Jefferson High baseball coach John Lowery hasn’t lost his touch.

When he threw out the first pitch last Thursday to launch the Cougars’ 2023 baseball season at Sager Field in Shenandoah Junction, Lowery threw a perfect strike. This was a very special pitch for the 78-year-old Mountain State baseball icon.

This season marks the 50th anniversary of baseball at Jefferson High, which opened in 1972 as the result of the consolidation of Charles Town, Harpers Ferry and Shepherdstown high schools. It’s also the golden anniversary of Lowery’s varsity baseball coaching career at the school.

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