Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP GOLF - STATE TOURNAMENT ; Cabell Midland Repeats, Wyoming East Wins AA Title

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP GOLF - STATE TOURNAMENT ; Cabell Midland Repeats, Wyoming East Wins AA Title

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WHEELING - After the smoke had cleared on Wednesday afternoon, Cabell Midland coach Matthew Stead referred to his squad as "The Dream Team. The state prep golf tournament and the season as a whole certainly went like a dream for the Knights.

It's never supposed to be easy at the Trent Jones Course at the Oglebay Resort, but Midland sure made it look that way in Wednesday's second and final round of the Class AAA competition. The Knights shaved 13 strokes off their first-day total, which put them in front by 11, and cruised to a second straight state title, clearing second-place Washington by 25 strokes and placing four players on the all-state team.

The top eight finishers in each class are awarded all-state status, and Midland's foursome finished second (Noah Mullens 151), tied for third (Andy Michael 152), fifth (Zach Chapman 153) and seventh (Josef Dransfeld 157). Buckhannon-Upshur's Christian McKisic fired a 3-under-par 68 on Wednesday, the lowest round of the tournament by three strokes, and claimed AAA medalist honors with a two-day total of 148.

"All year long, we knew that this was the potential - we knew they could do this, Stead said. "We talked about it right after we won at Parkersburg that we wanted to finish this thing up undefeated with everybody on the all-state team and it happened, which is unbelievable. I'm super proud of them to fulfill that.

Midland's final tally of 455 cleared Washington's 480 with ease. Spring Mills came home third at 503 and George Washington right behind in fourth with a 505.

The Patriots, like most players and teams, faded a bit with much tougher second-round pin placements adorning the rolling, fast greens on the Jones Course. GW was third heading into Wednesday, but even at fourth GW improved a position from last year's team full of seniors.

This time around, Willie Roncaglione will be the lone player not back with the Patriots next season.

All in all, there is plenty for GW coach B.J. Calabrese to build on.

"I really thought if we were going to struggle it would be on the first day and not the second, Calabrese said. "We talked about [Tuesday] night getting a couple of shots under that and we could at least compete for second. That didn't happen today. We could never really string our pars together. We were stringing bogeys and double- bogeys and that's just not a good recipe. The second day is really tough to score on.

"It's going to be a learning experience, and hopefully we'll get back here next year and be better for it.

Washington's Christian Boyd tied with Michael for third with University's Chris Stansberry finishing sixth (154) and Parkersburg's Isaac Prine and Wheeling Park's Jacob Nickell finishing in a tie for eighth to complete the all-state team.

Hurricane's Alec Brooks was unable to back up Tuesday's 78 and settled for an 87 on Wednesday, finishing 12th. …

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