Cougar Facts: Did you know?

Cougar Facts Did You Know




  • The Cougars first no-hitter was thrown by lefty Pat Mahoney vs. Clarke County in 1974.
  • Matt Carlisle also pitched a no-hitter vs. Handley his senior year, but the Cougars lost the game.
  • Larry Reed and Bradley Davis own the Cougars only perfect games. Reed - in a 5-inning gem vs. St. Maria Goretti in 1983; Davis in seven innings at Hampshire High School on May 4, 2016 with a 7-0 score.
  • Colin Lyons pitched 3 no-hit games: Lyons and John Witt combined against Freedom High School on March 14, 2008, in a 10-0 no-hitter; on March 30, 2009 Lyons pitched a no-hitter vs. Washington High School with a 10-0 score in a 5 inning game; and on May 13, 2009 Lyons pitched a no-hit 5 inning game against Hampshire with a score of 11-0.
  • Taylor Tennant, son of Eddie Tennant ('86) & brother of Alex ('17) pitched a no-hitter against Keyser on March 31, 2018
  • Of the first 150 games that Jefferson 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, Bret Lewis, Mike Nagle, Mike Boyd, Jimmy Rhodes, Josh Cenate, Tanner Everton, Chris Payne, Blake Johnson, Bradley Davis, Dylan Carroll and Austin Cross.Cenate has the most career wins with 35.Rhodes follows with 34.
  • In a five-year period (1996-2000), Josh Cenate '99 (35-4) and Jimmy Rhodes '00 (34-1) had a combined record of 69-5.
  • Jimmy Rhodes is the only pitcher to pitch in four State Tournaments.He was the winning pitcher in two final games and one semifinal.
  • Bret Lewis ('93) finished his career at 26-1, and went on to pitch at the University of Indiana in the Big Ten.
  • Matt Carlisle (‘87), a right-handed pitcher, pitched in the Division II College World Series for Longwood.
  • John Lowery, Jr (’88) was the all-time winningest left-hander at the University of Minnesota with 26 career victories.


  • Flip Dorsey is the only Cougar to hit for the cycle (single, double, triple and home run in a single game).He did it in the first game ever played at present day Sager Field.
  • Paul Witt broke the career hit record at Jefferson, finishing with 185 hits on a double in the Cougars’ 11-2 victory over Nitro in the 2016 state championship game. The previous career record was held by Andrew King (2012 – 2015) with 174 hits.
  • Dennis Johnson hit the first Cougar grand slam in a game played at Leetown (the Cougar’s home field in 1973).
  • The only five Cougars to hit .500 or better for the season were Steve Diehl (1977), Dylan Hetzel (1998), Brett Moreland (2009), Austin Bulman (2016), and Paul Witt (2016).
  • 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.
  • Jr. Grantham and Rusty Lowery are the only Cougars to hit home runs from both sides of the plate. Both were second baseman.
  • Bill Ballenger holds the record for the most hits in one season at 64.


  • Pat Dorsey (’73) scored the first run for the Cougars.
  • In 2011 senior Logan Johnson set a school record for runs scored in a season as he crossed the plate 59 times.


  • Tom Diehl owns the single season mark for steals with 49.He did it as a sophomore in 1979.


  • Josh Cenate is the highest draft pick ever selected from a W.V. high school (32nd player overall).He was the first round pick by the Orioles.
  • 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 the 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.

    Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Four ex-Cougars, the late Pat Dorsey (’73), David Diehl ('79), Tom Diehl (’81), Scott Bradford-Doleman ('99) are members of the Shepherd College Hall of Fame.
  • Jeff Reynolds (’78) was inducted into the Potomac State College Athletic Hall of Fame in March, 2002. Bruce Clinton (’73) was inducted in 2017 and Jerry Mahoney (’73) was inducted in 2015.


  • When Paul Witt was awarded the Desmond White Memorial Award in 2016 & 2017, he joined former Cougars: Josh Cenate in 1999, Jimmy Rhodes in 2000, Ryan Lipscomb in 2001, Jawaan Holmes in ’03, Josh Simons in ’05, and Tanner Everton and Logan Johnson both in 2011. 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.
  • Charlie Barnholt (’16) handled 270 chances at first base without one error.In addition,as a hitter, in 2 seasons he had 92 RBI’s.
  • John Starliper, the first baseman for the 1974 Cougars Varsity, is the Assistant Video Director for the 2007 Super Bowl Champion, Indianapolis Colts and still serves in that capacity.
  • John Servis, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Winner Smarty Jones’ trainer, played JV ball for Jefferson 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.

    Retired Jersey  #s:

  • Number 14 is retired. Jeff Reynolds (’78) 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.


  • 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 16 State Championships are the most ever for a WV 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 for consecutive appearances.

Home runs:

  • 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 most home runs hit in a game was 7 against St. John’s of Prospect Hall in 1992.

Best Win Percentage:

  • The 2015 team goes down as one of the best ever at Jefferson (37-2), with a .949-win percentage that ranks them first all-time in school history, just edging the 1992 team [.946] by a few points.The biggest reason this group ended better than all the rest is the pitching staff, which posted a 1.23 earned run average in 39 games.

Longest Winning Streak:

  • The Cougars' longest winning streak is 29 games.

Longest Loosing Streak:

  • The longest losing streak is four games (twice in 1974 & once in 2004).

Best Season start

  • The best start at the beginning of a season is 15-0 in 2009.

Longest Game:

  • 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 in an Hawaiian Tropic Classic game played in Georgetown, SC.The Cougars won each game.

1,000th and 1,200th and 1,300th  victories:

  • The Jefferson High School Baseball Program achieved their 1,000th victory on April 22, 2008 against Hedgesville High School.The score was 5-2.
  • The Jefferson High School Baseball Program achieved their 1,200th victory on May 25, 2015 against Sprint Mills High School in a Regional final game qualifying the Cougars for the State Tournament.The score was 2-0.
  • The Jefferson High School Baseball Program achieved their 1,300th victory on ...

Games Played:

  • The Cougars were no-hit by Bishop Walsh in the '80s, but managed to win the game.
  • The Cougars have played games in 9 different states: West Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, South Carolina, North Carolina, Ohio, plus the District of Columbia.
  • Over the years, Jefferson has played teams from fifteen different states (Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia), plus the District of Columbia.
  • Cougars played three games in one day on six different occasions. The results of those games were
  • (Apr. 29, 1978 at Buckhannon):Jefferson 4, Morgantown 0;Jefferson 11, Buckhannon 7;Jefferson 10, Morgantown 5
  • (Apr. 11, 1979 at Sager Field):Jefferson 6, Hedgesville 3;Berkeley Springs 3, Jefferson 2;Jefferson 21, Berkeley Springs 3
  • (Apr. 12, 1993 at Sager Field):Jefferson 8, Fort Hill, Md. 2;Jefferson 11, Greencastle, Pa. 1 (both at Sager Field); and Jefferson 6, Handley, Va. 2 (at Bridgeforth Field, Winchester, VA)
  • (Apr 20, 2013 at Greenbrier):Jefferson played a triple header against Greenbrier, winning two games (10-9, 6-3) and losing one (5-15)
  • (May 6, 2000):Jefferson 9, University 2 at Morgantown; Jefferson 6, University 2 at Morgantown; Liberty 8, Jefferson 7 at Clarksburg
  • (April 6, 2001 at Sager Field):Jefferson 9, Bridgeport 0; Jefferson 10, Morgantown 7; Jefferson 5, Morgantown 4.

    Cougar opponents turned pro:

  • In 1990, the future St. Louis Cardinal Pitcher, Garrett Stephenson, pitched against the Cougars in a pre-season scrimmage. Stephenson pitched at Boonsboro High.

  • 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 (from Circleville); Mark Teixiera (from Mt. St. Joe in Baltimore); late Nick Adenhart (from Williamsport) who pitched with Goretti against the Cougars; Josh Judy (University High in Morgantown, WV 2004) played with the Cleveland Indians in 2011; Josh Edgin (from Mercersburg Academy); and Jedd Gyorko (University High in Morgantown).  
  • Teixiera, (retired) with the World Champion (2009) NY Yankees, hit a home run in the 2006 Major League 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 NY 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.
  • Jimbo Fisher, Head Coach of the 2013 Florida State BCS National Championship, (now head coach at Texas A & M) pitched against JHS while playing for Clarksburg Liberty Harrison in the early 1980s. The game was played at Sager and was won by the Cougars.
  • Clemson wide receiver, Hunter Renfrow, was 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 game won by 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. In 2016, during the National Football Championship against Alabama, Renfrow caught the winning touchdown pass with only 1 second remaining to give Clemson the National Championship – their second in school history and first since 1983. He was also a valuable member of the Tigers in the 2018 National Championship.


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