper, Jerry McPerson drilled one in from the top of the key and after a steal by Lilly, McPherson struck again from the top .of the key. The Titans held a 12-7 lead with 2:13 to go in the first quarter, but the Gators' Graig Parks hit two straight shots and Harrisville was back within one point. Dennis Reese converted two free throws to give Gilmer a little breathing room. Kevin Kennedy then grabbed a loose ball and passed to McPherson who hit another long one. Kennedy then came back with another steal and drove the length of the court for a layup try and was fouled. He made one of the free throws and Harrisville's Mark Spencer scored a field goal to end the scoring in the first quarter. Gilmer held a 17-13 lead. McPherson opened the second quarter by hitting a jumper from the foul line. Harrisville retaliated with five unanswered points to pull to within two at 20-18. McPherson kept the Titan attack rolling as he converted two straight jump shots. Following a Harrisville basket Dennis Reese scored from underneath on an assist by McPherson. Don Wilson then rebounded a missed shot by McPherson and laid it in as Gilmar moved to a 28-20 lead with 1:19 to play in the half. Harrisville scored once more in the half and Kennedy and Reese scored from short range to give UP AND OVER--Titans Dennis Reese and Don Wilson [right] loft shots over the out-stretched arms of Harrisville defenders. Gilmer easily defeated the Gators. [Democrat photos] the Titans a 32-22 bulge at the half. McPherson scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half. Harrisville opened the second half with a full-court press, but it didn't Sistersville dumps Titans Although they arrived an hour late, the long ride didn't seem to bother Sistersville as they romped over Gilmer 90-57 Friday, Feb. 4. The Titans were able to hold Sistersville, the No. 1 ranked A team in the state, in check for most of the first quarter. The Tigers took a 2-0 lead but Jerry McPherson converted two free throws to tie the score. Sistersville's Richard Summers converted a free throw.,, but Kvin, Kaauedy, wered with a 10-foot jumper. Don wilson then stole the ball and passed to McPherson who scored a goal. Gilmer held a 6-3 edge. their biggest lead of the game: Sistersville then ran off seven straight points. McPherson tipped in a missed shot by Bill Lilly and on their "next possession Lilly passed to McPherson who scored again. The score was tied 10-10. The Tigers then Gilmer frosh lose first Gilmer High's freshman team lost their first game of the season last week when Weston topped them 41-37. It was their first defeat against five wins. The Titans had to play without the services of their leading scorer Steve Carney, who was out with a severely sprained ankle. Gilmer held a 19-15 lead at the half, but were unable to hold onto a lead. Bruce Smith led Gilmer scorers with 15 points followed by Ricky Moore and Brent Wflmoth with 10. Earlier in the week the freshmen dispensed with Harrisville, 48-32. Bruce Smith led the Titans with 20 -- ,a -, ,ol)=frla=rt0r Televisions points, followed by Steve Carney with 12. Titan wrestlers finish fourth in See the Zenith Color Sets on display. We install and service all sales. RHOADES PLUMBING  FURNITURE St. Glenville Phone 462-7355 WE SERVICE ONLY WHAT WE SELL LKC tourney Gilmer County High's wrestling team finished fourth out of nine teams in the Little Kanawha Valley wrestling tournament last weekead. Top finishers for Gilmer were Danny Smith--third place, his season record is 8-6; Eric Williams--fourth place, his season record 10-2; John Edwards--fourth place, his season record is 9-5; Jeff Miller--fourth place, his season record is 3-3; Phil Stalnaker--fourth place, his season record is 8-7 and Tom Squibb--fourth place, his season record is 7-7. have much effect as Gilmer eventually pulled out to leads of as much as 22 points. Bob Hatton contributed to that wide margin by scoring 14 points in the second half. McPherson led all scorers with 19. Other scorers were Hatton--14, ' Reese--12, Kennedy--nine, Lilly-- eight, Wilson--six, Miller--two, and Frymier--two. Rt. 33 & 119 - 4 miles west of Weston A Complete selection of Quality Built Homes 12 WIDES - 14 WIDES - DOUBLE WIDES AND MODULAR ON DISPLAY EACH FULLY DISPLAYED AND LIGHTED Phone 269-1510 -- Open Friday til 8 p.m. of W.Va. Mobile Homes Association left the Titans in the dust as they reeled off 19 unanswered points in the last four minutes of the quarter. The Tigers held a 51-28 edge at the half. McPherson turned in a stellar performance in the first half by scoring 20 points. Summers tallied 25 in the first half. Summers led all scorers with 34 points. McPherson ended up with 28, Cliff Frymier--lO, Kennedy--eight, Lilly, Reese, Hatton, Miller and Maxwell=-two ad Wilson--one. Gilmer is now 3-5. Ii NOTICE DR. E. W. BEATTY Optometrist I will be in my Grarrtsville office each Tuesday from 8:30 a.m., to examine eyes and prescribe eyeglasses...if they are needed. Over Parsons Jewelry Store Phone 354-7928 Home Office: 717 Market St., Parkersburg Is your old car or truck giving you a headache? Take two aspirins and see us today 1977 Pinto List Price $3,618 o Sale Price $3,300 One in Stock GLENVILLE FORD SALES GLENVILLE, WV \