Walter Barr’s reputation as a no-nonsense, demanding football coach spanned more than 40 years, including 15 at Shepherd University as the Rams’ head coach. 

From 1971 through 1986, Barr put his brand on Shepherd’s football program, taking it to another level. During his tenure, the Rams won three West Virginia Conference championships. Shepherd also earned its first NAIA post-season playoff appearance in 1983 under his watch.

Barr died in Frederick County, Virginia, on Monday, Oct. 25. He was 85.

“Coach Barr meant the world to so many people who passed through Shepherdstown during his tenure as head football coach,” offered Shepherd Vice President for Athletics Chauncey Winbush.

Barr’s coaching career had much success, both on the high school and college level. His combined high school-college career record was 210-94-5. He coached Winchester’s James Wood High School to a Class AAA state championship in 1970. The following year, he was named head coach at then-Shepherd College.

Barr went right to work, building the Rams into a powerhouse. His teams won West Virginia Conference crowns in 1972, 1982 and 1983.

Barr, a Shepherd graduate in 1962, was voted West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and NAIA District 28 Coach of the Year, three times. He was a member of Shepherd’s Athletic Hall of Fame and a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Football Hall of Fame.

“The passing of Coach Barr has hit our university and football alumni extremely hard,” Winbush said. “We wish his family sincere condolences during this difficult time.”

JEFFERSON’S girls cross country team made an impressive showing at Saturday’s WVSSAC’s Class AAA championships at Cabell Midland High School.

The Cougars’ girls finished third in the team standings with 114 points. Morgantown won the team championship (21), with Morgantown’s University High School a distant second (89).

Senior Addie LaBombard earned a top-25 finish in the 87-runner field, crossing the finish line in 14th place (20 minutes, 33.26 seconds). Right behind her was Washington junior Katie McGivern, in the 15th spot (20:37.5). The Patriots did not qualify as a team for the state meet, but McGivern qualified as an individual.

The Cougars’ Layla Parker finished 21st in the girls’ AAA race (21:20.54), followed by Emily Cisar, 26th (21:27.99); Hannah Phillips, 27th (21:34.27); Claire Burkhardt, 36th (21:58.74); Faith Foglesong, 56th (23:32.77) and Marcia Robinson, 76th (26:59.24).

In the boys’ meet, Jefferson’s Kyle de Nobel finished 10th (17:01.6). Washington’s Jon Larsen finished 12th (17:12.3).

Jefferson’s Justin Gottlieb and Washington’s Logan Musser made the top-25 in the boys’ race as well. Gottlieb finished 17th (17:29.83) and Musser was 21st (17:41.06).

The Cougars were fourth as a team (141). The Patriots got seventh (159). 

Other runners scoring points for Jefferson in the 88-runner field were David Foglesong, 42nd (18:36.74); Christian Morel, 44th (18:43.97); Connor Ireland, 53rd (19:06.22); and Kyle Lewis, 56th (19:08.12).

For Washington, other scoring runners include Noah Schappell, 40th (18:32.63); AJ Atkinson, 54th (19:06.48); Jaden Larsen, 61st (19:28.19); Ethan Meagher, 63rd (19:35.21) and Daniel Locarnini, 76th (20:38.08).

University won the boys AAA state championship (30). Wheeling Park got second (84). Hurricane High School finished third (92).

POST-SEASON VOLLEYBALL playoffs have begun. Jefferson and Washington high schools played a WVSSAC Class AAA, Region II, Section II playoff match on Tuesday. The winner plays at top-seeded Hampshire for the sectional crown on Thursday at 6 p.m., with the sectional champion advancing to regional play next week against the Section I champion. 

Defending Class AAA state-champion Musselman, and Hedgesville, are the favorites out of Section I.



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