University wins W.Va. AAA title
WHEELING -- No three-peat in Class AAA in West Virginia high school golf.
Wheeling Park had the top two individuals, but University had three players in the top five and that allowed the Hawks to unseat the Patriots in their bid for a third consecutive state championship.
The two-day West Virginia High School Tournament was played on the Jones Course at Oglebay Resort.
Eric Wirth from University turned in a second 74 to tie for second at 148, Cale Wheeler shot 78 for fourth alone at 152 and Trent McPherson delivered the cliniching 78 to tie for fifth at 153. That gave University a team score of 453, six shots better than runner-up Wheeling Park.
Cole Hand of Wheeling Park was medalist at 146 after shooting 74. Teammate Thadd Obecny II posted 75 to tie for second at 148 and miss out on his individual three-peat. Scott Hand turned in 81 to leave the Patriots at 459.
Cabell Midland took third with 469. For the Knights, Jacob Beahrs and Seth Kinker tied for seventh at 154. Beahrs shot 79 and Kinker another 77. Winfield's Chris Williams, who is headed to Coastal Carolina to play college golf, also closed with 154 after shooting 80.
In Class AA, Roane County rallied from three shots down to prevail with 489. Roane County shot 240 Wednesday and the Dots turned in a 246. Roane County's Alston Spears was medalist at 156 thanks to a final-round 75. He finished a shot ahead of Bluefield's Evan Smith.
In Class, Region 4 champion Charleston Catholic made a successful title defense. The Irish shot 245 in the final round for 481. They finished 22 shots ahead of Weirton Madonna.
Buffalo's Cory Hoshor, also from Region 4, carded a 75 Wednesday to rally and take medalist honors with 154. He was two shots better than Christian Casingal, who shot 81. The Irish's Aaron Persily was third overall with 157. Jordan Covelli was eighth alone at 168. Jackson Ellis and Allie Persily rounded out the Irish squad.
On Tuesday, Buffalo's Blaik Caplinger made a hole-in-one on the par-3 11th hole.