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Madonna has work to do

October 3, 2012
By JIM ELLIOTT - For The Weirton Daily Times , The Intelligencer

WHEELING - Madonna coach T.J. Brancazio figured his guys would have to play out of their minds to make a run at Class A defending champion Charleston Catholic.

That didn't happen during Tuesday's first round of the West Virginia High School Golf Tournament at Oglebay's Robert Trent Jones Course.

The Blue Dons had three scores in the 80s and sit in second place at 15 back. The Irish, who shot 236, were led by Christian Casingal (75) and Aaron Persily (76), the lowest scores in the class.

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TEE SHOT — Madonna’s Thomas Gianni watches his tee shot during Tuesday’s opening round of the West Virginia State Golf Tournament at Oglebay Park.
-- Jim Elliott

Madonna's Alex Colantonio shot 80, the fourth-best score in Class A.

''It would take a small miracle,'' Brancazio said of a comeback during today's second round. ''Charleston Catholic is very good.''

The Blue Dons trailed the Irish by 18 after last year's first day and wound up 19 back.

Fact Box

West Virginia High School Golf Championships

(at Oglebay's Jones Course, Par 72)

Class AAA

University 225, Wheeling Park 229, Cabell Midland 235, George Washington 238, Washington 243, Huntington 248, Shady Spring 250, Elkins 260

Cole Hand, WP72

Thadd Obecny II, WP73

Eric Wirth, Univ74

Cale Wheeler, Univ74

Chris Williams, Win74

Will Evans, GW75

Jacob Beahrs, CM75

Craig Buchannon, OH76

Trent McPherson, Univ77

Seth Kinner, CM77

Robert Fleming, Wash78

Alex Schreckengost, PS79

Ryan Mumaw, Wash80

Kris Webster, GW80

Thomas Frazier, Hunt80

Ryan Albaugh, SS81

Austin Florence, GW83

Mark Wilcox, CM83

Madison Erskine, GE84

Drew Green, SS84

Fisher Cross, Hunt84

Alex Baird, Elkins84

Chase Toppins, Hunt84

Scott Hand, WP84

Landon Perry, SS85

Dylan Mumaw, Wash85

Pat Burgess, Wash85

Braden Hammond, Elkins86

Alec Atha, Hunt86

Logan Lojszczuk, Brk87

Dakota McComas, SS87

Drew Call, GW88

Hutton Light, CM88

Dalton Crislip, BU89

Alex Hambel, Hurr90

Kolin Hopwood, Elkins90

Owen Elliott, Hedge91

Chase Voithofer, Univ93

Kelsi Trippett, Elkins104

Dylan Wojcik, WPDQ

Class AA

Poca 246, Roane County 249, Grafton 254, Fairmont Senior 257, Scott 260, Westside 270, Wyoming East 278, Lincoln 296

Travis Covert, Poca78

Sydney Snodgrass, RiC78

Evan Smith, Blue78

Sterling Fitzwater, FS80

Marco Oliverio, Bpt80

Alston Spears, RoC81

Nick Sinclair, FS81

Cameron Wilson, NM81

Lucas Ware, Graf82

Ike Judy, JM82

Cam Moore, RoC83

Mitchell Crutchfield, Graf83

Alex Hamrick, Poca83

Chad Honeycutt, Scott84

Cole Moore, RoC85

Hunter Owens, Westside85

Steve Loudermilk, Poca85

Evan Butcher, Poca86

Travis Gibson, HH87

Hunter Justus, WE88

Alex Boggs, Scott88

Sterling Chafin, Scott88

Hunter Simmons, RoC89

Zach Musgrove, Graf89

Drew Ward, NC89

Ryan Holcomb, Linc90

Cory Bowles, Westside91

Zac Summers, Graf93

Dakota Hood, WE93

Drew Bragg, Westside94

Aaron Grant, Scott95

Gage Hannah, FS96

Bailey Mohr, FS97

Bruce Staton, WE97

Matt Landes, Key98

Matt Tucker, Linc100

Kaitlyn Saunders, Westside102

Chase Pressley, WE103

Mikoyla Prunty, Linc106

Frankie Spadatore, Linc122

Class A

Charleston Catholic 236, Madonna 251, Buffalo 254, St. Marys 263, Greenbrier West 275, Richwood 289, Moorefield 294, Notre Dame 300

Christian Casingal, CC75

Aaron Persily, CC76

Cory Hoshor, Buf79

Alex Colantonio, WM80

Quincy Fraley, Moor81

Michael Rogers, WM82

Joseph Deskins, TV82

Ben Collie, PC82

Blaik Caplinger, Buf83

Corey Wells, TC83

Austin Cunningham, GC83

Coleman Lamp, SM84

Jordan Covelli, CC85

Ryan Bennett, Rich88

Thomas Gianni, WM89

Robbie Harper, SM89

Philip Wilson, ND89

Chandler Fitzwater, GW89

Drew Wells, SM90

Austin Ransom, GW92

Bradley Harris, Buf92

Thomas Stanley, WC92

Jackson Ellis, CC93

Nick Mazur, WM94

Justin Estep, GW94

Braden Johnson, Rich95

Korey Foltz, EH96

John Casto, Mont97

Drew Ridgeway, ND99

Drew Patton, Buf99

Josh Richard, SM103

Colleen Connolly, GW104

Gus Patterson, Moor104

Mason Mullens, Rich106

Dustin Seabolt, Rich109

Tanner Carr, Moor110

Luke Gains, SH111

Noah Carr, Moor112

Jordan Brown, ND112

Alex Demary, ND 118

Michael Rogers shot 82 despite two double bogeys and a triple for the Blue Dons.

Of note, Buffalo's Blaik Caplinger carded an ace on hole No. 11. He shot 83 and trails leader Casingal by eight.

The battle at the top in the state's largest class should make some compelling viewing for today's final round.

Two-time defending champ Wheeling Park (229) trails University (225) by four strokes with Cabell Midland (235) and George Washington (238) nipping at their heels. All told, 35 strokes separate the top team from the bottom team (Elkins at 260) among the eight in the class.

For the Patriots and Hawks, both members of the same conferences and the same region, Tuesday simply provided more of the same.

Familiarity.

''Every tournament it seems like we play them,'' said University's Cale Wheeler, who carded a 74, tied for the third-best score in the class. ''It's definitely a rivalry. I think we're the best two teams in the state.''

In the last three weeks, Wheeling Park won the OVAC Class 5A Tournament by 12 strokes on University at Oglebay, then the Hawks turned around and beat the Patriots by five last week at the regional at Preston Country Club.

They're back on Wheeling Park's home fairways for this one.

''They're the best team in the state and on top of that, they get to play their home course,'' Wheeler said. ''It's real tough. It's one thing to beat them, but on their home course, it (would make) it all that much better.''

Wheeling Park's Cole Hand shot 72 and was the only player in the field to make par. Teammate Thadd Obecny II, a junior who is a two-time overall medalist in this event, was second at 73, followed by the University duo of Wheeler and Eric Wirth, along with Winfield's Chris Williams, all at 74. GW's Will Evans and Cabell-Midland's Jacob Bearhs both shot 75.

Poca (246) dashed out to a three-stroke lead on Roane County (249), led by Travis Covert's 78, which tied Ritchie County's Sydney Snodgrass and Bluefield's Evan Smith for tops in the class. Roane County's top scorer was Alston Spears with an 81. Fairmont Senior is third, eight strokes back at 254.

 
 

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