Class AA - Roane County will be a tough out in the state's middle class, where the Raiders boast the 2012 medalist (Alston Spears) and sophomore twins Cole and Camden Moore. Poca has seen George Hamrick win back-to-back medalist honors (2010-11), but the Dots have fallen short the last three years with runner-up finishes. Cam Moore is playing in this week's State Amateur.
Travis Covert finished third in the states as a junior for Poca last year and sophomore Alex Hamrick - George's younger brother - finished 11th.
Class A - The Irish are the prohibitive favorites in the smallest class, seeking their third straight crown with Madonna and Buffalo as two of its toughest opponents.
Persily - who qualified for his first State Amateur this year with a dramatic birdie in a playoff - finished tied for fourth as a freshman, second as a sophomore and third as a junior, finishing a combined four strokes back the last two years.
Madonna is also in the mix, led by Alex Colantonio, who finished third in 2012.
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THE HIGH SCHOOL season is highlighted by the Callaway Junior Tour High School Series with four events this month.
Kicking off the 2013 season is the Lewisburg Elks Golf Invitational Aug. 9. A 10-team field will be comprised of Richwood, Roane County, Charleston Catholic, Poca, Morgantown, Sherman, Scott 'A' and Scott 'B' teams, Man and Westside.
The Parkersburg Country Club Invitational on Aug. 12 has 23 entries with Belpre (Ohio), Magnolia, Roane County, Warren (Ohio) 'A' and 'B' teams, Lewis County, Wheeling Park 'A' and 'B' teams, Buffalo, Wirt County, Bridgeport, Williamstown, Linsly, Charleston Catholic, Poca, Morgantown, North Marion, Parkersburg Catholic, Ritchie County, University, Parkersburg, East Fairmont, Parkersburg South 'B', Waterford (Ohio), Huntington, Marietta (Ohio), Winfield, Logan and Westside.
The Ohio Valley Invitational at Highland Springs Golf Club in Wellsburg on Aug. 14 will have Roane, Bridgeport, Linsly, Brooke, Morgantown, North Marion, Ritchie County, University 'A', University 'B', Hedgesville, John Marshall, Madonna, Parkersburg, East Fairmont, Huntington and Parkersburg South 'B'.
The final event of the Series is the Capital City Classic at Big Bend Golf Course in Tornado on Aug. 16 with Roane, Buffalo, Wirt County, Williamstown, Charleston Catholic, Poca, Parkersburg Catholic, Ritchie County, Sherman, North Marion, Scott 'A', Scott 'B', Princeton, Parkersburg, Lincoln County, Parkersburg South 'B', Logan, Sissonville, Winfield and Westside.
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