The state Little League baseball tournament opens at 1 p.m. Sunday at Little Creek Park in South Charleston.Pool play is set for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in the 14-team event for ages 11-12, with pool winners advancing to single-elimination bracket play beginning Wednesday. The finals are scheduled for Friday, weather permitting.Teams from South Charleston and St. Albans have qualified for the event, which will be staged at Little Creek Fields A and B (also known as The Rock). There is no admission to attend.The state tournament champion advances to regional play in Georgia.
SENIOR SERIES GOLF: Charleston's Allen Bailes turned in the low round Thursday, firing a 2-under-par 70 to win the Gold Division of the West Virginia Senior Series at Cacapon State Park in Berkeley Springs.Bailes was the only player in the field to post an under-par score on the par-72 layout. Hedgesville's Matt Martin captured the Senior Division with an even-par 72.Jim Mason of Mineral Wells carded a 5-over 77 to take the Silver Division after breaking a five-way tie.The Senior Series will resume Aug. 12 at Berry Hills Country Club in Charleston. For more information, visit www.wvga.org
YOUTH BASKETBALL: The fourth P.V. Classic Basketball Tournament will be held Aug. 2-4 at East Fairmont High School and East Fairmont Junior High.The tournament is open for boys and girls entering grades 5-12 and costs $175 per team before July 20. The week of July 21-27, the entry fee will be raised to $225 per team. Each team will be guaranteed at least three games.For more information, call Jack White at 304-363-9233 or Ken Hibbs at 304-612-3199.nn
YOUTH BASEBALL: The state champion Mountaineer/Charleston Central junior league baseball team (ages 12-14) begins its Southeast regional tournament schedule Aug. 2, in Greenville, S.C., where it will face off against Alabama at noon.
The West Virginia team also plays Virginia on Aug. 3 at 9 a.m. and Tennessee Aug. 4 at noon. Mountaineer/Charleston Central won the state little league championship on Tuesday, capping off an undefeated tournament run with a 3-2 victory over Princeton at Princeton Little League Complex.nn
WVU RIFLE: West Virginia University junior Maren Prediger won gold in the women's 10-meter air rifle at the Summer Universiade, held July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia.Representing Germany, the Petersaurach native shot 206.4 in the discipline final on July 12. Prediger, along with German teammates Isabella Straub and Yvonne Scholtterbeck, also finished fourth in the air rifle team competition with a score of 1234.9.Mountaineer teammate Meelis Kiisk joined Prediger at the competition. The Paide, Estonia, native earned his best finish yesterday, placing 20th in the men's 50-meter rifle 3 positions with a score of 1149.The Summer Universiade, otherwise known as the World University Summer Games, is a biennial event featuring student-athletes.
The 2015 Games are set for Gwangju, South Korea.nn
HERD RADIO: The call-in radio shows for Thundering Herd football coach Doc Holliday and basketball coach Tom Herrion will take place at Christopher's Easts, a casual American restaurant in Barboursville.The Holliday show will be hosted by "Voice of the Herd" Steve Cotton for the 18th consecutive year and air from 7-8 p.m. Thursday nights. Herrion's show will also be aired weekly, with the schedule to be announced at a later date.Fans can hear the show live on the Thundering Herd IMG Sports Network.nn
SCHEDULES NEEDED: Area high schools and colleges are urged to send their fall sports schedules to the Gazette in order to be included in our daily listing of athletic events later this season.Schedules can be faxed to 304-348-1740, e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
or mailed to Gazette sports, 1001 Virginia St. East, Charleston, WV 25301. If high schools update their schedules on the SSAC website (wvssac.org), please make sure starting times are included.