Roundup: Snodgrass, Ramsey tied at State Women’s Amateur

Defending vhampion Sydney Snodgrass of Harrisville held on to her first-round lead after 36 holes at the 91st West Virginia Women’s Amateur Championship at Cress Creek Country Club in Shepherdstown.

Snodgrass, who began her day in a three-way tie with Elizabeth’s Adeena Shears and Vienna’s Lauryn Davidson, fired a 3-over-par 74 and now shares first place with Bridgeport’s Caroline Ramsey going into today’s final round.

Ramsey, a four-time Women’s Amateur champion, carded a championship-low 1-over 72 to join Snodgrass at the top of the leaderboard. Ramsey recorded five birdies on the day but ended her round with three straight bogeys. Shears shot a 78 to hold fourth place and Davidson shot an 81 to round out the top five.

HERD FOOTBALL: Marshall’s Rakeem Cato has added more preseason recognition to his football resume, as the Thundering Herd star is among 27 senior quarterbacks named to the 2014 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List.

Cato, whose Heisman Trophy campaign — CatoIn14 — was rolled out by Marshall Athletics ( website) on Tuesday, previously has been named to watch lists for the Maxwell, Walter Camp and Davey O’Brien National Quarterback awards. The Maxwell and Camp awards go to the collegiate national player of the year.

The Unitas Golden Arm Award goes to the nation’s top senior quarterback and has been presented since 1987. Alabama’s AJ McCarron won the 2013 award.

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AREA SIGNINGS: WVU Tech women’s soccer coach Stephanie Kot has announced the addition of three area high school players to the Golden Bears’ 2014 roster.

South Charleston’s Kirstie Trabert, Shady Spring’s Brooke Cogar and Midland Trail’s Summer Whipkey will all continue their careers at Tech this season.

Trabert, a goalkeeper for the Black Eagles, earned a varsity letter in soccer and was awarded All-Mountain State Athletic Conference honorable mention accolades her senior year. Cogar, a defender, earned first- and second-team all-state and all-conference accolades and was also a member of the club team, the West Virginia Rapids. Whipkey, a defender, earned class AA-A first-team all-state honors in 2013 and second-team honors in 2012. Whipkey also gained first team (2013) and second team (2012) All-Coalfield Conference accolades.

n Mason Pack, a 6-foot-9 center who helped Tug Valley to the Class AA boys basketball state title in 2012, has signed with NAIA Alice Lloyd College (Ky.).

Pack, who averaged 15.4 points as a senior in high school, played one season at West Virginia Wesleyan for coach Patrick Beilein, who has since departed. Pack sat out last season.

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