Central Falls in Lacrosse State Title Game, 15-11
ELKINS — For the third time in a row, Wheeling Central and Spring Mills met for the WVSLA Championship on Saturday at the home of Davis & Elkins College.
For the second consecutive season, however, it was Spring Mills hoisting the state lacrosse championship trophy with a 15-11 triumph over the Maroon Knights.
Braxton Anderson gave a valiant effort with six goals for Wheeling Central, while Matthew Maroney and Ethan Taylor each garnered a pair of goals and John Emmerth added one.
Anderson was also strong with a trio of assists and 12 shots on goal.
Emmerth pounded the net with 11 shots on goals, Maroney collected nine and Taylor tallied four.
Parker Watkins and T. Ryncarz each delivered an assist for Central and goalie Deante Suggs provided 12 saves.
BYESVILLE — The Red Devils were impressive with their depth since they captured just two district titles. However, they advanced to next week’s regional in Chillicothe in 10 events.
The Red Devils’ lone running win came in the first running event of the meet, on Thursday, when the team of Ben Shields, Jack Gasber, Nate Thornburg and Gannon Kazmirski ran 8:22.52 to win the 4×800 .
Junior Rece Spomer advanced in the 400 with a fourth-place effort and a time of 52.19.
The Red Devils had a pair of 800 meter run qualifiers in seniors Kazmirski, who was third in 2:03.03 and Thornburg, who was fourth in 2:03.80.
Shields advanced in the 1600 with a 4:34.20 and a bronze medal. He was also third in the 3200 in 10:19.36.
The Red Devils’ 4×4 survived to the next round by placing third in 3:34.25. The team consisted of Spomer, Gasber, Kazmirski and Thornburg.
In the field, Kyle Stoner was fourth in the high jump at 5-8 to advance. He had already advanced in the pole vault by finishing fourth with a vault of 12-feet.
During the opening day of action, junior Karl Kain won the pole vault with a 13-6 clearance.
In the throwing circle, sophomore Perry Patrone continued his late-season surge. He was second in the shot put with a personal-best mark of 51-6. He also punched a ticket in the discus by placing fourth with a twirl of 143-3.
Steubenville was impressive en route to the runner-up trophy.
Big Red claimed six events.
Fueling Steubenville was the double win of senior Brenton “Inky” Jones. He won the 200 (22.67) and the 400 (49.41).
Big Red also received impressive scoring in the hurdles thanks to the duo of junior Micah Mitchell and Savior Faulks. They finished one-two in both the highs and intermediates, respectively.
Mitchell clocked 15.17 and 40.12. while Faulks checked in with a 15.20 and 40.77.
The Steubenville 4×2, which includes Faulks, Jalen Minniefield, Mitchell and Jones prevailed with a 1:30.23. The same foursome put a bow on the meet by claiming the 4×4 in 3:31.95.
Senior Caleb Noble qualified in the 1600 by finishing fourth in 4:38.27.
Junior Bryce Huff was fourth in the shot put to advance, launching the iron ball to a mark of 48-10 3/4.
Bellaire had a strong showing, placing sixth with 53 points.
Senior strong man Colt Sechrest led the way. He won the discus throw on Thursday and added the shot put to his workload by virtue of finishing third with a mark of 50-10 1/4.
Sophomore Mayson Sochor is headed back to the regional in the high hurdles after placing third in 15.25.
Junior Ray Ray Pettigrew advanced with a second-place effort in the 200 with a time of 22.94.
Pettigrew joined speed forces with Mac Mac Pettigrew, Khalil Kimbro and Maurice Webb to finish fourth and advance in the 4×200 relay in 1:33.83.
Joining Sechrest, who set a discus record in the district met with a toss of 182-3, in the platter event is senior Nick Materkoski, who finished third in 148-6.
Union Local had a strong showing, especially in the field where they won a pair of events.
Junior Carter Blake soared over a personal-best 6-2 to win the high jump.
Sophomore strong man Johnny Sabinski continued his brilliant season in both throwing circles. He won the shot put with a mark of 54-feet. He had advanced earlier in the meet in the discus with an impressive throw of 161-4 to garner a second-place showing.
Junior Hayden McCrate moved closer to a return trip to state in the high hurdles. He placed fourth in the highs in 15.39.