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Two Jefferson youth leagues grab state titles

SHEPHERDSTOWN — With the Area championship under its tournament belt, the Jefferson Little League 10-12 year-olds qualified for the West Virginia state tournament in Lewisburg. Jefferson had stopped Hedgesville, 10-0, in four innings when Liam Sager fashioned a two-hitter with eight ...

Except for John Denver, Shenandoah has taken back seat to Potomac River

SHEPHERDSTOWN — Throughout history, the Shenandoah River has never been able to toot its own horn. Folk singer John Denver gave us a lyric or two about the leisurely stroll the river makes in his beloved “Country Roads.” And the western movie with the moniker “Shenandoah” opened just ...

Charlottesville, Strasburg, Woodstock dominate Valley Baseball League

SHEPHERDSTOWN — College baseball players have returned to the Valley Baseball League in Virginia for the two-month summer season. The infamous pandemic eliminated the 2020 season. But now the league has made its own comeback of sorts, playing a 42-game schedule before a quick round of ...

West Point next post for Gatorade player of the year

SHEPHERDSTOWN — The picturesque Hudson River below its cliffs. In the fall, pastel-colored leaves rising on the slopes above its campus. History behind every tree and campus symbol. It’s West Point in New York state, home of the United States Military Academy or Army West Point as the ...

Game of inches or Murphy’s Law? Ask Cougars

SHEPHERDSTOWN — It wasn’t karma. And it wasn’t the old saying, “what goes around, comes around.” One of the old Brooklyn Dodgers of the 1950s might have said, “it’s a game of inches” or “wait ‘til next year.” Jefferson High School just couldn’t avoid the head-shaking ...

Versatile Cougars face field full of talent and successful coaches

SHEPHERDSTOWN — Versatility can be as important as game experience. Or raw baseball talent. Or masterful pitchers. Or the players’ knowledge of inside baseball, their defensive skills, foot speed or courage to find the ways to winning even against top-flight competition. Jefferson has a ...

Rose slams door on Bulldogs after Vadasz blanks them

SHEPHERDSTOWN — Jefferson had the pitching. And it had a grand slam home run and two-run blast as well. Add to those game-winning ingredients the confidence it had gained in beating Martinsburg twice during the regular season and it’s a path that can be followed to another Class AAA, Region ...

Go, Gottlieb!

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Jefferson High School’s Justin Gottlieb continued his strong track season by winning four events (200, 400, 800 and 1500 meter runs) at the West Virginia State AAU Meet in Charleston last Saturday. Gottlieb qualified to compete this weekend at the AAU Regional Meet in Ohio, ...

Led by sprinters, Jefferson girls are state champions

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- With three of the top four finishes in the 200 meter sprint, Jefferson literally hurried off with the girls Class AAA track and field state championship laurels. Lorelei Bangit (who had earlier won the 400 sprint), Trinity Blue and Hailey Dillow placed second, third and fourth ...

Critical comebacks take Cougars into baseball Regional

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Two season-saving, large measurement comebacks carried Jefferson from the brink of disaster right into the Class AAA, Region 2 tournament. After dropping its initial game in the Sectional tournament -- a 4-2 loss to Washington -- the Cougars found themselves only three outs ...