Henry Sorsaia, the leading scorer and rebounder on Hurricane’s improbable run to the Class AAA boys title game, is headed to Shenandoah (Va.) to play basketball.
The 6-foot-5 Sorsaia averaged 18 points for the Redskins, who fell to Huntington 55-54 in the state finals despite having never won a state tournament game prior to this season.
A second-team all-state selection, Sorsaia had other offers at higher levels of competition, said Hurricane coach Lance Sutherland, but “he fell in love with the school and the opportunity to play a lot.”
Shenandoah, an NCAA Division III school, is located in Winchester, Va.
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MID-AM GOLF: Pat Carter of Huntington fired the low round during stroke play to earn the No. 1 seed heading into match play Friday at the 11th West Virginia Mid-Amateur Championship at Lakeview Resort in Morgantown. Carter carded a 3-under 69, which included four birdies and just one bogey. Clarksburg’s Michael Stewart shot even par 72 to claim the No. 2 seed.
Carter and Stewart were victorious in the opening-round matches. Carter downed Jeff Harper of Coolville, Ohio, 2 and 1 while Stewart dispatched Logan’s Jeremy Vallet 5 and 3. Other match-play winners included Brandon Tinney, Chad Baldwin, Sam O’Dell, Steve Fox, Tad Tomblin, Mitch and Trent Roush, Mike Keiffer, Ian Patrick, Tyler Boulware, Brian McPherson, Mike Marrara, and Phil Reale. The final match of the day between Duke Erwin and Travis Woodford was suspended on the final hole and will resume at 8 a.m. The quarterfinals will follow at 1 p.m. The championship round is set for Sunday.
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POWER LOSE: Savannah erupted for five runs in the fourth inning off West Virginia starter Shane Carle as the Sand Gnats posted a 5-1 win Friday at Appalachian Power Park to complete the three-game sweep.
Carle (1-3) was tabbed with the loss, allowing five runs (one earned) on six hits over five innings. Miller Diaz (3-0) picked up the win, giving up just one run on three hits, striking out five and walking three. Savannah (23-9) plated the five runs on five hits, including a RBI triple from Jorge Rivero, and received some help with a pair of Power errors. Wyatt Mathisen was the lone Power player with multiple hits and was responsible for the only extra-base hit, a double.
West Virginia (11-23) begins a seven-game road trip today at 7:05 p.m. with the opener of a four-game set at Greenville.
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WVU BASEBALL: A three-run eighth inning by Kansas doomed the Mountaineers Friday as they suffered a 5-3 setback at Hoglund Ballpark in Lawrence, Kan. Sean Carley (5-2) took the loss after blowing the save. He allowed two runs on two hits in 1/3 inning. Junior second baseman Billy Fleming and junior right fielder Brad Johnson each went 2 for 4 for the Mountaineers (27-18).
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HERD SPORTS: AREA TENNIS: The Charleston YMCA will be holding nine weeks of tennis camps beginning June 2. The fee is $75 for YMCA members and $95 for non-members. For more information, call the tennis office at 304-340-3533 or contact them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
n The Charleston Area Tennis Association will be holding its annual qualifier tournament on May 23-25. Entrants must register online using the tournament ID number 850110014. The fee is $38.13 per person and the deadline is Monday, May 19.