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Page 4A-- The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder --- Thursday, Mar. 25, 2004 By Shaun Smith, Sports Reporter, 462-7309, Fax: 462-7300 I @ By Shaun Smith also hurts us," stated Frashure. tied," Frashure responded. "Just put- Sports Reporter Despite the losses, Gilmer returns ting the ball into play consistently Tis' the season for Gilmer County two four-year seniors Richard Ratliff may be a challenge for us." baseball, as spring floats in on the and Aaron Bishop who did experi- Despite the tough schedule of LKC Titan field this year. The Titans went ence much playing time last season, foes, Gilmer added a couple of stron- 20-4 last season and won the Little "Both Aaron and Richard played ev- gerteamstotheirschedule, including: Kanawha Conference. However,cry game and started last year," Lewis County, South Harrison, and Gilmer came up short in the sectional Frashure commented on his seniors. Liberty High (All Class AA schools). championship to Williamstown. Gilmer's top pitchers will be lunior The Titans look to square off this Gilmer lost eight starters from a Ben Huffman and Senior Richard week, fLrst at Braxton on Wed., Mar. year ago and must make up for it with Ratliff. Other pitchers will include: 24, then at home versus Parkersburg some young talent. Sophomore GaryJenkins, Sophomore Catholic on Thurs., Mar. 25 at 4:30 Head coach Joe Frashure com-Jesse Darby, Junior Josh Brown, and p.m. "Catholic will be tough; the en- reenter, "It hurts when you lose eight Senior Aaron Bishop. tire LKC will be a tough conference guys that started every night. We are Fielding the baseball may be achal- this year," Frashure replied. very young and very inexperienced lenge this season. "We are stressing to The Titans will then travel to Lewis this season." the kids to just make fundamental County on Fri., Mar. 26 to take on the The Titans also lost James Huff- plays on a consistent basis," stressed Minutemen at 4:30 p.m. man, who played a great deal last Frashure. Forthecompletescheduleofgames, year, but didn't try out this season. Hitting may also present a chal- see cut-out below. "On top Of losing eight starters, this lenge for the Titans. "I'm a little wor- acksters get started By Shaun Smith Sports Reporter Gilmer County High School track has started once again, led by head coach Williard Wright. For the second season in a row, Gilmer must deal with a young squad on both the boys' and girls' division. The boys' squad includes: Seniors Dustin Hem, Jacob Lilly, and Seth Butler; Juniors James Montgomery, Steve Cole, and Chris Weaver; and Sophomores Matthew Cole, Kevin Smith, Justin Powers, and Billy Weaver. The girls' squad includes: Senior Amber Adams; Juniors Emilee Grogg, Camai Roberson, Erica Williams, Teresa Wine, and Terrie Wimer; Sophomores Lark Butler, Abby Lilly, Danielle Hammer, Stacy Swiger, Stephanie Estep, Sophia Youngs, and Kayla Sauer; and Freshmen Stevie Ann Langman, Brianna Lowther, and Ryann Phillips. Coach Wright on the young Gilmer The West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball team fell to Rutgers 73-67 in the second round in the Na- tional Invitational Tournament on Mon., Mar. 22 at 7:30 p.m.- WVU Women come up short to OSU West Virginia University's women's basketball team gave the Ohio State Buckeyes a run for their money in the opening round of the NCAA Tourna- ment last Sat., Mar. 20 in Columbus. squads, "We will be a very young team once again-we have just four seniors combined on both squads." With limited numbers running this season, Gilmer will have difficulties competing in team competition. How- ever, some key individuals may make some noise. "Individually, we will perform well," stated Wright. Both Williams and Roberson re- turn as All-State performers from last season. Williams finished second in points overall, and Roberson finished fourth. State qualifiers from last season include: Jacob Lilly, Seth Butler, Chris Weaver, Matthew Cole, Danielle Hammer, Marsha Benson, and Lark Butler. Gilmer will compete in their first meet on Mar. 26 in the Roane Early Bird at 4:00 p.m. For complete track meet schedule, see cutout below. To keep updated on Gilmer's re- suits in upcoming track meets, visit WWW. runw~, com. ers in NIT Calhoun falls in AA, Winfield takes first.ever title Neighbor Calhoun fell in t'u'st round of the Class AA state tournament to Winfield, as Winfield would go on to win their first-ever Class AA state championship in an overtime victory over Lincoln 53-52 on a last-second shot. A-B falls in Regional Final Aiderson-Broaddus advanced to the first NCAA Div. II regional final in Larry Taylor, former Glenville State College champion, along with local runner Jim Bailey competed in the 5th Annual Germantown Half Marathon (13.1 miles) on Mar. 21 held in Germantown, TN. Approximately 740 runners (343 female and 397 male) finished this flat and fast outback course. Taylor, 43 from Fayetteville, fin- ished third overall and first in the Masters Division (ages 40-49) with a time of 1:15:16 and now leads the Masters Division in the Runner's Jour- nal XXVI Grand Prix series. This is only the fourth of the first eight ILl Grand Prix events that Taylor has entered. With two RJ events left in the series (Charolotte, NC RaceFest Half Marathon on Apr. 17 and the Hunts- ville, AL Cotton Row 10K on May 31), he is well positioned to win in his age division. The 63-year old Bailey also com- pleted his fourth RJ Grand Prix event. Bailey finished third in his age group (60-64) and third in the Senior Grand Masters (SGM) category (men ages 60+) with a time of 1:37:06. Bailey is -currently in second place in the SGM " and second in his age group. How- ever, he trails Edward Sessions, the first place runner, by 65 series points in the SGM. Although Bailey plans to run the final two GP events, his chances of winning the SGM category were greatly reduced with Sessions' strong fourth place finish at Germantown. Stay tuned for further updates[ tt By Shaun Smith Sports Reporter After the first week's results of the Men's NCAA Div. I Basketball Tour- nament, many bracketeers simply flunked out. After teams like No. 10 Nevada upset not only Michigan State, but also No. 2 Gonzaga for the school's fh'st-ever Sweet 16 appearance, many gave up. Then, there was No. 9 UAB, who, not only knocked off Washington in the first round by scoring over 100 points, but took out No. 1 Kentucky in a game that didn't lack scoring at all. On top of that, Kentucky was the overall No. 1 seed. Many in Bracketology 101 learned a lesson when a sleeper team by the name of No. 6 Vanderbilt defeated Western Michigan and No. 3 N.C. State. Quite an accomplishment. Then, No. 1 Stanford fell to No. 8 Alabama in a game that came down to the final shot. Basketball at its best. I witnessed many brackets smashed and crumpled up, and thrown in the garbage, as well as punched walls, angry looks, and whateveielse you can imagine when the Tar Heels of No. 6 North Caro- lina fell to No. 3 Texas. The Tar Heels' lack of depth kept them from a Sweet 16 appearance over the Long- horns-a game I called. No. 5 Illinois crushed No. 4 Cin- cinnati in a game that was supposed to be close, destroying many bracketeers' chances of winning their pools. What to look for this week in the Sweet 16: A Preview. SL Louis Bracket: UAB is hot, streaky, quicker than lightning, out The B uckeyes' 73-67 victory advances school history, but fell to No. 1 -ranked them to the second round. Pfeiffer 106-77. The victory advances I Apr. 3--Williamstown Easterll:oo aam. Pfeiffer to the Div. II Elite Eight for Apr. 8--Gilmer Inv. (Itome)....4:oo p.m. Wheeling Central the first time in school history. ; AA;~: 13--Lewis County .......... 4:00 p.m. m i I6-WV INS. @ Ritchie..4:00 p.m. of control and than y Dalmer. I wouldn't be suprised if they make it to the Final Four. Georgia Tech and Kansas are coming off wins that should have been blowout victo- ties. My Pick: No. 10 Nevada vs. No. 9 UAB for the Final Four-a game that will come down to the wire. My Final Four Pick: UAB-their swarming out- of-control flopping dreads defense combined with scoring power makes them a force to be reckoned with. Ne- vada will last until UAB's awesome conditioning will take over. East Rutherford Bracket: Pitts- burgh is strong-but they aren't at the top of their game. St. Joe's barely de- feated Bobby Knight's Texas Tech. Wake Forest-they barely survived Manhattan-ha ha! Oklahoma State is playing well together as a team and seems to be under control. My Pick: Look for No. 3 Pittsburgh to finally get things rolling and topple No. 2 Okla- homa State. Then, I see a No. 4 Wake Forest upset over No. 1-ranked St. Joe's. My Final Four Pick: No. 3 Pitts- burgh in the Final Four. Atlanta Bracket: This may be the toughest bracket left. Duke is on fire, what else can you say-and that's with an injured Duhon. Illinois is also hot, blowing out Cincinnati a game ago. Then, there's Texas and Xavier. Duke is just too deep and too strong outside and inside for Illinois. Look for a close game, but in the end, I see Blue Devils dancing and celebrating. Xavier is ab- solutely on fire-and because of that, I picked them over No. 2 Mississippi State in my bracket. And, Texas is too deep for Xavier, who will make a huge run in the contest, but Texas will outlast them. Xavier will win at the point guard position, since Texas doesn't have a true point guard, but the Long- A sports commentary--- By Shaun Smith Sports Reporter What do private schools and reli- gious schools have over public schools when it comes to basket- ball? The answer: money and power. These schools such as Parkersburg Catholic, Mercer Christian, Charles- ton Catholic, Wheeling Central Catholic, Notre Dame, and Emmanuel Christian can use their funds to purchase and recruit fine basketball players from Ohio, Penn- sylvania, Kentucky or any state they wish. In fact, Wheeling Central Catho- lic won the 2004 Class A State Cham- pionship this year and became only Ill I II 1 Ill I I I I II 11 the second Class A school to win I 2004 GCHS | three consecutive titles. I Track Schedule I This is a disadvantage to Class A I~ Mar. ,26--Roane Early Bird..,..4:00 p.m. II schools like Gilmer County, who have less than 100 students a year who graduate. It also presents a dis- wins Class A title CUP to play in Elite 8 IIApr'20-GilmerMeet (Hme)'I:OOP.m" _" Apr. 24--Pioneer Inv(Home).10:oo a.m. __m Wheeling Central became only the The Glenville State Lady Pioneers II Apr. 27--Gilmer Meet (Home)4:oo p.m. second Class A school to win three were defeated Mon., Mar. 15 in a Apr. 30-May 1-Gazette Relays 12:00 [[ consecutivetitles-Mullensmade a run hard-fought battle that was an invite p.m. from 1982-84. to the Elite 8 held in St. Joseph, MO. 1 May 7-LKC @ Roane. ....... 4:OO p.m. 1 Wheeling Central ousted Tucker The Lady Pioneers finish their sea- May 13-Regional @ Parkersburg-TBA I County 73-67, after going 3-1~ in son 29-4, as the Vulcans will play for their In, st 14 games of the season: a Final Four spot on Wed., Mar. 24. flnnmm|lll|lllm|l|llll 1 1 May 21-22-States in Charleston....TBA Head Coach: Williard Wright ~llll~lllll ( t 1 r horns inside game, combined with their outside game, make them a team ,. that is unstoppable. My Pick: No. 1 C Duke over No. 5 Illinois and No. 3 a Texas over No. 7 Xavier. My Final '. r Four Pick: I see a Texas team who can ~, k hang with Duke until about two or " t three minutes left in the game. The ~' t Longhorns' bench will give the Dev- ils a handful, but Duke will reign for - " a Final Four spot. Phoenix Bracket: Alabama has .... come a long way, knocking off So. , Illinois and No. 1 Stanford. Syracuse, ., L thedefendingnationalchamps, played ~' strong against the Maryland Terps. " h Alabama will be stopped in their tracks " il by the Orangemen of Syracuse-the "~ e defending national champions have a r lot of heart. Vanderbilt survived a I~ great victory over N.C. State, and " u UCONN simply obliterated DePaul. - a Vandy has come far enough, UCONN ": will destroy them. tl My Pick: No. 5 Syracuse over No. g 8 Alabama and No. 2 UCONN over ~ n No. 6 Vanderbilt. So, that leaves two ' Big East teams. Hmmm, wish they a could meet in the Final Four. UCONN tl is good, and coming from a state that C demands success from their basklgl- .i" ball teams, I look for a strong fi~ ,~ ) Syracuse is hot now, Macnamara'g'43 ~- points against BYU proved be is on. ' And the Orangmen's win over No. 4 Maryland (who defeated No. 1 Duke in the ACC Championship game) makes them a force that will be hard to overcome. My Final Four Pick: Syracuse. San Antonio Final Four: That : leaves UAB, Pitt, Duke, and Syra- cuse. Look for triple-digit scores and bird wire games, though. Look for madness fever and unbelievable plays in the UAB-Nevada matchup! advantage to most Class AA schools who have under 1,000 total students in their respective high schools. There are many ways in which you can analyze this. Many years ago, the religious schools had their own tour- naments-back when St. Patrick's Catholic School of Weston was still operating (they won the state champi- onship several times). However, when the religious and private schools di- minished, the schools were shoved in to compete with the Class A schools. Now, with so much recruiting, and so many resources, these schools are at a huge advantage over the rest of the Class A schools throughout West Vir-" ginia, and most of the Class AA schools. There are a handful of solutions that could remedy the disadvantage and present a level playing field. The first, obviously, is to once again, create another class, separate from the government-funded schools. The reli- giously-funded schools would have their own state tournament, despite having fewer schools. If too few schools present teams with unchallenged feelings, the reli- gious-funded schools could conduct their own state tournament, then com- pete at the national level in a tourna- ment that would be comprised of hun- dreds of schools. Another option is to throw the reli- gious schools in with Class AAA com- petition-which would present quite a challenge on both sides, since recruit- ing occurs at both of those levels. The religious-funded schools would then be on a level playing field. Yet another option is to open re- cruitment for all schools in West Vir- ginia-which would backfire and em- bed all Class AAA schools with all of the talent. However, one fair option would be for the WVSSAC to ban recruitment from all schools in West Virginia, if competing in the WVSSAC State Tournament. This would force all re- ligious-funded schools to pick up only players within their geographic area, presenting a fair mgte.~n/afinn. The standards set now are unfair, and require some attention, if not for sports attention, but for the attention of the American people and the founders of this country. You must ask the question-is~lllrt I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I It... MARCH 24 @ Braxton County ........................................... 4:00 p.m. [[ 25 PARKERSBURG CATHOLIC ................. 4:30 p.m. II 26 @ Lewis County (JV follows) ......................... 4:30 p.m. II 27 TYGARTS VALLEY (JV follows) ............... 1:00 p.m. 29 RITCHIE COUNTY .................................. S:00 p.m. I 30 CALHOUN COUNTY .............................. 4:30 p.m. II APRIL [[ 1 WIRT COUNTY ......................................... 5:00 p.m. 2 CLAY COUNTY ........................................... 5:00 p.m. 5 BRAXTON COUNTY ................................ 1:00 p.m. [[ 8 MIDLAND TRAIL (DH) ............................ 5:00 p.m. I 9 ROANE COUNTY ........................................ 2:00 p.m. 10 @ Wirt County (DH) ...................................... 1:00 p.m. 12 @ Clay County ................................................. 5:00 p.m. 1 14 @ Tygarts Valley (JV follows) ........................ 5:00 p.m. 16 @ South Harrison ............................................. 7:00 p.m. II 17 @ Liberty (DH) ............................................. 12:00 p.m. E 19 @ Roane County ............................................. 5:00 p.m. 21 @ Midland Trail (DH) .................................... 5:00 p.m. II 26 SOUTH HARRISON ................................... 7:00 p.m. II 28 @ RitchieCounty ............................................ 5:00p.m. II 29 @ Calhoun County .......................................... 4:30 p.m. II MAY 10 @ Parkersburg Catholic .................................. 7:30 p.m. 13 LEWIS COUNTY ..................................... 4:30 p.m. Home games in bold caps DH=Double Header II Head Coach: Joe Frashure Asst. Coach: Bray Frashure Illlmlllllltllllllll legal for a religiously-funded school to compete ag nst a government- fumed school in a government-funded tournament? The entire idea of sepa- ration of church and state pops up here with a legitimate issue. The idea here isn't whether you believe in the separation of church and state clause, but rather, what are the legalities to competition in sports between the two sides--especially in DAMON WEST HONORED-At the West Virginia State Boys' Basketball tournament play. I am actually a bit surprised that Tournament, Damon West has honored for attending the tournament this issue has not came up in other for 57 consecutive years. With the exception of missing four tournaments parts of the country as a major issue, while serving in WWII, West has attended every tournament since his considering other separation issues first one held in Buckhannon in 1937. He was escorted by his son, Larry that have been "front page" material. 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