Linsly Takes Down Wheeling Central
Cadets victorious in rivalry rematch
WHEELING — The Wheeling Central boys defeated Linsly 4-3 earlier in the season and entered Thursday’s rematch with a strong 15-3 record, but that’s why they play the game.
Two singles events and one doubles match that went in favor of the Maroon Knights in their initial contest of the campaign, went to Linsly this time around and it escaped with a 4-3 victory at Mount DeChantal.
“This was a big win for us,” Linsly coach Rebecca Upton said. “Our kids have been getting better all year. This matchup could go either way on any given day.
“Wheeling Central is really talented and we are rivals so it’s always going to be fun and exciting to play them.”
In the season’s first matchup, Wheeling Central’s David Agcaoili defeated Manuel Suita and Isaac Smith upended the Cadets’ Eric Wang in singles play, but in the rematch it was Suita and Wang who recorded victories for Linsly.
Jacob Coughlan and Smith teamed up to earn a doubles match win in the first meeting for Central but Linsly’s Wang and Jimmy Xu delivered the upset to earn the 8-1 win Thursday.
“They played a little better than we did this time,” Central coach Peggy Dailer said. “They were close matches last time, too, but Agcaoili and Smith won last time and lost (Thursday) and so did our No. 2 doubles team.”
Wheeling Central gained a 2-1 upper hand early by claiming a pair of doubles matches.
Giorgio Alexander and Agcaoili topped Sui and Suita 8-2, while Josh Yancosek and Carmen Alexander picked up an 8-6 win over Linsly’s Nick White and Aaron White.
As the Cadets fell behind in doubles play, they needed to take three of the four singles matches to earn the victory. They did exactly that.
Suita notched an 8-4 win over Agcaoili, Wang scored an 8-6 victory over Smith and Xu took down Coughlan by an 8-1 count in singles play to give Linsly the narrow win.
“We needed our singles to win,” Upton said. “Wang got down early but fought back in it. I am proud of them. They are all good kids.”
The lone singles win for Wheeling Central came from senior No. 1. Giorgio Alexander.
Alexander emerged victorious in his match with Sui by an 8-1 score.
The matchup featuring the Cadets and Knights was a battle for both squads and that tough competition could prove beneficial in next week’s OVAC Tournament.
“We could have played a little better,” Dailer said. “We are getting ready for OVACs next week and for states. We have a pretty good team and I think we’re going to do just fine. We will have to compete against some of the big schools in the OVAC’s but I always look at is as a good experience because we get to play some better players and hopefully it makes us better, too.”
Upton is in her first year at the helm for the Cadets but has enjoyed the experience and is excited for the future of Linsly tennis.
“Some of our kids have a shot at doing very well at OVACs next week,” Upton said. “I’m excited for my first tennis OVAC Tournament. I coached four years of Bethany girls’ tennis but it has been a refreshing shift.”
Oak Glen 6, Brooke 1
WELLSBURG — Oak Glen held host Brooke to one point, which came in doubles action as the Golden Bears rolled to victory.
Katie Szymanski, Molly Swartzmiller, Brooke Provenzano and Cristal Tetrault chalked up singles wins, while the Szymanski and Swartzmiller combo, along with Provenzano and Ally Brothers earned doubles wins.
Adrianna Bailey and Leah Caparros won a doubles event for Brooke.
Magnolia 5, River 2
HANNIBAL — Magnolia pushed across three runs in the ninth to defeat host River and improve to 15-5.
Ashley Tharp picked up the win by going the distance and striking out five, while Kayna Anderson led the offense with a double and a triple and Ashley Kelly had a double and a RBI.
Bailey Caldwell had three hits and a RBI for River and Lexi Piatt added two hits.
BARNESVILLE — Kaitlyn Weaver and Sydnie Destifanes each turned in four hits, with the latter knocking in four and Weaver driving in three to lead Shadyside past Barnesville.
Karly Klug supplied a triple, two singles and a RBI for the Tigers and the Shamrocks were led by Baylie MacMillan with a double and a RBI.
Harrison Central 5
WELLSBURG — Hannah Warrington delivered two singles, a double and three RBI to lead Harrison Central past Brooke.
Shaniel Nameth recorded two hits and two RBI and Joclyn Peshak added two hits for Harrison (12-5).
Wheeling Park 11
PARKERSBURG — Makenzie Amend struck out 11 in relief to lead Wheeling Park past Parkersburg.
Sharise West clubbed two doubles, a single and three RBI for the Patriots, while Maddie Miller turned in three hits.
St. Clairsville 4
BYESVILLE — Bree Bennington laced four hits and Amaya Smith doubled, singled and struck out five to lead the St. Clairsville.
Haylee West doubled and singled for Meadowbrook.
Buckeye Local 4
RAYLAND — Tori Luyster tossed a complete game, striking out three and walking none to lead Buckeye Local past Bridgeport.
Lillie Windsheimer singled and drove in a run, while teammate Alaire Destifanes tripled for the Panthers.
Weir 2, Madonna 0
WEIRTON — Alivia Rosnick struck out 10 and walked two en route to leading Weir to victory after it plated two in the sixth inning to top Madonna.
Mariah Stevens gave Weir the lead in the sixth with a double and a RBI.
Bishop Donahue 14
WHEELING — Maddy Adkins paced the Bishop Donahue offense with three hits and two RBI as it overpowered Linsly.
Maddy Menendez clubbed two triples and two RBI, while Sarah Heller and Jen Little cracked two hits and two RBI apiece for the Bishops.
Linsly was led by April Knight with a single, two doubles and a RBI, followed by Meghan Goodnight with a double, triple and two RBI and Taylor Wisvari-Weir with two hits and a RBI.
YOUNGSTOWN — Mitchell Gulan blasted a home run and drove in two runs for Steubenville, but it was upended by Boardman.
Buckeye Local 6
RAYLAND — Buckeye Local rallied from down one in the bottom of the seventh to notch a walk-off.
Andrew Hillman supplied two hits and a RBI and John Moore added a hit and a RBI for the Panthers.
Matt Herink and Jeremiah Booker each garnered two hits for the Bulldogs.
Barnesville 5, Toronto 4
BARNESVILLE — It took extras but Barnesville delivered the walk-off win in the bottom of the eighth to edge visiting Toronto.
Jared Kernen belted a home run, a single and a RBI to pace Barnesville, while Nathan Clark had two hits and a RBI.
Nick Sinclair pounded two hits for Toronto.