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West Virginia State Park golf passes for the 2018 season are now available and may be used for reciprocal play at Cacapon Resort, Canaan Valley Resort, Pipestem Resort and Twin Falls Resort golf courses.

Passes purchased before December 22 will include a 5 percent discount and other extras, like complimentary overnight lodging at Cacapon, Pipestem or Twin Falls, a 20 percent room rate discount at Canaan Valley Resort, and green fees discounts that may be used by non-passholders who wish to golf with a passholder.

“Buying a West Virginia State Park golf pass is a great investment for golfers of all skill levels,” said Stan Beafore, superintendent at Canaan Valley Resort State Park. “In addition to reciprocal play at our park courses, pass add-ons offer many benefits, like golf play for a friend or overnight opportunities that encourage playing at different courses.”

All passes include reciprocal play as well as a discount greens fee at the Arnold Palmer Signature Course at Stonewall Resort, Monday through Friday after 1 p.m. Junior passes for golfers 18 and younger include outdoor swimming at any of the four state parks with golf courses. Passes make a great gift and can be purchased at Cacapon, Canaan Valley, Pipestem or Twin Falls. Seven versions of the pass are available.

“These passes give golfers another reason to get out on state park golf courses throughout the year,” said Tom Boyle, golf pro at Cacapon Resort State Park. “It’s good golf strategy when golfers play different courses and experience the diversity of course design, topography and hospitality.”


Seven golf pass options

“Snow Birdie” is a new pass for unlimited reciprocal play at any of the four courses on any day, from September 01 - December 31, 2018.

Any-day Annual Season Pass may be used by the passholder for unlimited reciprocal play at the four courses.

Any-day Annual Season Add-on may be purchased and used for unlimited reciprocal play for a spouse or adult dependents (over 18) living in the pass-holder’s household.

Mid-week Annual Season Pass may be used by the passholder for unlimited mid-week reciprocal play at Pipestem, Twin Falls and Cacapon on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Mid-week at Canaan is Sunday, after 1 p.m., through Thursday. This pass does not include national holidays that occur mid-week.

Mid-week Annual Season Pass Add-on may be purchased and used for a spouse or adult dependents (over 18)  living in the pass-holder’s household with the same restrictions as the Mid-week Season Pass.

Any-day Junior (18 or younger) Annual Season Pass may be used for unlimited reciprocal play at the four courses.

Any-day Summer Pass may be used for unlimited reciprocal play at the four courses, June 1 through August 31, 2018.

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►  Want to clean up college athletics? Pay the players

The University of Louisville basketball program had just put Stripper-gate in the rearview mirror. Assistant Coach Andre McGee was fired; everyone agreed that the illicit sex parties in Billy Minardi Hall occurred without the knowledge of any higher-ups. Bullet dodged.

Then came the FBI’s bribery and fraud investigation. The inquiry, which led to the arrests of 10 people last week connected to the world of college basketball, identified Louisville as having paid $100,000 to Brian Bowen, an incoming recruit. Last Wednesday, Louisville effectively fired legendary coach Rick Pitino and placed Athletic Director Tom Jurich on paid leave. Indications are that these arrests may be the tip of the iceberg.

Given that both scandals emerged from attempts to work around the ban on paying players, and after decades of trying to police such behavior, will the NCAA finally conclude that only one step can truly clean up college athletics’ seedy underbelly? Paying players.

After all, the cause of paying players had been gaining steam even before the Louisville fallout. Articles and opinion pieces trumpeting the cause have been published by the dozens over the past few years.

Yet, that response would make the current scandal markedly different from countless past instances of illegal payments. In the 1980s, Southern Methodist University boosters illicitly paid dozens of football players. A University of Kentucky envelope mailed to the father of recruit Chris Mills in the late 1980s had $1,000 cash fall out in transit, sparking an NCAA investigation. The University of Colorado admitted in 2004 that it used sex and alcohol to lure prospective student athletes into signing with the school. Michigan’s Fab Five took under-the-table payments.

None of these scandals led to a change in the NCAA’s amateur model.

Instead, over the past century, protest against unpaid student athletes has been docile and inefficient, almost always a low-risk, low-commitment cause. Talk about compensation has rarely been accompanied by actual change, because a strange elixir exists in college athletics: a still-pervasive belief in amateurism by many university leaders is coupled with billions of dollars in annual revenue. This money pays the salaries of thousands of athletic coaches and administrators. Paying the college athletes who generate revenue (and most don’t) requires them to take money out of their own pockets - something that’s possible only if the movement for change is a lot less talk and a lot more action.

The idea of paying college athletes is really old. In 1905, Harper’s Magazine published an editorial (subsequently reprinted in newspapers nationwide) addressing the “Pay of College Athletes.“ Harper’s saw the issue as one of visible inequity. The popularity - and profitability - of college athletics made the problem of “how to make athletes work for nothing” - or to put it another way, “how to keep the athletes from drawing salaries” - increasingly difficult for university administrators to manage. Harper’s concluded that unless a more transparent and fair compensation system arose, college athletes would continue to be paid “surreptitious wages.“

In 1915, the University of Chicago Daily Maroon upended the college football community by pushing the matter further. Given that the editor of the college newspaper and the tuba player in the marching band received compensation from the university, the Maroon argued, why not the college athletes? “They work hard for the university organization known as the football team, which is a money making enterprise, the receipts from football being something like $20,000 [roughly $478,000 today] more than expenditures for the sport. Why not give the players a share of the profits accruing from their hard and faithful labors?“

The University of Chicago was only one year removed from a national championship in football; its voice on the subject mattered.

In 1929, Major W.H. McKellar of the University of the South (Sewanee) proposed that his school’s conference - the Southern Conference - embrace open, above-board payments to college athletes. Actually, the Major preferred universities doing away with charging admission to college football games. But recognizing that this was crazy talk, McKellar argued that “his proposal to openly pay college athletes in the Southern conference” was the only reasonable way forward.

Even the nation’s most beloved humorist at the time - Will Rogers - provided flyby support for the pay-for-play model. He was the John Oliver of his day, just pithier. “There is only one fair way to ever arrange amateur athletics in any line in the country,“ Rogers declared, “and that’s let the athletes work on commission of what they draw at the gate then make them pay their own schooling expenses.“

Every few years the compensation issue resurfaced, usually in response to some sort of scandal. Then it went away.

Which is not to say that there haven’t been any changes along the way. In 1956, the NCAA voted to allow full athletic scholarships. In 1972, Title IX began pushing some of that athletic scholarship revenue to young women. Beginning in 2015, a new cost of attendance provision added several thousand dollars to athletic awards. But direct compensation has remained out of reach. In each case, after the bluster of a pay the players episode died down, the same thing happened: nothing.

That’s because activism on the issue has always been about words - passionate editorials, enthusiastic speeches and well-constructed research projects - rather than actions. There has never been an ethos of change or else among critics of college athletics.

No one expects commentator Jay Bilas to quit his work for ESPN because of his strong objections to the NCAA structure that he is covering. Similarly, it is not uncommon for faculty members at major football or basketball universities to rage against the inequity of the NCAA (using social justice theory, Marx, the whole nine yards) - and then take full advantage of their discounted athletic tickets.

This activism hasn’t gone further because paying college athletes is a collective action problem, a situation where members of a group might benefit from or support a certain action, but the individual costs make it difficult for the crowd to band together toward that end. In essence, someone says, “I could forfeit going to college football games because student athletes should be paid, but that would just result in me sitting at home on Saturday afternoon while everyone else is at the game.“ What good would that do?

And of course there’s the money involved. CBS recently extended its contract to televise the annual NCAA March Madness tournament for $8.8 billion over eight years. Nick Saban makes $11 million annually coaching the University of Alabama football team. The Big Ten conference just awarded Jim Delany more than $20 million in bonuses for his leadership. The status quo is working quite well for many of the parties involved.

Given that financially significant collective action problems are notoriously difficult to solve, what’s next?

Allowing athletes to control and profit from their names, likenesses and athletic abilities seems reasonable. Even for YouTubing, cross-country studs. Allowing college athletes open access to agents would be a start. Perhaps the NCAA, as ESPN’s Jay Williams suggests, is about to crumble.

But I doubt major changes will occur anytime soon. History tells us that we’ll continue to talk about this problem. We’ll debate it. We’ll write about it. We’ll even argue and fight about it.

And then things will die down, and we’ll go back to the way it has always been.

Ryan Swanson is associate professor of history in the honors college at the University of New Mexico and author of “When Baseball Went White: Reconstruction, Reconciliation and Dreams of a National Pastime.“


►  Analysis: What’s the end game for NFL and protesting players? Right now, there isn’t an answer

The conversations are taking place all over the NFL, in various settings and between different combinations of players, coaches, owners and league leaders. On Sunday in Baltimore, it was Ravens Coach John Harbaugh talking to Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva and DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association, before the Ravens and Steelers played at M&T Bank Stadium.

“Coach Harbaugh has done a lot of things for the military. . . . It was just a very friendly conversation regarding all the events that have transpired and how we as sort of players, coaches and the union can make this right,“ Villanueva, the former Army Ranger who has been a high-profile figure in the recent national debate about patriotism, unity and protests by NFL players during the national anthem, said later Sunday.

The NFL spent much of last week trying to figure out how to move forward on the issue. Commissioner Roger Goodell met with a group of players and owners on Tuesday night in New York. But as the league attempts to orchestrate its end game to all of this, here’s the problem: There is no quick and easy solution, because the interests of the league and the players who are protesting are divergent.

“At this point, this whole kneeling [or] standing up is a much bigger issue than the things that we’re asking for as a league,“ Villanueva said Sunday. “We’re trying to be conscious of social issues. We’re also trying to be very respectful of the flag. And how it’s being demonstrated has taken a much larger stage than the actions on the field.“

The NFL just played its second Sunday of games since Trump intensified the controversy over players taking a knee during the anthem by using crass language to say that those who do so should be fired. This week, fewer players knelt.

On Sunday in Baltimore, Villanueva was joined by his Steelers teammates on the sideline, standing for the anthem. A week earlier in Chicago, the Steelers had decided not to be on the sideline for the anthem, although Villanueva stood at the front of a tunnel leading to the field, with his hand over his heart.

The Ravens seemed to seek a compromise solution Sunday, with their players taking a knee before the anthem. The crowd was asked to join the players and the Ravens organization in a prayer to embrace kindness, unity, equality and justice for all Americans. The Ravens then, like the Steelers across the field, stood for the anthem. The Ravens’ display drew boos, with some cheers mixed in, from the crowd.

“I’ve heard people say that my colleagues and I are un-American and unpatriotic,“ Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins wrote in a Washington Post opinion piece. “Well, we want to make America great. We want to help make our country safe and prosperous. We want a land of justice and equality. True patriotism is loving your country and countrymen enough to want to make it better.“

The Ravens’ gesture Sunday was in line with the Dallas Cowboys’ attempt last Monday night in Arizona to blend the interests of players who wanted to kneel for the anthem and those who wanted to stand for it. Owner Jerry Jones joined Cowboys players and coaches in locking arms and taking a knee on the field before the anthem. The Cowboys then stood and returned to their sideline and remained standing for the anthem.

It raises the question: Is a protest still a protest if it’s a compromise? Protest is, by definition, necessarily provocative. Some players have concerns that the original message of the movement started last season by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, then with the San Francisco 49ers, has been lost. Kaepernick took a knee to protest what he viewed as racial inequality in the U.S. and police brutality toward African Americans.

Those who took exception to the form of the players’ protests, including Trump, have made the national debate about patriotism. NFL owners reacted to Trump with statements of support for players and shows of unity in which some locked arms with players on the field. Players said they appreciated the support. But is it all about inequality, patriotism or unity?

“I think these conversations make people uncomfortable, and I think that’s a way for them to deflect from the issues that we really want to talk about and steer the narrative in a different direction,“ 49ers safety Eric Reid, who protested alongside Kaepernick last season, told ESPN last week.

The league has a business to run, and it must run that business while avoiding alienating fans on both sides of this polarizing, emotionally charged issue. At least for now, the league is drawing the ire of both those angry about the players’ protests, as well as those supportive of them and upset that Kaepernick remains without a job. The league is acutely aware of this.

The volume undoubtedly will be turned down at some point, though perhaps not soon. One former NFL general manager expressed wariness in recent days that any team contemplating signing Kaepernick must fret that Trump will return to the issue at some point and, the next time, that team would find itself bearing the brunt of the president’s scorn. But there is a country for Trump to run, after all. Surely the NFL won’t remain so prominent on Trump’s agenda forever.

The NFL, which dealt last season with sagging TV ratings, ultimately will be left to assess whether its business model has suffered lasting damage - and, if so, to what extent. Some players, meanwhile, have urged the league to become more involved in supporting their activism. And that, Jenkins argues, is the ultimate end game in all of this.

Jenkins wrote in The Post that he appreciated the support of a white teammate, Chris Long. He wrote about taking Long around Philadelphia to speak to police and community leaders, of going to bail hearings and talking to public defenders.

“This is where we need to point our attention now,“ Jenkins wrote. “Not to guys demonstrating but to the issues and work to be done in cities across the country.“


►  The MLB playoff bracket is set

The Colorado Rockies clinched the final playoff spot in Major League Baseball when the Milwaukee Brewers lost to the St. Louis Cardinals. With that result, we now know all the matchups when the Major League Baseball playoffs begin on Tuesday.

The Minnesota Twins will take on the New York Yankees in the Bronx on Tuesday in the 1-game American League Wild Card game. On Wednesday, the Rockies will take on the Diamondbacks in Arizona in the National League Wild Card game. The winners of those games will take on the top seeds in each league’s League Division Series, the Cleveland Indians and the Los Angeles Dodgers, respectively.

The other ALDS will begin on Thursday between the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros. The other NLDS will have the Chicago Cubs facing the Washington Nationals and will begin on Friday.

Here is the playoff bracket, via Major League Baseball:

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►  GSC Softball to Host Showcase Camp

Glenville State Head Softball Coach Kristen Tunno is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Showcase Camp with several other college coaches on Sunday, October 1, 2017.

The location of the camp is in Danville, WV at 824 Lick Creek Road with a rainout location at 8181 Six Mike Road which is also located in Danville, WV

Middle and High schoolers are permitted to attend. Cost of the camp is $50 per person for a team of eight or more, $60 per person if pre-registered before September 20th, and $75 per person registering after September 20th.

The camp will feature quality instruction from active college coaches, evaluations provided by the coaching staff through the instructional process, and a discussion on college athletics for both players and parents. The first two hours will be skill and fundamental work while the second two hour session will be simulated games with a college coach in charge of each team. There are two fields at this location so the athletes will be broken up by grade level. The camp is open to all middle and high school athletes.

The camp will run from 12:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. and several college coaches will be on hand along with GSC Head Coach Kristen Tunno in, University of Charleston coach Kimberly Stiles, Davis & Elkins coach Jordan Olson, Wheeling Jesuit’s Sara Pelegreen, and Alderson Broaddus’s Rachael Mack.

All players will receive: Instruction from all coaches attending the event, opportunities to ask questions about their skills and get to know the college coaches, one-on-one and small group instruction, and an open discussion about the NCAA recruiting process, rules, and regulations (parents are encouraged to either stay or come back for this segment. Questions are encouraged as to help answer questions and bust myths about the recruiting process.)


►  GSC Golf Places Eighth at Malone University Fall Classic

The GSC men’s golf team finished in eighth place over the weekend at the Malone University Fall Classic.

The Pioneers shot a total of 665 in the tournament with the team shooting a 335 on day one and a 330 on day two.

Alex Lytle led GSC as he shot a 160 placing 34th overall while Dylan Montgomery finished 50th as he shot a 167.

Also for the Pioneers Colby Cunningham and Brandon Smith tied for 53rd with a score of 170 and Jacob Arden placed 57th with a score of 173.

The Pioneers will return to the course on Monday, September 25th in the Wally Edgell Collegiate Tournament hosted by Davis & Elkins College at Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, West Virginia.


►  WVSSAC playoff ratings

The WVSSAC playoff ratings are calculated using a points-based system, factoring in each team’s wins and strength of schedule.

Class AAA

Rank School Rating Won Lost Tied Scored Allowed Points Bonus
T-1 MUSSELMAN 12.33 3 0 0 113 31 33 4
T-1 UNIVERSITY 12.33 3 0 0 117 47 36 1
3 HUNTINGTON 11.67 3 0 0 94 51 33 2
4 MARTINSBURG 11 3 0 0 157 29 33 0
T-5 CAPITAL 9 2 1 0 104 66 24 3
T-5 RIVERSIDE 9 2 1 0 92 79 24 3
T-7 CABELL MIDLAND 8.33 2 1 0 131 87 24 1
T-7 RIPLEY 8.33 2 1 0 91 52 24 1
T-7 SPRING MILLS 8.33 2 1 0 76 78 24 1
T-7 WHEELING PARK 8.33 2 1 0 87 60 24 1
11 HEDGESVILLE 8 2 1 0 106 46 24 0
12 HURRICANE 6.67 2 1 0 69 69 15 5
T-13 BUCKHANNON-UPSHUR 6 1 1 0 27 54 12 0
T-13 HAMPSHIRE 6 1 1 0 45 54 12 0
T-13 PARKERSBURG 6 1 1 0 70 50 12 0
T-13 SPRING VALLEY 6 1 1 0 46 21 12 0
17 WOODROW WILSON 4.33 1 2 0 32 97 12 1
T-18 GREENBRIER EAST 4 1 2 0 64 76 12 0
T-18 JOHN MARSHALL 4 1 2 0 68 84 12 0
T-18 MORGANTOWN 4 1 2 0 37 83 12 0
T-18 SOUTH CHARLESTON 4 1 2 0 58 102 12 0
T-22 GEORGE WASHINGTON 3.33 1 2 0 43 55 9 1
T-22 ST. ALBANS 3.33 1 2 0 55 95 9 1
T-24 BROOKE 0 0 2 0 21 58 0 0
T-24 JEFFERSON 0 0 3 0 25 139 0 0
T-24 PARKERSBURG SOUTH 0 0 3 0 46 108 0 0
T-24 PRESTON 0 0 3 0 51 91 0 0
T-24 PRINCETON 0 0 2 0 19 82 0 0
T-24 WASHINGTON 0 0 3 0 50 143 0 0

Class AA

Rank School Rating Won Lost Tied Scored Allowed Points Bonus
1 BLUEFIELD 12 3 0 0 124 27 33 3
T-2 BRIDGEPORT 10.67 3 0 0 104 34 30 2
T-2 WEIR 10.67 3 0 0 128 32 30 2
4 FAIRMONT SENIOR 10.33 3 0 0 114 36 27 4
T-5 MINGO CENTRAL 10 3 0 0 148 84 27 3
T-5 SISSONVILLE 10 3 0 0 92 44 27 3
7 ELKINS 9.5 2 0 0 41 3 18 1
8 NICHOLAS COUNTY 8.67 3 0 0 116 36 24 2
9 LIBERTY (Harrison) 8.5 2 0 0 105 49 15 2
T-10 JAMES MONROE 7.67 2 1 0 102 61 21 2
T-10 OAK HILL 7.67 3 0 0 113 42 21 2
12 NORTH MARION 7 2 1 0 83 67 21 0
T-13 POINT PLEASANT 6.67 2 1 0 108 57 18 2
T-13 WINFIELD 6.67 2 1 0 114 53 18 2
T-15 GRAFTON 6.33 2 1 0 45 49 18 1
T-15 ROBERT C. BYRD 6.33 2 1 0 94 68 18 1
T-17 PHILIP BARBOUR 6 2 1 0 83 56 15 3
T-17 SCOTT 6 2 1 0 94 75 15 3
T-17 WESTSIDE 6 2 1 0 63 19 18 0
T-20 LINCOLN COUNTY 5.33 2 1 0 60 61 15 1
T-20 PIKEVIEW 5.33 2 1 0 60 26 15 1
T-22 BRAXTON COUNTY 5 1 1 0 46 48 9 1
T-22 CLAY COUNTY 5 2 1 0 70 52 15 0
T-22 PETERSBURG 5 2 1 0 80 64 15 0
25 KEYSER 4.5 1 1 0 49 59 9 0
26 WYOMING EAST 3.67 1 2 0 31 90 9 2
27 WAYNE 3.5 1 1 0 58 53 6 1
T-28 HERBERT HOOVER 3.33 1 2 0 40 98 9 1
T-28 INDEPENDENCE 3.33 1 2 0 21 65 9 1
T-28 LINCOLN 3.33 1 2 0 89 108 9 1
T-28 SHADY SPRING 3.33 1 2 0 68 58 9 1
T-32 CHAPMANVILLE 3 1 2 0 73 91 9 0
T-32 LOGAN 3 1 2 0 60 101 9 0
T-32 NITRO 3 1 2 0 39 74 9 0
T-32 OAK GLEN 3 1 2 0 56 136 9 0
T-36 FRANKFORT 2 1 2 0 74 80 6 0
T-36 POCA 2 1 2 0 59 70 6 0
T-38 BERKELEY SPRINGS 0 0 3 0 43 122 0 0
T-38 EAST FAIRMONT 0 0 3 0 23 73 0 0
T-38 LIBERTY (Raleigh) 0 0 3 0 21 101 0 0
T-38 LEWIS COUNTY 0 0 3 0 16 102 0 0
T-38 MAN 0 0 3 0 38 85 0 0
T-38 RIVER VIEW 0 0 2 0 40 66 0 0
T-38ROANE COUNTY0030147100

Class A

RankSchoolRatingWonLostTiedScoredAllowedPointsBonus
1FAYETTEVILLE7.6730010060212
2ST. MARYS7.5200936123
T-3EAST HARDY7.333009634211
T-3MIDLAND TRAIL7.333009022211
T-5SOUTH HARRISON7206812122
T-5WEBSTER COUNTY73009461183
T-7CAMERON6.52009022121
T-7CLAY-BATTELLE6.52009720121
T-7MADONNA6.52006212121
10POCAHONTAS COUNTY6.3330010933181
11MOUNT VIEW62107685180
12SUMMERS COUNTY5110453791
T-13TUG VALLEY4.672107836122
T-13VAN4.672108558122
T-15MAGNOLIA4.3321010644121
T-15MONTCALM4.332107068121
T-17SHERMAN42107724120
T-17WIRT COUNTY42107467120
19RAVENSWOOD3110344660
T-20TUCKER COUNTY2.33120547961
T-20TYLER CONSOLIDATED2.331209911561
T-20VALLEY (Wetzel)2.33120288061
T-20WILLIAMSTOWN2.331209812661
T-24DODDRIDGE COUNTY2120956160
T-24NOTRE DAME21208714260
T-24RICHWOOD21201107260
T-24RITCHIE COUNTY2120387660
T-24TOLSIA2120436960
T-24TYGARTS VALLEY2120648460
T-30BUFFALO0030129100
T-30CALHOUN COUNTY0030613800
T-30GILMER COUNTY00304012900
T-30GREENBRIER WEST0030298400
T-30HANNAN003069400
T-30HUNDRED00303016100
T-30MEADOW BRIDGE0030612400
T-30MOOREFIELD0030710900
T-30PADEN CITY0020309100
T-30PARKERSBURG CATHOLIC002007400
T-30PENDLETON COUNTY00307813300
T-30VALLEY (Fayette)0030388900
T-30WAHAMA0030338100
T-30WHEELING CENTRAL0020214500

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►  GSC Softball to Host Showcase Camp

Glenville State Head Softball Coach Kristen Tunno is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Showcase Camp with several other college coaches on Sunday, October 01, 2017.

The location of the camp is in Danville, WV at 824 Lick Creek Road with a rainout location at 8181 Six Mike Road which is also located in Danville, WV.

Middle and High schoolers are permitted to attend. Cost of the camp is $50 per person for a team of eight or more, $60 per person if pre-registered before September 20th, and $75 per person registering after September 20th.

The camp will feature quality instruction from active college coaches, evaluations provided by the coaching staff through the instructional process, and a discussion on college athletics for both players and parents. The first two hours will be skill and fundamental work while the second two hour session will be simulated games with a college coach in charge of each team. There are two fields at this location so the athletes will be broken up by grade level. The camp is open to all middle and high school athletes.

The camp will run from 12:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. and several college coaches will be on hand along with GSC Head Coach Kristen Tunno in, University of Charleston coach Kimberly Stiles, Davis & Elkins coach Jordan Olson, Wheeling Jesuit’s Sara Pelegreen, and Alderson Broaddus’s Rachael Mack.

All players will receive: Instruction from all coaches attending the event, opportunities to ask questions about their skills and get to know the college coaches, one-on-one and small group instruction, and an open discussion about the NCAA recruiting process, rules, and regulations (parents are encouraged to either stay or come back for this segment. Questions are encouraged as to help answer questions and bust myths about the recruiting process.)

For more information on the camp please call Kristen Tunno at 304.462-.6229 or email her at .


►  GSC Golf Places Eighth at Malone University Fall Classic

The GSC men’s golf team finished in eighth place over the weekend at the Malone University Fall Classic.

The Pioneers shot a total of 665 in the tournament with the team shooting a 335 on day one and a 330 on day two.

Alex Lytle led GSC as he shot a 160 placing 34th overall while Dylan Montgomery finished 50th as he shot a 167.

Also for the Pioneers Colby Cunningham and Brandon Smith tied for 53rd with a score of 170 and Jacob Arden placed 57th with a score of 173.

The Pioneers will return to the course on Monday, September 25th in the Wally Edgell Collegiate Tournament hosted by Davis & Elkins College at Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, West Virginia.


►  GSC Volleyball Drops Two Games

The Glenville State Lady Pioneer Volleyball team dropped two games on Saturday at the Gannon/Mercyhurst Tournament.

In the first game of the day the Lady Pioneers took on the Lakers of Mercyhurst. The Lakers would take set one 25-14 as they had five more kills than GSC 10 to five. However the Lady Pioneers bounced back in the second set as they took it 25-22 as this time they had 10 kills to the Lakers five kills.

Despite Glenville State playing well Mercyhurst would go on to defeat the Lady Pioneers 25-14 in the third set and 25-13 in the fourth set as GSC fell 3-1.

Jazaray Clark-Casto led the team in kills with six and also had a block in the game. Madison Gargus racked up nine assists while Allison Parski finished with eight assists. Ai Miyazaki led the team in digs with 17.

In game two of the day GSC took on Hillsdale College, which was the second matchup between the schools this season.

Glenivlle State only committed four errors and had eight kills but fell in set one to Hillsdale, 25-15. Hillsdale then went on to take the second set 25-16 and the third set 25-10 as they defeated the Lady Pioneers, 3-0.

GSC finished the match with 22 kills and 22 errors while Hillsdale had 34 kills and 10 errors.

Bailey Brawner had six kills to lead GSC while Madison Gargus led the team in assists with 12 and Ai Miyazaki finished with 12 digs in the game.

Glenville State (0-7) will hit the road on Friday, September 22nd as they travel to take on Cavaliers of UVa-Wise at 7:00 p.m.

Stonewall Resort to Host Arnold Palmer Birthday Celebration Golf Event

Stonewall Resort State Park will celebrate what would be golf legend and Stonewall Resort golf course designer Arnold Palmer’s 88th birthday this Sunday, September 10, with a special golf event.

Palmer, whose career spanned more than six decades, is considered one of the greatest professional golfers in the sport’s history, having won 62 PGA titles during his career. Arnie’s Army, a charitable organization Palmer started to help children, along with Stonewall Resort will kick off the “Life Well Played” Challenge at the event.

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Arnold Palmer attended the dedication of the
Palmer Golf Course at Stonewall Resort in 2002


“Join us as we celebrate everything that made Palmer a beloved sports icon – from his bold yet unassuming charm to his overwhelming drive to help his fellow man – by showcasing how you’re making a positive impact in the lives of those around you,” said Stonewall’s PGA Golf Professional Randy Hernly.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start. Hernly will welcome participants and explain what Palmer meant to Stonewall Resort and the legacy he left in north central West Virginia.

The cost to participate for each person is $60 and includes lunch and range and green fees. Birthday cake will be provided, and prizes will be awarded. The event is limited to the first 60 entrants. Registration is required and can be made by contacting the Golf Shop at 304.269.8885 or visit www.stonewallresort.com.

For more information about the “Life Well Played” Challenge, visit www.arniesarmy.org.

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►  Schauffele birdies final hole to win Greenbrier Classic

A strong finish in the U.S. Open late month helped prepare Xander Schauffele for the nerve-racking grind of chasing a title on the PGA Tour.

The rookie made a 3-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to win The Greenbrier Classic by a stroke over Robert Streb for his first tour victory.

Schauffele closed with a 3-under 67 and finished at 14-under 266 to cap a daylong duel with Streb and third-round leader Sebastian Munoz.

Streb shot 69. Munoz had a 72 to tie for third with Jamie Lovemark at 12 under. Lovemark shot 69.

The 23-year-old Schauffele, who took up golf after giving up soccer because his coaches wanted him to switch from offense to defense, tied for fifth in his first U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

“The U.S. Open was a huge moment in my career,“ Schauffele said. “It was one of the biggest stages, and for me to be calm and collected throughout the week and just kind of hang on and tie for fifth was huge for me mentally. It kind of gave me the confidence and allowed me to play to win this week.“

Watching fellow youngster Jon Rahm of Spain win the Irish Open earlier Sunday also served as motivation for Schauffele, who shot from 94th to 27th in the FedEx Cup standings.

“Everybody knows I’m a late bloomer,“ Schauffele said. “To jump into the top 30 is something special for me.“

Schauffele, Streb, Munoz and Lovemark earned spots in the British Open in two weeks. The leading four players not already exempt from the top-12 finishers qualified. Russell Henley was the only player among the top 10 finishers who already was in.

Schauffele also punched a ticket to this year’s PGA Championship and next year’s Masters. He already had a spot in the 2018 U.S. Open for last month’s performance.

He’s the third rookie to earn their first tour victory in West Virginia and the fourth overall. The others were former U.S. Amateur champion Danny Lee in 2015 and Scott Stallings in 2011, along with Ted Potter Jr. in 2013.

It was another close finish in a tournament that narrowly avoided its fourth playoff since debuting in 2010.

Munoz, Streb and Schauffele traded the lead all day with each having their share of troubles.

As Schauffele reached the 161-yard 18th with a pitching wedge, Munoz and Streb heard the crowd’s roar from the par-5 17th green and both missed birdie putts.

Streb then found the left rough on 18 and his chip that would have forced a playoff came up short. Munoz needed to ace the 18th to tie it, but settled for par.

Munoz couldn’t become the first-to-wire winner of the tournament, which no third-round leader has ever won. The rookie also led the St. Jude Classic at the halfway point last month, but tied for 60th. Sunday marked his first top-10 finish.

“I’ll take it as a positive,“ he said. “It’s my best finish ever. It’s not like I can be mad about it.“

Munoz’s putter was his strength in the first three rounds and his downfall Sunday. The 24-year-old Colombian made four bogeys on the front nine, including a pair of three-putts.

Streb had his second straight narrow miss in the tournament. He lost in a four-man playoff in 2015.

Streb retook a share of the lead with Munoz with a 32-foot birdie putt at No. 14, only to witness Schauffele pull it out in the end.

“I heard the racket. You could see it,“ Streb said. “I had my chances and just didn’t do very well with them.“

Lovemark doubled-bogeyed the first hole to fall five shots back and made three birdies over his next 12 holes but never held the lead. He had his fourth top-10 finish this season.

At age 53, Davis Love III fell short in his bid to become the oldest-ever winner on tour. Love started his round four strokes back, bogeyed the first two holes and was never a threat. He shot 75 and tied for 29th at 5 under.

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►  Sebastian Munoz has 68 to maintain Greenbrier Classic lead

Davis Love believes his experience might give him an edge as he tries to become the PGA Tour’s oldest winner at age 53. First, he must surpass several others, including a rookie trying to become the first wire-to-wire winner in The Greenbrier Classic.

Sebastian Munoz shot a 2-under 68 on Saturday to maintain a two-stroke lead over Robert Streb after the third round. The 24-year-old Colombian was at 14-under 196 at Old White TPC. Streb shot a 65.

Love was tied with two others at 10 under after a 68 with four players ahead of him. The two-time Ryder Cup captain who will enter the World Golf Hall of Fame in September likes his chances Sunday.

“Under the pressure, I know how to handle things,“ Love said. “I’ve seen some guys this week kind of go up and down and make some rookie mistakes, including myself. I’m going to make mistakes too, but hopefully the experience will pay off.“

At No. 221 in the FedEx Cup standings, Love wants to make the season-ending playoffs and is among those trying to qualify for the British Open in two weeks. The leading four players not already exempt from the top-12 finishers will earn spots. Russell Henley is the only player in the top 10 who has already qualified.

Sam Snead won the last of his eight titles at Greensboro in 1965 at 52 years, 10 months, 8 days. Love will try to break the mark at the former playground of Snead, who was the longtime head pro and pro emeritus at The Greenbrier resort.

Love’s last win was two years ago at the Wyndham Championship, making him the tour’s third-oldest winner.

“I don’t think much about age,“ Love said. “I think that I want to go out and compete. There’s a reason why I keep having surgery, coming back, doing the rehab and trying to play. There’s a lot to play for, not just for this week but for the rest of the season. I’m going to stay after it.“

Munoz welcomes the challenge, especially from Love.

“That would be awesome if he wins,“ Munoz said. “He has to beat me and all the other guys. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.“

While his birdie pace slowed to a trickle, Munoz overcame several miscues to stay atop the leaderboard. He saved par on the ninth hole after driving under a tree, regained the lead with a 26-foot birdie putt on the par-4 13th after driving into the rough, and added a 36-footer for birdie on the par-4 15th.

Streb, five strokes behind Munoz entering the day, birdied the 490-yard 11th and hit his 231-yard approach shot next to the flag and made eagle at the par-5 12th.

He’d like to do a little better than in 2015 at the tournament, when he lost in a four-man playoff won by Danny Lee.

That year, Streb broke his putter on the ninth hole in the final round when he tossed it at his bag next to the green. He made five birdie putts on the back nine with a 56-degree wedge. He was able to put a new putter in his bag for the playoff but was eliminated on the first extra without ever getting to use it.

Using the wedge on the greens “worked out pretty well at the time,“ Streb said. “I’m not planning on living up to that again.“

Streb has one top-10 finish this season, a tie for ninth at the Farmers Insurance Open. Munoz has none. At the St. Jude Classic last month, Munoz was tied for the lead through 36 holes, but he played the final two rounds in 11 over and tied for 60th.

Rookie Xander Schauffele and Jamie Lovemark were at 11 under after 66s. Kelly Kraft (67) and Henley (68) joined Love at 10 under.

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►  Love shoots 63, trails Munoz by 2 at Greenbrier Classic

Davis Love III can still get some solid work done in a PGA Tour event.

Heading into the World Golf Hall of Fame in September, the 53-year-old Love shot a 7-under 63 on Thursday in The Greenbrier Classic, leaving him two strokes behind first-round leader Sebastian Munoz.

Love is looking for his first win since the 2015 Wyndham Championship, which made him the third-oldest winner in PGA Tour history. He would be the oldest if he wins in West Virginia.

Slowed this year by a bad back and a broken collarbone sustained in a January snowboarding accident in Sun Valley, Idaho, Love took advantage of a course softened by overnight rain for his best round of the season. He birdied four of his first five holes in the morning round on Old White, the course that was reconstructed after deadly floods forced the cancellation of last year’s tournament.

His son, Davis Love IV, also is in the field, receiving a sponsor exemption. It’s the second time they are playing the same tournament; the other was the RSM Classic two years ago. The elder Love served as his son’s caddie in the U.S. Open last month.

“I’ve been working real hard the last couple of weeks on trying to fix my swing to kind of swing around a stiff back and a stiff hip,“ the elder Love said. “I’ve given up on hitting it a long way. I’m just saying I’ve got to hit it straight, and this is the perfect golf course for me to get it in the fairway. A lot of hard work is kind of starting to pay off.“

Munoz, a 24-year-old Colombian, was boosted by five birdies on the back nine for a 61.

Defending champion Danny Lee was at 64 along with David Lingmerth, Ben Martin, rookie Xander Schauffele, and Canadians Graham DeLaet and Nick Taylor.

Players were allowed to lift and clean their golf balls in the fairway because of the wet conditions. It took a full year after the June 2016 floods that killed 23 statewide to get Old White back to playing conditions.

“To get anything back in order out there would’ve been an incredible feat,“ Love said. “But what they did with the renovation, to take really, really good golf course with a lot of history and make it even better, the redesign is incredible. The players are just raving about it.“

Munoz is looking for his first top 10. His best finish is a tie for 27th at the Texas Open.

The PGA Tour rookie was 6 under through 10 holes. He missed a short birdie putt on the par-5 12th and bogeyed the par-4 13th after his approach shot found the greenside rough. He then took charge with birdies on the next four holes.

He said he didn’t feel comfortable putting during practice Wednesday, so a friend helped him with some tips on tracking the ball instead of the motion of his putter.

“Things kind of clicked,“ Munoz said. “It was a good surprise.“

Phil Mickelson shot 67 in his first tournament since parting ways with his caddie of 25 years, Jim “Bones” Mackay. Mickelson’s brother, Tim Mickelson, is his caddie for the rest of the year.

“I think any time you have a change of environment it brings about a new energy,“ Phil Mickelson said. “But more than that, Tim is one my favorite people to be around. We really had a lot of fun together today.“

Mickelson missed the cut in his three other Greenbrier Classic appearances and he hit some erratic shots Thursday, including striking a fan in the head on his approach to the par-4 11th.

Lingmerth is looking to atone for a collapse last week in the Quicken Loans Invitational. The Swede led after each of the first three rounds but shot 3 over in each round on the weekend to tie for fifth, along with Martin.

“I’m not going to dwell on it too much,“ Lingmerth said. “A nice little start today. I didn’t really have my best stuff. I never really got into trouble. I gave myself a couple of opportunities.“

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►  Shower, storm possibilities hang over Greenbrier Classic

Showers and thunderstorms were possibilities through Saturday in Greenbrier County.

The 1st round of The Greenbrier Classic, a PGA TOUR event, was scheduled to begin Thursday at The Greenbrier’s Old White TPC Course in White Sulphur Springs.

The competition continues through Sunday.

“Sunday, all in all, is going to be the best day of the whole week,” predicted Stewart Williams, PGA TOUR meteorologist. “It’ll be a nice day.”

Up until then, players and spectators will be dealing with unsettled weather.

Wednesday, Day Three of The Greenbrier Classic, opened with rain.

After Wednesday, the greatest chances for showers and storms were called for on Thursday, though two fast-moving systems had the potential to put down rain for at least part of both Friday and Saturday, according to Williams.

“We’re in the mountains in the summertime,” he explained. “Everything forms here before it rolls off into the Piedmont to the east, so we expect it.”

Since the first Greenbrier Classic in 2010, Williams said he’d learned more about weather forecasting in the Greenbrier Valley which, he admitted, could be “challenging” at times.

“A lot of times the showers and storms will stay along the peaks around us and so you have to keep an eye on it because sometimes they’ll roll off into this valley and, when they do, look out.”

Williams was a guest on Wednesday’s MetroNews “Talkline” which is broadcasting from The Greenbrier Resort for the 2017 Greenbrier Classic.

Last year, the PGA TOUR event was canceled in the aftermath of the 2016 Flood which claimed 23 lives in West Virginia, most of them in Greenbrier County.

Williams remembered when he first started to see pictures and video from White Sulphur Springs in the storm’s aftermath.

“It was shocking,” he said. “It was absolutely incredible to see that little creek out there that normally is pretty tranquil to (turn into) a raging river. It was unbelievable to see that.”


►  Injured Olympian defies doctors to walk for his wedding

On good days, American high jumper Jamie Nieto can shuffle 130 steps without a cane or walker.

It’s an important distance — about the length from the altar to the church door. His vow: Make it all the way, under his own power, when he’s married on July 22.

The two-time Olympian is recovering from a spinal cord injury he suffered on a misjudged backflip in April 2016. The accident initially left him with no feeling in his hands and feet. Walking? Doctors couldn’t predict if he would take more than a few steps — or any at all.

“People keep saying my recovery is really fast,” said the 40-year-old Nieto, who lives in Los Angeles. “I feel like it’s not fast enough. I want to be better tomorrow. I’m built for speed, not for going slow. But I’m working on being the best walker I can be.”

Nieto proposed to Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart while in a wheelchair, six months after The Backflip. It used to be his signature move after big events.

On April 23, 2016 , the maneuver went seriously wrong for the high jumper who once cleared 7 feet, 8 inches to finish fourth at the 2004 Olympics. He was coaching some jumpers when he showed them his backflip expertise. His first attempt was a little off, and he asked for another try.

This time, he pushed off with one foot on the artificial turf and it slipped, forcing him straight back instead of into a somersault. The full weight of his body crashed on his neck.

“I couldn’t really feel anything. I was stuck there. I was like, ‘Oh shoot, I hurt myself pretty bad,’” recalled Nieto . “I had the athletes call 911.”

He was flown to a nearby hospital in Los Angeles and had surgery to fuse a disc in his neck. When he awoke, he could only shrug his shoulders and flex his quadriceps muscles. His hands and feet?

“Nothing,” Nieto said. “But I knew I was going to make a full recovery. There was never a doubt.”

The high jumper who finished sixth at the 2012 London Games spent 12 days in intensive care, two months at an inpatient rehab facility and finally returned home around this time a year ago.

At first, routine tasks were a struggle: Rolling up to get out of bed, brushing his teeth, getting dressed.

He didn’t have insurance, either. So his friends launched a campaign that’s raised more than $80,000 .

Just like his days on the track, Nieto is driven as he goes through grinding workouts five days a week. He documents his progress on social media, with one of his posts — lifting weights and pushing a sled — being viewed more than 4,000 times .

“Physically, I wasn’t the most talented athlete, but I worked really hard,” said Nieto, who once demonstrated his leaping ability by high jumping a car . “I had the mental capacity to fight to the end. At that level, it’s what separates good athletes from great athletes.

“I’m still trying to push those boundaries and limits.”

He met Stoddart around 2010 — a story he enjoys telling. They both showed up to audition for a television commercial “to sell TVs,” Nieto said. “I just said, ‘Hi.’”

She got the part.

“Guess I should’ve focused on more than saying, ‘Hi,’” he laughed.

Soon after, they became Facebook friends, and one day he dropped Stoddart a note that they should have dinner after a track meet.

She agreed. An instant connection between the high jumper and the 400-meter hurdler.

“We were talking about getting married before the accident, and when I had the accident it was clear to me, ‘What are we waiting on?’ You never know — you could be gone tomorrow,” Nieto said. “I asked her if she was ready to get married now or wait until I got better.”

Wait, she said.

She’s been there for him throughout his recovery, feeding him in the hospital when he couldn’t lift his arms, helping him get dressed when his fingers struggled with buttons and transferring him from his wheelchair to the bed when he struggled.

“As I get better and getter, she has to do less and less,” Nieto said. “She’s done so much for me.”

In mid-October, they went to a jewelry store to pick up the ring they’d selected. He proposed to her on the spot and in his wheelchair. He promised he would be ready to walk down the aisle by the wedding date.

A few months ago, that didn’t seem likely without assistance. He could only take six shaky steps on his own.

Soon, it was 23 steps. Then 53, 80 and now 130 for their wedding at a church in San Diego.

Stoddart’s response? Go for 200.

“I keep pushing him forward,” said Stoddart, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to Uniondale, New York, as a kid. “After he (walks down the aisle), I’m going to be like, ‘OK, now jog. Now run.’ I continue to push him so he can be the best he can be.”

Before his injury, Nieto wrote screenplays and appeared in movies, such as the film “Baseball’s Last Hero : 21 Clemente Stories” in which he played Pittsburgh Pirates great Roberto Clemente. He continues that work, finishing a script for an episode of the TV show “Family Time” and making a cameo in a soap opera, where he plays the role of a doctor.

Nieto also is 10 chapters into a book about his recovery that he hopes to turn into a film. He already has the leading actor picked out — himself.

“I don’t see why not? I plan to be 100 percent again,” Nieto said. “I don’t think there will be any dry eyes in the theater.”

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►  North-South girls game continues to grow

Those in attendance at Sunday’s North-South Girls Basketball All-Star Classic at Glenville State College’s WACO Center witnessed a well-play, exciting matchup won by the South, 86-83.

Unfortunately, only somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 people were on hand to watch several of the best graduating girls hoopsters in the state.

That won’t deter game organizer East Fairmont coach James Beckman, who was upbeat while watching the thrilling contest.

“Honestly, we think the crowd is a little better than last year,” Beckman said while looking around the spacious arena. “We definitely have room to grow, but I’m hoping the girls who played last year and the ones playing in this game will help build excitement for future games.

“I know they are having fun and hopefully they’ll let others know about it was well.”

The game has a great deal going for it.

First, Glenville is centrally located in the state, making it easy for both North and South players and fans to attend.

Secondly, the WACO Center is the premier D-II basketball facility in the state. The arena is spacious and for certain, can seat more than 5,000 people. There is ample parking as well.

Third, GSC officials have been very receptive to the game.

“Tommy Ratliff has been a very gracious host for us,” Beckman said. “It’s a lot of hard work to get this all together, but having people like Tommy and several of the coaches around the area willing to help out, makes a big difference.

“And the guys who coach in the game have been great. They understand the approach we want for this game.”

While both rosters were stocked with outstanding talent, some players had to decline to play in the game.

“We had some girls whose graduation was this weekend,” Beckman said. “We had others who just didn’t want to play and we had one girl who was going to Hawaii. Can’t really beat Hawaii.

“And a few others were going on vacation, too. But I thought the ones that showed up gave us a really talented group of girls on both sides.”

The 2017 state player of the year, Huntington’s Jordyn Dawson showed up, as did South Charlston’s Aaliyah Dunham, both of who are headed to Division I Cincinnati Xavier.

Several other players from both squads had already signed with D-II schools.

In the pregame festivities, Calhoun County’s Makayla Smith won the free throw shooting contest, outlasting Buckhannon-Upshur’s Makayla Reynolds in a three-round event.

Reynolds, a 6-foot center heading for Bethany, surprised many, including herself by making it to the final round of the 3-point shooting contest.

She hit 10-of-20 in the first round to edge out Brittney Justice for the second spot, with St. Mary’s Jordan Fox hitting 11.

But in the next round, Fox connected on 14 shots to leave little doubt about the winner.

“I shoot around a lot with my point guard (Hanna McClung) in the gym, so when they ask I thought ‘why not? OK, sure,’” Reynolds said. “But I have to tell you I wasn’t expecting to make that many.

“We came here to have fun, and I had fun today.”

Reynolds, who had 15 points and nine rebounds, was selected as the North’s MVP.    ~~  Greg Talkington ~~


►  Soccer Stars Rally Around Girl, 8, Booted From Tourney

Some of the biggest names in US soccer are rallying around a little girl who was disqualified from her local soccer club’s tournament this weekend. Abby Wambach and Mia Hamm have both publicly supported 8-year-old Mili Hernandez after her story went viral, the AP reports. Hernandez plays for the Azzuri-Cachorros Chicas in Omaha, Neb., and her team was disqualified Sunday after playing in the earlier part of the Springfield Soccer Association girls’ tournament—because, her family claims to WOWT, organizers thought Hernandez, whose hair is short, was a boy. The family says they went so far as to show Hernandez’s insurance card, with her gender listed, to organizers, but they wouldn’t budge.

“Mili, don’t EVER let anyone tell you that you aren’t perfect just as you are.i won championships with short hair,“ Wambach wrote on Twitter Monday. Hamm weighed in with her own tweet the same day: “Hey Mili, we would love to host you at one of our camps @TeamFirstSA . Be you!“ Organizers later told WOWT that Hernandez’s hair wasn’t the issue; rather, they say, she was accidentally listed as a boy on the team roster. That didn’t change Wambach’s support for the girl: She posted on Instagram late Monday night that Hernandez is “my new hero. Her team was disqualified from a tourney cause they thought she was a boy because of a clerical error that wasn’t handled properly. Let’s meet soon sister.“


►  American Airlines Lost the Wrong Guy’s Bags

To compete in the qualifying rounds for the US Open, you sort of need your golf clubs—which is why one pro golfer is fuming at American Airlines for his now-squashed chances to make the cut. USA Today reports Michael Buttacavoli withdrew Monday from his last chance to play in the Open’s sectional qualifiers after the airline couldn’t track down a bag containing his clubs with priority tags. The 29-year-old, who’s on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica roster, had flown on a red-eye from Ecuador to Miami and was dismayed to find that even though he made it to his early-morning tee time at Florida’s Jupiter Hills Club, his clubs had gone missing, per Golf.com. “Thank u @AmericanAir,“ a frustrated Buttacavoli sarcastically tweeted just before 6am local time Monday, letting the airline know he had to pull out of the competition.

AA offered to help track the bag down in a responding tweet, but Buttacavoli noted that ship had sailed. “It’s too late,“ he retorted. “I already withdrew. You just needed to do your job in the first place.“ The airline tried to apologize, saying, “This wasn’t the experience we had planned for you,“ but Buttacavoli was having none of it. “Stop apologizing. Don’t need sympathy or u to be PC. Just do better,“ he tweeted. He added it was too late to rent a set by the time he realized his clubs weren’t going to show up, though Golf Digest, which reports that Buttacavoli has made it to the sectional qualifying rounds three times before (but never to the Open itself), notes Buttacavoli could have asked his brother, who was caddying for him, to bring his own set. “It’s a challenge enough to qualify with your own golf clubs,“ he says. American Airlines did eventually find his bag.


►  Weeks Before Olympic Win, She Had an Abortion

Weeks before she won gold at the 2008 Olympics, Sanya Richards-Ross had an abortion. The now-32-year-old reveals the story in her new memoir, Chasing Grace, People reports. She was engaged to Aaron Ross at the time (the two are now married), and the pregnancy was not planned. Her dream was to win Olympic gold as a sprinter, and that dream seemed within her grasp. “The culmination of a lifetime of work was right before me. In that moment, it seemed like no choice at all,“ she writes. “The veil of a child out of wedlock at the prime of my career seemed unbearable. What would my sponsors, my family, my church, and my fans think of me?“

But the decision ended up breaking her, she writes. She flew to Beijing the day after the procedure despite the fact that she was supposed to avoid exercise for two weeks; her confidence waned and she couldn’t sleep the night before her 300-meter race. She had expected to win, but instead came in third. She and her team, though, did win gold in the 4x400 relay later, and she bounced back in her career, having one of her best years as a runner in 2009. Even so, the now five-time Olympic medalist says she wore the abortion as “a scarlet letter” and that it took a toll on her relationship with Ross. She’s pregnant again now, calling it the couple’s “biggest blessing yet,“ and she tells ESPN she decided to share her story to help other young women, particularly female athletes, who experience something similar.

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