League champion Logan and Class AA state tournament entry Wayne each placed four players on the All-Cardinal Conference baseball first team.
For Logan, the honorees included T. Jay Mullins, Matt Brown, Will Akers and Devin Hensley. For Wayne, it was Dakota McCloud, Cody Noe, Brad Sharp and Cayden Ross.
Wayne topped Logan in the Region 4 best-of-three championship series after Logan won both regular-season meetings between the teams to take first place in the league standings. (See final standings, All-Cardinal lists, Page 2B.)
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UC GOLF: University of Charleston men’s and women’s golf coach Will Johnson was named Wednesday as NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Coach of the Year by the Golf Coaches Association of America. He was one of eight coaches honored in Division II in their respective regions.
The Golden Eagle men’s team advanced to its third NCAA championship appearance in four years this season. UC began the final day of the Atlantic/East Regional tournament in ninth place before storming back to finish third and advance to the national tournament.
Johnson will receive his award Dec. 11 at the GCAA national convention’s Hall of Fame banquet.
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MARSHALL SOFTBALL: Herd senior Morgan Zerkle was honored with her second consecutive Conference USA Spirit of Service Award on Wednesday. She was one of 14 student-athletes named among the spring sports.
The C-USA Spirit of Service Award is designed to recognize the community service efforts of the league’s student-athletes, based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport.
The Milton native has been heavily involved with many local youth leagues around the Huntington area, taking time out after games to sign autographs, take photos and speak with many young girls. Zerkle, the C-USA Softball Player of the Year, has been a mentor to many girls over the past four years through the team’s “Lil Sis” program, writing letters back and forth and spending time with their “Lil Sis” at many events.
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WVU TRACK AND FIELD: Senior Amy Cashin and junior Shamoya McNeil will represent West Virgina at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Both will compete in the NCAA Championships for the first time. Cashin will compete in the women’s semifinals 3,000 meter steeplechase Thursday night, with eight advancing from three heats into the championship round on Saturday night. McNeil will participate in the women’s triple jump on Saturday at 6:40 p.m. Cashin set a Mountaineer record of 10:01.19 in the steeplechase at the NCAA East Preliminary Round to place sixth and earn her ticket. McNeil clinched her bid to the national championships with an 11th-place finish in the NCAA East Prelims with a clearance of 12.04 meters.
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COACHING CLASS: An AESP coaching class will be held July 10-12 at South Charleston High for those interested in coaching a high school sport. Register at www.wvssac.org.
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GREENBRIER CLASSIC: Country singer Scotty McCreery will take part in the Greenbrier Classic Pro-Am on Wednesday, July 5, part of the events of the week of the Greenbrier Classic PGA Tour event. McCreery, the 2011 American Idol winner, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with his debut album, “Clear As Day.” McCreery will join the stars of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” at the Pro-Am. Other celebrities will be announced later.