Local Athletes Gearing Up

WHEELING – As the 2012-13 school year wraps up, the Ohio Valley high school sports world turns its eyes to the final four state tournaments of the year.

For seniors, it’s one last shot at glory. To the underclassmen, it’s a chance to prove your worth on the big stage.

The West Virginia boys’ and girls’ state tennis tournament begins the series of championships for the Mountain State.

Several area netters will compete in Charleston at the Kanawha City Community Center Tennis Courts and Coonskin Park Tennis Courts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with hopes of bringing a title back to the Northern Panhandle.

Next weekend, the state capital will welcome the top track and field athletes in West Virginia. The two-day event will take place on May 17-18 at Laidley Field.

Softball will take center stage at Jackson Park in Vienna on May 22-23, while the baseball tournament will be held at Appalachian Power Park on May 30 – June 1.

The Buckeye State gets into the swing of things on May 31 when the first and second rounds of the boys tennis tournament begin on Ohio State’s Varsity Tennis Courts. The semifinals and championship sets finish on June 1.

The baseball and softball tournaments begin six days later.

The Division II and III semifinals in baseball will be held on June 6, while Division I and IV will be held the next day at Huntington Park. All four divisions will battle for its respective trophy on June 8.

Softball also begins June 6 at Firestone Stadium with the Division I and IV semifinals. Division II and III will take place on June 7, while all championship games are set for June 8.

Track and Field will also compete on June 7-8 at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Now, a look at some athletes who will try to help get their teams to the state title game:

The Long Ballers

Jeremiah Fromhart, Tanner Filben, John Marshall: Fromhart and Filben both homered in a victory against Magnolia.

Zach Wilhoite, Magnolia: Wilhoite hit a home run in a loss to John Marshall.

Bailey McGrath, Bridgeport: McGrath hit one over the fence in a victory against Bishop Donahue.

Alex Riedel, Bishop Donahue: Riedel homered in a loss to Bridgeport.

Ryan Busby, St. Clairsville: Busby blasted a grand slam in a win against Cameron.

Ashlyn Drizake, Weir: Drizake smacked two homers in a loss to Oak Glen.

Chance Wilkin, Edison: Wilkin homered in a win against East Liverpool.

Peyton Palmer, Albert McGuane, Valley: Palmer and McGuane both homered in a win against East Richland.

Kelaen Welch, Brooke: Welch smacked a homer in a win against Steubenville.

Jonathan Borkoski, Buckeye Local: Borkoski hit two homers in a win against Union Local.

Seth Alleman, Monroe Central: Alleman hit a home run in a victory against River.

Dr. K

Mallory Chapman, Magnolia: Chapman fanned 13 in a win against Paden City before she stuck out 18 in a split with Cameron.

Hannah Absalom, St. John: Absalom sat down 16 batters in a win against Steubenville before she struck out 14 in a loss to Steubenville Catholic. She then finished the week with a combined 21 Ks in two wins against Bellaire.

Amy Rotriga, John Marshall: Rotriga struck out 15 in two wins against Morgantown.

Linda Hall, Cameron: Hall fanned 12 in a loss to Magnolia.

Paige Geanangel, Indian Creek: Geanangel sat down 14 in a win against Bellaire.

Ryan Rose, Harrison Central: Rose fanned 11 in a loss to Martins Ferry.

Luca Fuscardo, Madonna: Fuscardo sat down 13 in a loss to Bishop Donahue.

Rashaen Mitchell, Harrison Central: Mitchell struck out 11 in a win against Steubenville.

Jarod Brooks, Shadyside: Brooks fanned 12 in a loss to Steubenville Catholic.

Kam Brown, River: Brown sat down 11 in a win against St. John.

Kordell Antill, Monroe Central: Antill struck out 11 in a victory against River.

Best of Both

Nick Patrone, Bellaire: Not only did Patrone homer in a win against Indian Creek, he took the mound and struck out 12 and threw a two-hitter.

Regional Winners

Gus Schmidt, Joanna Capito, Wheeling Central: Schmidt claimed the No. 3 Singles Region One title, while Capito captured the No. 1 Singles crown.

Nick Conforti, Matt Conforti, Madonna: Nick took No. 1 Singles and Matt took No. 2 Singles before the brothers teamed to capture No. 1 Doubles.

Madison Juszczak, Madison Hill, Lauren Pizzurro, Oak Glen: Juszczak won the only individual title at No. 4 Singles for the Golden Bears, while Hill and Pizzurro took the No. 3 Doubles crown.

OVAC Champs

Jacob Anderson, Barnesville: Anderson won his individual championship in the 300 meter hurdles.

Nathan Tolley, Clay-Battelle: Tolley took the title in the 400 meters.

Katelyn Pollock, Edison: Pollock captured the gold in the high jump.

Jon Anderson, Fort Frye: Anderson won the crown in the 3200 meters.

Ashley Haught, Tori Derrow, John Marshall: Haught took the title 400 meters, while Derrow won the 100 meter hurdles.

Jamal Ebanks, Linsly: Ebanks captured the 200 meter crown.

Cody Schau, Sean McGee, Martins Ferry: Schau won the high jump gold, while Sean McGee took the title in shot put.

Cassidy McCullough, River: McCulough won her title in the 300 meters hurdles.

Julianna Madzia, Jaylon Brown, Drake Walker, St. Clarisville: Madzia took the 3200 meters, Brown won the 100 meters and Walker got the gold in the 1600 meters.

Ellise Watts, Steubenville: Watts claimed the long jump for her gold medal.

Twice as Nice

Alyssa Robinson, St. Clairsville: Robinson came away from the OVAC Championship with two gold medals. One in shot put and the other in discus.

Fallon Doyle, St. John: Doyle also came away with two titles with a first in the 800 meters and the 1600 meters.