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ports The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, March 13, 1990 1B By JAMES CREWS V ! al day for a Tues- the sun was shining and ere singing. I say it was Tuesday is my day am more accustomed to As a matter last day I had off was m we had at the Promised my son, Scott, take him fishing the first t l had off. The evening be- it got cold and Scott looked deject- the .window and said he Were not going to go. He sad that I told him we fishing no matter what. got up that Saturday was very cold and the flying. my promise, we got our together and drove to on Rt. 60. My dad us so there we were, (a- and grandson fishing up a ; Snowstorm. to clear up a bit and the through the clouds. I realized this was just a me that the bad Over and to get farther Shelter. of the creek were so mud and snow, I spent time holding onto the coat to keep him out The fishing was slow Scott hooked a trout, he land the trout and keep down in the slick mud at I got my camera out Pack and snapped his as the fish cleared the his fish on the stringer Was when the blizzard Started snowing so hard, not see. We gathered up quickly as we could but covered with snow clear up and the sun to pop back out. I think we had all had enough fishing for one day so we just stayed home. Scott was thrilled that he had caught the only fish of the day. We cleaned his fish and put it in the freezer. For the next week, each visitor to our home got to look at the frozen fish. My next fishing trip was to Wil- liams River with my dad and brother. This was on the nice Tuesday I spoke of earlier. I had intended to tell you about that trip in which a ground mole and a bag of wild ramps played a large part but I got sidetracked. Oh well---that will be a good tale for next week. On the Local Front There will be another meeting of Quail Unlimited on March 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pipestem Lodge. Repre- sentatives from the Department of Natural Resources and Quail Unlim- ited will be on hand to answer all of your questions. If you are interested in improving the quail population in the state, please attend this meet- ing. The DNR is already working on a restocking program with wild- trapped birds and the public's help and support is needed to get the ball rolling. ;lick ride home but we for the weather to Scott Crews V Championship Games 44 Austin ~brier East Spartans season with a 51-44 loss in the Re- at the hands Wilson Flying Partans used a delib- Play, trying to make one quarter contest, in upset- Ying Beckley squad. quarter, the Spartans furious and bolted lead. The Spartans the pace and re- more slow style of allowed Woodrow the deficit back to two 12-13 after the first nd quarter saw the e to play very even squad managed to half time lead 24 who missed to retain the lead entered the dressirig Ovation from a racy of Greenbrier made the trip to Armory. lrter the Wa- The Spar- the lead 25-24 on a torrid 16-0 run, al 3 point bombs and intentional foul-call Then, on the had a fast-break Which the Spartans fouled on to try to stop. The official called the intentional foul, allowed the bucket, and gave the ball back to the Eagles which created a six- point play. The fourth quarter saw both teams play even, even though the Spartans had fought back with their own 11 - 0 run to make it a ball game. In the last frame the Spartans could not get closer than the seven point difference that Beckley was able to maintain, As the game ended, Beckley fi- nally got to their normal style of play on a breakaway slam-dunk which was answered by the Spartans by a 3 point bucket to make the final mar- gin 51-44. It was the lowest point total for the Eagles of the year by 20 points. The Spartan attack was lead by Gabe Stone who tossed in 12 points. Richie Brown added 11 points, including 3 out of 3 trifectas, and Ryan McCtung tossed in 10 points. Beckley was lead by Brian Kidd with a game high 18 points. East ends the season with a spar- kling 17 - 7 mark. Beckley, now 20 and four, will enter state tournament play March 15 against Morgantown. For the second time this year the Spartans managed to out-rebound the Eagles by a margin of 25 to 24. This was only the second time the Eagles had been out-rebounded. This writer would like to congratu- late Jerry Bradley and his team on a very successful campaign and many exciting moments. Let the Know About Your Sports S CUSTOM FENCING Good Fences Make Good Neighbors Residential- Commercial Chain Link Rail Fence Dog Pens Runs Picket Privacy Barriers Tennis Fence I FREE ESTIMATES I By Shawn O. Austin To say that an athlete rewrote the record book is one of the oldest cliches in sports writing. But, to say anything else of the collegiate of our own Bimbo Coles would be at the least inaccurate and would fail to do justice to a career that can best be described as phenomenal. In four years at Virginia Tech, Bimbo Coles has forged new stan- dards in nearly every offensive cate- gory. He also has established new marks for the entire Metro Confer- ence and the state of Virginia. The fact that he has accomplished these feats in the face of NCAA sanctions, intense defensive attention, and on mostly mediocre teams speaks vol- umes of the talent of this young man. When Bimbo left the Greenbrier Valley for Blacksburg four years ago, there were some doubts as to the wisdom of his choice. Some lo- cal fans thought Bimbo Coles should play football. Indeed, his possibility of a professional career as an NFL defensive back seemed more likely than that of an NBA guard. The NBA has only 12 players per team, and only 3 or 4 guards. Now, all doubts have been dis- pelled. Those who felt Bimbo should have chosen the Mountaineers over the Hokies have also been silenced. Perhaps Bimbo would have made the opportunity to play in an NCAA tourney at WVU, but he probably Mr Coins is not only a scorer, though. He is the Hokies' career as- sist leader with 541 dishes. To prove his defensive prowess, he also has registered 216 steals over his four years. J Bimbo holds the highest scoring average for a season at Virginia Tech at 26.6. This was in the 1988- 89 campaign. Other Hokie records set by Bimbo Coins include most ca- reer free throws made at 589, best season average in Metro games at 28.2, most free throws made in a season at 200, the freshman, sophomore and junior assists rec- ords at 112, 172 and 141 respec- tively. He also holds the sophomore and junior scoring record at 702 and 717 points respectively, and this year's total of 742 points prior to the tournament loss is the single season high in Tech history. Bimbo also holds the Tech record would not have been the profusive_for most points scored in a confer- scorer he is at Tech. Gale Catlett's ence game, the 51 points he scored system is not geared that way. To list all the records and accom- plishments Bimbo Coles achieved at Virginia Tech would take this entire sports section. It will take enough space to list the major ones. Every- one is now aware that Bimbo owns the Virginia Tech and Metro Confer- ence all-time scoring mark with 2465 points prior to last Thursday's sea- son ending loss to Southern Missis- sippi in Tournament action. This sur- passed such college and NBA greats as Dell Curry, Keith Lee, Per- vis Bison, John Williams and Rod- hey McCray. Bimbo is also the first player ever to lead the Metro Conference in scoring for three straight seasons. has posted the most 30-point games in a career and a season at 21 and 9 respectively. Also, he has the most 40-point games in career and season at 3 and 2. Bimbo has also set the Hokie record for points in a losing effort, set last season when he scored 43 points in a loss to the University of Virginia. Another Bimbo Coles rec- ord has a bearing on UVA. Bimbo's career point total makes him the leading scorer in all Virginia colle- giate history. Considering that list includes Ralph Sampson, a two-time College Player of the Year who also played his full four years. Add to this telling statistic one other important figure. Jerry West scored 2309 points in his career at West Virginia. Bimbo with 2465 plus points should be the highest scoring West Virginian in NCAA Division 1 history. We must remember that Jerry West had only three years of eligibility in those days when fresh- men could not play varsity athletics and West had no three-point fieldgoal. The one sad note in Bimbo's ca- rear is that with a career record at Tech of 53-63, and only one winning season, 19-10 in his sophomore season when Tech was on proba- tion, Bimbo has not gotten the me- dia attention he so richly deserves in post season play. Perhaps the NIT will invite Tech to compete despite a 13-18 record. A really popular match-up would be Tech at WVU so against Southern Mississippi two years ago. That game also netted Bimbo the Windex Player of the Week and Sports Illustrated Player of the Week awards, tt was these prestigious awards, along with a one-man show in a stunning upset of mighty Georgetown that brought an Olympic invitation. The chance at Olympic glory seemed reward enough, but when Bimbo made the squad that brought home a bronze medal from Seoul, all of us here in the Greenbrier Valley felt great pride. Bimbo Cotes-a so-holds the Hokie records for season and career assist averages in Metro games at 5.8 and 4.8 respectively. He also sale! that Bimbo could finally have a good outing in the WVU Coliseum. We will have to wait and see. Bimbo Coins should be a first round draft pick. Hopefully, he will be selected by a team with champi- onship potential so that he could fi- nally win that championship that has eluded him through high school and college. Nobody is more deserving of that golden moment in the sun than our own Vernett "Bimbo" Coles. 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