Cougar Facts: Did you know?

Cougar Facts Did You Know

Cougar Individual Facts:

  • Flip Dorsey is the only Cougar to hit for the cycle (single, double, triple, home run in a single game). He did it in the first game ever played at the present day Sager Field.

  • The Cougars first no-hitter was thrown by lefty Pat Mahoney vs Clarke County in 1974.

  • Larry Reed and Bradley Davis own the Cougars only perfect games. Reed in a 5-inning gem vs St. Maria Goretti in 1984 and Davis in a 7-inning perfecto against Hampshire in 2016.

  • Colin Lyons was part of 3 no-hitters. One combined with John Witt against Freedom in 2008 and two complete game 5-inning affairs in 2009 against Washington and Hampshire respectively.

  • Jeff Reynolds, Richie Chrisman, David Diehl and Jimmy Rhodes have the most career home runs at Jefferson, with 18. John Lowery, Jr. owns the season mark with 12.

  • Tom Diehl owns the single season mark for steals with 49. He did it as a sophomore.

  • Paul Witt broke the career hit record for Jefferson when he doubled against Nitro in the 2016 State Championship game. Witt tallied 185 hits for the Cougars. The previous record holder was a former Witt teammate, Andrew King (2012-2015).

  • Pat Dorsey (1973) scored the first run for the Cougars.

  • Jr. Grantham and Rusty Lowery are the only Cougars to hit home runs from both sides of the plate. Both were second baseman.

  • The Cougars turned their first triple play against Petersburg High School on March 21, 2008. At the top of the 6th inning with runners on first and second base for Petersburg, a line drive was hit to Trevor Poe, who caught it for the first out. Poe stepped on second base for the second out and then threw the ball to Holden Carroll at first base for the third out. Tyler Burlett was the Cougar Pitcher.

  • Dennis Johnson hit the first Cougar grand slam.

  • Of the first 150 games that the Cougars won, the Mahoney brothers (Jerry, Pat, Jay and John) were the winning pitchers in 75 of them.

  • Cougar pitchers with at least 20 or more career wins include John Mahoney, Jay Mahoney, Josh Simons, Trad Sokol, Brett Lewis, Mike Nagle, Mike Boyd, Jimmy Rhodes, Josh Cenate, Tanner Everton, Chris Payne, Blake Johnson, and Bradley Davis. Cenate has the most career wins with 35.

  • In a five-year period (1996-2000), Josh Cenate (1999, 35-4) and Jimmy Rhodes (2000, 34-1) had a combined record of 69-5.

  • Jimmy Rhodes is the only pitcher to pitch in four State Tournament games. He was the winning pitcher in two final games and one semifinal.

  • Brett Lewis (1993) finished his career at 26-1 and went on to pitch at the University of Indiana in the Big Ten.

  • Josh Cenate is the highest draft pick ever selected from a West Virginia high school (32nd player overall).

  • Matt Carlisle, a right-handed pitcher, pitched in the Division II College World Series for Longwood. Matt also pitched a no-hitter vs. Handley his senior year, but the Cougars lost the game.

  • Four ex-Cougars, the late Pat Dorsey (1973), David Diehl (1979), Tom Diehl (1981), and Scott Bradford (1989) are members of the Shepherd College Hall of Fame.

  • Jeff Reynolds (1978) was inducted into the Potomac State College Athletic Hall of Fame in March 2002.

  • The only three Cougars to hit .500 or better for the season were Steve Diehl (1977), Dylan Hetzel (1998), and Brett Moreland (2009).

  • When Tanner Everton and Logan Johnson were awarded the Desmond White Memorial Award in 2011, they joined former Cougars Josh Cenate in 1999, Jimmy Rhodes in 2000, Ryan Lipscomb in 2001, Jawaan Holmes in 2003, and Josh Simons in 2005 in doing so. Desmond White was a Journal Sports Writer who was killed in a car accident in 1998. Josh Cenate was the first to receive the award.

  • John Starliper, the first baseman for the 1974 Cougars Varsity, was the Assistant Video Director for the 2007 Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts.

  • John Servis, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Winner Smarty Jones’ trainer, played Junior Varsity ball for the Cougars in 1976.

  • When brothers John and Charlie Lowery formed the battery for the Cougars in the 1988 State Championship game vs DuPont, it set a precedent that has never been duplicated before or since.

  • Two former Cougars are now MDs. Dr. Bobby Jones, who played shortstop in the mid-seventies, practices in Charles Town, while Dr. Ted Shuff, who caught in the mid-eighties, practices in Charleston, WV.

  • Number 14 is retired. Jeff Reynolds (1978) wore this number, and his number was retired because he was the first former Cougar to play professionally.

  • Number 24 is retired. Andrew Rotruck (2008) wore this number. He passed away on September 2, 2008.

  • Number 21 is retired. Coach Bruce Davidson wore this number. He passed away on November 29, 2010.

Cougar Team Facts:

  • The 2015 Cougars (37-2) team goes down as one of the best ever at Jefferson with a .949 WPCT that ranks them first all-time in school history just edging the 1992 team (.946 WPCT). The 2015 team's pitching staff posted a collective 1.23 ERA.

  • The Cougars played all their home games in their first season (1973) at Leetown. Not until spring 1974 did the Cougars start playing on what is now Sager Field.

  • The Cougars appearances in 15 State Championship games are the most ever for a West Virginia High School team in baseball.

  • The Cougars have won State Championships in five different decades.

  • The Cougars 5 straight appearances (1997-2001) in State Championship games is also a West Virginia record.

  • The Cougars baseball program achieved their 1,000th victory on April 22, 2008 against Hedgesville High School. The score was 5-2.

  • The most home runs hit in a season by the Cougars is 41, in 1999; the second is 38 by the Cougars in 2011.

  • The Cougars' longest winning streak is 29 games. The longest losing streak is four games (twice in 1974 and once in 2004). The best start at the beginning of a season was 15-0 in 2009.

  • The longest game the Cougars have ever played is 12 innings (twice). The first, vs Warren County, occurred in the second game of the school's history; the other was vs Science Hill, Tenn. in 1998. The Cougars won each game.

  • The Cougars were no-hit by Bishop Walsh in the 1980s, but managed to win the game.

  • Three games in one day - On six different occasions the Cougars have played three games in one day. The results of those games were:

    April 29, 1978 at Buckhannon: Cougars 4, Morgantown 0; Cougars 11, Buckhannon 7; and Cougars 10, Morgantown 5

    April 11, 1979 at Sager Field: Cougars 6, Hedgesville 3; Berkeley Springs 3, Cougars 2; and Cougars 21, Berkeley Springs 3

    April 12, 1993: Cougars 8, Fort Hill, Md. 2 and Cougars 11, Greencastle, Pa. 1 at Sager Field; and Cougars 6, Handley, Va. 2 at Bridgeforth Field, Winchester, VA

    May 6, 2000: Cougars 9, University 2; Cougars 6, University 2 at Morgantown; Liberty 8, Cougars 7 at Clarksburg

    April 6, 2001 at Sager Field: Cougars 9, Bridgeport 0; Cougars 10, Morgantown 7; and Cougars 5, Morgantown 4

                    April 20, 2013 at Greenbrier: In a tripleheader against Greenbrier the Cougars won two (10-9, 6-3) and lost one (15-5)
  • In 1990, a future St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, Garrett Stephenson, pitched against the Cougars in a pre-season scrimmage. Stephenson pitched at Boonsboro High School.

  • The Cougars have played against nine players who eventually made the Major Leagues. John Kruk (Keyser), Scott Bullett and Doug Creek (both from Martinsburg), Travis Harper (Circleville), Mark Teixiera from Mt. St. Joe in Baltimore, late Nick Adenhart (Williamsport) who pitched with Goretti against the Cougars, Josh Judy & Jedd Gyorko (University High in Morgantown, WV), and Josh Edgin (Mercersburg Academy).

  • Teixiera, now with the World Champion (2009) New York Yankees, hit a home run in the 2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Game while playing for the Texas Rangers of the American League. In 1998, playing for Mt. St. Joe, he hit a home run against the Cougars.

  • In 2006, on our way to the State Tournament, former New York Mets RH pitcher, Toby Stoner, threw batting practice to the Cougars at Garrett Community College. Stoner was called up to the Mets in their 2009 season.

  • Over the years, the Cougars have played teams from 15 different states: Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia plus the District of Columbia. This year they will add Kentucky to the list.

  • The Cougars have played games in 9 different states: Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and also the District of Columbia.

  • Jimbo Fisher, Head Coach of the Florida State Seminoles' football program who won the 2013 BCS National Championship, pitched against JHS while playing for Clarksburg Liberty Harrison in the early 1980's. The game was played at Sager Field and was won by the Cougars.

  • Clemson wide receiver, Hunter Renfrow, was a starting outfielder for Socastee High (SC) in 2013 when the Cougars played Socastee in the Mingo Bay Classic. During the 2015 National Championship football game between Clemson and Alabama, Renfrow caught two touchdown passes for the Tigers in a loss to the Crimson Tide. His father, Tim, is one of the directors of the Mingo Bay Classic, an event that JHS has been playing in for over a decade.

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