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Prep golf: Irish win second straight Class A title; Roane wins in Class AA

WHEELING, W.Va. - Charleston Catholic got what it came for at the State Golf Championships on Oglebay Park's Robert Trent Jones Course.

Catholic, which had a junior (Aaron Persily) and four sophomores (Christian Casingal, Jordan Covelli, Jackson Ellis and Allie Persily) play in the 36-hole tournament, had a 15-stroke lead after the first round.

The Irish secured a second consecutive Class A title on Wednesday, winning by 21 strokes over Madonna behind three All-State players.

 "I'm glad to end the streak of every other year," Catholic Coach Bill Gillispie said. "That's the first thing that comes to mind, we finally broke the streak."

It was the sixth crown for the Irish, but the first time they won consecutive titles.

Every year since 2006, Catholic either finished first (2007, '09, '11) or second (2008, '10) before racing to a 15-stroke lead in Tuesday's first round and losing only nine strokes on Wednesday.

It could've been bittersweet for Casingal, who was the overall medalist in 2011. He finished second, but it was by two strokes against Buffalo junior Cory Hoshor. Hoshor was the only player in the Class A field to finish each round under 80. His 75 on Wednesday tied for the second-best round of the day.

However, Casingal, who shot an 81 in the second round, didn't look at it that way.

"Me and Cory have known each other since we were 11 years old and we're real competitive," Casingal said. "We're really good friends and I'm happy for him, but I wish I could've played a little bit better."

It couldn't have been much better for Hoshor, who is playing in his third State Tournament after shooting a 171 in each of the last two years. Hoshor had a triple-bogey on No. 1 - his 12th hole after starting on No. 7 - and had one bogey, one birdie and 15 pars.

"I don't want to say I feel bad about it, because I wanted to win," Hoshor said. "Christian's my friend. If I would've went out and shot a 68, it would've been a different story."

Aaron Persily finished third, one stroke behind Casingal after being three strokes off the lead in 2011, also behind Casingal.

"Cory didn't really get in trouble except for one time," Aaron Persily said. "We're happy for him. He's our friend and we like to see a friend do well."

Buffalo finished third overall, only one stroke behind Madonna. After Hoshor, Bradley Harris led the charge for the Bison with an 82.

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UNIVERSITY HELD on to a precarious lead to end Wheeling Park's string of state championships at two. Additionally, the Patriots' Thadd Obecny was stopped in his quest for a third consecutive individual crown by teammate Cole Hand.

Wheeling Park lost its No. 3 player - Dylan Wojcik - in Tuesday's first round when he was disqualified after breaking a club.

Park Coach Don Headley opted to play his No. 5 player - Hunter Bryan - on Wednesday and the Patriots lost by six strokes to the Hawks.

The title marked the second week in a row University has beaten Wheeling Park, which includes last week's regional.

Still, a player from the host Patriots hoisted the trophy for medalist.

"I was pretty relaxed today," said Hand, who finished second to Obecny last year. "I avoided the double bogeys. Usually when I avoid the double bogeys the round usually turns out pretty good."

It was the first title for the Hawks, who finished as runners-up in 2006.

"It's awesome," said University's No. 1 Trent McPherson, who attended John Adams Middle School in Charleston before moving to Venetia, Pa., to attend high school until 2011.

"I'm very disappointed in how I played, but I'm glad the team won. I was 2-under at one point and played my last four over par."

George Washington's Will Evans earned his second consecutive spot on the All-State team, but started with back-to-back bogeys and finished with three consecutive bogeys.

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POCA CAME up short for the third consecutive year, finishing second behind Roane County by three strokes.

It was Roane County's first team state championship in school history. The Raiders' Alston Spears shot a 75 on Wednesday to edge out Bluefield's Evan Smith for individual honors.

Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at or 304-348-4837.



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