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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The George Washington High School girls soccer team scored three goals in the first half and four more in the second to beat Cabell Midland, 7-0, on Wednesday at Trace Fork. Jessica Lowen led George Washington with two goals, while Hannah Ellis scored one goal and assisted on another. The shutout was the 13th of the season for Patriots goalkeeper Olivia Miller. George Washington moved to 12-1-2 on the season, while Cabell-Midland fell to 9-9-0.

PREP VOLLEYBALL: Sissonville exceeding expectations http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141014/DM03/141019538 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141014/DM03/141019538 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:49:23 -0400 By Michael Dailey HURRICANE, W.Va. - First-year Sissonville volleyball coach Paul Bradshaw knew the senior-laden team he inherited had the potential to be a good one.

But not even Bradshaw foresaw the season his team is having.

"I didn't know we would be as good as we've been coming out of the gate," Bradshaw said. "The fact that they've been able to come together and really learn the offense we've put in and the defensive positioning has been big.

"They've really stepped up their game this season. They've been together since sixth grade so sometimes it just takes someone that knows what to do with the talent that's there and be able to put them in positions to help them succeed and to win."

And win they have.

Sissonville improved to 26-3-1 after a 25-22, 25-21 win over Capital Tuesday evening. The Indians only losses of the season came at Class AAA Greenbrier East (twice) and at Class AA Wayne. The Indians avenged the loss to Wayne with a pair of home wins against the Indians, including a 3-0 victory last Thursday.

A big plus for the Indians has been Bradshaw's familiarity with his players.

Although Bradshaw had not been a high school coach prior to this season, he was familiar with many of the Indians' players through summer workouts and travel volleyball.

In fact, it was the players that helped recruit Bradshaw to Sissonville.

"I worked with the girls in summer conditioning when I wasn't their coach," Bradshaw said. "I've coached the Charleston Volleyball Club and that's pretty much how I got this job. Sissonville posted their job and the girls came to me and asked me to come out and coach them."

And the girls haven't been disappointed.

"He's done an excellent job of coming in and going over basic things, and pushing us harder than we really have been pushed before," said senior outside hitter/defensive specialist Andrea Harmon. "It's been a combination of our experience and his pushing us because you have to have the leadership within the team itself and then we have him helping us out."

Bradshaw believes that the girls' familiarity with each other has been more important than the bond between coach and players.

"They're like sisters," Bradshaw said. "They're on the phone with each other all the time. It really is like they're a family. We have seven seniors and a junior (Brooke McCoy) and the junior's just meshing real well with the group.

"They really have a cohesive bond."

It's a bond that's been forged since the group of seniors entered the sixth grade.

Those seniors, Cheyenne Davis, a returning Class AA honorable mention All-Stater, Bailie Payne, Allie Humphreys, Amanda Young, Lauren Knox, Katelyn Linville and Harmon are enjoying more success this season than in any other year together.

"We've played together since the sixth grade, but this is the best season and the most fun season we've had by far," said Payne, a senior captain. "We scheduled a lot more games and high competition this year and it's been fun.

"I think we're just working better as a team. We have seven seniors and a junior on the varsity team and I think it's just clicked. We're working together really well."

One new thing Bradshaw brought to the team was a tougher schedule that features a slew of Class AAA teams, including Hurricane and Capital.

The Indians lost in sectional play last season to eventual Class AA runner-up Herbert Hoover.

"I wanted to press the girls with our schedule," Bradshaw said. "I scheduled AAA teams and better Class AA teams on purpose because I wanted to push them to strive to better against good competition. I want them to face tough teams so that we can make a push through the sectionals and the regionals and earn a state tournament bid.

"Our goal is not perfection this year. We call it the stair step effect. We want to climb each step and get better along the way until we get go into sectionals so that we can make the even bigger step from sectionals to regionals and from regionals to hopefully the states."

PREP SOCCER: Trupo scores three goals to lead Charleston Catholic boys past Winfield http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141014/DM03/141019540 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141014/DM03/141019540 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:44:39 -0400



WINFIELD, W.Va. - In a boys soccer matchup featuring two of the area's top offensive squads, Kanawha Valley scoring leader Joey Trupo proved the difference for Charleston Catholic.

Trupo netted a hat trick to push his season goal total to 44, as the Irish prevailed 4-3 at Winfield on Tuesday evening. Generals senior Steven Taylor, the Valley's second-leading scorer, tallied two goals for Winfield.

"I expected a highly competitive game coming in," Trupo said "It makes me one of the most nervous persons here. I'm extremely nervous coming into a game like this. It's a big game.

"We knew it was going to be a crazy competitive game. That's just how the cards played out. We both came out and played hard. That's how it ended up."

Trupo scored two first-half goals as the Irish (15-0-1), ranked third in Class AA/A by the West Virginia Soccer Coaches Association, struck first. Winfield (13-1-5) cut the lead in half with a goal by Taylor, but the AAA fourth-ranked Generals trailed 3-1 at halftime, as Kendy Peyton provided a late first-half goal for the Irish.

Heavy rain began to fall in the second half, while both teams continued to pour on the offense. Trupo tallied his third goal of the contest 15 minutes into the second half.

Catholic held a commanding 4-1 advantage, though Winfield charged back with goals by Jason Cavender and Taylor. Taylor's second goal came with 9:22 left in the game, as the Generals attacked with eyes set at evening the match.

Winfield found opportunities in the final minutes but couldn't connect on an equalizing goal, with Catholic escaping with the victory.

"I really did like the second half," Winfield assistant coach Tim Sneeringer said. "We fought back. We were down 3-1 at one point and ended up 4-3. They were on their heels. I like to see that, when the team that's winning is on their heels at the end of the game.

"They were just pushing the ball back out and we were bringing it right back to them with good offensive opportunities."

The offensive firepower proved all the more impressive as each team's goalie ranks among the area's best, with Winfield's C.T. Douglas' nine shutouts on the season and Irish keeper Patrick Cline with five.

"Joey can score against anybody," Irish coach Dom Cipollone said of Trupo's ability to neutralize opposing defenses. "That's all I got to say. He always gives a good effort."

Trupo added that Catholic isn't intimidated no matter the numbers or reputation of the opponent.

"We don't worry about keepers on other teams," Trupo said. "We expect them to be good, if we know some stats, but we go into every game like a new game and do what we always do and score goals."

Cipollone said he wasn't surprised with the style of game as he expected a competitive match.

"I knew it was going to be a good game," he said. "They're a good team, but I think we stepped it up a little bit."

Though Winfield fought back into the contest, Cipollone said he was pleased with Catholic's effort, as the Irish continue to rebound after last season's disappointing postseason finish.

"They're more concentrated on playing and winning this year, because we lost in the semifinals last year," Cipollone said. "Their objective is to win the state championship, so whatever games they play, they give it pretty much their all. They were very good tonight. I was very, very impressed tonight. They were very disciplined too."

Winfield next plays host to South Charleston 6 p.m. Thursday, while Catholic visits Oak Hill at noon on Saturday.

PREP CROSS COUNTRY: Cabell Midland boys seek continued dominance at MSACs http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141014/DM03/141019542 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141014/DM03/141019542 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:37:32 -0400



CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The cross country postseason push begins today for Cabell Midland and runners across the Mountain State Athletic Conference, with all eyes pointed toward the finish.

Midland's boys program will look to secure its 15th consecutive conference championship when Ripley hosts the annual MSAC title meet at Cedar Lakes. The boys race is scheduled to start at 5 p.m., with the girls to follow at 5:30 p.m.

"I think when we go to conference, of course, we're always at full force," Knights coach Chris Parsons said. "I think the conference, for us honestly, we use that meet to determine who our top seven is going to be. It helps us make decisions who is running good now, in trying to determine our top seven come the regional and state meet."

Junior Nick Salmons, ranked ninth in boys AAA according to www.runwv.com, enters as the highest-rated runner for No. 1 Midland. Salmons represents one of seven Knights runners listed among the state's top 28 runners.

"I'm just trying to do my best by the time states come around," Salmons said. "I'm working hard, the whole team's working hard, and we're going to be ready for the conference meet."

When one runner succeeds, the rest of the Knights typically follow, Parsons said.

"They feed off each other," he said.

At the Greater Louisville Classic on Oct. 4, the Knights displayed that pack mentality by claiming first as a team behind a solid group finish.

"Between two and seven, we had five seconds - they just came in like a swarm," Parsons said. "The goal for them is to realize not just the importance of having five strong ones, but having seven. I tell them I don't care who beats who, as long as you pack it up and stay close together."

In addition to Salmons, several other of the state's top runners will challenge for the individual conference championship. Winfield junior R.J. Weiford, the 2013 MSAC runner-up, ranks highest statewide among any MSAC runner at eighth. Parkersburg senior Nic Cheuvront (10th), Midland's Jonathan Hathaway (12th), Hurricane senior Jake Henley (14th) and Midland senior Brandon Atkinson (15th) each rank among the state's top 15, with many more MSAC runners viable threats, too.

Behind Salmons, Hathaway, Atkinson and more, the Knights will look to extend their conference title streak. St. Albans won back-to-back boys team championships in 1998 and 1999, before Midland began its dominant run.

"They know the tradition," Parsons said. "There's no shortcuts, there's no easy way in this sport. If you want to run and compete with the best teams in the state, you're going to have to train hard.

"I try to tell our kids, 'Don't get beat by a team that out-works you.' We want to do everything we can. We don't want to get out-worked by another program. If we get beat by them, it's just because they're a better team than we are."

As Midland eyes its 15th straight MSAC championship, third-ranked Hurricane poses the greatest challenge behind Henley, Alex Hughes, Jacob Harmon and Sam Hughes, who each rank among the top 24. Parkersburg (fifth), Winfield (eighth) and Ripley (10th) will also contend.

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On the girls side, Hurricane will look to defend its three straight titles, and individually Capital's Peyton Panger, a senior, will attempt to add a third consecutive MSAC individual win.

Third-ranked Hurricane enters as the highest-rated MSAC girls squad, with plenty of challengers in Parkersburg (fifth), Winfield (sixth), Midland (ninth) and Capital (10th). Redskins runners Joie Johnston, Jenna Crouch, Anna Gordon and Abbie Short each rank in the state's top 15.

Panger, ranked yearlong as the top AAA girls runner, is expected to battle fifth-ranked Woodrow Wilson senior Emily Fedders for the individual title. The pair faced off at the George Washington Invitational Sept. 24, with Panger winning by a nearly two-minute margin.

Additionally, Winfield runners Rachael Englund and Alexis Imperial figure among the expected top girls finishers.

PREP SOCCER: Aab helps Hoover girls soccer team blank Dots http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141014/DM03/141019553 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141014/DM03/141019553 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:01:00 -0400


Senior Bailey Aab came out of goal in the second half and scored a pair of goals to help the Herbert Hoover girls soccer team to a 7-0 victory over Poca during senior night for Hoover (16-4).

Hannah Schoolcraft added two goals as well for the Huskies.

In boys action, Hurricane bounced back from a 2-0 halftime deficit to defeat Cross Lanes Christian on the road.

Loren Meadows scored three times in the second half for Hurricane (7-10-2) and Avery Meadows added the other. Cross Lanes Christian falls to 8-3-3.

PREP SOCCER: Jones scores 100th career goal for Sissonville girls http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141013/DM03/141019686 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141013/DM03/141019686 Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:46:03 -0400 By Chris Wade Sissonville's Madison Jones has been a scoring machine this season, having been responsible for 62 goals for the Indians with 33 scored and 29 assisted.

The junior accomplished a milestone on Monday evening, scoring her 100th career goal at Trace Fork Complex in leading the Indians to a 5-0 victory over Herbert Hoover in girls high school soccer action.

Sissonville coach Ali Sadeghian indicated the 100 goals scored by Jones as a junior had never been done before by an individual player, setting not only an area, but also state record, according to the coach.

"Madison has 101 goals now, as a junior," said Sadeghian, whose Indians improved to 17-0-2. "It has never happened as far as anybody in Kanawha, Putnam, or at the state level, as a junior."

Sadeghian was proud of Jones and the great accomplishment.

"It means a lot," Sadeghian said. "She is the heart of our team. We didn't anticipate it or work on it. Our focus is on a team accomplishment but it is wonderful to have a individual bring that kind of record at the county and state level."

Jones entered the game with 98 career goals and it took just 3:16 into the contest against Hoover (13-4) to score No. 99 off an assist from Taylor Rhodes. Bailey Aab had 17 saves for the Huskies.

Karli Pinkerton added a goal with 30:19 remaining in the first half to give Sissonville a 2-0 lead over the Huskies and about 14 minutes later, Jones was able to achieve the milestone with her 100th career goal.

With 16:24 left in the first half, Jones dribbled into the box, and from close range, got the ball past Hoover goalkeeper Bailey Aab and into the back of the net to give the Indians a commanding 3-0 lead.

The game was stopped as Jones was acknowledged over the public address system to the crowd and was awarded a game ball by Sadeghian.

Jones come out of the game for a few minutes. Although proud of her feat, there was no celebration after the goal was scored. The junior was all business.

"It feels great," Jones said. "I didn't know how to respond to the situation. I never thought about it before but in the game, i was a little stressed out. I just wanted to get it out of the way and then focus on the game at hand."

Jones' closest competition to the 100-goal mark as a junior was Lydia Murray, who also played for Sissonville. The two played together for one season while Jones was a freshman and Murray a senior.

"It was cool," Jones said. "We are good friends. She is proud of me. We have always joked around about it. She always said I would stop one short. It is great and good to know it is two Sissonville girls. It is good for the school."

Jones helped guide Sissonville to the Class AA/A state title last season in soccer, and the Indians are a strong contender for a repeat this season.

While Jones is happy for the individual record, her main focus is on winning another state championship.

"I'm proud of it but it is just icing on the cake," Jones said. "I want to go hopefully win another state championship. That's my main goal. I am definitely more proud of having a state championship and an undefeated season."

PREP SOCCER: Rhodes leads Sissonville girls past Hurricane http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141009/DM03/141009180 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141009/DM03/141009180 Thu, 9 Oct 2014 22:41:02 -0400 By Chris Wade CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The combination of Madison Jones and Karli Pinkerton get a lot of attention and notoriety for the Sissonville girls soccer team, combining for 52 goals and 49 assists this season.

However, there's another player, that is just as important to team's success - Taylor Rhodes.

Rhodes was responsible for both of Sissonville's goals in leading the Indians to a 2-0 victory over Hurricane in girls soccer action at the Trace Fork Soccer Complex.

Sissonville and the Redskins have high aspirations for a deep state tournament run with the Indians, the defending Class AA/A state champions, improving to 15-0-2 while Hurricane falls to 14-2.

In a scoreless game in the second half, Rhodes took a powerful kick, striking the ball well off of a free kick from about 40 yards when Redskin goalie Hannah Thompson tried to make the save.

The ball hit Thompson in the chest, but due the pace of the kick, the Hurricane senior keeper couldn't handle it and it fell to the ground, where Pinkerton tapped it in from right in front of the goal to give Sissonville a 1-0 lead with 22:13 left in the game.

Soon thereafter, Rhodes gave the Indians some breathing room, scoring a goal off another free kick with 19:53 remaining. Rhodes took the free kick off of a difficult angle from the left side of the field from about 20 yards away, but managed to find the back of the net, getting the ball past Thompson into the right corner of the goal.

Sissonville coach Ali Sadeghian was impressed with Rhodes' free kicks.

"Taylor has a great leg, shot, and vision for those kinds of shots," Sadeghian said. "We try and take advantage of those things."

Rhodes indicated the coaching staff told her to keep firing shots on goal, even from distance.

"I had a lot of opportunities in the first half and they just weren't falling," Rhodes said. "They were close but not close enough. They said to just keep shooting and one of them is going to go in. I tried to keep shooting and luckily it did.

"I could see the bigger part of the goal," added Rhodes, on the difficult second free kick. "I could hear Ali (Sadeghian) saying far side and that was what I was aiming for. I knew if it wasn't getting there, someone would be there to finish."

Sadeghian couldn't emphasize enough the importance of Rhodes, a senior midfielder.

"Taylor is our secret weapon," Sadeghian said. "She makes the goals or assists, always shows, and is the hardest-working kid on the field. She is unbelievable.

"She is a player who doesn't get a lot of publicity but she does what she is good at. She is a senior and a great leader. The girls respect her and follows her instructions."

Hurricane coach Shelly Young was also impressed with Rhodes.

"Those were very nice kicks," Young said. "She was threatening every time they had a free kick. She was making a play on the ball and doing a really good job. She's a really good player."

Both Sadeghian and Rhodes indicated the victory over a powerhouse Hurricane team is a huge confidence boost for the Indians.

"This was a big game for us," Sadeghian said. "I am really proud of the girls. They stepped up. This is exactly what we needed this time of the year to beat a very good skilled team with excellent players."

"We really wanted to win," Rhodes said. "This was a big step to boost our confidence. Hurricane is a very good team. We knew that and if we came out on top this would definitely help us in the long run."

GW boys top Woodrow Wilson in MSAC third-place game http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141009/DM03/141009183 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141009/DM03/141009183 Thu, 9 Oct 2014 22:31:46 -0400


CHARLESTON, W.Va. - George Washington (13-2-3) fell behind early in the second half but rallied with three second half goals to pull out a 4-2 road win over Woodrow Wilson (12-4-2) in the Mountain State Athletic Conference boys third-place soccer game Thursday evening.

The two teams were tied 1-1 at the half after Woodrow's Curtis Ketchup and GW's Jonah Cosby traded goals.

In the second half, in which both teams fielded mostly reserves, Nathan Parsons scored two goals for GW, while Alex Lewis added a single goal.

Woodrow's Keegan Rose netted a second half goal.

Nitro 5, Cabell Midland 0 - Seth Jordan scored three goals to lead the Wildcats (8-4-3) in the MSAC fifth place game. Dylan Cavender and Dominic Fazzolari also scored for Nitro, while Alec Miller contributed two assists.

Midland dropped to 7-8-1.

In girls soccer:

Herbert Hoover 11, Mingo Central 0 - Hannah Schoolcraft scored three goals and assisted a fourth as the Huskies (15-3) rolled on the road.

Abbie Henry, Taylor Bailey, Cassie Hammes, Bethany Roush, Bailey Aab, Megan Holt, Olivia Gandee and Caroline Thornburg added single goals for Hoover, while Kari Harding, Summer Short and Bailey had assists.

Mingo Central dropped to 4-11-1.

Nitro 2, Capital 1 - Autumn Griggs and Tessa Musilli scored unassisted goals for Nitro to propel the Wildcats to a win in the MSAC 11th place game. Marcella Romeo stopped nine shots on goal for Nitro. Jada Joseph scored the lone goal for Capital with an assist from Ashley Fisher. The Cougars Hannah Jack stopped nine shots on goal in the loss. Nitro improves to 5-10. Capital falls to 4-11-2.

PREP SOCCER: Last-second goal gives Hoover girls win over Point Pleasant http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141008/DM03/141009244 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141008/DM03/141009244 Wed, 8 Oct 2014 22:47:14 -0400

from staff reports

Hannah Schoolcraft scored two goals as the Herbert Hoover girls soccer team beat Point Pleasant, 2-1, on Wednesday at Herbert Hoover.

After a scoreless first half, the Huskies and the Knights traded goals, leading to a 1-1 tie as the game entered its final minute. With seconds remaining, Schoolcraft headed in a corner kick from Taylor Bailey to seal the win. Cassie Jordan scored the lone goal for Point Pleasant.

PREP GOLF: Charleston Catholic wins fourth straight golf title http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141008/DM03/141009251 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141008/DM03/141009251 Wed, 8 Oct 2014 21:47:08 -0400 By Rich Stevens DAILY MAIL ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

WHEELING, W.Va. - Charleston Catholic senior Christian Casingal had a bird's-eye view of what needed to be done for he and the Irish to reach unprecedented heights at the State High School Golf Championship on Wednesday.

Catholic's No. 1 shot a 78 to win Class A medal honors, finishing with a two-score of 154 and to lead the Irish to its fourth consecutive state championship, an all-class first since the Secondary School Activities Commission began sanctioning the state golf tourney in 1954.

"It's pretty special," Catholic coach Bill Gillispie said. "I didn't mention it to the guys all week. I had it as a personal goal for those guys and it's a pretty special feat to be the first one."

Casingal is the first two-time medalist in Catholic history, also winning as a freshman in 2011. He's also a four-time All-State selection. The top eight players and ties in each class earn All-State honors.

In Wednesday's second round, he played with teammate Cameron Blakely and Madonna's Howie Peterson and Nick Mazur. Catholic led Madonna by just three strokes after Tuesday, but won by 21 (488-509).

"This is the first time we've had such a small lead," Casingal said. "I wasn't doing math, but I was thinking in terms of match play. Since Cameron and I hit it in the fairway (on No. 3) and Howie and Nick missed the fairway, I thought this was our chance to pounce. I'll admit it might have affected my score, but it gave me confidence and made me push a little more."

Casingal finished eight strokes better than Mazur, who had Madonna's low score (162). Blakely was two strokes better than Peterson and Nick Casingal was nine strokes better than the Blue Dons' Hunter Payne.

"It's good for this group of kids to get their own," said Gillispie, whose team has won six of the last Class A state titles. "You never take these things for granted."

Blakely finished third - one stroke behind Mazur and nine strokes behind Casingal - to earn All-State honors.

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GEORGE WASHINGTON received a 77 from No. 1 Harry Basile and three of its players improved by 18 strokes from the first round to finish second in Class AAA for the school's highest finish since 2001, when it also finished second.

"We talked (Wednesday morning) about everybody cutting four strokes off their scores (from Tuesday) at a minimum," said GW coach B.J. Calabrese, whose team finished second behind Wheeling Park. "They all said, 'Coach, we can do it.'

"(On Tuesday) if you would've told me we were going to shoot those scores and be in fourth place, right behind second and third, I wouldn't have believed it."

Basile improved by nine strokes and earned All-State honors, while Drew Call improved by six strokes and Matt Nelson by three strokes.

Wheeling Park's Cole Hand couldn't pull off a rarity, but it was a teammate who spoiled his bid to win Class AAA medal honors for the third consecutive year.

The Patriots' Dylan Wojcik shot a 1-over 72, finishing with five bogeys and four birdies, to win big school medal honors at the Oglebay Resort's Robert Trent Jones Course. Hand, a senior, shot his highest round ever in eight state tournament rounds, shooting a 78.

"Putts finally fell today," Wojcik said. "I knew I would have to post something low to have a chance because I didn't expect Cole to post anything high."

In 2012, it was Hand playing the spoiler, defeating then-teammate Thadd Obecny, who had won back-to-back crowns the two years prior (2010-11).

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IN CLASS AA, Westside freshman Colin Bowles lived up to the hype, tying for the low round of the day with a 72 and winning medal honors. Also shooting a 72 were Wheeling Park's Wojcik and Roane County's Cole Moore, whose Raiders won the Class AA title for the third consecutive year.

Still, it was Bowles stealing the show after trailing Roane's Cam Moore by one stroke after Tuesday's first round.

"I hit a lot of fairways and I didn't in the first round," Bowles said. "That helped, just getting it in play. I did keep it low (to avoid the wind) and putted better."

Poca finished fourth after four consecutive years of second-place finishes. The Dots' No. 1, Alex Hamrick, shot 79 each day to finished with a 158 and earn All-State.

Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at richstevens@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-4837. Follow him on Twitter @richdailymail

RICH STEVENS: Kanawha Valley golf having its struggles http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141008/DM03/141009253 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141008/DM03/141009253 Wed, 8 Oct 2014 21:46:17 -0400 WHEELING, W.Va. -Hurricane enjoyed a historic run at the State high sschool golf tournament, winning the Class AAA championship from 2007-09.

In 2009, Redskin seniors Brian Anania and Aaron Barna had a playoff for big school medal honors.

Since 2009, only one Kanawha Valley Class AAA team has reached the state tournament. That's George Washington.

During that period, the Patriots also were expected to challenge for a state title. Although GW finished no higher than fourth at the state tournament those years (2007-09), with Andrew Skeens, Elizabeth Frederick, Will Evans and Carl Roncaglione, its depth was matched only by that of Hurricane.

The point is, while golf has grown exponentially in all parts of West Virginia, it has regressed in Kanawha and Putnam counties. To be clear, we're talking about the quality of youth players in two of the most-populous counties in the Mountain State.

The youth program at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club was at its peak when Anania, Barna, Sam Booth, Wyatt Burgess and Taylor Green were in their formative years.

Berry Hills Country Club boasted some quality talent with the GW players.

The Callaway Junior Tour, formerly the Top-Flite Junior Tour, set a record for number of participants in 2012 and came close to that number the last two years. The junior tour includes players ages 10-18.

This week, the state tournament boasted only 13 players from the Kanawha Valley - four each from George Washington (AAA) and Poca (AA) and five from Catholic (AA), all of which qualified as teams. Catholic played Allie Persily on the second day Wednesday to make the 13th Valley player participating at the 2014 state tournament.

Charleston Catholic coach Bill Gillispie, who has directed the Kanawha County middle school tournament for the last decade, has seen it firsthand.

"The number of players has dropped," Gillispie said. "The level of play, including us and John Adams, has dropped too. I don't have an answer. I know that every time I'm up at the range Scott Jamieson has 25 or 35 players, but they're 6-7-8 year olds. I think it'll make a comeback.

"But, Kanawha County middle school golf right now, isn't very good. We used to have numbers. We used to have 10 or 12 teams that had teams of seven, eight or nine members and now we have three or four. I don't know if it's shifting to other sports or what."

St. Albans, South Charleston, Riverside, Nitro, Herbert Hoover, Capital and Sissonville have had some level of success with individuals, and some don't field complete teams.

"I don't know if it's because it's getting expensive or because you have to travel a little more to play," Gillispie said.

It extends to Putnam County, save for Poca - which finished fourth at the state tournament on Wednesday after four straight second-place finishes.

Winfield hasn't qualified for the state tournament since 2006 when it finished fourth among Class AA programs, although last year Chris Williams - a freshman at Coastal Carolina - qualified as an individual for the second time and teammate Josh Bumgarner qualified in 2009.

The state tournament concluded on Wednesday with Wheeling Park (AAA), Roane County (AA) and Charleston Catholic (A) winning state championships.

There was a time when it was dotted with Kanawha Valley players as individuals and teams.

Gillispie and George Washington coach B.J. Calabrese said it's cyclical.

"It goes on a cycle, it really does," said Calabrese, whose Patriots finished a surprising second in Class AAA this week. "Kanawha Valley has some tough courses and some good programs, and I think, in a year or two, you'll have some teams coming back. But, right now, it is a struggle in the Valley."

Maybe not for very much longer.

PREP GOLF: Irish hope to protect lead at state tourney http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141007/DM03/141009365 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141007/DM03/141009365 Tue, 7 Oct 2014 22:00:57 -0400 By Rich Stevens DAILY MAIL ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

WHEELING, W.Va. - Charleston Catholic finds itself in a tight spot as the Irish seek to earn an unprecedented fourth consecutive state golf championship.

Three strokes are all that separate the Irish from second-place Madonna as the state high school tournament enters its second and final round on Wednesday at Oglebay Resort's Robert Trent Jones Course.

"It'll be a little bit different for us, because the last two years we were up 15 and 17 strokes," Catholic coach Bill Gillispie said. "The good news is that we're up after day one."

Senior Christian Casingal, who won Class A medal honors in 2011 to help his team win the first of its three straight state titles, shot a 76 to lead the small school field by two strokes. He also had a 76 after the first round in 2011.

"It was a solid round," said Casingal, who finished second as a sophomore and third as a junior. "I had a couple loose rounds, but I grinded it out. I played well down the stretch."

Catholic received an 80 from Cameron Blakely, its No. 3, and an uncharacteristic 86 from No. 2 Nick Casingal. Blakely eagled No. 16 after holing out from 168 yards. The Irish's No. 4, Jackson Ellis, shot a 90 and will be replaced on Wednesday by senior Allie Persily. Persily played one state tournament round in 2012.

"I think Christian will shoot right around the same thing (Wednesday)," Gillispie said. "There's an 80-90 percent chance Nick will go 80 at worst. We shot 243, our goal was 235. I still think we'll shoot 235-238 on Wednesday. It's exciting. It's a little different pressure for our kids."

Madonna's Howie Peterson, playing in the group with Christian Casingal, is second among individuals after shooting an 78, while the Blue Dons' Nick Mazur is third with a 79.

Catholic's situation isn't unlike that of Roane County, the favorite in Class AA. The Raiders are trailing Bridgeport by a stroke after the first round.

Roane's No. 1, junior Cole Moore, shot an 81 to tie for eighth. His twin brother, Camden Moore, shot a 76 to lead the AA field.

"I got off to a bad start," Cole Moore said. "I had a bogey and a double on my second and third hole."

He had pars on holes 10-13 and then scored a 10 on No. 14 when he hit two shots in the water.

"I just chunked two," said Moore, who had played four state tournament rounds without hitting the ball in the water on No. 14. "My third shot and my fifth shot. I had good yardage and I chunked it."

The Indians' Marco Oliverio shot a 78 and their No. 4, Ben Smith, shot an 85 to give the lead to Bridgeport, which is seeking its first state title since 2003.

"I started out really well and thought I was going to shoot a 73 or 74," Oliverio said. "I was even through seven holes, then made six bogeys in a row. But, I didn't have anything bigger than a bogey. I'm not mad at all."

East Fairmont and Westside are eight strokes back at 251, while Poca sits in sixth place among the eight-team field with a 264. Juniors Alex Hamrick and David Scragg shot a 79 and 82 respectively for the Dots.

The only favorite that's cruising is Class AAA Wheeling Park. The Patriots had four players shoot below 80, led by two-time defending medalist Cole Hand's 74. The Patriots lead second-place Washington by 19 strokes, third-place University by 20 strokes, fourth-place George Washington by 23 strokes and fifth-place Cabell Midland by 25 strokes.

George Washington coach B.J. Calabrese said his team could've played better, but was pleased to see it within four strokes of second place.

Kyle Bird, GW's No. 2, shot a team-best 81, while Matt Nelson shot an 84 and Harry Basile and Drew Call each shot an 86.

Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at richstevens@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-4837. Follow him on Twitter @richdailymail.

PREP GOLF: Golf coaches seek to move state tournament http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141007/DM03/141009366 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141007/DM03/141009366 Tue, 7 Oct 2014 21:59:13 -0400 By Rich Stevens WHEELING, W.Va. - Members of the West Virginia high school golf committee will take another shot at moving the state high school golf tournament.

The 36-hole tourney is being contested this week at the Oglebay Resort's Robert Trent Jones Course for the 13th consecutive year. The contract with the Secondary School Activities Commission will expire at the end of the next year.

Charleston Catholic coach Bill Gillispie and Independence coach Rick Vass are putting together a package to present to administrators at the Resort at Glade Springs.

Gillispie said they'll meet next week in Daniels. Four years ago Gillispie attempted to meet with representatives of Glade, but the meeting never took place and Wheeling was awarded another three-year contract to host the state tournament.

"We didn't have enough information," Gillispie said. "We weren't to the point where they would even talk to us about it. We've been in contact with them. They've gotten to the point where they're willing to sit down and talk with us on a serious note.

"We're going to see if it's feasible ... if it fits for them. We think we have a couple pretty good sponsors."

Among the issues is the resort closing its golf course to guests for three days - one day of practice rounds and two days of tournament golf.

Oglebay Resort professional Karen Waialae said it's not a revenue-producing event for the resort, although they rent golf cars to spectators. On Tuesday, Oglebay rented 75 cars for $25 each.

"What makes this most successful is there was always a local committee that helped support and raise money to do some of the extra stuff. We have somebody to sponsor all of the coaches who go out with the groups and pay for the carts. There's two cottages - one for the rules officials and one for the SSAC - those are taken care of through donations by the committees. The driving range is sponsored. They raise money to take care of things. We do have some cart revenue."

Gillispie said the bid can't "tie" what Wheeling has done for the tournament, "you have to blow it out of the water," although he wouldn't go into details.

"You won't move it just to move it and you won't move it if it's equal," Gillispie said. "You have to do something that'll blow it out of the water and that's going to be hard to do because they do a great job (in Wheeling). It's a great place to play. We have had a lot of success here, so there's no complaints. I think it would be great to see it move around."

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ONE OF THE criticisms to playing the tournament in the Northern Panhandle is the unpredictable October weather.

During the morning hours on Tuesday, temperatures hovered in the 60s with sunshine and slightly overcast skies. By the time the clock turned to 2 p.m., rain was pouring sideways and wind overcame the hilltop course with 15 mph winds and temperatures in the low 50s.

Washington senior Dylan Mumaw, younger brother of former Patriot standout Ryan Mumaw, found out first hand what inclement weather can do to a golf game.

In his third state tournament appearance, Dylan Mumaw had two double-bogeys, a bogey, par and a bogey in his last five holes to shoot a 78. He reached his 14th hole - No. 5 in the shotgun format - just about the time the wind and rain started.

"The wind picked up a lot and I started slicing, couldn't hit my driver very well," he said. "My iron shots were still OK.

"I was disappointed. I four-putted No. 5."

The weather forecast for Wednesday is sunny and 64 degrees.

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PRINCETON'S TYLER Hillyer, who finished in a tie for second at the 2013 state tournament, withdrew from the tourney. Hillyer, who shot a pair of 76s to finish with a 152 last year, recently had surgery and completed seven holes before withdrawing.

Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at richstevens@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-4837. Follow him on Twitter @richdailymail.

PREP GOLF: GW prepared for uphill climb at state tournament http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141006/DM03/141009485 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141006/DM03/141009485 Mon, 6 Oct 2014 21:44:58 -0400 By Rich Stevens CHARLESTON, W.Va. - One year after missing the state tournament for the first time in five years, the George Washington High School golf team finds itself in an unusual position entering this week's state championships.

"I think we're really flying under the radar this year," said GW coach B.J. Calabrese, whose Patriots begin play in the state tournament Tuesday at Oglebay Resort's Robert Trent Jones Course in Wheeling. "Everybody is talking about three or four other teams, and rightfully so. But, I really think if we have a day where we can get three scores like they're capable of getting, we could easily be in that top two or three."

Calabrese isn't selling his team short, but the field includes two-time defending Class AAA medalist Cole Hand, who leads defending champion and favorite Wheeling Park - which returns three players who finished in the top 14 last year. It also features Cabell Midland, which finished five strokes behind the Patriots last year and returns two of its top players - Hutton Light and All-Stater Mark Wilcox. University didn't qualify last season one year after winning the crown, but is led by No. 1 Cale Wheeler, who shot a 73 in the regional.

This George Washington team has just two players with a total of four rounds of state tournament experience. Senior Kyle Bird qualified individually last year and shot a 91 in the first round before improving by seven shots on the second day. Two years ago, Drew Call finished with a two-day score of 169 for GW, which finished fourth.

And, these Patriots aren't thinking about competing against other teams as much as they are about battling the 6,600-yard, par 71 hilltop layout.

"The mental effort on that course has to be really, really, really good," said Calabrese, who has coached players from Charleston Catholic, Capital and George Washington at the state tournament in Wheeling.

"You have to position yourself well on the fairway and on the greens. The key to the course is the approach shot. You absolutely can not be above the hole. If you start to putt down with the speed of those greens ... I told them they're going to be the fastest greens they've seen all year."

The Patriots finished second in the Class AAA Region 3 championships at the Lewisburg Elks Country Club, but the course played almost 1,000 yards shorter than the Jones Course will. However, GW has the benefit of playing a course that has similar characteristics in Berry Hills Country Club with sloping fairways, even if the greens aren't as fast.

"It's target golf," GW's Drew Call said. "You have tight lies in the fairways with shots above your feet, below your feet. You never know what you're going to have. Playing out here (Berry Hills) every day gives me good practice with the shots above and below your feet. The greens up here aren't as fast, but you have to stay left, have to play a draw or a slight fade."

George Washington's No. 1, Harry Basile, hasn't played a round on the Jones Course before last weekend's practice round and admits "it's a little bit scary."

Bird, who found himself in trouble multiple times last year, said it's a different course than what the players see during the Callaway Junior Tour in the summer.

"They soup it up," he said. "They make it harder, tuck the pins. You have to be careful, really. I made mistakes there last year. I was above the hole. They're the fastest greens we'll see all year."

The tournament will have a 9 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday with the second round set to get underway at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

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ONLY THREE of the eight Class AAA All-State players from last year are competing in this year's tournament, with Hand, Princeton's Tyler Hillyer and Cabell Midland's Mark Wilcox. Hand was the medalist, with Hillyer finishing in a tie for second and Wilcox finishing fifth.

Two players in this year's Class AAA field will be playing in their fourth state tournament - Wilcox and Washington's Dylan Mumaw.

Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at richstevens@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-4837. Follow him on Twitter @richdailymail

PREP CROSS COUNTRY: St. Albans programs on the rebound http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141006/DM03/141009491 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141006/DM03/141009491 Mon, 6 Oct 2014 21:35:13 -0400



CHARLESTON, W.Va. - St. Albans cross country lists six boys state championships among its history, though none after 1998, and while individual standouts have shined at times since, now the Red Dragons look to build back the program.

A pair of Class AAA top-25 runners in junior Jon Sandy and sophomore Josh Endres lead the St. Albans boys poised to make a statement at this year's Region 4 championship, while sophomore Rachel Beck also ranks among the state's best for the girls squad. Beck finished fourth at Saturday's Ritchie County Invitational, while Sandy placed sixth and Endres 12th. The boys finished fourth of 10 teams.

"Things seem to be going pretty well," St. Albans first-year boys coach Ben Endres said. "Josh and Jon are both working their way up the rankings a little bit and we've got some other runners who are working their way up, too, and hopefully the middle school is going to be sending some kids up as well, so, hopefully, the next couple years look pretty good."

The height of the Red Dragons long-distance running program occurred 1968 through 1976, with five titles and two runner-up finishes in the nine-season span. St. Albans last won a team state championship in 1998, led by Mikey Guinn who finished second overall.

Since 2000, the St. Albans boys qualified for state as a team five times, though no Red Dragons runner - boy or girl - ran in the state meet either of the past two seasons.

Whether the boys or girls side, third-year girls coach Sarah Browder said the key to sustaining success for the program lies within fostering interest at the middle school level.

"That's very important," she said. "Right now, we've got our two middle schools - McKinley and Hayes - they actually practice together and travel to all the meets together. We have probably close to 50 with both of those teams combined. It's great, because if they stick with it, we'll have them in high school, so I think that's very important."

Beck, a member of McKinley's inaugural cross country team, said the middle school program proved crucial to her development as a runner.

"It was really fun and helped me get into it more, especially when I got to high school," she said. "I got the feel of it and kind of knew what was going on."

Growing middle school numbers will help buoy the varsity squads, as the boys list nine runners, with the girls six this season. While St. Albans continues to make strides, Josh Endres acknowledged in Region 4, with the likes of Cabell Midland, Hurricane and Winfield, it's hard to break through the team rankings.

"We are in a really tough region so it's hard to get any recognition," he said, "but it's nice to know that we're really building up the program and making a difference."

Sandy, who transferred from Teays Valley Christian during the 2013 school year, represents the veteran among the Red Dragons runners. After competing often by himself, he said it's great to be part of team.

"I've never been much in a team setting until I transferred over and cross country is more of a team-based sport than track," Sandy said. "It's a lot of fun. It's really nice to have a team that could place in meets and possibly go to states as a team."

Sandy said he doesn't think it's too ambitious to think that SA might qualify as a team for this year's state meet.

"I think it's very possible," he said. "We have a strong three and two coming up the back that are really coming on. I think, by region, we could all really have a great race."

The tough regional competition may actually prove beneficial to SA, as it pushes the runners to work harder, Sandy said.

"It's great competition," he said. "I love racing against the best. That was one of my favorite parts of transferring to St. Albans, so I like it. On an individual scale, I love it a lot, and as a team, I think we can really compete in the region and possibly place third, if we could all come together really well and pull out some good times."

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THE TOP-RANKED AAA Cabell Midland boys captured the team championship at the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday, while Hurricane finished second in the boys and girls races.

Webster County senior Brettley Harris, ranked No. 1 in boys A-AA, placed second, while Midland junior Nick Salmons finished fourth and Hurricane senior Jake Henley took seventh. Eight Knights runners finished among the top 32 finishers.

Hurricane senior Joie Johnston paced local runners on the girls side, finishing 14th overall. Redskins Jenna Crouch (17th), Abbie Short (20th) and Anna Gordon (30th) each finished in the top 30, too.

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Peyton Panger, ranked first statewide in girls AAA, finished 16th in the girls race of champions at the Great American XC Festival in Cary, N.C. on Saturday.

PREP GOLF: Charleston Catholic among favorites at state tournament http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141005/DM03/141009588 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141005/DM03/141009588 Sun, 5 Oct 2014 21:10:28 -0400 By RICH STEVENS


CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Wheeling Park (Class AAA), Roane County (AA) and Charleston Catholic (A) will be the team favorites when the 36-hole State High School Golf Tournament unfolds on Tuesday at Oglebay Resort's Robert Trent Jones Course in Wheeling.

That doesn't mean that the 6,600-yard, par 71 monster won't turn the tables for the underdogs, at least in Class A.

"I actually think it's the deepest single-A field (in a long time)," said Catholic coach Bill Gillispie, who is in his 10th season guiding Catholic. "St. Marys returns all four of its players (from last year's state tournament team), so does Richwood, Greenbrier West and Pocahontas County."

Between the five players Catholic is taking to Wheeling - Christian Casingal, Nick Casingal, Cameron Blakely, Jackson Ellis and Allie Persily - there are 15 rounds of state tournament experience.

Christian Casingal won Class A medal honors in 2011 as a freshman, finished second in 2012 and third last year, giving the senior six rounds of experience on the Jones Course.

In terms of Catholic's success under Gillispie, the Irish has won five state championships with a pair of third-place finishes and three second-place finishes.

However, the competition has been amped up this year.

St. Marys features No. 1 Coleman Lamp, who finished fourth at last year's state tournament, earning All-State honors. The top eight finishers and ties earn All-State status. The Blue Devils include Drew Wells, Devin Baxter and Jared Nichols. St. Marys finished fourth.

"We played St. Marys twice in tournaments and they finished four or five strokes behind us," Gillispie said.

The Lumberjacks were seventh in the eight-team field in 2013 and won the Region 3 title this year behind Mason Mullens, Braden Johnson, Charles Baughman and Tyler Davis. Mullen (75) and Johnson (77) each broke 80 at the Lewisburg Elks Country Club.

Greenbrier West, which finished second behind Richwood at Lewisburg, features Chandler Fitzwater, who was 10th at last year's state tournament, as well as Justin Estep, Thomas Vestal and Colby Brown. Estep shot a 69 in the regional. Pocahontas County's sixth-place team from a year ago, won the Region 1 title last week with Brandon Wilfong - its No. 1 - firing a 72 at The Raven at Snowshoe Mountain.

Gillispie also mentioned St. Joseph, which finished behind the Irish at the Region 4 championships without its best player, Josef Dransfeld, who was injured. He'll return for the state tournament.

"He automatically gives them a mid-to-low 70s score," Gillispie said. "This is most competitive and deepest. Usually there are two or three teams and everybody else shoots in the 300s (as a team). I don't think anybody will be in the 300s (this year)."

That doesn't mean Catholic isn't favored, even if it's closer than it first appears.

"We put our guys in a position with the tournaments we played to be ready for this kind of an atmosphere," Gillispie said.

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POCA HAS finished second in Class AA the last four years and isn't expected to get over the hump this year either with two-time defending champion Roane County lurking.

The Raiders, who had the Class AA medalist the last two years in Alston Spears, feature brothers Cole, Cam and Caleb Moore as well as Hunter Thompson.

They rolled to the Region 1 championship by 19 strokes over East Fairmont, but could face a big challenge in Wheeling this week from Westside.

Freshman Colin Bowles shot a 68 at Grandview in the regional, the low score of all the regions.

"I don't know if second place is as reachable as it has been in the past," Poca junior David Scragg said. "There's a young kid named Colin Bowles. He's solid. To be honest, I don't care how bad the other players are, if he goes out and fires two 70s, that's going to be hard to beat no matter what the other players do.

"In order to go to Oglebay, first place is pretty much out of it. We could take second, but we'd have to play really, really well."

Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at richstevens@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-4837. Follow him on Twitter @richdailymail

PREP SOCCER: Winfield girls roll past Spring Valley http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141002/DM03/141009767 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141002/DM03/141009767 Thu, 2 Oct 2014 22:26:55 -0400


CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Winfield remained unbeaten with a 6-0 road win over Spring Valley in girls high school soccer play Thursday evening.

The Generals (13-0-3) were led with two goals apiece from sisters Jayne and Mary Lawman, while Josee Erlandson and Jordan Pauley added single goals.

Erlandson and M.E. Zulauf also had assists for Winfield.

Spring Valley dropped to 5-8-1.

Herbert Hoover 3, Scott 0 - Abbie Henry scored the first two goals of the match to lead the Huskies (13-3-0) on the road.

Olivia Gandee also scored the Hoover.

For Scott (3-9-1), keeper Kali Scott collected 17 saves.

Hurricane 5, Cabell Midland 0 - Audrey Barber scored two goals to lead the Class AAA No. 2 ranked Redskins (14-1-0) on the road.

Abby Watson added a goal and an assist for Hurricane, as did Josie Kroeger. Lake Porter also scored with an assist from Rosheka Beford.

George Washington 7, Capital 0 - The Patriots won big on Senior Night at Schoembaum Field. Senior Olivia Miller, the George Washington keeper, scored the first goal of the game on a free kick. Besides scoring the game winner for the Patriots, Miller delivered up her 10th shutout in the last 12 games. Hattie Davis added another two unassisted goals for George Washington on a night when six different Patriot players scored. Capital's Hannah Jack and Mikuela Aguero combined for 10 saves in the loss. GW improves to 10-1-1, while Capital falls to 4-10-1.

In boys soccer action:

Spring Valley 0, Winfield 0 - The Class AAA No. 2 ranked Generals (12-0-4) fired plenty of shots but couldn't find the net in a scoreless home draw.

Winfield got off 22 shots, while limiting Spring Valley to just six.

C.T. Douglas had two saves for Winfield, while Spring Valley's Sam Hedrick had six.

Scott 3, Herbert Hoover 0 - Nick Raby scored two goals to lead the Skyhawks (9-4-1) at home.

Ryan Gillispie added the third goal, while Donavan Moore collected an assist.

Hoover dropped to 4-8-3.

PREP SOCCER: Sissonville girls unbeaten streak still alive http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141002/DM03/141009771 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141002/DM03/141009771 Thu, 2 Oct 2014 21:45:18 -0400 By Chris Wade CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Sissonville girls soccer team has been on an impressive streak with a 40-game unbeaten streak.

PikeView was hoping to end it on Thursday evening, but became the next team to fall as the Indians rolled with a 5-0 victory at the Trace Fork Soccer Complex.

Sissonville finished 22-0-3 last season en route to winning the Class AA/A state title and so far this season, with the win against PikeView, the Indians (14-0-2) have won every game but two.

The Sissonville players are proud of the streak, and don't want it to end any time soon.

"It is definitely a great accomplishment and we are proud of it," said Madison Jones, who led the offensive attack with three goals. "That puts more pressure on us but more desire to want to win. We want to win every game, bad. We definitely don't want to lose."

"It is very impressive," Indian goalkeeper Brooke Reed said. "We wasn't expecting it at first but whatever happens, happens. We don't want to get too big of a head on our shoulders. I would be tore up if we lost a game. I would be a mess."

Sadeghian knows he has a talented team capable of defending its state title.

"Winning another title is the goal for us," Sadeghian said. "We can compete at any level with anybody. We can do some damage."

Sadeghian is still guarded, though.

"It is going to be harder for us because our personnel is different from last year," Sadeghian said. "We have lost some key players to the season to injury and we don't have a deep bench. The important key for us is to stay healthy.

"We are hurting right now. We lost Savannah Watts to an (anterior cruciate ligament) injury. Down the stretch this time of the season, you should be having the lineup ready. We are struggling with juggling players in different positions. Hopefully we can sort that out real quick."

Sissonville has a complete team with a solid balance of offense and defense. The Indians possess two of the top goal scorers in the area in juniors Jones and Karli Pinkerton and among the top goalkeepers in junior Brooke Reed.

Jones and Pinkerton have combined for 51 goals and 48 assists on the season and Reed has earned 12 shutouts.

"That is a blessing to have Karli and Madison on the same team," Sadeghian said. "They play great together and complement each other very well. In my opinion, Brooke is a top two or three goalkeeper in the state. She does a great job back there."

As impressive the numbers for Jones, Pinkerton, and Reed, Sadeghian indicated one of the unsung heroes is midfielder Taylor Rhodes.

"Taylor is our secret weapon," Sadeghian said. "She doesn't get a lot of publicity but she is one of our top three players on the field. She makes the goals or assists, always shows, and is the hardest working kid on the field. She is unbelievable."

PREP CROSS COUNTRY: Herbert Hoover's McClung is motivated http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141001/DM03/141009905 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141001/DM03/141009905 Wed, 1 Oct 2014 19:24:20 -0400



SISSONVILLE, W.Va. - The best of runners combine natural talent with hard work, and Herbert Hoover's Josh McClung boasts the skills, but this season self-motivation drives McClung to the finish line.

As a junior, McClung finished less than one second off securing All-State status at the 2013 Class A-AA cross country state championships, and now in his senior season he's poised to return with greater results. McClung finished 13th, amid a field including many top-ranked AAA runners, with a time of 18:05.6 at Capital's Raising the Bar Invitational at Camp Virgil Tate on Wednesday evening.

"He finished 11th in the state last year, just a few seconds off the top 10 and making All-State," Huskies coach Josh Daniel said, "so he's very motivated this year getting back to states and finishing better than he did last year."

McClung admitted the narrow margin of missing All-State honors proved difficult to handle, though it's provided him plenty of inspiration to ensure his status among the top 10 this year.

"I dwelled on it for months and months," McClung said. "I've made the focus this year to never have that feeling again, because that was rough.

"Right when I realized I was in 11th, I started pushing it and I just couldn't catch him. I made it a focus to make my kick a little stronger and my endurance a little better in the offseason, and hopefully come after them this year."

Though McClung fell short in the state meet race, he's succeeded in helping to restore Hoover's long-distance running program.

"That's what I kind of wanted to do whenever I first started running there," he said. "I wanted to bring distance running and running in general back in the spotlight at Hoover. It's a little tough. I did a lot of training in the offseason. Sometimes I have to train by myself, but you have to put in the work to get the results."

In addition to running cross country, McClung qualified individually in the state track meet in the 800-meter run, 1600 and 3200 as a junior. As a sophomore, he competed in the 1600 and 3200. Both years he ran a leg of the Huskies' 4x800 relay.

As the face of Hoover's cross country team, Daniel said McClung understands the commitment to excel and his role as leader.

"He's not the type of kid you have to get on and say 'You need to do this harder,'" Daniel said. "He knows what he has to do. He knows he has to work hard. Running comes a lot from within, so he knows what he needs to do to get himself ready to go and he's very good at that and also leading his teammates to push themselves harder."

McClung, who currently ranks 18th best in his class according to www.runwv.com, started the season slow due to a hip injury, but as his health returns to full form he remains focused on his postseason goal.

"Right now, I'm getting right back where I want to be," he said. "Sometimes you have to deal with things, but I'm trying my best to get over it and keep working hard. I'm happy with where I am right now."

After all, it won't be physical ability alone that propels McClung to the finish.

"With running, there's so much more," he said. "You can have talented runners, but with distance running, it's really all about the hard work you put in. If you're not going to go out there and run every day getting the mileage you need, you're not going to get the results you want."

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Winfield swept both the team titles at Wednesday's invitational. R.J. Weiford, who claimed second place overall, led the eighth-ranked General boys, while Rachael Englund finished third in leading the sixth-ranked girls team.

Capital senior Peyton Panger, ranked first in AAA, captured the individual girls title for the host Cougars with a time of 18:44.9. Panger crossed more than two minutes faster than the next finisher, as AAA 10th-ranked Capital took third in the girls team standings.

Buffalo junior Hayden Harrison, listed second-best in A-AA, won the boys individual championship in 16:39.5.

In the boys standings behind Winfield, Class A-AA eighth-ranked Wirt County placed second with AAA No. 10 Ripley third.

Hannah Gacek placed sixth overall to lead Charleston Catholic, third-ranked in A-AA, to a second-place team finish.

PREP SOCCER: Winfield boys rapidly improving http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141001/DM03/141009928 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141001/DM03/141009928 Wed, 1 Oct 2014 16:59:19 -0400 By Michael Dailey ST. ALBANS, W.Va. - There are five championship soccer trophies in Winfield High school's trophy case.

All five belong to the Generals' girls program, including the last two Class AAA titles.

But Winfield's boys program has been gaining ground over the season and half.

The Generals' boys overcame an injury-plagued season last year to advance to its first state tournament. Winfield bowed out of the tournament with a semifinal loss to Parkersburg, but has carried their late-season momentum into the current season.

Fueled by a strong cast of senior performers, the Generals are currently unbeaten at 12-0-3, and ranked second in the prep soccer poll.

"Last year we were missing three, four, five starters," said fourth-year Winfield coach Mike Foster on Tuesday evening following a 5-1 win at St. Albans. "We got butchered the first game of the season, and we still weren't 100 percent but we put together a good run at the end of the season. I was real proud of what we did last year, considering.

"This year we've stayed fairly healthy. We've got 30 players and last year we had 22 or 23 and got down low there really quick, so this year we're able to play a varsity and junior varsity schedule.

"If you're not playing a JV game and getting everybody playing time, you're just cutting your own throat for the next year."

The Generals are just two wins from the school's single-season wins record of 14, thanks in part to their strong senior class, particularly on the defensive side of the pitch.

"I've got an excellent defense with Noah Laliberty (Sr.), Austin Miller (Sr.) and Anthony Imperial (Jr.).

"Noah and Austin are pre-trained players that come in here and you just put them on the field because they know what to do. They tell the other two back there and they're two of my captains, so they run the back and tell the other boys what to do and what they're doing wrong. They run the ship and that's a big plus.

"Then we've got Jesse Richmond (Sr.), which I've got at up at midfield, and he helps run the midfield for me."

That strong defensive presence has helped senior keeper C.T. Douglas, adjust to his first season in goal in just his second season on the team.

"He's fearless and he's not scared to come out and take a hit," said Foster of Douglas. "He still makes some bad calls, but he's done really well and I'm real pleased with his progress, but we've still got a ways to go."

Douglas, also the starting catcher on the Generals' baseball team, credits his time behind the plate and the strong cast of defenders in front of him for much of his success in goal.

"I think the defense does a good job of making me look good," Douglas said. "I don't have to do much. It's a pretty easy job. I'd say we have the best defense in state.

"I thought I would be OK at it since I play catcher, and it's kind of the same thing. Also, I don't have any foot skills, so they were trying to find a place to put me.

"You've got to tell people where to throw the baseball and here I'm telling people where the defense is coming from and where the open man is."

Winfield also has a strong senior presence along its front line, led by Steven Taylor, who netted his 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th goals of the season in the win over St. Albans.

"Steven has excellent foot skills," Foster said. "He's an excellent player, but sometimes he pushes the game too much. When he lets the game come to him he does real well."

While the wins have continued to pile up for the Generals, the team still has its hiccups, such as the one in the match prior to facing the Red Dragons.

Winfield needed a goal in the final three minutes to salvage a 2-2 tie at Oak Hill.

It's a lesson in preparedness that Foster hopes his team takes to heart.

"We went down to Oak Hill and stunk up the field," Foster said. "The problem was when you go down to a place and you're second in the state and you just think you're going to walk off the bus and they're going to lay down on their back and stick their hands and feet in the air and say 'Hey, you guys are better than us, we quit,' it's not going to happen.

"We've got to play every game and we've got to play 80 minutes every game. With the play we got (Tuesday), I think it sunk in. Overall, I thought we were a lot better. It's been a while since we've played a good game. We've been winning, but we're not playing to our potential."