Jefferson relief pitcher Will Ricketts (7) sets up his curveball during the Cougars’ win over James Wood on Monday, May 17, at Shenandoah Junction.

Jefferson’s Will Shively and Daion Taylor were named as honorable mentions to the inaugural Class AAAA West Virginia Sports Writers Association’s boys’ basketball team.

Shively and Taylor were instrumental in leading the Cougars to their first WVSSAC tournament berth in 14 years. Jefferson lost in the first round of the elite eight group at Charleston Civic Center to George Washington on Thursday, May 6, 65-48.

The Cougars finished the season at 11-5.

Shively averaged 12.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for Jefferson. Taylor’s scoring average was 13.0.

Only one player from the Eastern Panhandle, Martinsburg’s Doryn Smith, made the first team. The Bulldogs were eliminated by eventual Class AAAA champion Georgetown, 64-52, on Friday, May 7.

This was the first year, in a two-year pilot program,where a fourth classification, AAAA, was introduced for basketball. Currently, all other high school sports across the Mountain State have just three classifications.

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JEFFERSON’S baseball team had quite a busy week, winning four of five games. The Cougars avenged an earlier loss to James Wood on Monday, May 17, shutting out the Colonels at Sager Field, 6-0; then edged Martinsburg the next day at home, 7-6.

At Romney on Wednesday, Jefferson routed Hampshire, 13-1. The Cougars split a doubleheader at Morgantown on Friday, losing to the Mohigans in the first game, 6-3, but rebounding for an 11-3 win in the nightcap.

Jefferson had a 12-2 record to start off the week. Coach John Lowery’s been around the game long enough to know, even with as good a team as the Cougars have right now, things aren’t always going to work out the way they want to.

“That’s baseball,” Lowery said, referring to a previous loss to James Wood this season. “That’s the nature of the game. James Wood is a good team. We just couldn’t get any key hits in that game.”

Jarrett Day, who is coming back from broken hand, struggled early and was relieved by Will Ricketts in the second inning during the home game with James Wood.  Lowery said Day should get better as his confidence improves. Day and Ricketts combined for the three-hit victory.

Cullen Horowicz had two hits with a home run for Jefferson against the Colonels. Regan Allinger had a double.

A four-run sixth carried the Cougars to the win over Martinsburg on Tuesday, May 18. Zac Rose had three hits for Jefferson, Connor Bailey, Horowicz and Allinger each had two hits. Horowicz had another homer, as well as a double. Bailey had a triple. Sam Wabnitz doubled.

Riley Vadasz was the winning pitcher with seven strikeouts over six innings. Griffin Horowicz earned a save.

Cullen Horowicz doubled in the first game of Friday’s road twinbill at Morgantown. Rose and Wabnitz each had a pair of hits with a homer in the nightcap. Wabnitz also doubled.

Rose and Ricketts combined for the win with six strikeouts.

Washington won both of its games last week, defeating Legacy Christian Academy,  9-2, on Monday, May 17 at home; then routing visiting Musselman the next day, 12-2.

With the pair of wins, Washington improves to 9-12.

Kobe Smith and Thomas Wogan each had two hits for the Patriots in the win over Legacy Christian. Logan Link pitched a complete-game victory with five strikeouts for the Patriots.

Link had three hits against Musselman. Cameron Moore had two for the Patriots. Jimmy Williams had three RBIs for Washington.

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SOFTBALL…Washington continues to be the dominate team thus far in the county.

The Patriots went 3-0 last week, with shutouts over visiting Musselman on Tuesday, May 18, 8-0, and at Hedgesville the next day, 4-0; then coming back home on Saturday for a 5-1 win over John Marshall.

The Patriots are 18-3 to start off the week.

Maddy Ruffner and Carly Crowder combined on a five-inning no-hitter in the Musselman game. Ruffner had eight strikeouts through three innings.

Ruffner, a sophomore, has become a dominate pitcher for the Patriots, but Washington coach Amanda Orkoskey said she didn’t let Ruffner go the distance because with a lot of tough games ahead she wanted to keep her rested as much as possible.

“We just wanted to give Maddy a little bit of a break,” Orkoskey said.

Cam Noland had three hits for Washington. Brittany Cenate and Crowder each had two.

Ruffner went the distance against Hedgesville with 13 strikeouts. Cenate and Noland each had two hits against John Marshall.

Ruffner got the win with a complete-game, 10 strikeout effort.

Jefferson split its two games last week, defeating Martinsburg at home on Tuesday, May 18, 16-1, but dropping a 4-1 road decision at John Marshall on Saturday.

The Cougars are 12-8, heading into the start of the week.

Alysa Logreco hurled a four-inning no-hitter with eight strikeouts against Martinsburg. Bella Petit, Rylee Tucker and Kalee Dalton each had two hits for the Cougars.

Lacie Lewis and Tucker each had two hits in the Morgantown game.


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