Area roundup: Three advance in U.S. Open qualifier at Edgewood
Three players moved on to regional qualifying at Wednesday's U.S. Open local qualifier at Edgewood Country Club in Sissonville.
Bryan Pierce of Nipomo, Calif., shot a 4-under-par 67 while Drew Ernst of Seneca, S.C., carded a 2-under 69 and Lawrence Largent of Kingsport, Tenn., had a 1-under 70. Largent filled the final qualifying spot by winning in a playoff against four other players. Paul Saad of Lexington, Ky., and Lanto Griffin of Blacksburg, Va., are the two alternates.
Wheeling's Cole Hand, who turned in a 1-under 70, was one of the five players locked in for the final qualifying spot and alternate positions. Vienna's Alan Cooke was one stroke behind with a 71 while Charleston's Christian Brand had a 72.
CONCORD GOLF: Concord finished ninth Wednesday at the NCAA Division II East-Atlantic Regional at the Speidel Golf Course in Wheeling.
The Mountain Lions turned in a 71-over-par 923 for their second consecutive top-10 placing at the NCAA regionals. Concord had the fifth-lowest score in Wednesday's third round, carding a 293. Indiana (Pa.) won the regional with a 39-over 891.
Concord's Stefan Labuschagne and Evan Muscari were part of a five-way tie for 22nd at 15 over. Labuschagne shot a 2-under 69 in the third round, tying for the best individual score, while Muscari concluded with a 4-over 75.
WVU RIFLE: West Virginia's Petra Zublasing captured the bronze medal in the women's 10-meter air rifle Wednesday at the International Shooting Sport Federation Fort Benning World Cup in Fort Benning, Ga.
The three-time NCAA champion from Italy shot a combined score of 185.6 for the third-place finish. Zublasing totaled 418.1 for second in the qualification round. WVU sophomore Maren Prediger, who is from Germany, was sixth with 123.5
WVC SOFTBALL: Fairmont State swept the West Virginia Conference softball individual awards.
The Falcons' Holly Frampton was named player of the year while Chelsea Cobb, a former South Charleston High School standout, was tabbed the pitcher of the year, Courtney Iacobacci was selected the freshman of the year and Rick Wade was chosen the coach of the year.
Frampton hit .411 with 16 home runs, which ranked seventh nationally in NCAA Division II. Cobb led the conference in earned run average (1.72) and wins (23) with 185 strikeouts. Iacobacci led Fairmont State with a .422 batting average. Wade led the Falcons to the regular-season title and an appearance in the tournament championship round.
West Virginia State's Mattie Best, Desiree Giffin, Kelsey Lorraine and Sabrina Schouten earned All-WVC first-team honors after leading the Yellow Jackets to the tournament title and a spot in this weekend's Atlantic Regional. The University of Charleston's Janeen Vazquez was also a first-team pick.
(See Page 2B for All-WVC teams.)
RHOADES TO SIGN: Winfield senior Mara Rhoades will sign to play women's basketball at Rio Grande (Ohio) at 11:45 a.m. today in the high school's library.
Rhoades averaged 9.7 points in helping the Generals to a 12-13 record this past season. She earned All-Mountain State Athletic Conference special honorable mention.
MU SOFTBALL: Marshall freshman Kayla Greene was named to the All-Conference USA first team and was also selected to the league's all-freshman team Wednesday.
Greene was one of three outfielders on the first team after leading the Thundering Herd in batting average (.354) during conference play. Marshall's Shaelynn Braxton and Raquel Escareno also were selected to the all-freshmean squad after tying for the team lead in home runs with five apiece. Thundering Herd seniors Jazmine Valle, Ashley Gue and Andi Williamson made the All-CUSA second team.
WVC GOLF: Wheeling Jesuit's Kelsey Frazier shot a 13-over-par 239 Tuesday at the three-day NCAA Division II Eastern Regional women's tournament at Joliet, Ill., and advanced to the NCAA championships.
Concord's Stephanie Peareth shot a 22-over 238 and tied for 12th, finishing one shot back for the third and final individual spot that advanced to the NCAA championships. The low three teams and three individuals not on those teams move on to the championships. Peareth carded a 5-over 77 in Tuesday's final round, which was eighth best.
GOLF TOURNEY: The Winfield Midget Football League golf scramble will take place at 2 p.m. June 15 at Big Bend in Tornado. The entry fee is $300 per four-person team, which includes greens fees, cart rental, cookout, awards and door prizes. There will be a $10,000 hole in one cash prize along with the payouts for the top three finishers. All proceeds will benefit the Winfield Midget Football League program. To register or for more information, call Tymia Milbee at 304-421-3496 or Milbee4@gmail.com or Jeannie Dailey at 304-741-3321 by June 1.