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JSN Update 10/20/09

Posted by JoAnn on October 20, 2009

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Coach Hinkle Honored

Former Ravenswood High School coach Dale Hinkle was one of six inductees into the West Virginia Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame this past weekend in Charleston. Hinkle was an assistant coach for just one year and then took the helm of the Red Devil grapplers for two-and-a-half decades. During his tenure, 10 Ravenswood wrestlers won state championships while he produced 48 state placers and 94 state qualifiers. Hinkle retired from teaching five years ago and stopped substituting last year. Many congrats, coach!

Charges Dropped Against Sullivan … For Now

Remember the 50+ people arrested in July for an alleged Jackson County meth ring? (https://jirl.wordpress.com/2009/07/22/jsn-update-72209/). Local attorney Jessica Sullivan, class of ’96, was due to stand trial Oct. 13 on eight felony counts of possession of substances to be used as a precursor to manufacture methamphetamine and eight felony counts of conspiracy to commit a felony. However, charges were dismissed without prejudice because not all evidence had been turned over in time to Sullivan’s defense attorneys. At issue is a statement made by one of the other folks arrested which allegedly is very damaging to those facing prosecution. James Coiner, who was charged with nine counts each of the charges Sullivan also faced, agreed to testify against 51 other people, including Sullivan, in exchange for a plea deal. Sullivan’s lawyer had moved for the charges to be dropped with prejudice. However, because Coiner’s statement had not yet been transcribed and, therefore, could not be delivered to the defense in time, the judge decided it was not a gross violation of the law and would not dismiss with prejudice. A dismissal without prejudice means the prosecution can introduce new charges in the case against Sullivan, which it is expected to do later this month.

Naked Man Arrested at Fire Scene

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Well here’s a doozie. Apparently, Jackson County law enforcement officers had to use a K-9 officer to gain control of a naked man who was disturbing the scene  of a camper fire in Millwood. According to the police report, a call was made to 911 reporting a camper on fire along Front Street in Millwood on the night of Oct. 5. Shortly after, another call came in with a resident saying there was an individual near the fire scene threatening him and two others. When police arrived, they found Mason resident Guy Wamsley, 39, naked and leaning against a camper trailer watching firefighters put out the fire. Police order Wamsley on the ground, an order which he apparently ignored. The order was given again, this time with the threat of releasing the polic dog if he failed to comply. Wamsley did not, and the K-9 was released. Fortunately for Wamsley, he was only bitten on the calves before being subdued and placed under arrest. According to Justin Griffith and Jared Varney, after seeing the fire break out from their residence, they went to the scene where they observed Wamsley going to a residence near them.  After telling him not to bother the residence, Wamsley allegedly became irate toward Griffith and Varney and began chasing the two with a large plastic jug containing gasoline.  Wamsley also allegedly punched Varney in the face. Witnesses backed up the statements and Wamsley was charged with assault and obstructing an officer.

Red Devils Fall to Pt. Pleasant

Pt. Pleasant’s Big Blacks upset Ravenswood 31-19 on the football field last week. The boys host winless Clay County this Friday at Flinn Field. The Devils fell from 2nd to 5th in this week’s Class AA rankings.

School Lunch Menu for Tuesday, Oct. 20

Today, the kiddies will be dining on chicken and noodles, tossed salad, whole wheat roll, peaches, Jell-O and milk.

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NFL Reflections

Posted by JoAnn on October 19, 2009

Week 7 Reflections

Saints Alive! Dolphins Be Warned.

Dolphins had a bye this weekend, so not much to report. The good news is, Henne has had two good games and seems to be doing what he needs to do: nothing fancy, just don’t lose the game. He’s playing well, Tatasbut the verdict is still out. If the Dolphins want to beat the Saints this weekend, they need to keep Reggie Bush and Drew Brees off the field. The best way to do that is to run the ball, eat the clock and dominate time of possession while scoring on each drive. It’s what the Dolphins do best.

WildCat This!

There has been much discussion in the past week and a half about the Wildcat offense and whether or not it’s a gimmick. It didn’t help that Jets linebacker Calvin Pace whined about it after losing to the ‘Fins. He called the formation nonsense. To which Channing Crowder kindly pointed out that the Dolphins “Nonsensed their ass all the way up and down the field.” Well put and to the tune of 110 yards, I might add. Look, is the wildcat an unconventional formation? Of course. Is it a gimmick?  Absolutely not, unless you’re the team getting embarrassed by it. The wildcat is an offensive formation, that if you have the right personnel, can be a great offensive threat. If it were a gimmick, you wouldn’t have so many teams adding it to their playbooks, college and pro. Miami has two phenomenal running backs, one with a steady throwing arm. They have two versatile quarterbacks. Right now, no team in professional football has a better team to run this formation than the Dolphins, though others are trying. But my point is this: Just because it’s fairly new and being used a lot now by a team, doesn’t make it a gimmick. Let us not forget that a forward pass wasn’t always part of the game. I’m sure it, at one time, was called a gimmick.

Cold Reality for Sanchez

Speaking of the Dolphins and Jets, it’s inevitable that when it comes time for the Dolphins to play the Jets again, this time in New York, people will speculate that the Dolphins will stumble because it’s a warm weather team. Did you see Mark Sanchez‘s performance against Buffalo this weekend? Five interceptions in the unseasonably frigid October. Henne played college ball at Michigan. And grew up in Pennsylvania (Unrelated tidbit: Henne graduated from the same high school as Kerry Collins.) But I digress. Sanchez is a California boy. I still can’t figure why New York thought he would be a good fit for them in the long run. Weather may be a factor, but maybe not in the way New York hopes.

Remember the Titans? They Don’t.

Three teams are going into week 7 without a single win: St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Truly pathetic in a league with a salary cap designed to keep things competitive. It’s especially sad in the Titans’ case, after the beatdown they received this past weekend courtesy of the New England Patriots. It really makes you wonder how a team could fall so far from one season to the next.

Open Letter to Washington Redskins Coach

Dear Coach Zorn,
I hear Wal-Mart is hiring.
Best wishes,
Jo

Coach Q.B. Controversy Is At It Again

This is the second and last time I plan to talk about Browns Coach Eric Mangini. Dude needs to pick a quarterback and stick with them. Geez! He pulled this same tap dance when head coach of the Jets. Look, I get that your options are pretty gimpy, but unless you can acquire someone else, those are the options you have. You need to name a quarterback and then let them play enough games to properly evaluate them. Playing duck-duck-goose with your quarterbacks is a horrible way to manage a team.

Really McNabb? You Realize Your Getting Paid Millions to Play this Game, Right?

Someone needs to get Donovan McNabb the “Idiot’s Guide to Football.” (I’ll even help you out. Here’s a link: Amazon: Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Football Like a Pro.) Yes, Donovan, games can end in ties. And sorry Donovan, but each team only gets 3 timeouts in a half. So when you’re trying to score with seconds left in the first half of a game, don’t like the defensive formation and want to call a timeout to evaluate, it’s best to first evaluate if you have a timeout available. Of course, I don’t entirely blame McNabb for this one. Andy Reid clearly lost his clock-management mind when he called two timeouts following incomplete passes that stopped the clock anyway.  I really don’t know who wanted to lose more yesterday: Reid, the Bills or Mark Sanchez. Each of those did all they could to tank their team. Reid and Sanchez were successful.

Silver Lining for Jim Zorn

In honor of Coach Zorn, I bring you some press conference highlights. As the husband so poetically stated, he is a Coor’s Light commercial in the making. For the second video, skip to 39 seconds in. That’s where Bill expects the Coors Light guys to grill Zorn for buying beer that’s not Coors Light.

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