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Page 6 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, March 20, 2014 The Spartans posted a 15-9 overall mark in 2013 capturing the Cumberland districts regular season title (8-0) and final Tournament Championship. Head coach Chris Clay, now in his third season at the Spartan helm, gets back 8 starters and 12 players with varsity experience from last season's squad. Eastside lost All Cumberland District 1st team outfielder Aaron Sexton and 1 st team designated hitter Nathan Minor to graduation. Clay will have no shortage of players to look to for team leadership in 2014 as the Spartans list 9 seniors on the roster including starters Cody Funk(lst base), Ryan Milgrim (2nd base), Caleb Riner (SS), Bob Lawson (LF) and Nick Sturgill (3rd base). Sturgill, along with junior Matt Green make up the nucleus of a for- midable Spartans pitchingstaff. Seniors Grant Yeary (DH), Hunter Damron (OF), Hunter Buchanan (INF), and Cody Mitchell (OF) will provide solid support of the bench. Junior Wes Yeary (catcher) and Soph right fielder JD Slone round out the Spartan starters. In their fn'st year on the Eastside varsity squad junior Austin Smallwood and Freshman Kody Bledsoe hope to add depth and con- sistency to the Spartans pitching staff. Juniors Micheal Wheatley and Maurice Thompson look to give sup- port in the out field. Sophomores Tyler Cooper (inf), Logan Austin (OF) and freshman Bryan Meade (C/OF) also hope to contribute. With Clintwood, the 2013 Lonesome Pine tournament champi- on, and J.I. Burton joining the Cumberland Conference for the 2014 season this year promises to a wide open and exciting one in confer- ence. Including a very possible trip to the State playoff for the conference champion. Eastside opens the season March 28th at Rye Cove. Little League sets Tryouts, Opening Dates Clinch River Little League base- ball will hold tryouts for ages 9-12 Saturday March 22, 2014 from 10 am.-2pm at Ma Whitenack Field. An umpire clinic will be held following the tryouts for all interested from 2pm.- 4pm. We appreciate all volun- teers and this year we need your help as umpires, please come, sign up and help our league. Clinch River Little League' has announced the opening dates for both softball and baseball ages 9-12. Softball will open April 5, 2014 at the Ken Holbrook field. Baseball will open April 12, 2014 at the A.R. Matthews Park. The league's Board of Directors has accepted a low bid for both soft- ball and baseball uniforms from Wilma Jessee of Jessee's Graphics. As the University of Virginia Cavaliers are preparing to take on the field in the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament, the BBB Serving Western Virginia is advising sports fans to use caution when purchasing tickets to avoid buying fraudulent or non- transferable tickets. "March Madness is an exciting and unpredictable sporting event and it's impossible to control your team's destiny," says Julie Wheeler, President and CEO of BBB Serving Western VA. "One thing you can con- trol is where you buy your tickets if you plan on attending a game in person. Don't add additional 'mad- ness' to March by getting misled into buying fake tickets, different tickets than were advertised, or tickets that can't be trans- ferred." Virginia will kick off their tournament run on Friday, March 21 in Raleigh, NC and fans are expected to attend in large numbers. TOURNEY TICKET TIPS Here are some tips for enjoying this year's tourna- ment from fan advocacy group Fan Freedom: Use Reliable Sellers: Beware of fly-by-night ticket sellers. If You're unsure whether a company is legitimate, check its rat- ings with the Better Business Bureau. If pur- chasing from a ticket bro- ker, check to see if they are members of the National Association of Ticket Brokers. Their Code of Ethics requires members to adhere to basic consumer protections. Check your ticket ven- dor's guarantee policy: For example, websites like Stub Hub, TicketsNow, Ace Tickets, All-Shows and members of the National Association of Ticket Brokers guarantee every ticket sold on their sites and will replace them or provide refunds to con- sumers if they receive the wrong tickets or their tick- ets are invalid. Craigslist and other online classifieds sites do not offer such guarantees; it's "buyer beware" when shopping there. Pay Attention to URLs: When buying tickets directly from a venue, check the website's URL to ensure that you don't get duped by an imposter. Remember, even if a web- site looks like the official site, it may be bogus. Read the Fine Print: Just because you bought a ticket doesn't mean you can give it away. Some concerts and sporting events sell restricted paper- less tickets, }equirmg the buyer to show up at the venue and present the pur- chasing credit card and photo ID. With such tick- ets, the buyer does not receive a physical ticket and cannot easily transfer these tickets. If your team loses in an earlier round, you would not be able to unload your ticket on a fan whose team advances. Know the Rules: Some venues limit the number of tickets you can buy. If you're buying tick- ets on behalf of friends, make sure you know the maximum number of tick- ets allotted or your order may be cancelled without notice. Buy with a Credit Card: Regardless of where you buy tickets, be sure to use a credit card so you can dispute any unfair or unau- thorized charges. Before entering your credit card information online, be sure the site has "https://" at the beginning of the website address. This means the site is encrypted and safer for use. 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