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[;age 6 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA_, Thursday, May 30, 2013 Blue Devils get by Eagles by David Gregory Blake Sloce drove in Hartley. and Aaron Hill singled driving in Castlewood strung together four hits and three runs in the decisive fifth inning to edge Rye Cove 4-3 in the Cumberland semi-final. The second seeded Devils got a lead offsingle from Dillion , Hartley and consecutive two out RBI singles from Tyler Austin, ": Reid Edmonds and Gavin The Eagles got the run back with a two out run scoring double by Barnette. Neither Grizzel nor his Rye Cove counter part Eric Hill allowed a runner past second base over the next three innings. Then with two out in the bottom of the fifth, Tyler Austin's 'single broke the tie driving in Grizzel. Edmonds and Palmer, moving to second on the throw home. Then with two outs, J. Hill's single drove Aaron Hill around to score. Two walks loaded the bases for the Eagles, but Grizzel worked out of the jam getting a fly out to right by Addison. Grizzel got the Eagles in order in the seven giving Castlewood a berth in the - Collins to take a 4-1 lead. Collins followed driving in championship game vs. Eastside. Dakota Grizzel struck out the Sloce and Austin to give Rye Cove had three runs on side in the opening frame. His Castlewood the 4-1 lead. four hits and one error while Devil teammates gave him a run Rye Cove's Palmer led off Castlewood had four runs on in the bottom of the inning when the top of the sixth with a walk nine hits and no errors. . ) . .'?: ...... "d 11 by L MEOC WMEOC Walkathon participants 461; Eastsl e ro s ee alka!hon raises $149, by Allen Gregory - was the same as their other In the 9-0 win on Monday The Spartans of Eastside had games this year. . Green fanned 13 and allowed pted no trouble disposing of the Lee The Generals had problems just three singles, donations still being acce High Generals in their opening solving the offerings of Matt Nick Sturgill, Caleb Riner, Rain showers held off long as community sponsors of this band members for their game of the Division 2 Region Green, the talented sophomore, Nate Minor, Aaron Sexton and enough for participants in the year's event. The community participation in the Walkathon. D play on Monday. who is fast becoming one of the Wes Yeary each had two hits. 37 annual Mountain Empire sponsors were Humphreys/Red The Emergency Fuel Fund The game, played at Eastside region's better pitchers. Minor, Sturgill and Riner each Older Citizens, Inc. Walkathon River Coal, Alpha Natural for the Elderly at MEOC assists Alumni Field in Coebum, saw Matt Green has excellent drove in two runs. to complete the course and raise Resources, Norton City Schools, older people with emergency the Spartans take a 9-0 win. control of his curve ball and uses The Generals made four more than $149,461 for the Heritage Hall, Big Stone Gap, home-heating situations during The Generals have struggled that during his stints on the errors while the Spartans played Emergency Fuel Fund for the Oliver Coal Sales, Wise County the winter months. It assists all year and their game Monday mound, error free ball. Elderly. Board of Supervisors, Dominion people sixty (60) years of age or prt -a t D "1 Executive Director Foundation, United Way of older in the Counties of Wise, arts 1 pas evl s Michael Wampler was pleased Southwest Virginia, Univei'sity Lee and Scott and the City of with the turnout for the event, of Virginia-Wise, Old Dominion Norton. Funds for the by David Gregory Collins, Tyler Austin's base hit which was previously scheduled In perhaps the last sent Grizzel home with the run. one out pickingoffarunner. The for May 5th, but had to be Cumberland Championship con- Sloce held the Spartans in the second came on a force out at rescheduled due to inclement test ever Eastside eeked out a 2- bottom of the fourth giving his third. Green then got out of the weather. 1 win in a classic pitchers dual. Blue Devil mates a chance at a inning as he recorded his tenth There were about 275 Eastside's Matt Green fanned comeback. Green would record strikeout getting Walker Long to walkers from the community 12, gave up three bases on balls two outs in order getting Smith end the threat, who came out on Walkathon and allowed only three Castle- on a strike out and Hileman on a Blake Sloce set Eastside Sunday to help with the wood hits and a single run. soft fly to second base. Dillion down in order getting a trio of Emergency Fuel Fund. This truly While Blake Sloce, the Devils' Hartley worked his way on with strikeouts in the bottom of the is a community event and the hurler, struck out seven, walked a walk and Craig Jacobs was hit sixth. Green slammed the door community members and busi- three, hit two but allowed just by a pitch giving the Devils two on this final Cumberland contest nesses continue to step up each getting the Devils out in order year to assist their bider friends foUrGreenhits andgottWOtheSpartanDevilsrunS.out in position.n and a runner in scoring recording his 11th and 12 and neighbors, Wampler said. order in the top of the first. Then Then with a 3-2 count on strikeouts of the game. The reality that all the money with two out in the bottom of the Grizzel, Green induced a ground Eastside moves on to face raised in the Emergency Fuel inning, East's J.D. Sloan singled ball to second baseman Milgrim Honaker after a game one Fund for the Elderly stays in our to record the inning ending out. regional win vs. Lee High. community and all the money Sloce led off the top of the sixth Castlewood will face Rye raised directly assists older with a double, another base on Cove in the Division 1 regional, persons are keys to the success Castlewood recorded one run of the Emergency Fuel Fund for balls to Collins gave Castlewood on three hits and two errors the elderly, he noted. a pair of runners and nobody while Eastside tallied two runs Fourteen organiza- out. However, Matt Green was on four hits and two errors, tions/businesses who donated up to the task. Green recorded $5,000 or more were designated Wrestling at the parkFriday home Nick Sturgill giving the Spartans a 1-0 lead. Both Sloce and Green re'tired their opposition in order in the second inning. Then, in the bottom of the third, Kobe Lawson smashed a one out double to left and came around to score on Sloan's infield ground ball. The Devils got on the board in the top half of the fourth getting a lead off single by Dakota Grizzel. Following a walk to Gavin Clinch River Days Festival will feature World Class Wrestling at the A.R. Matthews Park on the ballfield Friday _May 31. Bell time is 6 p.m. Featured wrestlers include Iron Cross, Seth Padgett, Nate Diamond, Gavin Daring, Skylar Kruse, Benjamin Hatfield, Adrian Lee, Charlie D, Alex Cage, Crusher, Eddie Bruiser, Chris-Milenko and more. ADD VALUE TO AMERICA_ WUIL[ SECURING YOUR FUTORL Serve your Nation, State, and Local CommunityWhile Earning Skilled Job Training Supplemental Income GI Bill Health Care Benefits Retirement Plan 1-800-GO-GUARD There will be six main event bouts! Admission is FREE! A Southern Heavyweight title match will include the Doctor of Destruction against our own local Seth Padgett. This event is sponsored by Samson's Gym. For more information call Mike or Missy Scarberry at 762-7170. ~ i iil 7~ ~i i 2013 Ford All sizes of quality Ford trucks, huge rebates and discounts See one of our experienced sales staff for all the great deals- It's the right thing to do! Saint Paul, VA (276) 762-5535 Power Company, Wells Fargo, Lee County Community Found- ation, Fasmart and In Honor and Memory of Larry Adams. The commitment from these organizations and businesses really jumpstarts our fundraising for the Emergency Fuel Fund, Wampler said. We are very close to meeting our goal for this year, which we set at $165,000, and I think with the continued support of our community we will not only meet, but exceed that goal in the days to come. Wampler noted that it is never too late to donate to the Emergency Fuel Fund. As in the past, the Union High School Marching Band was on hand to kick off the walk and a celebration picnic was held in the UHS cafeteria following the event. Wampler expressed his appreciation to the Emergency Fuel Fund come solely from donations, contributions and fundraising events. All money raised directly assists local people and all the money stays in the local area. From the first of October 2012 through the end of March 2013, MEOCs Emergency Fuel Fund for the Elderly positively responded to 1,517 emergency situations of older persons living in Lee, Scott, Wise Counties and the City of Norton. MEOC spent a record $222,466.18 keeping our older friends, relatives and neighbors warm, safe and secure in their own homes. Donations to the Emergency Fuel Fund for the Elderly can be made year round and can be sent to MEOC Attn: Emergency Fuel Fund PO Box 888 Big Stone Gap, VA 24219 or call 276.523.4202. Record spring gobbler harvest for 2013 Spring turkey , hunters the -state. Populations in the day for young hunters to enjoy reported harvesting a record of South Piedmont and Tidewater 19,265 birds during the 2013 season, according to Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The 2013 spring har- vest exceeded the previous record harvest of 18,345 birds set in 2002. The 2013-harvest was 26% above last year's harvest of 15,326 gobblers. The harvest east of the Blue Ridge Mountains was 23% higher than last year's harvest (12,994 vs. 10,527). In counties west of the Blue Ridge Moulatains the harvest increased 31% (6,271 vs. 4,799). Eighty-seven percent of the birds harvested were adult birds. Seventy-four bearded hens were reported. Fifteen percent of the harvest took place on open- ing day. By week, the highest harvest took place during the first week of the season (31%). The weekly harvest was similar through the balance of the sea- son. Most of the birds were harvested by hunters using shot- guns (92%). Hunters using rifles accounted for 7% of the harvest. The vast majority of birds were harvested on private lands (92%). The balance was reported from hunters hunting on federal (6%) or state (2%) lands. Because of the spring harvest is.believed to be the best index to turkey populations, the record 2013 suggests a robust turkey population. However, population levels were not uniform across Dante Community Center meetings The Dante Community Center will have meetings every third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information call 495-1247. Coffee Time at Library Every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library will host Coffee Time for all area senior citizens. Seniors are invited to stop by the library from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and have a cup of coffee, tea, cider, or hot chocolate and light refreshments. Visit with your friends, talk about the news going on in the. area, read the local newspapers or browse through our magazine selections. Make plans to come by the library each Wednesday for coffee and conversation. For more information contact the library at 276-762-9702. Regions are believed to be the highest in the state. Assuming other regions of the state have similar habitats, population growth can be expected in years to come. Strong reproduction over the past 2 years has helped bolster the turkey population. Particu- larly mild spring weather in 2011 appeared to stimulate recruitment. Birds hatched in 2011 were 2 years old during the 2013 season. These birds tend to gobble frequently and represent an important part of the harvest. Weather is also an important' factor impacting hunter success rates. Good gobbling requires good weather. More birds were killed on Saturdays than any other day of the week. Fort- unately, Saturday weather during the 2013 season was generally. mild, conditions that likely con- tributed to the record setting season. Recruitment and retention of hunters is a critical aspect to the future of hunting. The Special Youth season offered a special the sport at a time when competition is low. The season also offered the potential to retain adult hunters to mentor younger hunters. It was en- couraging to announce that nearly 3% of the harvest (522 birds) came during the Special Youth Season. Harvest in the 2013 Spring Youth Season was comparable to 2012 (4%). In summary, the 2013 spring season represents a new land- mark for spring turkey harvest and population levels. This ro- bust population status offers Virginia hunters extensive op- portunities for high quality turkey hunting. Top 10 counties for spring gobbler harvest: I) Bedford 631; 2) Halifax 516; 3) Pittsylvania 510; 4) Franklin 425; 5) South- ampton 411; 6) Scott 346; 7) Caroline 327; 8) Sussex 326; 9) Campbell 318; 10) Westmore- land 304. Top 5 season for spring gob- bler harvest: 1) 2013, 19,265; 2) 2002, 18,345; 3) 2003, 17,988; 4) 2006, 17,195; 5) 2009, 16,661.. Southwest Virginia Community College Student Activities Relationships that can last a lifetime .... Experiences that will shape your future. CLASSES BEGIN SOON! 276.964.7675* 276.964.7238 * VITDD 276.964.7235 * EOE/AA * WWW.SW.EDU \