Saturday, February 14, 2009

Live Action from WVT : 12:06 P.M. - The 1ST Pitch of the Lawrence Nesselrodt area @ WV Tech - Yes, that is former General Pete Vandenbout on the Hill

It's official ! The Golden Bears are under way against Bluefield.
Temp @ 1ST Pitch - Balmy 47 degrees...
12:38 P.M. - Top of the third inning- scoreless tie.
12 :51 P.M. - End of three innings with Bluefield leading 1-0 after a RBI single followed an infield hit and stolen base.
Vandenbout escapes a jam in the top of the fourth with a great defensive play on a shot back to the box with runners on second and third. Finishes the escape with a strike out- still trailing 1-0 @ 1:05 P.M.
1:07 P.M. -The first Golden Bear hit is in the books as Gerardo Hernandez lines a sharp single to right field in the bottom of the fourth. Hernandez then adds 1ST stolen base!


Vandenbout is finshed after 4 innings with a pitch count nearing 70. Pete allowed just 1 run on five hits. Righty Rob Frazer is next to the mound and we head to the bottom of the fifth at 1:25 P.M.


1:50 P.M. - Heading to the bottom of the 6TH. Bluefield leading 3-0 after a 2-run Home Run by Wes Dimitt in the top of the inning. 3RD pitcher for Golden Bears is Jeffrey Krauklis. Now pitching for the Rams is #25 Billie Mueller.


2:02 P.M. - Ronnie Baldwin lines a RBI single to plate Gerardo Caceres with the 1ST run of the season for Tech. Heading to the top of 7TH (final) inning trailing 3-1.


2:15 P.M. - Game 1 is in the books.

Bluefield 3, West Virginia Tech 1

Bluefield 001 002 0- 3 9 0

West Virginia Tech 000 001 0 - 1 4 1


Hanging Out with Lawrence and his Golden Bears on the eve of Opening Day

Skip going over final notes with his staff as Midnite approaches. The young man on the left is Student Assistant Danny Flores. Flores is a native of Miami, Fl.
"Da Bear"

One of the coolest Business Card holders that I have seen

After practice is over and the field is lined, Skip finally gets to make the 10 mile drive back to his office on campus.Opening Day is now just minutes away!

Final thoughts being shared with the kids at the end of practice. The group, while small in numbers, appear to be ready to get the season started.

Center Field at the Stadium which is located down the road in East Bank, WV.

The Press Box and facilities at the Golden Bear park.

Trying to catch the view of the Astro-Turf infield. Pretty impressive stuff!

Spongy is the word to best describe it.

The scoreboard at Douglas M. Epling Field

The view from the back balcony at nearby Hawks Nest State Park located in Anstead.

Pretty special part of the State. Very Easy on the Eyes.

"The Bridge"

The road sign on I-64 as you cross over into the land of "Wild and Wonderful"

Trying to show how early one has to start out to get the trip made.

Happy Valentines Day ! Just two hours until first pitch so it is time to get to the ball park!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Celebration Night : Stonewall seniors make it 4 Straight/Burner earns win #200 just ahead of 40TH Birthday

Meghan Lutz, Coach Burner, Molly Beall & Assistant Coach Jason Lutz
Bobby Burner visits with Jessica & Molly after the game.

Jessica "Bull" Richardson and the Burners

One of the most distinguished looking group of administrators you could hope to meet. Still smiling near the end of another typical 16 hour day!
Molly & Bull with their Roses.

Molly, Jessica, Coach & Brittany Smith

The NVD's Dennis Atwood and Coach. Check out the gamer at .
Coach Burner, Jason Lutz, Emily Crider & Bobby Burner after the game.

A Trio of Coaches with 1,000 total wins within sight. Legendary Central Coach Jerry Walters (Jeff's Walters Dad), current Central Head Coach Roger Wilkins and Burner.

Molly and Ms. Lutz enjoying the moment
Quite a pair of High School Leaders!
The Stonewall Seniors kissing the horse after clinching their 4TH straight Shenandoah District Championship

Sonya was in the gym taking pics for the Free Press. Check them out next Thursday!

Mr. Dennis Atwood of the NVD
Freshman guard Cassie Conley on crutches after suffering an early injury. Godspeed on the recovery.

Some has been trying to sink the Half Court shot. Must admit the second attempt hit inside the rim. Thanks to Dennis for catching the action.

Luray's Chris Mercer sharing a moment with Mr. B

Stonewall making a tunnel one more time as the Generals head to the half.

You know these two as Mr. & Mrs. Nicest Man in Page County

Coach and Roger in the gym to cheer on "Tiger" Wilkins


Shenandoah University assistant basketball coaches Bobby Burner and Emily Crider sitting with Mrs. B. They tell me that Emily could play a little basketball in her day!

Stonewall AD Todd Fannin enjoying the ceremony

Helaina Rotondi receiving her giftsThe underclassman also presented Roses to their parents during the ceremony.
Six seniors in all played their final home game in the Stonewall gym Thursday night.
Four of the six played 4 years on varsity and their careers included 100 games as of last night.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

7 Quality Minutes with Jim Sacco of the News Virginian & The Sports Desk

Jim Sacco was kind enough to invite me down to chat about the Waynesboro Generals. We spent 7 minutes discussing a number of topics. If you click on the link below you can watch the video.

Thanks to Jim!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Stonewall's Meghan Lutz sinks "THE SHOT"

Meghan Lutz with her Parents and Grand Parents after the 42-40 win

I was sitting in the gym at Stonewall Jackson two seasons ago when their 5'6 guard Meghan Lutz fell hard to the floor. Stonewall was hosting Page County that night and you could tell that the sophomore was injured on the play. We wouldn't find out just how serious until X-Rays revealed the damage done to her right knee.
I live in a world where the Glass is ALWAYS at least half full and I tend to pull for the underdog whenever I can. Lutz would now be a poster child for me as this remarkable young lady (All of what must be 80 pounds) would be forced to battle back from an career threatening injury.
Head Coach Jeff Burner and his assistant Jason Lutz don't give "Gracie" a great deal of slack. Older brothers and Head Coaches that are like family tend to be the way. When asked why Burner calls Lutz "Gracie" he will quickly tell you it is because of her lack of grace. At a game at Page County earlier this year I mention to the Stonewall coaching staff that I had counted 17 times that Gracie had ended a play on the floor of the Panther court... The response- she can do that by Lunch on any given day at school.
Fast forward to the final two minutes against Buffalo Gap tonight and you will see three seperate game changing plays made by Lutz. Sara Lamneck had just tied the game at 40-40 with a putback basket at Stonewall headed down the court. A Generals pass got away from Heather Stout and Gap was fast breaking to the go ahead basket. Lutz made up some lost ground in a hurry and managed to block the lay-up attempt of Samantha Long to perserve the tie.
One minute later Gap was once again looking to break the 40-40 tie and Lutz deflected a Bison pass and went to the floor. It was only the 8TH time on the floor for the game but the jump ball she forced with her effort turn the tide for Stonewall.
The clock is running down and Stonewall is holding the ball for a game winning shot. Lutz is above the top of the key with the clock at 0:04 when she starts toward the basket. What happened next will become etched in Stone and the crowd that was in the building that night will increase everytime the tale of "THE SHOT" is told.
Gracie pulls even with the free throw line and launches an off balance runner that never made it more than a foot above the rim. From my vantage point I think the ball hit the rim, then banked of the glass before falling through the basket with 0:01.0 remaining in the game. The shot would live forever anyway but add the fact it gives the 2008-2009 Seniors an opportuntiy to clinch a 4TH straight Shenandoah District Championship and it takes on a life of its own.
I waited to talk to Meghan after the final buzzer and asked but one question of the young lady with a very wide smile. Eyes open or closed?
On a day where you could not escape the Market downfall or the buzz about A-Rod, I went in search of a reason to smile and Boy did I find one!!!

A few fun pics of Buffalo Gap @ Stonewall - A game for the Ages!

Coach Burner discussing the outcome of the game with a familiar face from the Northern Virginia Daily. Check out the gamer later at .

John Galle asking Meghan Lutz about the game winning play.

The scoreboard after Lutz's shot dropped thru the net.

TV-3 personality Damon D. was in the gym for the conclusion of the game.

My camera taking a pic of John Galle's camera after the basket!
Galle was next in line to interview Burner. Check out his work this Friday in the Shenandoah Valley Herald. Shaun Cox was in the gym for the News Leader and his gamer will appear at .
Gap Head Coach Chad Coffey and Stats Guru Keith Ramsey sharing a moment after the game. While I haven't spent a great deal of time with Coach Coffey I have a great deal of respect for the way he runs his program and represents his school.
You have seen the TV guy, so now here is a look at the radio crew. Randy and Craig discuss the dramatic end of the contest in the post game show.
Meghan in the huddle during the time out taken with :16.1 seconds remaining. Coach Burner drawing up the winning play.

The Stonewall student section showing their support down the stretch.

Freshman guard Ashlie Clar with Brittany Smith in the back and Whitney Wilkins to the right.
Love the amount of coverage that the game received. 3 newspapers, a blog, a radio broadcast and film at 11:00!

If I save up for a few years maybe I could afford a camera like John Galle's!
The "Mayor" of Quicksburg and the "Deputy Mayor" reflect on the night.

Dennis was in the gym to capture "art" for the NVD and then we will have to talk with Chuck about who he will let do a gamer for him. I am sure it will be a Great read!