West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen (middle) shares a hearty laugh with WVU President Jim Clements (right) and Gary Derk of Morgantown during the WVU Classic golf outing Friday at Berry Hills Country Club.
Fourteen golfers qualified for the West Virginia Open Friday at the Golf Club of West Virginia in Waverly.Williamstown's Austin Root topped the 50-man field with a 1-under-par 69, while his father, Warren Root, qualified with a 1-over 71. Camden Moore of Spencer, the youngest man in the field, finished in second with a score of 70.Parkersburg's Josh Goodnight, Wheeling's Kyle Wensel and Phillip Butcher of Chesapeake, Ohio, along with Warren Root, each finished with a 71. Charleston's Carl Roncaglione and Kris Webster qualified with 72s, as did Vienna's Chris Barlament and Steve Hussey of Washington.Steven Hunter from Webster Springs, Steve Ross from Huntington and Parkersburg's Thad Tofaute each qualified with a 73. Vince Guise from Parkersburg broke a six-man tie to secure the final qualifying spot on the fifth playoff hole.
Vienna's Austin Davis and Charleston's Brian Khoury earned alternate positions for the Open. The final qualifier will be Monday at Edgewood Country Club.nn
YOUTH BASKETBALL: The University of Charleston will host a boys and girls basketball camp Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.The camp is for ages 8-18 and will cost $140. Special guest camp counselors include former WVU point guard Joe Mazzulla and former West Virginia Conference player of the year P.J. Reyes. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday at Eddie King Gym on the UC campus. For more information, call Mark Richmond at 304-357-4830.nn
WVU SPORTS: West Virginia University rising senior Chance Cover finished first in the Class A men's 50-meter rifle prone competition at the USA Shooting National Championships for Rifle and Pistol Thursday in Fort Benning, Ga.Cover finished first in his class and 36th overall with a two-day aggregate score of 1,231. Sophomore-to-be Garrett Spurgeon finished 23rd overall with a score of 1,236.2 and rising junior Thomas Kyanko shot 1,224, finishing 47th overall. Former Mountaineer Eric Uptagrafft, a two-time Olympian for the United States, placed fourth overall with an aggregate score of 1,250.8.The Big 12 Conference released its 2013 Spring Commissioner's Honor Roll, with a total of 227 WVU student-athletes making the list.
Of the 227 Mountaineers recognized for their academic excellence, 39 registered a grade-point average of a 4.0 in the spring semester. The cross country/track and rowing teams led all Mountaineer teams with 39 and 33 honorees, respectively, on the honor roll.nn
MU TRACK: Marshall senior Vanessa Jules finished in sixth place in the heptathlon Friday at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., earning first-team All-America status.
Jules joined teammate Crystal Walker, who finished fifth in the long jump on Wednesday, and Erin Compton, who finished eighth place in the discus in 2003, as the program's only NCAA All-America selections.Jules finished with 5,853 points, just shy of her 6,000-point goal she set entering the competition. As a team, Marshall finished with nine points, a program record.nn
PREP SPORTS: South Charleston High School golf candidates need to be at Big Bend Golf Course and ready for 2 p.m. tee times on Monday, with completed physical form dated after June 1, 2013.Hayes Middle School golf candidates need to be at Big Bend Golf Course and ready for 2 p.m. tee times on Monday, with completed physical form dated after June 1, 2013.Hayes Middle School boys basketball candidates need to be at Hayes gym for a summer league game at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, with completed physical form dated after June 1, 2013.