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Page 6 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, August 15, 2013 Sports Features -:" i : L Z .. '.2013 Castlewood High School Blue Devils • " Taylor takes over at Castlewood of his 25 years coaching on the defense side of the ball, knows the offensive game also because he has worked to stop the opposing teams offense over the years. On defense, Taylor's team will run the basic 5-0 defense but will be able to adjust out of that as the need arises• On offense, Taylor will run variations of the East/West with split backs and will also be ready to spread the field when the situation warrants that type of offense. Taylor, who said he is still learning faces and names, said the players have bought into the new staff and are working hard. Dillon Hartley and Brad Traverse are, at this point, battling for the QB position with Brett Steffey and Damien Patrick working hard to hold onto the running back slots• Dakota Johnson, Spencer Elam, and Caleb Woods are pushing hard to get some playing time at those spots. Jared Hall and Jacob Cornett are vying for the wide receiver spot with several young players. Hall and Cornett have good size at 180 plus and are in the 6'3", 6'4" range in height. : On defense, Brett Steffey, Tyler Perrigan, Derek Lee, Evan Addington and Noah Young Utility) Virginia has a nationally re- cognized damage prevention program. When ProPerly fol- lowed, it can help in preventing damage to underground utility lines. The program is summed up in the message, "Dig With C.A.R.E. Keep Virginia Safe!" C.A.R.E. means: Call Miss Utility at 811 before you dig. Allow the required time for marking. Respect and protect the marks. Excavate carefully. Calling 811 connects you to Miss Utility of Virginia, the state's one-call notification cen- ter which operates Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding legal state and national holidays. Emergency notification service is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. When Miss Utility receives a call concerning digging or a demolition, trained staff will ask for important information about have looked good on defense• Taylor said he is pleased with the effort put in so far by the players and they have a lot of work to do before the first game. Other team members are David Minton, Tyler Lewis, Jarrett Rose, Brandon Davis, Alex Woods, Dallas Ingle, Dakota Collins, Chandler McCammon, Zack Austin, Angel Cardenas, Jackson Case, Allen Hall, Cody Amburgey, Cory Parsons, Danny Cook, Trevor Ingle and Brayden Trail• The team has size also with 13 tipping the scales at 200 or plus with several going from 180 to 190 plus. Castlewood catches a break of sorts as four of their first five games are at home, but the first two are always tough teams in Haysi and Wise Central. Then they meet Thomas Walker and Twin Springs both district foes before visiting district foe Rye Cove. They then return to meet some really tough teams in Clintwood at home and J.I. Burton on the road. Their final three games will also be on the road against Lebanon, Honaker and Eastside. This is not an easy slate of games for the first year head coach who is trying hard to learn his players and being a head coach• ", by Alien GregbrS, .'". Darrell Taylor, v/ho  has 25 :,'7 years experience in th e6aching • ;- field, received his"fifst head , coaching position when' he was  called on to replace" David " Scammell recently. '- :- Though Taylor ha. a lot of ' experience, being hera&coach is • , a whole new job, T'dyl6r said• -" There are so many othe'f-respon- - :.: sibilities than being an assistant. Though Taylor iS' the new head man at CHS, he's riot new to the Blue Devils. I-lSaid his first coaching job Was.' at CHS under Butch Kiser. Taylbr was the head wrestling coach and an assistant to Kiser. Hestfiyed on at Castlewood when Mike r Roberson was head, coach. He then moved to Leba'rtn where - he has been for the past 14 " years. • Taylor takes over a 31 man i squad that has six. eight seniors. He is not sur€ mce one "" or two have left the .quad and several have come oR,b0ard sin- ce picture day on Friday, Those names he is not sur.,6f at this point since all their phpe;r work has not yet been comlleted. Though many of .Taylor's staff are new to CS,he does have Jonathon Saly'erJAdam Padgett and Frank Dean holding over from last year's.s Taylor, who has spent most Call 811 (Miss Call 811 before eginning any digging or demolishing pro- ject to avoid damaging lunder- ground utility lines. " " Thousands of miies of underground utility lin'es provide our communities and bfisinesses with essential publcservices - such as natural gas, .electricity,' • telecommunications,. Water and sewer. Preventing Ltmhage to •  these lines is a responsibility • . shared by all. ,,".-" ; The State Corporation Com- "- mission (SCC) is responsible for enforcing Virginia's" ' i Under- • ground Utility Damage Pre- vention Act, SCC bi,sion of • Utility and Railroad. Safety Director Massoud ,:.Tahamtani said, "When an tmderground . , utility line is damageA;'there can be far reaching coisehuences, such as serious injury, environ- mental damage, property dam- . age, economic loss, afl,-service , interruption." He adled,,"Dam- - aging an underground utility line • - may result in civil perlalties and " liability claims." before you dig the planned-work and then notify member utility operators that may have underground utility lines in your project area. Utility operators will respond by send- ing locators to your project area within the time allowed by law to mark the approximate hori- zontal location on the ground within 2 •feet of the underground utility lines by means of paint, stakes or flags• There is no cost for this service. Once marked, hand digging is required within 24 inches of these marks. ' Please plan your digging or demolition project to •avoid damage, disturbance or dis- location to underground utility lines• Dig With C.A.R.E. Keep Virginia Safe! • To learn more about 'f , . , Vtrgmm s damage prevention program, contact the SCC Division of Utility and Railroad Safety at (804) 371-9980, or visit the Division's website at mutility/index.aspx. Morgan-McClure Ford 16600. East Riverside Drive P.O. Box 978 St. Paul, VA 24283 276-762-5535. CHS FOOTBALL COACHING STAFF...Back row, left to right, Darrell Taylor, Rodney Holbrook, Brock Funk and Gary Puckett. Front row, Adam Padgett, Jonathon Salyer, Drew Stanley and Frank Dean. Scattered yellow-poplar decline-reported across Lee, Wise and Scott counties Recent declines in yellow- poplar in Lee, Wise and Scott counties have landowners con- cerned over the health of one of the most abundant and resilient hardwood trees in Virginia's forests. While not entirely certain about the reason for the declines, Virginia Department of Forestry personnel believe they may stem from past insect infestations that previously went unnoticed. Yellow-poplar, or tulip pop- lar, is the most common hard- wood tree in Virginia and one of the most important timber species in far southwest Virginia. Its rapid growth, straight trunk and wood properties, along with its abundance, make it an excellent tree for loggers to harvest in bulk and bring to the mills• Generally speaking, yel- low-poplar is a resilient tree that does particularly well in moist cove habitats and fertile soils common to the lower slopes and valleys of the southern Appal- achians. It also has very few insect and disease problems due to the fact that the leaves, bark and wood contain a host of chemicals that deter them. Even an invasive species like the gypsy moth, which can feed on more than 200 species of trees and shrubs, will completely avoid feeding on yellow-poplar. "Two notable exceptions to this rule, however, are native insects known as the tulip tree scale and the poplar weevil," said Bill Miller, senior area forester with the Virginia De- partment of Forestry. "The scale is a tiny sap-sucking.insect that produces a brown, waxy cover- ing that looks something like a tortoise shell. Populations of these insects can occasionally reach such high levels in the forest that they can damage and even kill poplar trees, although this is rarely seen in southwest Virginia." On the other hand, the poplar weevil is a defoliating insect that is particularly common in south- west Virginia, especially in Lee, Scott, Wise, Dickenson, Buch- anan, Russell and Washington counties, along with adjacent counties in Kentucky and Ten- nessee. In most of. these cou- nties, as many as six to eight poplar weevil• outbreaks have been documented over the last 25 years by forest health per- sonnel with the Virginia Depart- ment of Forestry. Feeding by in- dividuals weevils in spring causes little damage to newly emerged leaves, other than a small brown patch. During out- breaks, however, millions of weevils can result in poplar trees being heavily defoliated. These outbreaks are often patchy in nature but can span large areas. VDOF Forest Health Spec- ialist Dr. Chris Asaro said, "While the word 'outbreak' can sound very dramatic, the truth is that these defoliation events are often not noticed from the ground for several reasons: they are very patchy across the land- scape and often occur in remote areas that are not easily visible. In addition, poplar trees are generally quite tall and most people driving by don't have the tendency to look up. Furthe- rmore, while complete defolia- tion of poplar can occasionally occur, trees with adequate moisture often leaf out again pretty quickly, erasing any evid- ence of past damage. Outbreaks typically don't last very long in any one area either because poplar weevil has a host of other insects that prey on them, which usually causes outbreak popula- tions to crash after a year or Golf toumament September 14 at Raven Rock Central High School has announced their Athletic Facilities Fundraiser Kick-off will be with a Golf Tournament. It will be held September 14 at Raven Rock Golf Course in Jenkins. Tee time will be at 1 pm and lunch will be served beginning at 12 pm. Entry fee per person will be $75.00. Entry fee for team of 4 will be $300.00. Sponsor a hole for $100.00. Come see us for a great deal because fit's the right thmj to do/" I,  ...... " ' v For registration and sponsorship forms, donations and other information please contact Central High School, Debbi¢ Sturgill at PO Box 796 Wise, VA 24293, (276) 328- 8015. two." While one defoliation event by itself is probably not going to cause poplars to decline or die, several defoliation events over successive years can weaken trees and, combined with other stressors such as drought, lead to some localized dieback, decline or even death, Recently, some landowners across Lee, Wise and Scott counties have seen such popular decline over the last few years and have express- ed concerns to local foresters. In most cases, these areas of de- dine are small - generally from ½ acre to several acres in size - although several locations have exhibited decline spanning 50 acres to 100 acres. "There appears to be no obvious reason why these declines show up where they do, other than the fact that these areas were known to have several weevil outbreaks during past years," Asaro said. "Because tree decline is a gradual process that can take many years and he caused by multiple agents, it's always difficult to pinpoint exact causes. But knowing that the weevil is a major presence in the region and one of the few insects that can feed on poplar, it seems very possible that it is playing a prominent role in these decline events," Asaro said. The good news is that the affected areas are quite small, and most of the poplar trees are weakened but not dead. That means the wood is probably still sound and can be salvaged, so most landowners can still profit from forests with some poplar decline. 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