Seventy-three players from 15 high school golf teams hit the fairway today for the Mountain State Athletic Conference tournament at Berry Hills Country Club in Charleston."It's going to be a really competitive tournament," said George Washington coach B.J. Calabrese. "We've got some strong teams coming and it should make for a fun day."Teams participating include GW, Capital, Riverside, Hurricane, Nitro, South Charleston, St. Albans, Winfield, Parkersburg, Ripley, Cabell Midland, Spring Valley, Princeton, Woodrow Wilson and Huntington.GW and Winfield are favorites to win the team title. The Patriots and Generals faced off last week at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Hurricane and both teams finished with a 160. Even the medalists of the event, Chris Webster of GW and Josh Bumgarner of Winfield, finished tied with a 39.The MSAC tournament begins at 8:15 a.m. with a shotgun start.
nnWVU SPORTS: West Virginia University junior Frances Silva was named the Varsity Sports Report athlete of the week Monday. Silva scored the winning goal as the Mountaineers upset No. 1 Stanford in a women's soccer matchup Sunday at the Penn State Invitational. Freshman Jamie Merriam scored in the opening half as WVU held off Stetson 1-0 Monday afternoon in the final match of the WVU Nike Classic men's soccer showdown. Senior keeper Pat Eavenson made three saves for the No. 9 Mountaineers (2-0). Freshman outside hitter Hannah Sackett was chosen the Big 12 volleyball offensive player and rookie of the week Monday. She became the fourth player since the rookie award was established in 2008 to earn the two honors in the same week. The Montana resident claimed the MVP of the Mountaineer Invitational last weekend, posting 54 kills, a .371 hitting percentage, six service aces and 23 digs over three matches. Digital ticketing has been implemented for the West Virginia football season. The system was launched at the WVU Coliseum during the men's basketball season last year. All tickets will be scanned at Milan Puskar Stadium this fall.With the change to digital ticket scanning, WVU football fans will benefit from the heightened protection against counterfeit tickets and can take advantage of new digital ticketing services, including print-at-home single-game tickets and ticket transfers for season ticket holders. nnMU SPORTS: Marshall goalie Daniel Withrow was named the Conference USA soccer defensive player of the week Monday. The senior from Michigan recorded five saves in a 2-0 win over Wright State. Sophomore Sammie Bane was selected the C-USA volleyball setter of the week Monday. The Indiana native led Marshall to the Thunder Invitational title last week, accounting for 10.46 assists per set. Bane had 46 assists and 17 digs against IUPUI and 53 assists and 10 digs versus Miami (Ohio). nn
CONCORD FOOTBALL: Concord's football season opener against Lenoir-Rhyne at 7 p.m. Saturday in Athens has been designated Military Appreciation Day.All veterans and active duty military personnel will be admitted free. Concord's Office of Veterans' Affairs will host a tailgate at 5 p.m. in the stadium parking lot.Pregame and halftime salutes will also be part of the festivities.Concord has been ranked the nation's No. 1 four-year college for veterans by Military Times Edge magazine.