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1 Page 4 --- The Gienville Democrat/Pathrmder -- Thursday, Mar. 18, 2004 By Shaun Smith, Sports Reporter, 462.7309, Fax: 462-7300 SKIP PASS- Freshman of the Year Rachel Redick looks to make a cross-court skip pass against California University of PA in the Regional title game Mon., Mar. 15. Redick stepped up her game, paying perhaps the best game of her career, scoring 17 points and adding six assists, five rebounds, and four steals in the Lady rs' loss. , Shaun Smith). FADE AWAY - Senior standout Tracy Wyatt rips the nets on this fade-away jumper against WV State in the first round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Div. II Tournament held at California Univ. of PA on Fri., Mar. 12. Wyatt recorded her third tnple-double of the season with 17 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists. Wyatt also added throe steals in the Lady Pioneers' 74-64 victory over State. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) TRIPLETT FOR 3i - Senior Carrie Tdplett knocks down this three-point shot over a WV State defender in the second half that gave Glenville State a 51-37 lead. Tnplett scored a game-high 21 points on a tremendous first-round effort. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) q By Shaun Smith Sports Reporter California University of PA's inside layup. presence outplayed the Glenville State Glenville tried to rally in the game's Lady Pioneers' outside game 74-63 in finalminutesafteraRedickthree-pointer the NCAA Div. II East Regional cram- . and a Wyatt jumper that brought the pionship game held at California, PA Lady Pioneers with five; however, the Mon., Mar. 15. Vulcans nailed their final six points Gienville was outrebounded 41-26 in from the free throw line that gave them the contest, as the Vulcans now move the 74-63 win. on to the Elite 8 held in St" Joseph, MO. This extends CUP's home winning Carrie Triplett scored 20 points for streak to 55 games, just six behind the ""t '~ Led by a duo performance from Vulcans took the lead for good 55-54 Redick and Wimer, who combined for with 10:30 remaining in the game on a 42 points (Redick 23-Wimer-19), the Lady Pioneers were able to pull offthe win. "What a game," stated coach Harold. "Anderson made big shots down the stretch, but Redick made some impor- tant free throws during that crucial part of the game." Redick seemed to have complete con- trol of the game at certain points during -From GCHS Coach Steve Shuff Glenville's runs. "I realized we had to It was a great year for the Gilmer thank you for the opportunity to spend County High School boys' basket- these past couple of years with them. ball team. We came up a few sec- Iwouldliketotakeasecondtothank onds sho~in our quest to return to the players on this year's team for all of the state toi~nament, but I hope that the things they have done for our scbool we all remember this team for the and our community. You were a won- things they accomplished during the derful group of young men to coach, course of the season and their ca- and for that, I am forever grateful. reers, and not only by the images of I also want to thank the seniors for that last game. all that they have done for our pro- The Titans began the season ranked gram: No. 3 in the state in Class A, but it Jacob Lilly is a three-year starter. didn't take long for them to move up He is a young man that brought inten- t0 No. 1 in the state of West Vir- sity and a stability every single night ginia-a position that they held onto that he stepped onto the floor. No mat- for nine consecutive weeks. Very ter whom we played, Jacob knew he few teams can say that they were was going to be defending the other ranked No. 1 for that long. team's best player, and he cherished I would first like to thank our fans. that role. This year, he was our third You were a true sixth man to our leadingscoreraswelI.Henevershowed basketball team. Since ourlast game, a lot of emotion, good or bad. He I have received many very kind let- simply showed up, gave 100-percent ters and phone calls that praised our on the floor, and never said a word. He basketball team and its players. You, was the heart of this team. thefans, had a passion as deep as the Aaron Bishop got good quality players on our team. Our guys knew minutes as a junior, and this season, he thatwheneverweplayed, youwould stepped up and became much more be there for them, and for that, we than a role player-he became a starter thank you. that was depended on for a lot of things. Theatmosphereatourhomegames When he got his jumper going, he was unbelievable. The place was could stroke it as well as any kid we packed every single night with Blue had. Aaron grew up before our eyes as Crew shirts and was simply the best a player and as a leader. environment for a basketball game Richard Ratliffis a coach's dream. imaginable. When we went on the Hesimplyworkedashardasanyplayer road, our fans, more times than not, that we had. If not for some ill-timed outnumbered the home team. At the injuries, he would have, without a Sectional Championship game at doubt, been a full-time starter for us Glenville State College recently, this year. His play in the sectional what can I say-you guys were un- finals ignited our comeback, which is real. That was the best atmosphere what he did for us time and time again that I have ever witnessed as a coach throughout the year. Rich was the life or a player. From all of the players of our team on road trips and always and my staff, we sincerely thank you had that trademark smile. for all of your support and dedica- Seth Butler was often a man tion throughout the year. amongstboys."Biggin" lovesthe game I want to take a moment and thank of basketball and was a true joy to be the parents of the players as well. around for the past four years. He Without you, this wouldn't have been simply took over at times and domi- possible. Your support throughout nated. He has a lot to look forward to in the years is what has made these his athletic career, and I truly believe young men such a special group. I that the best is still ahead. appreciate your understanding with Anthony Reale"Cub" saw the game late practices, long nights, and all .like very few people can. I've often that is involved when a child is in- said that he plays the game two passes volved in sports at this level. I know ahead of everyone else-and that is that you are never told it enough, so how the great ones see the game. His from me, I thank you for all that you unselfish play wascontagious. He hon- have done. You have raised your estly loved to make the great pass children to be fine young men, and I rather than score. Few players in this day and age do that, and that is what made "Cub" such a wonderful kid to coach. He took time to help the younger players as well as the ball boys or any other kids who walked into the gym with the game of basket- ball. I know a lot of times this is used as a coaching cliche', but Anthony was a true coach on the court. He understands the game of basketball as well as any kid that I have had the privilege to coach. Nick Dent is a three-year starter. Nick leaves a legacy here that few have or ever will. He was a three-time all-stater, three-time AII-LKC selec- tion, a McDonald's All-American Nominee, and one of the top players in the state of West Virginia He leaves here having scored 1,377 career points for an average of 18.3 points per game. "Nickle" became a great player the old fashioned way-he simply earned it. I can say this without hesitation, that he worked harder than any other kid in the state-maybe ever. That warrants respect from me and all that ever had the opportunity to see just how hard this kid worked. He should he an example for all of the young kids who want to succeed in this game. He will go down as one of the greats to ever play here at Gilmer Coup." ,tm~. High School. ~p Seniors-I could go on and on about you guys, but it may he best to simply say, thank you. You were an absolute joy to coach. Sure, I will miss game days when we were getting ready to strap it on and go into batde together. But what I will miss the most is being around you guys day in and day out in practices, on bus trips, and simply being your coach. You set the bar very high for all that follow to try to reach. Before every game in the final huddle, we would always leave say- ing "Showtime." I was the fortunate one here, gentlemen, for I got to see "Showtime" up close and personal everyday for the past four years. I love every single one of you and wish you the best in your futures. Thanks, guys. Sincerely, Steve Shuff Head Basketball Coach Giimer County High School 22nd Annual I The Boston Celtics' Bill Russell has more NBA champi-I I onship tings than he does fingers (11), including eight [ Oxbow Tourney straight, and a couple of player-coach seasons. [ The 22rid Annual GSC Spring Scramble atOxbow Golf & Country Club will be held on Sun., Mar. 21. The entry fee is $60 per player ($240.00 per team), which includes green fees, cart, and $20 per team "skin game"-this includes one Mulligan per player to be used any- where. The tournament officials ask that players observe the 40 handicap limit. All proceeds from this annual event benefit the Glenville State College Golf Scholarship Program. Make staggered tee times by call- ing (800)423-0443. For any addi- uonal information, contact Dennis T. Fitzpatrick at 462-4102. SAD MOMENTS Don't Miss The - ual Little Kanawha anquet The first year of this National Wild Turkey Federation-sponsored dinner-auction was one of Gilmer County's premier social events in 2002 with over 200 people in attendance. And, the second year in 2003 didn,t disappoint any participant either. As a result, this third year's gala dinner and auction of wildlife prints, guns, and other outdoors articles promises to be the best one ever. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. * Dinner at 7:30 pan. * Thurs., April 1 * At the Gflmer County Recreation Center on Sycamore Run Road at Glenville To take advantage of the Early Bird Raffle offer, ACT now, for the deadline is this Sat., Mar. 20 For details and tickets, call Bruce Fitzwater at 462-5052 (day) or 354-0220 (night) TO pME 7 To Saturday, March 20 the Lady Pioneers, followed by big ef- Lady Pioneers awesome 61 games, dig deep because if we lose this game, frts frm RachelRedick (17)andTracy "I wuld like t cngratulate Cal'" there's n mre'" Redick replied'" I felt 1 I Wyatt (15). Also scoring for Glenville stated head coach Steve Harold, "but Milk Russet Potatoes was: Katie Wimer 4, Christy A lltop 3, wemissed some key shots in the end." very confident down the stretch. Chuck Roast Anderson's head coach Kevin United Valley Bell U.S.D.A. Choice, Bonleess Jenny Campbell 2, and Katie Martin 2. We were ready for a run, but with Pederson commented, "Glenville is a 1%, 2% or Skim US No. 1 Wisconsin The Vulcans pened uP with a 9-2 extreme pressure, it was difficult t well-coached team that makes few mis- $1 g ientercut run over the Lady Pioneers ju~ before continue our success when our shots the venue shifted. !! didn't fall,' Harold continued, takes and plays good defense.' Wyatt came up with ten points and bag $ Following three fouls call~ 6n the 'Wyatt was a piece to the puzzle for seven assists in the win. Also scoring ai. Pioneers on one possession, Glenville our program's success at GSC," Harold were: Trip/err 8, Martin 7, Campbell 4, S,a, s--con, in he O. or m ked .Altop --tpu.-- 2 '1 ! themajorityofthefirsthalfasfresbman When asked about the location ofthe boards while Redick dished out sixas- Hot Pockets Pepsi Products I ,Foqdl n.d sensation Rachel Redick ca~ up with game, California head coach Darcie sists, liter btl, Selected Varieties[ 64 oz bit four big steals that prompted instant Vincent responded,"Westillwouldhave WV State: All-tournament selection 2 ozpkg, Selected I 2 Apple juice offense and brought back Gienville been fine-our crowd was a sixth man. Tracy Wyatt posted her third triple- within one at a score of 11-10. Playing at home was definitely an ad- double of the season to knock offWVc $147e I ]7e i 9Pea" Three-point baskets from Wyat~ and vantage, and we are very pleased with foe WV State 74-64 in the first round of t a. Redick within 30 seconds offimeframe our crowd. A neutral court would have the tourney. gave Glenville a 17-13 edge~ i made no difference." The senior had 17 points and col- Just afterabigdefensive!playfrom And, an advantage it was, astheNo, iectedl2rebounds, llassists, andthree FOr ~-..~i/I/ Tiplett, who took a charge~;freshman 3 school knocked off the No. 5 school steals for the game, Bologna Deli Roasted Christy Alltop nailed a thee-pointer for an entry into the Elite 8-a place in Triplettscored21 andWimernotched I I )v that gave the Lady Pione~ a 19-17 the tournament where these two schools 15 for the Lady Pioneers, followed by: Kahn's Garlic or Deluxe Club Whole Chickens meal advantage with just over t~n minutes left in the first hall ,~ Following a cheap foul ~n Wimer, CUP scored a three-pointer to take a 34- 32 lead with 45 seconds remaining. With 17 seconds remaining in the first half, Triplett hit a three to give Glenville a 39-34 halftime lead. The Lady Pioneers came out very cold in the second half and shgtjust 10- o1~-32 from the field (3 l-percent) com- pared to 14-27 in the first hag (52- percent). GSC remained in control Until the should have met. Glenville's 29 wins for the season ties Alltop 7, Redick 6, Martin 4, and Casey the WVIAC record. Their 87 wins since Taylor 4. The Lady Pioneers shot 50-percent the start of the 2001-02 is a West Vir- for the game, compared to State's 39- ginia women's collegiate record for a percent effort. three-year span. 'Tm very happy with this win," Harold Tracy Wyatt and Rachel Redick both commented. "Rebounding was a key for made the All-East Region Tournament us tonight." Team. Triplett, who posted her third straight Anderson, SC: Glenville State sur- 20-point plus performance in the tour- viva! afr~tic~Colk'l~ con~- narnent stated, "I knew this could be my back ~.~ to advance to the NCAA last game-I had to give it all I had." Div. II East Region title game versus California with a 72-71 victory. ~S~ are c0n!t, onPage 9B~-,I ~ specials, ca// Food~and Dell at 462-4064