Roundup: Elmore, Cato among VAD honorees

CHRIS DORST | Sunday Gazette-Mail
University of Charleston shortstop Andrea Hayes fields a ground ball during the first game of a doubleheader vs. Urbana Saturday.

Twenty-six all-state athletes or state championship coaches from Kanawha and Putnam counties will be among those honored at the 68th annual Victory Awards Dinner on Sunday, May 4 at the Charleston Civic Center.

Two new members of the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame will also be inducted — former Marshall football coach Bob Pruett and Charleston native Fern (Peachy) Kellmeyer, a former tennis great and female sports pioneer.

Award winners to be recognized include Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato, the Hardman Award winner as state amateur athlete of the year; George Washington’s Jon Elmore, the Evans Award recipient as state boys basketball player of the year; and Capital’s James Walton, the Hunt Award winner as the state’s top prep football lineman.

The list of honored all-state athletes and state championship coaches include:

POWER PPD.: WVU SPORTS: The West Virginia baseball team tied a season-high with 18 hits in a 9-5 victory over Oklahoma Saturday at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman, Okla.

Junior catcher Cam O’Brien drove in five runs and junior right fielder Brad Johnson scored twice to give the Mountaineers (19-16, 4-7 Big 12 Conference) their second Big 12 series win of the season.

WVU starter Corey Walter took a no-decision, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits with a strikeout and a walk in four innings. Mountaineer reliever Ryan Tezak threw 2 2/3 innings of no-hit baseball for the win. The Sooners (25-16, 5-7 Big 12) had nine hits, three by Niko Buentello and two by Craig Aikin.

HERD SPORTS: The Marshall baseball team completed a four-game sweep of West Virginia University Tech with a 6-2 win Saturday at the Kennedy Center in Huntington.

Sophomore Aaron Bossi and freshman Corey Bird each had a pair of hits for the Thundering Herd (18-20), while starter Alex Thackston worked five innings, fanning seven and allowing no walks for the win. Tech only managed five total hits in the game.

UC SOFTBALL: W.VA. STATE SPORTS: The West Virginia State football coaching staff and players will host a free Kid’s Day Camp on Saturday prior to the annual Black and Gold Spring Game.

The camp will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and is open to kids from kindergarten through eighth grade. Participants are not required to wear pads and need to wear only a shirt, shorts and shoes. The Black and Gold game will begin at 3 p.m. Parents may register their child online at or in person at Lakin Field beginning at 9:30 a.m. the morning of the camp. For more information, contact the Yellow Jacket football office at 304-766-3204.

n The women’s tennis team will host a free introductory Kid’s Tennis Clinic on Saturday at the school’s campus courts. The clinic will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. and is open to kids in grades 1-6. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and athletic shoes. Parents may register their child by calling the school’s tennis office at 304-766-5760 or in person at the courts beginning at 12:30 p.m. the day of the camp.

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