WHEELING, W.Va. -- Poca had to settle for second place for the fourth consecutive year, but this time Coach Doug Smith was more than happy to accept the runner-up trophy.
The Dots rallied from fifth place, 10 strokes behind then-second-place Ritchie County, to finish second behind Roane County, which ran away with its second consecutive Class AA golf championship on Wednesday at Oglebay Resort's Robert Trent Jones Course.
In fact, when awards were being announced, Westside was incorrectly determined the runner-up when Smith spoke up.
"After yesterday (Tuesday), I'll take it in a heartbeat," he said. "Yes sir."
The Raiders' score of 228 on Tuesday was almost matched by Wednesday's, which was a 230. Roane's two-day score of 458 was the best of every class, the first time since at least 2005 the Class AA champion beat the score of the triple-A titlist. Records prior to 2005 are incomplete.
Senior Alston Spears followed his 72 on Tuesday with a 76 on Wednesday to win by four strokes over teammate Cole Moore and 10 strokes in front of teammate and Cole Moore's twin brother, Cam Moore.
"We wanted to put it on them," Spears said. "Same game plan for the second day, just go play. Me and Cole were in the last group today and we were battling it out today."
Last year's state title was the first in any sport for Roane County High School, making this year's golf crown the second.
"We want to start a golf dynasty," Spears said. "Just to be one of the first is so special. We put so much time into it. It's just an amazing feeling."
Poca's team improvement of 26 strokes in one day was the result of sophomore Alex Hamrick improving by seven strokes to earn All-State honors, senior Travis Covert rebounding by 14 strokes, and sophomore David Scragg improving by seven strokes.
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CABELL MIDLAND'S Seth Kinker had to settle for runner-up again, after the Knights finished as runners-up at the Class AAA state baseball tournament in March.
Kinker, whose future is in baseball, shot an 81 on each day to finish 13 strokes behind medalist Cole Hand of Wheeling Park, and four strokes from earning All-State honors.
The senior is looking ahead to spring and will play baseball in college.
Kinker, the runner-up for State Player of the Year in baseball last spring, said he has received offers from Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, Marshall and West Virginia University. He said he'll make the decision on his future before baseball season, which begins practice on March 3 and the regular season on March 19.
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FIVE OF THE eight Class A All-State players are from Region 4, with Aaron Persily, Christian Casingal and Nick Casingal from Charleston Catholic, Cory Hoshor from Buffalo and Ben Collie from Parkersburg Catholic.
The other three, individual medalist Michael Rogers from Madonna, fourth-place Coleman Lamp from St. Marys and Alex Colantonio, who tied for sixth place, reside in Region 1.
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