Fourteen golfers qualified for the West Virginia Open on Wednesday at Lakeview Resort's qualifier.Stonewood's Justin Caroli earned low medalist honors with an even-par 72. Junior golfer Matt Walters of Berkeley Springs qualified with a score of 73, Fairmont's Jess Ferrell and Morgantown's Trenton McPherson each finished with a 75, Green Bank's Chad Baldwin and Morgantown's Ryan Dean qualified with 76s.Qualifying with scores of 77 were Morgantown's Brian Bailey, Eric Wirth and Joshua Arbaugh along with Bridgeport's Christian Hitt. John Kingora and Skip Heiskell from Morgantown each turned in a 78, as did Steve Superick from Uniontown, Pa. Buckhannon's Christopher Brady rounds out the list of qualifiers with a 79.Also scoring 79s were alternates Todd Williams from Grafton and Thomas Krpicak from Morgantown.
Hurricane's Harold Payne scored the low round of the day on Thursday with an even-par 72 in his Senior Series victory at Stonewall Resort's Arnold Palmer Course.Registration for all July Senior Series tournaments will begin this Friday. Venues include Bridge Haven GC, Twisted Gun GC, The Woods Resort and Cacapon State Park. For more information, visit www.wvga.org. nnNORTH-SOUTH HOOPS: The North added five players while the South added two to their rosters for the upcoming North-South All-Star Basketball Classic, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. June 14 at the South Charleston Community Center..Robert C. Byrd's Iziah Hill, Martinsburg's Jordan Robinson, Parkersburg South's Doug Dennis, Fairmont Senior's Shaquille Washington and University's Deion Cunningham will suit up for the North. Charleston Catholic's Zach Casto and Greater Beckley Christian's Keith Mullins will play for the South. (Updated rosters, Page 2B.) nnMEC HIRE: Veteran women's basketball official Brad McMillion was hired as the Mountain East Conference's first Supervisor of Women's Basketball Officials on Wednesday.The St. Albans native and graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan brings two decades of college officiating experience to his new position. He has officiated at every NCAA level from Division I, II and III to the NAIA. nnWVU SPORTS: West Virginia runner Jordan Hamric will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Division I outdoor track and field championships starting today in Eugene, Ore. Hamric will run in heat one of the semifinals at 8:35 p.m. today, with the top five from the heat plus the next two best times advancing to the final on Saturday. The Bruceton Mills native enters the race with a school-record time of 10:07.00. WVU sophomore Garrett Spurgeon won the junior men's 50-meter rifle 3 position gold medal at the USA Shooting National Championships for Rifle and Pistol Tuesday in Fort Benning, Ga. Spurgeon finished sixth overall with a two-day aggregate score of 2,234, shooting 1,161 on Monday and 1,159 on Tuesday, with a four-point boost from his fifth-place finish on the first day of competition. The victory is Spurgeon's second straight junior national title.
nnMU TENNIS: The Marshall women's team received the NCAA's Public Recognition Award for the third time on Wednesday, after boasting a multi-year APR within the highest 10 percent of all tennis programs nationally. Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. Herd coach John Mercer's squad earned the honor in last year's release and in 2004-05 as well. nnYOUTH TENNIS: Teays Valley Tennis Center will offer summer tennis camps June 24-27, July 8-11, and Aug. 5-8. For more information, call Bob Mooney at 304-757-0086. nnWV POWER: Power right-handed pitcher Jake Burnette has been moved to the disabled list. Burnette has a 0-3 record with a 16.87 earned run average this season.