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Prep Notebook: OHSAA selects '13 magazine cover boy

May. 27, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Guess who's the cover boy for the Spring 2013 issue of OHSAA Magazine? He's Wheelersburg High School pitcher Wade Martin. Good choice by Ohio High School Athletic Association officials and a coup for southeastern Ohio since Martin led the Pirates to the Ohio Division III state title a year ago.

Last year's title game was a pitcher's duel between the-then freshman Martin and Nick Watkins of Lima Central Catholic. Martin allowed one hit, walked one and struck out nine. Watkins surrendered but two hits. Wheelersburg scored a run in the fourth and it held up for a 1-0 win over the Thunderbirds at Huntington Park in Columbus. Thanks to the pitchers, the game took just 1 hour, 18 minutes.

Lima Central's Travis Clark ripped a one-out triple in the sixth to end Martin's bid for a perfect game. Ryan Cousey was inserted as a pinch runner to take advantage of his speed. Connor Dee then lined a hard grounder to second. Garrett Carmichael fielded the ball and fired home to catcher Dylan Miller who made a sweep tag for the out to end the threat and secure the school's second state title (the first win in 1996).

Huntington Park has been the home for Ohio state baseball since it opened in 2009. The Columbus Clippers of the Class AAA International League call the park home. Dates for the 2013 state tournament are June 6-9. Champs are determined in four divisions.

MARSHALL TIES: Point Pleasant's Caleb Riffle, winner of the Class AAA 800-meter run in the West Virginia High School Track Championships at Laidley Field in Charleston, has some deep ties with Marshall University.

Caleb Riffle's father, Kelly Riffle, was an outstanding track athlete at Point Pleasant and Marshall.

His grandfather, Howard Lee Miller, and great-grandfather, Robert "Bull" Adkins are in the Marshall Athletic Hall of Fame. Both played football for Marshall. Adkins was inducted in 1984 and Miller in 1987.

STAYING HOME: Cabell Midland's Jacob Burcham will not compete in the Music City Distance Carnival next weekend in Nashville. The invitational mile run is one of the featured events. Anthony Whiteman ran 3:58.79 to win in 2012. Knights coach Chris Parsons said Burcham and other seniors are planning for the college phase of their careers.

CARDINAL SOFTBALL: The Cardinal Conference, an athletic conference of Class AA schools in West Virginia, named its all-conference softball players for the 2013 season.

Class AA state champion Wayne had seven all-conference players.

Check out the All-Cardinal Conference team on page 2B.

GOLF CONFLICT: On May 13, the Cabell County Middle School Conference tournament was held at Guyan Golf and Country Club. Milton, Barboursville, Huntington and Beverly Hills had full teams. Enslow had one player. Those players competed on the back nine. Milton, led by medalist Zach Chapman, won. At the same time, the Middle School Catholic Classic was held on the front nine. Our Lady of Fatima and Huntington St. Joe competed. Fatima's Josef Dransfeld was medalist and his school won.

Next year and beyond, let's hope all the schools can tee it up together, play 18 holes and may the best team win. Period.

LEAGUE'S BEST: Parkersburg had the best overall athletic program in the Mountain State Athletic Conference in 2012-13. Parkersburg had 225 points to 221 for No. 2 George Washington. Then came 3. Hurricane, 218.50; 4. Huntington High, 204.50; 5. Cabell Midland, 194; 6. Winfield, 187.50; 7. Capital, 120.50; 8. South Charleston and Spring Valley, 119/.50 each; 10. Woodrow Wilson, 113; 11. St. Albans, 110; 12. Ripley, 106; 13. Princeton, 101.50; 14. Nitro, 84.50; and 15. Riverside, 76.

League champs by sports: George Washington, golf, girls swimming, boys swimming, boys tennis; Cabell Midland, football, boys cross country, baseball; Huntington, wrestling, girls basketball, girls tennis; Hurricane, girls cross country, boys soccer, cheerleading; Parkersburg, volleyball, boys track; Princeton, girls soccer; Winfield, girls track; and Woodrow Wilson, boys basketball.

David Walsh is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2759 or dwalsh@herald-dispatch.com.

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