For 31 years, Monte Cater had been the face of Shepherd Football.
From 1987 through 2018, Cater guided the Rams to a 245-93-1 record, which included 17 conference titles and 13 post-season appearances.
Cater was the winningest active NCAA football coach (all levels) at the time of his retirement in 2018. He had a career-record 274 wins as a head coach when he stepped down.
Now, the 72-year-old Cater stands as candidate for nomination into the 2022 National Football Foundation & Hall of Fame. His name was placed on the nomination ballot on Wednesday, June 2.
Cater is one of 33 coaching candidates from the divisional ranks.
“It’s an enormous honor to just be on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot considering more than 5.47 million people have played college football and only 1,038 players have been inducted,” Steve Hatchell, NFF and CEO president said in a email. “The Hall’s requirement of being a first-team All-American creates a much smaller pool of about 1,500 individuals who are even eligible. Being in (this) elite group means an individual is truly among the greatest to have ever played the game, and we look forward to announcing the 2022 College Football Hall of Fame Class early next year.”
Cater has six undefeated seasons while at Shepherd. His 245 wins at Shepherd are the most by any collegiate football coach at a college or university in West Virginia.
Ballots have been emailed out to the more than 12,000 NFF members and current hall of fame members. The votes will be tabulated and submitted to the NFF’s Honors Courts, which will eventually select the 2002 class.
Those selected will be officially inducted during the 64th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 20, 2022.
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PREP TENNIS: While no Jefferson County schools advanced deep into the WVSSAC Class AAA championships in Charleston last week, Jefferson’s Cole Gore made it far enough to earn a spot on the all-state team.
Gore won a first-round match at No. 1 boys singles, but lost in the semifinals. Anyone at No. 1 boys singles reaching the state semis earns this special recognition.
Gore took the No. 1 boys singles championship at the Class AAA, Region championships two weeks ago at Jefferson High School.
“Getting a spot on that all-state team is quite an honor,” Jefferson boys coach Glenn Edwards said. “Cole did a nice job.”
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COLLEGE BASEBALL: Shepherd senior outfielder Jared Carr and graduate student outfielder Caleb Walls were named to the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division II Atlantic All-Region Team. Both Carr and Walls were named to the first team.
Carr is a two-time all-region selection, batted .375, with 41 RBIs and a team-best 11 home runs.
Walls batted .395 for Shepherd, with six home runs and 37 RBIs.
COLLEGE GOLF: In local college golf news, the Rams’ Owen Elliott was a first-team all-PSAC pick. He was the medalist at the PSAC championships and Cecil Spadafora Invitational this season.
Shepherd’s Chris Neighbors made the PSAC second team. He was the medalist at the Dr. Edwin B. Cottrell Invitational, which Shepherd won.
Horowicz’ walkoff single in 10th keeps Cougars alive
SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — Jefferson’s baseball team found itself in an uncharacteristic position on Monday.
Down to their last out in the bottom of the seventh inning, trailing upstart Washington, 5-3, the Cougars were on the verge of elimination from the Class AAA, Region II, Section II playoffs when Sammy Roberts threw his team a lifeline.
He delivered a powerful, two-run single up the middle, sending the game into extra innings. Then, after Jefferson got out of jams in the eighth and ninth, a walkoff, RBI single in the 10th from Griffin Horowicz gave the Cougars a 6-5 win over the Patriots, keeping the Cougars alive and forcing an extra game at Jefferson on Tuesday to determine the sectional champion.
Washington (12-15) put Jefferson (24-3) on the defensive on Friday, June 4, when it stunned the Cougars, 4-2, at Shenandoah Junction. Jefferson struggled the next day, relying on a walkoff error in the eighth to oust Hampshire, 2-1, in an elimination-round game.
Last Tuesday’s game seemed destined for a repeat performance by Washington when it carried a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh. The Patriots’ Logan Link hit Mark Smith to start the seventh.
Smith was eventually replaced by pinch-runner Kellen Kinsler. Connor Bailey singled to left center field, pushing Kinsler to second. Cullen Horowicz struck out.
Link walked Regan Allinger to load the bases before being relieved in favor of Bradley Smetek. Zac Rose greeted Smetek with a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Kinsler.
With Roberts at the plate, Bailey and Allinger successfully executed a double-steal to move up a base.
On a 1-2 pitch, Roberts singled up the middle, scoring Bailey and Allinger to tie the score at 5.
Neither team were successful in scoring in the eighth and ninth, but in the bottom of the 10th, Jefferson made its move.
Roberts hit a deep grounder to shortstop Brayden Stottlemyer and beat out an infield single. Sam Wabnitz moved Roberts up with a single to left center. Smetek unleashed a wild pitch.
Roberts went to third and Wabnitz took second on the play, setting the stage for Horowicz’ game winner.
Horowicz went to a 1-1 count before belted a convincing single to the gap in left-center, scoring Roberts to end the game.
Bailey finished the game with three hits. Roberts, Wabnitz and Horowicz each had a pair of hits. Allinger and Horowicz each had a double in the third.
Riley Vasdasz got the win in relief for Jefferson.
Cameron Moore had two hits with a double for the Patriots. Zach Wick and Stottlemyer each had a double.