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The Mountain Messenger, Sunday, July 31, 1994 1 B By James Crews If you would llke to do some laid back summertime fishing, why not try your luck with the scrappy bluegill? Almost every fisherman I know started out catching bluegills in a farm pond or lake. I can remember taking my two kids fishing for bluegills when they were little. There is nothing like watching the expression on a child's face when his bobber is pulled under the water. The bluegills are usually easy to catch and are the perfect way to get young fishermen hooked on the sport. When the weather gets warm and the water is low and clear, the bluegills are not as easy to catch and can be a challenging game fish. Live bait such as worms and grasshoppers are great for bluegills. One fisherman told me he likes to get wasp nests and use the larvae to really catch the big ones. These flsh will also take artificial lures like small spinners and poppers. A fly rod is great to use with both wet and dry flies. Bluegills, like most other game fish, like cover and shade ff they can find it. If you are fishing a pond or lake, look for areas of water with overhanging bushes or other cover. If the cover is poor, the fish will be in deeper water when the sun is high. If you can flnd water that has not been fished hard or has lots of food, you can catch some bluegills in the one pound class and they make some good eat- Ing. The state record bluegill by weight was caught in 1986 fi'om a pond In Randoph County. The 11.7 inch fish weighed 2.75 ponds Just grab your fishing pole, a can of worms and a couple of kids and head for the nearest lake or pond and see if you catch the next state record. On The Local Front Roger Bostic is shown with the Paul Perkins Memorial shot- gun trophy. Roger won the tro- phy by hitting I0 out of I0 ma- chine-thrown clay targets with his black powder shotgun. WV SATELLITE Local Dealer NEW REMOTE SYSTEM 1 Yr. Of 12 Cable Channels Plus HBO Or Disney 0/" Down '31.95 Per Month Used Equipment Available Roger Bostic e Hero, Greenbrier State Forest is an- nouncing certification training for all inspiring to become llfe- guards. This training begins Au- gust I through Aug 6, and re- convenes Aug 8 through Aug 13. These are evening classes from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the above dates. Participants will be required to pay a small fee to cover the cost of the training an/or Red Cross materials needed for the course. There is limited space avail- able and participants will be re- ceived on a first come, first served bases. For more informa- tion contact the Forest Office at 536-1944. The Lewisbur Little League 11 and 12 year old All Stars recently competed at Hmton in the Area 3, District Four Tournament. They defeated Princeton, but were eliminated by Beckley West. Coaches for the team were (from left to right rear) Mike Dixon, Eddie Miller and Ron Snedegar. Team members included: (back row, left to Girls Basketball right)Clint Patton, Michael McMillion, Matt Pegram, Josh Smith, Ste- ven Baldwin, Matt Bagley, and C.J. Miller: Front row: Josh Haynes, Physicals Nell Dixon, Justin DeHaven, Jeremey Boggs, Adam Long, Scott Crews Scheduled and Eric Dixon. UnionLands Three On Squad Union had three players named first-team all state in softball by the West Virginia Coaches Association. The three members of The Lady Red Devils Class A team were: LorI Canterbury, second baseman; Amy Dunlap, short- stop; and Shelby Wlckline, pitcher. All three girls are also mem- bers of the 1994 graduating class of Union High School. All girls interested in playing basketball at Eastern Greenbrier Junior High are asked to pick up a physical form at the school any day between the hours of 9 a.m. to noon and I-3 p.m. Physicals for 8th and 9th graders will be given on August 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. Physicals for 7th graders will be given on August 3 from I-3 p.m. All physicals will be at WVSOM. Spartan Mothers Seek Members Wanted: loyal fans to Join Spartan Mothers. The first meeting of the 1994-95 school year will be August 28 in the Head Start room at Greenbrler East. Other meetings are held on the last Sunday in the month or as announced. The meeting dates are as fol- lows: September 25, October 30, November 27, December 18, January 22, February 26, March 26, April 20, May 21, and June 25. Who are Spartan Mothers? The members make up an or- ganization that aids all athletic programs at Greenbrier East. This group is composed of dedi- cated people--parents and grandparents, who work hard at raising monies for the athletes. Through sales of half and half tickets at games, selling sweat- shirts, T-shirts, hats and license pates, sponsoring the Lltfle Miss Spartan contest, running dunk- ing booths, and holding golf tournaments. Many businesses and indi- vlduals make donations to sup- port this group. "the organiza- tion would like to thank The Greenbrier for the use of a dunk- ing booth which was used at the Dandelion Festival in White Sulphur Springs and the Ron- ceverte River Festival. WANTED ycur he~p, lhat ts, in reporting your sports newsl Send h~ o~ bnn9 to us your stories, schedules, photographs, sti~ttstics and of her perttne~~t u#ormat~or: i. ! ii ! i By John Arbogast Truth is someliness stranger than fiction, as this tale eventu- ally will hear out: The story dates back seventy year when I, a lad of 20, worked for a lumber concern in upstate New York and yearned to see my first Army-Notre Dame football game in Yankee stadium, often dubbed "Jake Rupert's Apple Orchard in the Bronx." The year was 1934 and al- ready The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame was the team I had fol- lowed religiously since 1924, age I0. Excitement ran extremely high for me, just one of the 75,757 fans who jammed the stadium to watch the heralded Irish take on highly-toured Army's rugged football team. Well beforehand I knew that the cadets All-American center was Thomas E. "Jock" Clifford, a native of Ronceverte, my once upon a time hometown by the Greenbrier River. "Jock" has been a football hero of mine long "Jock" Clifford before he made the team at West Point. I knew his colorful sports record in high school and at Greenbrler Military School in Lewisburg, where this outstand- ing athlete had been assured a later appoinhnent to West Point providing he spent "spring board" time at G.M.S. enroute to the U.S. Academy at West Point. Notre Dame also had an All- American center. 0"ack Robinson, whose reputation as a hardnosed puntman bolstering a blg Irish llne, was much pub- lished throughout the college football world. In those days linesmen were not platooned, but played sixty minutes, offensively and de- tensely, on the field that fact, of course, set the stage In the minds of all fans present--a co- lossal physical battle between the two opposing All-American loomed ahead. The contest was a long and hard tussle between, two greats, evenly matched, man-for-man and the final outcome, 12-6 Notre Dame was hardly total sat- lsfactlon to the winner by a mere touchdown. I remember leaving the sta- dium afterwards, awed by what I had seen and breathless with excitement. A variety of horse activity is on the upcoming schedule at the Virginia Horse Center. The 1994 Championships East of the United States Pony Club will take place July 31-August 5, and the East Coast Cutting Horse Association Summer Cut- ting takes the spotlight August 5-7. Both offer visitors to the Center great entertainment. This Is the 40th Anniversary, of the United States Pony Clubs. The 1994 Championships East of the United States Pony Club are family-oriented, and compe- tition is divided into individual age and experience levels. Teams are involved in many of the classes. The variety includes Combined Training, Dressage, Know-Down, Show Jumping, and the Tetrathalon. There is no charge for spectators at this family show. Further informa- tion on the 1994 Championships East can be obtained by contact- ing Mike Kromer or Nicole Pier- att at (606) 254-7669. '' ' The East Coast Cutting Horse Association Summer Cutting August 5-7 will provide a differ- ent flavor and action for onlook- ers. Around I00 will compete. Cutting horses originated on the ranches of the West. Cowhands used Quarter Horses for cutting and sorting out cattle from a herd on the range along with other ranch work. Back in the '40's and '50's real competition raged among the ranchers. Cutting horses are known for their ability to execute stops, starts, and turns on a dime. Spectators are sure to enjoy the action they provide in their "cutting" assignmenls. There are open, non-pro, youth, amateur, and novice classes of competition. Further "inlbrmation on the East Coast Culling Horse Asso- ciation Summer Cutting is avail- able from Pete Bowling in Fair- field, Pennsylvania at (717) 642- 8268. Upcoming, the reowned Lexington- Middleburg Horse Show arrives at the Virginia Horse Center on Wednesday, August 10 for a five-day stay. The Show is Hunter/Juniper "A" rated by the American Horse Shows Association, and one of the major a|tractions during lhe year at the Vii~inia Horse Cen- ter, Lexlngion. But the one thing I remember utmost and enduring was the spectacular one-on-one struggle waged throughout by the two opposing centers, Jock Clifford of Army vs. Jack Robinson of Notre Dame. I have seen many, many great college football en- counters in the years since that day in New York, yet never, ever have I seen the equal of their ti- lanlie struggle across the lines! tEd Note: John Arbogast was Sports Editor of the El Centro (CA) Past-Press Daily in 1946. On his return to this area, he was a Sports Writer for the Cov- ington Virginian and the White Sulphur Springs Sentinel. Clif- ford Armery in Ronceverte is named after Thomas E. "Jock" Clifford.] What's Happenina in Your World of Sports.:'0 We'd like to know! Let us hear from you. 100 E. Main St,, White Sulphur Spring 536-4180 Dave Fraley 647-4528 Howard Fraley 536-2490 50 On Order