WHEELING -If ever there was a perfect state tournament, the Roane County golfers may have written one for the history books.
During Wednesday's final round at Speidel Golf Course at Oglebay Park, the Raiders successfully defended their Class AA championship by establishing a 38-stroke margin of victory over runner-up Poca.
Making Roane County's accomplishment that much more impressive was the 1-2-3 finish in the individual standings by Alston Spears, Cole Moore and Cam Moore.
The Roane County golf team successfully defended their Class AA state title during Wednesday’s final round at Speidel Golf Course at Oglebay Park in Wheeling. Pictured in the front row, from left: Cole Moore, Cam Moore and Caleb Moore. Back row: Coach Jim Kendall, Forrest Greenlee, Alston Spears and Hunter Simmons.
Spears repeated as medalist after shooting rounds of 72 and 76 for a two-day total of 148.
"It's a dream come true - all the hard work has paid off," Spears said.
While Spears' opening round of five birdies and one eagle filled a highlight reel, Wednesday's round was quite normal.
W.Va. High School State
At Speidel Golf Course at Oglebay Park
Team standings: 1. Charleston Catholic 236-237-473; 2. Madonna 245-238-483; 3. Buffalo 267-251-518; 4. St. Marys 256-265-521; 5. Greenbrier West 271-253-524; 6. Pocahontas County 293-299-592; 7. Richwood 306-299-605; 8. Notre Dame 314-312-626
Charleston Catholic: Aaron Persily 77-76-153, Christian Casingal 81-75-156, Nick Casingal 78-86-164, Cameron Blakley 86 (first round), Jackson Ellis 95 (second round)
Madonna: Michael Rogers 77-75-152, Alex Colantonio 86-78-164, Nick Mazur 82-85-167, Thomas Gianni 93 (first round), Matthew Lyons 92 (second round)
Buffalo: Cory Hoshor 87-76-163, Bradley Harris 87-89-176, Blaik Caplinger 93-86-179, Nic Gunter 102 (first round), Drew Patton 111 (second round)
St. Marys: Coleman Lamp 80-78-158, Drew Wells 89-90-179, Robbie Harper 87-97-184, Jared Nichols 92-97-189
Greenbrier West: Chandler Fitzwater 92-80-172, Justin Estep 86-88-174; Austin Ransom 93-85-178, Jared Jennings 99-93-192
Pocahontas County: Brandon Wilfong 92-98-190, Andrew Morrison 93-101-194, Stephen Mick 108-100-208, Matthew Rao 113-124-237
Richwood: Mason Mullens 95-95-190, Braden Johnson 98-98-196, Tyler Davis 113-106-219, Charlie Baughman 113-114-227
Notre Dame: Tyler Mehr 97-104-201, Jordan Brown 105-100-205, Austin Wilson 112-114-226, Anthony DeMary 131-108-239
Parkersburg Catholic: Ben Collie 80-85-165
Man: Baley Beckwith 88-85-173
Magnolia: Peyton Moore 86-92-178
Bishop Donahue: Steven Gretchen 92-87-179
Williamstown: Kody Rhyne 86-98-184
Sherman: Trenten Caruthers 97-106-203
Moorefield: Tanner Carr 99-104-203
Tygart Valley: Alex Hinzman 105-108-213
All-state: Michael Rogers, Madonna; Aaron Persily, Charleston Catholic; Christian Casingal, Charleston Catholic; Coleman Lamp, St. Marys; Cory Hoshor, Buffalo; Nick Casingal, Charleston Catholic; Alex Colantonio, Madonna; Ben Collie, Parkersburg Catholic.
Team standings: 1. Roane County 228-230-458; 2. Poca 261-235-496; 3. Westside 253-255-508; 4. Ritchie County 251-258-509; 5. Scott 253-259-512; 6. Grafton 259-258-517; 7. Wyoming East 262-264-526; 8. Bridgeport 271-269- 540
Roane County: Alston Spears 72-76-148, Cole Moore 76-76-152, Cam Moore 80-78-158, Caleb Moore 85-86-171
Poca: Alex Hamrick 83-76-159, Travis Covert 90-76-166, David Scragg 88-83-171, Caleb Luikart 120-116-236
Westside: Drew Bragg 76-90-166, Corey Bowles 84-85-169, Kaitlyn Sanders 93-80-173, Derek Johnson 134-122-256
Ritchie County: Sydney Snodgrass 80-81-161, Riley Allen 79-86-165, Ben Knight 92-91-183, Jon Harkness 96-97-193
Scott: Evan Butcher 80-83-163, Sterling Chafin 82-85-167, Aaron Grant 91-91-182, Jonathon Butcher 92 (first round), Nick Dolin 112 (second round)
Grafton: Mitch Crutchfield 80-85-165, Zac Summers 91-82-173, Zach Musgrove 88-91-179, Travis Mayle 95-94-189
Wyoming East: Brett Laxton 85-89-174, Logan Cook 87-89-176, Kirby Campbell 90-88-178, Dakota Hood 94-87-181
Bridgeport: Marco Oliverio 82-85-167, Austin Williams 97-89-186, Ben Smith 92-95-187, Jim Doukas 106 (first round), Chase Robey 98 (second round)
James Monroe: Ike Judy 83-81-164
Keyser: Matt Landis 87-84-171, Travis Smith 88-89-177
East Fairmont: Brennan Vincent 87-85-172
North Marion: Colton Holbert 88-87-175
Chapmanville: Jake Workman 90-91-181
Riverview: T.J. Stacy 96-94-190
Sissonville: Taylor Schmeck 99-94-193
All-state: Alston Spears, Roane County; Cole Moore, Roane County; Cam Moore, Roane County; Alex Hamrick, Poca; Sydney Snodgrass, Ritchie County; Evan Butcher, Scott; Ike Judy, James Monroe; Riley Allen, Ritchie County; Mitch Crutchfield, Grafton.
Team standings: 1. Wheeling Park 237-235-472; 2. Cabell Midland 244-233-477; 3. Shady Spring 244-234-478; 4. Parkersburg South 250-237-487; 5. Princeton 252-245-497; 6. Washington 249-256-505; 7. Huntington 264-245-509; 8. Elkins 260-256-516
Wheeling Park: Cole Hand 76-73-149, Dylan Wojcik 80-81-161, Kyle Wensel 81-81-162, Freddie Fitzsimmons 89-89-178
Cabell Midland: Mark Wilcox 81-74-155, Zach Chapman 82-78-160, Seth Kinker 81-81-162, Hutton Light 75 (first round), Luke Smith (second round)
Shady Spring: Drew Green 78-78-156, Landon Perry 82-78-160, Ryan Albaugh 84-78-162, Dakota McCommas 84-88172
Parkersburg South: Alex Schreckengost 76-76-152, Adeena Shears 87-76-163, Garrett Dailey 87-85-172, Noah Smith 87-88-175
Princeton: Tyler Hillyer 79-73-152, Jared Porter 85-81-166, William Hickman 88-91-179, Andrew Wilson 92 (first round), Steven Parker 109 (second round)
Washington: Ryan Fleming 81-85-166, Dylan Mumaw 82-86-168, Jacob Shuff 86-85-171, Patrick Burgess 89-91-180
Huntington: Thomas Frazier 84-75-159, Fisher Cross 90-84-174, Nick Nolan 90-89-179, C.J. McCoy 99-86-189
Elkins: Kollin Hopwood 84-79-163, Braden Hammond 83-81-164, Kole Hopwood 93-96-189, Joseph Severino 107 (first round), Brendan Cain 109 (second round)
Oak Hill: Craig Buchanan 79-75-154
Brooke: Logan Lojszczyk 82-76-158
University: Eric Wirth 83-75-158
Logan: Samuel Corns 85-86-171
Hedgesville: Owen Elliott 88-83-171
George Washington: Kyle Bird 91-84-175
Jefferson: Patrick Glenn 89-90-179
Hurricane: Andrew Brooke 90-89-179
All-state: Cole Hand, Wheeling Park; Alex Schreckengost, Parkersburg South; Tyler Hillyer, Princeton; Craig Buchanan, Oak Hill; Mark Wilcox, Cabell Midland; Logan Lojszczyk, Brooke; Eric Wirth, University.
"I didn't make any spectacular shots," Spears said. "I just played golf the way it's supposed to be played."
The only threat to Spears' first-place finish was Cole Moore, who began the day four strokes back. Starting the round at the 10th hole, the sophomore figured he needed consecutive birdies on his final two holes to have a shot at catching his teammate.
"I missed a lot of putts, including a birdie opportunity on No. 8," Cole Moore said. "Then I struck a ball out of bounds on No. 9."
Cole Moore finished his state appearance with a 76-76-152, which was six strokes ahead of his twin brother Cam Moore placing third overall at 80-78-158.
Anyone who doubted Roane County's chances following its runner-up finish at regionals were quickly dismissed as Roane County had a team score of 458 compared to 496 for runner-up Poca.
"Alston said it best that maybe we needed a good butt-whipping, because we came back with a fire," Cam Moore said.
Also in Class AA, Ritchie County slipped one position and placed fourth at 509 behind all-staters Sydney Snodgrass (80-81-161) and Riley Allen (79-86-165). Ted VanScoy completed his nine-year career as Rebels coach with three state titles, two runner-up showings and three fourth-place finishes.
"If you told me in August we would finish fourth, I would have been tickled to death," VanScoy said.
After missing out as an all-stater by one individual her freshman year, Snodgrass closed out her high school career by making the top 8 for the third consecutive year.
"I grinded it out," Snodgrass said. "I struck the ball well enough, but I couldn't make any putts."
Earlier in the day, the West Virginia Golf Association named Snodgrass the Women's Player of the Year and the Girls Junior Player of the Year.
"That's a great honor," Snodgrass said. "I didn't play that many WVGA events to be able to contend for the Player of the Year, but I was still able to win it."
Also scoring for the Rebels was Ben Knight (92-91-183)
After struggling at last year's state tournament, Parkersburg South junior Alex Schreckengost (76-76-152) returned with a vengeance and placed runner-up behind medalist Cole Hand of Wheeling Park by three-strokes.
"There were about 20 to 30 people in the gallery - I liked that feeling of having people following," Schreckengost said. "I had that opportunity at the Junior Amateur and again this week. It was something different because most of our matches you have a couple of parents. It was neat to have a small crowd."
After an ominous start with a double-bogey on his first hole, Schreckengost regrouped on the second hole and hit the pin on his approach shot. He never was a real threat to Hand, but did conclude his round on a positive note when he made the best of a bad situation on No. 18.
"I snap-hooked my drive onto a hillside 215 yards to the hole," Schreckengost said. "I missed the green left then chipped to within 10 feet. It was a downhill breaking putt and was able to make it. I was proud of myself that I was able to make par on that hole."
As a team, Parkersburg South sliced 13 strokes off from their previous day's total and climbed one position into fourth place with a 487 team score. Wheeling Park captured the title at 472.
Also scoring for the Patriots were Adeena Shears (87-76-163) and Garrett Dailey (87-85-172).
"We had a great season," South coach Sherry Morris said. "Our goal was to get here as a team and actually we talked about coming back next year and winning it."
To say Parkersburg Catholic's Ben Collie (80-85-165) was sweating bullets would be an understatement as the senior closed out his career finishing as the eighth and final all-stater in Class A.
"On Tuesday, Ben's driving and iron play was exceptional - today, he wasn't finding the fairway and was hitting out of the rough more times than not," Parkersburg Catholic coach Dick Wildt said. "He played real well on the back nine and parred the 10th, 11th and 12th hole. He did what he had to do and I'm really proud of him."
Another area all-stater was St. Marys junior Coleman Lamp (80-78-158), who placed fourth overall and led the Blue Devils to a fourth place finish at 521. Also scoring for St. Marys were Drew Wells (89-90-179) and Robbie Harper (87-97-184).
"In my seven years of coaching, I've had five golfers miss all-state by one or two strokes, so I told Coleman to stay with the gameplan - don't get too high or don't get too low," St. Marys coach Howard Meeks said. "He had three double-bogeys, but bounced back with two birdies."
Also representing the Mid-Ohio Valley were Williamstown senior Kody Rhyne (86-98-184) and Magnolia's Peyton Moore (86-92-178).
"Kody has come a long way since playing his first year on varsity as a sophomore," Williamstown coach Russ Schramm said. "That first year he didn't really play much for me. But he progressed, came up the ladder and qualified for state. That has to make his senior year."