CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Six golfers qualified for West Virginia Amateur at Friday's qualifier at Cacapon State Park in Berkeley Springs.Charles Town's Ryan Mumaw shot the low round of the day with a 1-over-par 73 on a long, wet course that proved challenging to the 33 golfers attempting to qualify. Vienna's Jeff Harper had a string of three consecutive birdies that helped him qualify for his first Amateur appearance with a 2-over-par 74. Bobby Jones of Charles Town and Eric Wirth of Morgantown both qualified by firing a 76.After regulation, five players found their way into a playoff after turning in 77s to decide the final two players to qualify, with Parkersburg's Timothy Tedrick and Fisher's Joshua Arbaugh coming out on top. Hedgesville's Owen Elliot and Matt Martin qualified as alternates.The next State Amateur qualifier will take place Monday at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club in Hurricane. The West Virginia Amateur Championship will take place Aug. 5-8 at The Greenbrier Resort on The Greenbrier Course and Old White TPC.
HERD SPORTS: Marshall's Vanessa Jules (track and field) and Daniel Withrow (men's soccer) were named Marshall Athletics' Student-Athletes of the Year on Friday.
Jules earned first-team All-America honors in the heptathlon, an event in which she also qualified for the USA Championships. She was also named Mid-Atlantic Region and Conference USA Field Athlete of the Year, winning the league title in the heptathlon and the outdoor high jump. She is the school record-holder in the indoor 300 meters, indoor high jump, outdoor 200 meters, outdoor high jump, pentathlon, outdoor 60-meter hurdles and outdoor 200-meter hurdles.Withrow started all 17 games in goal for the Thundering Herd (11-5-1) this season, recording 77 saves and setting Marshall single-season (9.5) and career (21.5) shutout records. He led the nation with a save percentage of 0.895, ranked third in goals against average (0.524) and earned NCAA All-Midwest Region honors after being named the program's first Co-Conference USA Player of the Year.nn
AREA SOFTBALL: The USSSA will hold its men's Northern D state tournament in Fairmont and its women's state tournament in Lewisburg July 20 and 21. The entry deadline for both tournaments is Thursday. For more information, call Steve Aversa at 304-290-6484 for the men's tournament or call Donnie Lemons at 304-661-5722 or Carl Pate at 304-375-4774 for the women's tournament.nn
YOUTH SWIMMING: The HYCAT at Charleston, Inc., Swimming Program will host Greater Kanawha Valley Summer League Swimming Championships starting Wednesday and running through next Saturday at the University of Charleston's indoor 25-yard pool. Approximately 500 swimmers, representing 14 teams, are expected to participate in the meet.