CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Marshall University tight end Gator Hoskins was named to the preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award on Tuesday.The award is presented annually to the player voted by the John Mackey Award Selection Committee as the nation's best tight end.Hoskins caught 10 touchdown passes for the Thundering Herd last season to lead all tight ends nationally and set a Marshall tight end record. Overall, he snared 35 passes for 374 yards. The 10 touchdowns were also second highest in Conference USA behind East Carolina wide receiver Justin Hardy (11).nn
YOUTH GOLF: Morgantown's Eric Wirth fired a 1-under-par 70 on Tuesday to take home low round of the day honors along with the title in the 17-18 age division of the Callaway Junior Tour, defeating Christian Casingal of Charleston in a two-hole playoff at Sugarwood Golf Club in Lavalette.Kelsey Allbright of Point Pleasant won the low round honors on the girls side with a score of 83, winning the 15-18 age division. Kylie Day of Proctorville, Ohio, took home top honors in the girls 10-14 age division with a score of 90.Caleb Cook and Colin Bowles, both of Oceana, took home top honors in their respective age divisions. Cook won the 12-and-under division with a 5-over-par 76 and Bowles took top honors in the 13-14 division with a 2-over-par 73. Cody Dobbin of Wellsburg shot an even-par 71 and won the 15-16 division by defeating Barboursville's Mark Wilcox in a playoff.
The Callaway Junior Tour will continue today at Riverside Golf Club in Mason and travel to the Eastern Panhandle for an event Sunday afternoon at Locust Hill leading into the West Virginia Junior Amateur.nn
PREP LACROSSE: Former George Washington lacrosse standout Cole Salmons committed to play lacrosse at West Virginia University on Tuesday.
The four-year varsity starter was named to the West Virginia All-Star Lacrosse Team and received honorable mention all-state honors in 2012. Salmons graduated from George Washington with a 4.0 grade-point average and plans to pursue a biology degree at WVU.nn
SANDERS HONORED: Former West Virginia University running back Jock Sanders was named Special Teams Player of the Week in the Canadian Football League on Tuesday. Sanders returned four kickoffs for 100 yards and six punts for 74 yards to help the Saskatchewan Roughriders defeat the Calgary Stampeders 36-21 and remain undefeated with a 2-0 record.nn
WVU RIFLE: Three-time national champion Petra Zublasing won the gold medal in the women's 50m rifle 3 position Tuesday at the International Shooting Sport Federation Granada World Cup, in Granada, Spain.
Zublasing, a 2013 West Virginia University graduate, shot five points better than the field in the final and captured her first gold medal in the event with a score of 459.1. Representing Italy, the Appiano native led throughout the final and has qualified for the ISSF World Cup Final Nov. 6-12, in Munich, Germany.nn
BASEBALL TRYOUT: The Kanawha City Royals will hold an open tryout for players ages 16-23 at at 9 a.m. July 16 in Portsmouth, Ohio. American Legion players must have permission from their coach and players under 18 must have permission from their parents. For more, information call Rick Clendenin at 304-552-6499.nn
VOLLEYBALL CAMP: The Concord University volleyball camp, scheduled for July 21-24 at the Carter Center, has been cancelled, coach Kate Southcott announced Tuesday.