Well, we made it!
While there may have been a great deal of uncertainty regarding just how far the high school spring sport seasons would be able to proceed, given all that has happened over the past year, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing is now certain, the season ran its course with a small amount of interruptions.
Sure, the pandemic forced wholesale schedule changes all school year, but the bottom line was they were completed. The only thing which hit a snag was WVSSAC’s major fall event, the Super Six football finals at Wheeling Island Stadium.
State officials were forced to cancel the Super Six because of COVID-19-related issues, naming champions in all three classifications.
An abbreviated winter season was held for basketball, wrestling and swimming, with state championships being won. Now, a full spring season is winding down and the post-season is about to begin in earnest.
The WVSSAC calendar shows baseball and softball sectionals beginning this week across the Mountain State. The Class AAA, Region II track and field championships are being held at Spring Mills High School on Friday. State tennis begins in Charleston on Thursday, with Jefferson and Washington high schools well-represented.
For the next month, there will be plenty of post-season events going on, another sign life is returning to some level of normalcy, after a year of doing things a little bit differently. In the end, the fact everyone did their part in doing their best to slow the spread of COVID-19, all the way through the vaccination period, shows how people, working together, can all come out winners.
Shoutouts to all of you… good job!
Jefferson is the top seed in Class AAA, Region II, Section 2, and will host the Hampshire at Washington winner on Thursday. The Patriots host the Trojans in a first-round matchup at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
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Washington is the No. 1 seed in Class AAA, Region II, Section 2, and awaits the Hampshire at Jefferson winner, which is being played at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The Cougars host that winner at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
The baseball and softball sections are double-elimination tournaments and must conclude by June 12.
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JEFFERSON’S CULLEN HOROWICZ has turned out to be a force to be reckoned with at the plate, especially when it comes to slamming home runs.
The Army-bound Cougar senior has set the school record for most home runs in a single season. Horowicz did that during Jefferson’s game on Tuesday, May 17, at Martinsburg. The Cougars (22-2) won that game, 7-6.
“It means a lot to me and my team,” Horowicz told MetroNews recently. “I obviously could not be the kind of player I am today without all of them pushing me and my coaches being in my corner.
Horowicz currently bats .482, with 35 RBIs. He belted his 14th homer of the year in an 8-5 win over Frankfort at Shenandoah Junction on Thursday.
Jefferson picked up two wins last week. The Cougars also defeated Hedgesville on the road on Tuesday, May 25, 8-5.
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A BIG PART of Jefferson’s success on the baseball field has been the strength of its junior varsity program. Jefferson’s JVs, coached by Dave Dinges, have enjoyed a lot of success this season, finishing out at 20-6.
At times, the Cougars have been tested, but have constantly shown their mettle when it comes to grinding out wins. Jefferson has won 20 games or more over the past eight seasons, although there was no season last year because of the COVID-19 shutdown.
“This is a really special group of players,” Dinges said. In a recent JV challenge tournament, Jefferson went 4-1 to win the tournament title.
“The 20-6 record this year is pretty remarkable for a JV program,” Dinges said.