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It's been a trying season for Jefferson High School’s volleyball team.

The Cougars are winless through seven matches. They’re in a rebuilding mode with most of their height gone from last season’s team. 

Facing defending Class AAA state-champion Musselman, Jefferson tried to hang with the Applemen, but fell in three sets. While the loss was a tough one, the Cougars found way to win in another form, one that took place on the court, but not in the sense of an actual volleyball match last Thursday at Shenandoah Junction.

Prior to the start of last Thursday’s match with Musselman at Shenandoah Junction, the team took time to honor cancer survivors, and those who died from cancer, as well as celebrate the life of Reese Brown, a Jefferson High School junior, and member of the high school band, who died in August.

Elaine Butts, a survivor of breast cancer for three years; Darlene Cross, a five-year breast cancer survivor; Jame “Jimbo” Wells, a three-week stomach cancer survivor; and Ms. Vickers, a Jefferson High School teacher and a thyroid cancer survivor; were honored by team members, parents, family and friends. They were escorted onto the volleyball court for recognition by team members Caroline Shipley (Musselman) escorted Butts; Braelin Albright escorted Cross; Lauren and Riley Ripa escorted Wells; and Sidney Corderre escorted Vickers. 

A moment of silence was offered to remember those who died from cancer.

“This was a great thing tonight,” Jefferson volleyball coach Chad Patoray said. “We took time to honor these fine people.”

During last Thursday’s match, fundraising events were held in the Jefferson High School gymnasium lobby. The proceeds from these events will be donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The Charles Town Popeye’s restaurant also donated gift certificates to the project.

Patoray said the Cougars were able to hang with Musselman for a while in the second set, losing, 25-21, but soon the more-experienced Applemen strengthened its momentum.

“They’re as good as advertised,” Patoray said. “When they match up with Hedgesville, it’s always a close match.”

Patoray said in a match with Martinsburg on Tuesday, Oct. 5, the Cougars played well, taking the Bulldogs to five sets before losing. “Remember, this team is young,” he said. “As they gain more experience, they’ll continue to get better.”

JEFFERSON’S BOYS SOCCER team had a chance to come away with a win over visiting Martinsburg on Tuesday, Oct. 5. The Cougars had a 1-0 lead  with less than seven minutes to go in the match, but a goal  by the Bulldogs’ Jon Stinchcomb with 6 minutes, 23 seconds left on the clock allowed Martinsburg to escape with a 1-1 tie.

Jefferson is 5-9-2, which includes a 3-0 shutout loss at Musselman last Thursday.

On the girls’ side, the Cougars are 11-1-2. Jefferson shut out Musselman last Thursday, 4-0, and played Hampshire to a scoreless tie on Tuesday Oct. 5.

Cameron Dillow, Grace Lochner, Joey Allinger and Kaitlyn Cullen each had a goal for the Cougars in the win over Musselman. Chloe deMoulin, Lorelei Bangit and Molly Colbert each had one assist.

Sera Hawley had seven saves for Jefferson in the tie with Hampshire. The Cougars outshot the Trojans, 22-10, but could not find the back of the net.

Washington’s boys’ soccer team has improved its record 10-3-3. The Patriots blanked Hedgesville last Thursday, 2-0, and played Musselman to a 1-1 tie on Tuesday, Oct. 5.

Cael Nick and Erick Estrada each had a goal for Washington against Hedgesville. Nick and Korben Kaiser each had an assist. Ryan Johnson had 13 saves.

Jack Walker scored Washington’s goal in the tie with Musselman. Cameron Portillo had the assist. 

Washington’s girls’ soccer team is 10-4. The Patriots blanked Musselman, 4-0, on Tuesday, Oct. 5.

COMING OUT OF the bye week, Washington’s football team hopes to get back on the winning track this Friday when it travels to Kingwood for a game with winless Preston. The Patriots are 2-4 and need to win the rest of their games to have a respectable chance at qualifying for the WVSSAC Class AAA state playoffs.

Washington may be getting somewhat of a breather this Friday. Preston took a 72-0 beating at the hands of Bridgeport last Friday.

Rodrigo Delgado is the leading rusher for Washington with 307 total yards (76.8 yards per game).  Austin Sharp has rushed for 204 yards (40.8).

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