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High School Track and Field 2015: FIRST CALL 2015 - Boys

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FIRST CALL 2015
03.27.2015
OHIO VALLEY BANK TRACK AND FIELD
Boys Results

Note:  3200 Meter Times are incorrect.
The places are correct, but times were not recorded.

 
Boys 100 Meter Dash
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  H# Points
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Finals
  1 Tucker, Jordan               Buffalo                  11.63   5  10   
  2 Mallett, Brandon          JR Buck Upshur              11.75   5   8   
  3 Lofton, Marcus            JR Buck Upshur              11.80   5   6   
  4 Lucas, Dylan                 Buffalo                  11.85   5   4   
  5 Jones, Wesley                Wahama                   11.91   1   2   
  6 Juelfs, Austin               Wahama                   12.33   1   1   
  7 Wamsley, Jason            10 Point Pleasant           12.33   3 
  8 Phillips, Eric            SR Buck Upshur              12.38   5 
  9 Dalrymple, Ridge          SO Ripley                   12.40   5 
 10 Robertson, Garrett        SO Ripley                   12.47   5 
 11 McCoy, Josh               SO Hannan                   12.69   2 
 12 Adkins, Brandt            SO Huntington               12.87   3 
 13 Booth, Dakotah               Point Pleasant           13.13   2 
 14 Riddle, Nathaniel            Ohio Valley Chr.         13.24   2 
 15 Smarr, Seth               11 Gilmer                   13.25   3 
 16 Rogers, Hayden               Buffalo                  13.30   3 
 17 Withers, Chad             JR Hannan                   13.36   2 
 18 Pritt, Jared              10 Gilmer                   13.42   3 
 19 Joyce, Caleb                 Buffalo                  13.45   3 
 20 Chappelle, Darius         JR Huntington               13.53   2 
 21 Hollen, Tyler             FR Buck Upshur              13.75   3 
 22 Canady, Brian             FR Huntington               13.78   2 
 23 Oliver, Ryan                 Point Pleasant           14.73   2 
 24 Durst, Dillion            JR Ripley                   15.07   3 
 25 Zuspan, Colton               Wahama                   15.41   2 
 26 Mayes, Rusty              SR Hannan                   18.09   1 
—Stover, Skye              JR Ripley                      NT   4 
—KcKown, Justin            SR Ripley                      NT   4 
—Brumfield, Justin            Point Pleasant              NT   4 
—Cerchiai, Elijah          JR Buck Upshur                 NT   4 
—Huddleston, Hunter        FR Buck Upshur                 NT   4 
—Sebastian, Kade           JR Wayne                       NT   5 
—Graves, Morgan            SR Ripley                      NT   4 
—Tucker, Caleb                Buffalo                     NT   4 
—Kosa, Earl                   Buffalo                     NT   4 
 
Boys 200 Meter Dash
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  H# Points
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  1 Mallett, Brandon          JR Buck Upshur              23.89   4  10   
  2 Tucker, Jordan               Buffalo                  24.94   4   8   
  3 Jones, Antonio            SR Ripley                   25.14   4   6   
  4 Workman, Cameron          SR Buck Upshur              25.47   4   4   
  5 Moore, Timmy                 Buffalo                  25.85   3   2   
  6 Tucker, Caleb                Buffalo                  26.50   3   1   
  7 Trent, Joshua             JR Buck Upshur              27.10   3 
  8 Slaughbaugh, Dylan           Buffalo                  27.40   2 
  9 Harris, Shebaniah         10 Point Pleasant           27.74   3 
  9 Pritt, Jared              10 Gilmer                   27.74   2 
 11 Pierce, Nolan                Wahama                   28.09   1 
 11 McDonald, Joel            JR Ripley                   28.09   1 
 13 Sebastian, Kade           JR Wayne                    28.18   4 
 14 Graves, Morgan            SR Ripley                   28.18   1 
 15 Cerchiai, Elijah          JR Buck Upshur              28.28   4 
 16 Chappelle, Darius         JR Huntington               28.42   2 
 17 Booth, Dakotah               Point Pleasant           28.44   3 
 18 Hollen, Tyler             FR Buck Upshur              28.47   3 
 19 Rogers, Hayden               Buffalo                  28.69   2 
 20 Riddle, Nathaniel            Ohio Valley Chr.         28.88   1 
 21 Templeton, Jake              Buffalo                  29.14   2 
 22 Canady, Brian             FR Huntington               29.34   2 
 23 Durst, Dillion            JR Ripley                   33.08   1 
—Marcum, Cody              12 Point Pleasant              NT   4 
—Ciarapica, Robert         11 Point Pleasant              NT   3 
—Ryan, Jacob                  Wahama                      NT   1 
—Huddleston, Hunter        FR Buck Upshur                 NT   3 
—Smarr, Seth               11 Gilmer                      NT   2 
—Jones, Wesley                Wahama                      NT   2 
—Robertson, Garrett        SO Ripley                      NT   4 
 
Boys 400 Meter Dash
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  H# Points
==========================================================================
  1 Mallett, Brandon          JR Buck Upshur              52.82   4  10   
  2 Jones, Antonio            SR Ripley                   56.36   4   8   
  3 Harris, Shebaniah         10 Point Pleasant           57.58   3   6   
  4 McCoy, Josh               SO Hannan                   58.20   1   4   
  5 Weatherholtz, Tyler       SR Buck Upshur              58.34   4   2   
  6 Moore, Timmy                 Buffalo                  58.36   4   1   
  7 Howard, A.J.                 Wahama                   58.83   1 
  8 Miller, Tucker            SR Ripley                   58.98   4 
  9 Persinger, CJ                Buffalo                  59.34   4 
 10 Phillips, Eric            SR Buck Upshur              59.62   1 
 11 Kearns, Travis            SO Ripley                 1:00.66   4 
 12 Fields, Justin            SO Ripley                 1:02.17   1 
 13 Withers, Chad             JR Hannan                 1:02.56   1 
 14 Dye, Chad                 SO Huntington             1:02.90   2 
 15 Joyce, Caleb                 Buffalo                1:03.08   3 
 16 Mayes, Rusty              SR Hannan                 1:03.22   2 
 17 Kessinger, Sasha          SO Huntington             1:03.27   3 
 18 Emerson, Justin           11 Gilmer                 1:04.94   3 
 19 Thompson, Ben             JR Wayne                  1:04.95   3 
 20 Fykes, Anson              FR Huntington             1:05.18   2 
 21 Riddle, Nathaniel            Ohio Valley Chr.       1:06.60   2 
 22 Leahey, Devin             12 Gilmer                 1:08.92   3 
 23 Oliver, Ryan                 Point Pleasant         1:12.94   2 
 24 Riddle, Ben                  Ohio Valley Chr.       1:17.40   2 
 25 Fortner, Michael             Buffalo                1:23.34   2 
—Mathis, Isiah             SR Wayne                       NT   3 
—Adkins, Mason             JR Wayne                       NT   4 
—Bowman, Nathan               Point Pleasant              NT   3 
—Edwards, Wyatt               Wahama                      NT   1 
—Ciarapica, Robert         11 Point Pleasant              NT   2 
 
Boys 800 Meter Run
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  H# Points
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  1 Jones, Austin             FR Ripley                 2:16.85   1  10   
  2 Kaubisch, Brian           SO Buck Upshur            2:17.05   4   8   
  3 Rich, Dylan                  Buffalo                2:21.02   5   6   
  4 Henderson, Brandon        11 Point Pleasant         2:21.67   4   4   
  5 Kearns, Travis            SO Ripley                 2:27.54   4   2   
  6 Fields, Sean              SO Ripley                 2:32.01   3   1   
—Reed, Dustin              SO Buck Upshur                 NT   4 
—Carpenter, Austin         SO Buck Upshur                 NT   5 
—Persinger, CJ                Buffalo                     NT   5 
—Thompson, Ben             JR Wayne                       NT   1 
—Adkins, Mason             JR Wayne                       NT   2 
—Peyton, Chase                Point Pleasant              NT   3 
—Hayson, Jarod                Buffalo                     NT   5 
—Fortner, Michael             Buffalo                     NT   5 
—Armstrong, Ross              Buffalo                     NT   5 
—Wileman, Jon                 Buffalo                     NT   5 
—Flowers, Andrews             Point Pleasant              NT   3 
—Martin, Thaddeus          11 Point Pleasant              NT   2 
—Phillips, Robert          SR Ripley                      NT   4 
—Fields, Justin            SO Ripley                      NT   1 
—Howard, A.J.                 Wahama                      NT   2 
—Jones, Antonio            SR Ripley                      NT   5 
—Richbart, Jeffrey         FR Huntington                  NT   4 
—Fykes, Anson              FR Huntington                  NT   3 
—Riddle, Ben                  Ohio Valley Chr.            NT   2 
—Richbart, Stephen         JR Huntington                  NT   3 
—Leahey, Devin             12 Gilmer                      NT   3 
—Frashure, Tyler           09 Gilmer                      NT   4 
—Mathis, Isiah             SR Wayne                       NT   2 
—White, Caleb              10 Gilmer                      NT   4 
—Pauley, Isaiah               Wahama                      NT   2 
—McCormick, Jimmy             Wahama                      NT   3 
—Huffman, Logan            JR Hannan                      NT   3 
 
Boys 1600 Meter Run
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  H# Points
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  1 Harrison, Hayden             Buffalo                5:01.52   4  10   
  2 Rich, Dylan                  Buffalo                5:11.51   4   8   
  3 Phillips, Robert          SR Ripley                 5:35.22   4   6   
  4 McCormick, Jimmy             Wahama                 5:35.22   2   2.33
  4 White, Caleb              10 Gilmer                 5:35.22   3   2.33
  4 Armstrong, Ross              Buffalo                5:35.22   4   2.33
—Troy, Brandon                Point Pleasant              NT   3 
—Hayson, Andrew               Buffalo                     NT   4 
—Carpenter, Austin         SO Buck Upshur                 NT   4 
—Fitzsimmons, Sean         SO Buck Upshur                 NT   3 
—Wileman, Jon                 Buffalo                     NT   4 
—Hayson, Jarod                Buffalo                     NT   4 
—Farwell, Justin              Point Pleasant              NT   1 
—Littlepage, Joseph        12 Point Pleasant              NT   1 
—Hildreth, Mason              Wahama                      NT   1 
—Jones, Austin             FR Ripley                      NT   2 
—Pauley, Isaiah               Wahama                      NT   3 
—Fisher, Dalton            SO Ripley                      NT   3 
—Richbart, Jeffrey         FR Huntington                  NT   3 
—Kessel, Trevor            SO Ripley                      NT   2 
—Cover, Albert             SR Wayne                       NT   2 
—Marks, Jesse              09 Gilmer                      NT   3 
—Adkins, Mason             JR Wayne                       NT   2 
—Huffman, Logan            JR Hannan                      NT   2 
—Frashure, Tyler           09 Gilmer                      NT   3 
 
Boys 3200 Meter Run
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  H# Points
==========================================================================
  1 Harrison, Hayden             Buffalo                9:00.00   2  10   
  2 Phillips, Robert          SR Ripley                 9:10.00   2   8   
  3 Fields, Jacob             SR Ripley                 9:20.00   2   6   
  4 Goddard, Zack                Buffalo                9:30.00   2   4   
  5 Littlepage, Joseph        12 Point Pleasant         9:50.00   2   2   
  6 Kessel, Trevor            SO Ripley                10:00.00   2   1   
—Dean, Wyatt                  Point Pleasant              NT   1 
—Herdman, Chandler            Wahama                      NT   2 
—Petry, Jacob                 Wahama                      NT   1 
—Hayson, Andrew               Buffalo                     NT   2 
—Wood, Matt                   Wahama                      NT   1 

 
Boys 110 Meter Hurdles
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
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  1 Aviles, Noah              10 Gilmer                   16.82   10   
  2 Dalrymple, Ridge          SO Ripley                   16.98    8   
  3 Springer, Richard         11 Gilmer                   21.06    6   
  4 Herdman, Cole                Wahama                   21.32    4   
  5 Wolverton, Blake          SR Buck Upshur              23.06    2   
  6 Withrow, Todd             SO Ripley                   24.24    1   
—Slaughbaugh, Dylan           Buffalo                     NT  
 
Boys 300 Meter Hurdles
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  H# Points
==========================================================================
  1 Aviles, Noah              10 Gilmer                   44.71   2  10   
  2 Smith, Ty                    Buffalo                  45.09   2   8   
  3 Nesselroade, Andrew       SO Buck Upshur              45.22   2   6   
  4 Robertson, Garrett        SO Ripley                   46.46   2   4   
  5 Hollen, Jared             JR Buck Upshur              47.19   2   2   
  6 Springer, Richard         11 Gilmer                   54.72   1   1   
  7 Leahey, Devin             12 Gilmer                   56.24   1 
  8 Herdman, Cole                Wahama                 1:00.75   1 
  9 Flowers, Andrews             Point Pleasant         1:02.38   1 
—Ciarapica, Robert         11 Point Pleasant              NT   2 
—Carte, Steven             FR Ripley                      NT   2 
—Dalrymple, Ridge          SO Ripley                      NT   2 
 
Boys 4x100 Meter Relay
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    School                                               Finals  H# Points
==========================================================================
  1 Buckhannon Upshur High School  ‘A’                    48.38   2  10   
     1) Nesselroade, Andrew SO          2) Wolverton, Blake SR            
     3) Bennett, Jacob JR               4) Phillips, Eric SR              
  2 Wahama SR  ‘A’                                        48.46   1   8   
     1) Jones, Wesley                   2) Ryan, Jacob                    
     3) Pierce, Nolan                   4) Juelfs, Austin                 
  3 Point Pleasant High School  ‘A’                       48.98   2   6   
     1) Marcum, Cody 12                 2) Bowman, Nathan                 
     3) Brumfield, Justin               4) Wamsley, Jason 10              
  4 Buffalo High School Girls  ‘A’                        49.20   2   4   
     1) Erwin, Hayden                   2) Kosa, Earl                     
     3) Lucas, Dylan                    4) Tucker, Jordan                 
  5 Huntington High School  ‘A’                           50.73   2   2   
  6 Gilmer County High School.  ‘A’                       51.08   2   1   
     1) Pritt, Jared 10                 2) Watkins, Kevin 11              
     3) Gillespie, Jesse 12             4) Emerson, Justin 11             
  7 Ripley High Girls  ‘A’                                52.72   2 
     1) Boggess, Garrett JR             2) Ranson, Chance JR              
     3) Stover, Skye JR                 4) Miller, Tucker SR              
  8 Buffalo High School Girls  ‘B’                        52.82   1 
     1) Slaughbaugh, Dylan              2) Rogers, Hayden                 
     3) Tucker, Caleb                   4) Joyce, Caleb                   
—Hannan High School Varsity  ‘A’                          NT   1 
 
Boys 4x200 Meter Relay
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    School                                               Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Buffalo High School Girls  ‘A’                      1:41.27   10   
     1) Lucas, Dylan                    2) Tucker, Jordan                 
     3) Moore, Timmy                    4) Erwin, Hayden                  
  2 Buckhannon Upshur High School  ‘A’                  1:41.90    8   
     1) Workman, Cameron SR             2) Wolverton, Blake SR            
     3) Bennett, Jacob JR               4) Lofton, Marcus JR              
  3 Wahama SR  ‘A’                                      1:42.67    6   
     1) Jones, Wesley                   2) Ryan, Jacob                    
     3) Pierce, Nolan                   4) Juelfs, Austin                 
  4 Point Pleasant High School  ‘A’                     1:43.15    4   
     1) Marcum, Cody 12                 2) Bowman, Nathan                 
     3) Wamsley, Jason 10               4) Harris, Shebaniah 10           
  5 Ripley High Girls  ‘A’                              1:45.52    2   
     1) Miller, Tucker SR               2) Ranson, Chance JR              
     3) Boggess, Garrett JR             4) Carte, Steven FR               
—Huntington High School  ‘A’                              NT  
—Gilmer County High School.  ‘A’                          NT  
 
Boys 4x400 Meter Relay
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    School                                               Finals  Points
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  1 Buckhannon Upshur High School  ‘A’                  3:59.31   10   
     1) Weatherholtz, Tyler SR          2) Nesselroade, Andrew SO         
     3) Carpenter, Austin SO            4) Lofton, Marcus JR              
  2 Buffalo High School Girls  ‘A’                      4:02.50    8   
     1) Burgess, Ethan                  2) Moore, Timmy                   
     3) Smith, Ty                       4) Wileman, Jon                   
  3 Ripley High Girls  ‘A’                              4:03.48    6   
     1) Miller, Tucker SR               2) Kearns, Travis SO              
     3) Fisher, Dalton SO               4) Jones, Antonio SR              
—Point Pleasant High School  ‘A’                          NT  
     1) Brumfield, Justin               2) Harris, Shebaniah 10           
     3) Henderson, Brandon 11           4) Wamsley, Jason 10              
—Gilmer County High School.  ‘A’                          NT  
—Wayne High School  ‘A’                                   NT  
     1) Henderson, Matt JR              2) Farley, Colton JR              
     3) Brewer, Chris SO                4) Mullins, Joel JR               
 
Boys 4x800 Meter Relay
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    School                                               Finals  Points
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  1 Buffalo High School Girls  ‘A’                      9:26.17   10   
     1) Persinger, CJ                   2) Wileman, Jon                   
     3) Rich, Dylan                     4) Goddard, Zack                  
  2 Buckhannon Upshur High School  ‘A’                  9:42.79    8   
     1) Fitzsimmons, Sean SO            2) Kaubisch, Brian SO             
     3) Reed, Dustin SO                 4) Carpenter, Austin SO           
  3 Ripley High Girls  ‘A’                              9:47.43    6   
     1) Fields, Jacob SR                2) Fisher, Dalton SO              
     3) Phillips, Robert SR             4) Kearns, Travis SO              
  4 Point Pleasant High School  ‘A’                    10:24.48    4   
     1) Littlepage, Joseph 12           2) Henderson, Brandon 11          
     3) Peyton, Chase                   4) Martin, Thaddeus 11            
  5 Gilmer County High School.  ‘A’                    10:32.77    2   
     1) Emerson, Justin 11              2) Leahey, Devin 12               
     3) White, Caleb 10                 4) Marks, Jesse 09                
  6 Buffalo High School Girls  ‘B’                     11:10.48    1   
     1) Hayson, Andrew                  2) Hayson, Jarod                  
     3) Armstrong, Ross                 4) Fortner, Michael               
—Wayne High School  ‘A’                                   NT  
     1) Cover, Albert SR                2) Adkins, Mason JR               
     3) Thompson, Ben JR                4) Mathis, Isiah SR               
 
Boys 4x110 Meter Shuttle Hurdle
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    School                                               Finals  H# Points
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  1 Ripley High Girls  ‘A’                              1:04.83   2  10   
     1) Ranson, Chance JR               2) Carte, Steven FR               
     3) Robertson, Garrett SO           4) Dalrymple, Ridge SO            
  2 Gilmer County High School.  ‘A’                     1:08.67   1   8   
     1) Springer, Richard 11            2) Watkins, Kevin 11              
     3) Marks, Jesse 09                 4) Gillespie, Jesse 12            
  3 Buffalo High School Girls  ‘A’                      1:09.68   2   6   
     1) Burgess, Ethan                  2) Morlachetta, Tyler             
     3) Erwin, Hayden                   4) Smith, Ty                      
—Point Pleasant High School  ‘A’                          NT   1 
—Buckhannon Upshur High School  ‘A’                       NT   2 
     1) Luterek, Cody JR                2) Hollen, Jared JR               
     3) Mallett, Brandon JR             4) Wolverton, Blake SR            
 
Boys High Jump
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
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  1 Aviles, Noah              10 Gilmer                J6-00.00   10   
  2 Bellamy, Daniel           SR Buck Upshur           J5-06.00    8   
  3 Burgess, Ethan               Buffalo               J5-04.00    6   
  3 Workman, Cameron          SR Buck Upshur           J5-04.00    2   
  3 Wilson, Adam              SR Hannan                J5-04.00    4   
  6 Kosa, Earl                   Buffalo               J5-02.00    0.25
  6 Trent, Joshua             JR Buck Upshur           J5-02.00    0.25
  6 Hill, Tannor              11 Point Pleasant        J5-02.00    0.25
  6 Howard, A.J.                 Wahama                J5-02.00    0.25
 10 Morlachetta, Tyler           Buffalo                5-00.00  
 10 Marcum, Cody              12 Point Pleasant         5-00.00  
 10 Carte, Jacob              FR Ripley                 5-00.00  
—Wood, Matt                   Wahama                      NH  
—Martin, Thaddeus          11 Point Pleasant              NH  
 
Boys Pole Vault
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
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  1 Fertig, Drake                Buffalo               J9-06.00   10   
  2 Ranson, Chance            JR Ripley                J9-00.00    6   
  2 Millares, Eldrick         SR Ripley                J9-00.00    8   
—Templeton, Jake              Buffalo                     NH  
—Griffith, Zane            JR Ripley                      NH  
 
Boys Long Jump
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
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  1 Lofton, Marcus            JR Buck Upshur           17-11.75   10   
  2 Lucas, Dylan                 Buffalo               17-06.50    8   
  3 Aviles, Noah              10 Gilmer                16-09.75    6   
  4 Juelfs, Austin               Wahama                16-00.75    4   
  5 Luterek, Cody             JR Buck Upshur           15-09.25    2   
  6 Estep, Donavan            SR Ripley                14-11.25    1   
  7 Trent, Joshua             JR Buck Upshur           14-09.25  
  8 Withrow, Todd             SO Ripley                14-07.00  
  9 KcKown, Justin            SR Ripley                14-02.25  
 10 Graves, Morgan            SR Ripley                13-11.25  
 11 Withers, Chad             JR Hannan                13-08.25  
 12 Booth, Dakotah               Point Pleasant        13-07.75  
 13 Martin, Thaddeus          11 Point Pleasant        13-07.00  
 14 Ward, Austin                 Wahama                12-06.25  
—Kosa, Earl                   Buffalo                     ND  
—Ciarapica, Robert         11 Point Pleasant              ND  
—Farley, Colton            JR Wayne                       ND  
—Mayes, Rusty              SR Hannan                      ND  
—McCoy, Josh               SO Hannan                      ND  
—Edwards, Wyatt               Wahama                      ND  
—Marks, Jesse              09 Gilmer                      ND  

 
Boys Shot Put
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
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  1 Stout, Nathan             11 Gilmer                56-10.00   10   
  2 Hunter, Ashley               Huntington            49-01.00    8   
  3 Hill, Tannor              11 Point Pleasant        48-01.00    6   
  4 Morgan, Noah              12 Point Pleasant        45-02.00    4   
  5 Mitchell, Cody            11 Point Pleasant        44-04.00    2   
  6 Easton, Jacob                Buffalo               43-01.00    1   
  7 Moses, Chase              12 Point Pleasant        43-00.00  
  8 Stanley, Alex                Point Pleasant        42-06.00  
  9 Parsons, Nick                Buffalo               42-04.00  
 10 Wamsley, Travis           12 Point Pleasant        42-00.00  
 11 Allen, Hunter                Buffalo               37-09.00  
 12 Gibbs, Alex                  Point Pleasant        35-04.00  
 13 Kay, Jacob                   Ripley                32-06.00  
 14 DeFrank, Zachary          SR Ripley                31-08.00  
 15 Ohlinger, Wayne              Wahama                31-04.00  
 16 Bailey, Brandon           SR Buck Upshur           31-01.00  
 16 Holley, Nolan             JR Ripley                31-01.00  
 18 Lewis, Brad               FR Huntington            30-07.00  
 19 Coon, Aaron               JR Hannan                29-00.00  
 19 Varian, Christian            Wahama                29-00.00  
 21 Turner, Zach              JR Huntington            28-08.00  
 22 Ward, Austin                 Wahama                28-01.00  
 23 Carr, Nick                FR Huntington            25-02.00  
 24 Stewart, Thomas           FR Ripley                24-04.00  
 25 Radcliff, Dakota          10 Gilmer                22-04.00  
—Gleason, Brandon             Point Pleasant              ND  
—Cummings, David           SR Ripley                      ND  
—Clark, Joseph                Point Pleasant              ND  
—Brewer, Chris             SO Wayne                       ND  
—Henderson, Matt           JR Wayne                       ND  
—Mullins, Joel             JR Wayne                       ND  
—Stearns, Garrett          JR Ripley                      ND  
—Glandon, Kaleb               Buffalo                     ND  
 
Boys Discus Throw
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
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  1 Ashley, Hunter            JR Huntington              147-02   10   
  2 Mitchell, Cody            11 Point Pleasant          140-07    8   
  3 Stout, Nathan             11 Gilmer                  138-01    6   
  4 Morgan, Noah              12 Point Pleasant          136-06    4   
  5 Ohlinger, Wayne              Wahama                  107-05    2   
  6 Gibbs, Alex                  Point Pleasant          105-03    1   
  7 DeFrank, Zachary          SR Ripley                  104-09  
  8 Watkins, Kevin            11 Gilmer                  103-00  
  9 Coe, Zachary              JR Buck Upshur             102-09  
 10 Easton, Jacob                Buffalo                 102-06  
 10 Parsons, Nick                Buffalo                 102-06  
 12 Allen, Hunter                Buffalo                  94-09  
 13 Holley, Nolan             JR Ripley                   89-10  
 14 Coon, Aaron               JR Hannan                   88-10  
 15 Varian, Christian            Wahama                   75-04  
 16 Stewart, Thomas           FR Ripley                   48-10  
—Moses, Chase              12 Point Pleasant              ND  
—Hill, Tannor              11 Point Pleasant              ND  
—Wamsley, Travis           12 Point Pleasant              ND  
—Ciarapica, Robert         11 Point Pleasant              ND  
—Gleason, Brandon             Point Pleasant              ND  
—Stearns, Garrett          JR Ripley                      ND  
—Radcliff, Dakota          10 Gilmer                      ND  
—Cummings, David           SR Ripley                      ND  
—Buckalew, Logan           SR Ripley                      ND  
—Henderson, Matt           JR Wayne                       ND  
—Glandon, Kaleb               Buffalo                     ND  
—Mullins, Joel             JR Wayne                       ND  
—Brewer, Chris             SO Wayne                       ND  
 
                    Boys - Team Rankings - 18 Events Scored
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    1) Buffalo High School Girls  138.58     2) Buckhannon Upshur High Sc 116.25
    3) Ripley High Girls          100        4) Gilmer County High School  72.33
    5) POINT PLEASANT HIGH SCHOOL  51.25     6) Wahama SR                  29.58
    7) Huntington High School      20        8) Hannan High School Varsit   8   

High School Track and Field 2015: FIRST CALL 2015 - Girls

The Gilmer Free Press

FIRST CALL 2015
03.27.2015
OHIO VALLEY BANK TRACK AND FIELD
Girls Results

Note:  3200 Meter Times are incorrect.
The places are correct, but times were not recorded.

Girls 100 Meter Dash
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  H# Points
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  1 Sargent, Rachel              Ohio Valley Chr.         13.55   3  10   
  2 Painter, Caylee           JR Ripley                   13.81   3   8   
  3 Cantley, Brianne             Buffalo                  14.15   3   6   
  4 Stewart, Kaleigh             Wahama                   14.16   2   4   
  5 King, Hope                SO Ripley                   14.70   3   2   
  6 Scott, Kyla                  Point Pleasant           14.71   3   0.50
  6 Thomas, Audra             JR Ripley                   14.71   3   0.50
  8 Wildman, Halee            11 Gilmer                   15.20   3 
  9 Roush, Lexi                  Wahama                   15.39   1 
 10 Peal, Caitlin                Point Pleasant           16.20   2 
 11 Thompson, Shauntelle      10 Huntington               16.33   2 
 12 Tapscott, Kaitrece        09 Huntington               16.40   2 
 13 Keblesh, Bailee              Buffalo                  16.55   2 
 14 Barlar, Monika               Point Pleasant           16.66   1 
 15 Staggs, Madison           SO Hannan                   18.21   1 
 16 Mayes, Trinity            JR Hannan                   18.54   1 
—Francis, Kendra           SR Wayne                       NT   2 
—Sargent, Bekah               Ohio Valley Chr.            NT   3 
—Cain, Matty                  Buffalo                     NT   2 
—Ray, Jamaylan             FR Wayne                       NT   2 
 
Girls 200 Meter Dash
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  H# Points
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  1 Sargent, Rachel              Ohio Valley Chr.         28.93   3  10   
  2 Thomas, Audra             JR Ripley                   29.37   3   8   
  3 Cantley, Brianne             Buffalo                  30.90   3   6   
  4 Wildman, Halee            11 Gilmer                   31.66   2   4   
  5 Huff, MacKenzee           11 Gilmer                   32.00   3   2   
  6 Whitt, Samantha           JR Hannan                   35.17   1   1   
  7 Peal, Caitlin                Point Pleasant           35.36   2 
  8 Rose, Tiffany                Point Pleasant           35.62   3 
  9 Nicholson, Kansas            Point Pleasant           35.95   1 
 10 Parsons, Miranda             Point Pleasant           36.58   1 
 11 Hawkins, Katie               Buffalo                  36.79   2 
 12 Thompson, Shauntelle      10 Huntington               36.84   2 
 13 Bennett, Brittany            Point Pleasant           37.13   1 
—Asbury, Natalie              Buffalo                     NT   2 
—Stewart, Kaleigh             Wahama                      NT   1 
—Miller, Laurel            SO Ripley                      NT   3 
—Jenkins, Jeneeva          10 Gilmer                      NT   2 
—Tapscott, Kaitrece        09 Huntington                  NT   2 
—King, Hope                SO Ripley                      NT   3 
—Mayes, Trinity            JR Hannan                      NT   1 
—Staggs, Madison           SO Hannan                      NT   1 
—Francis, Kendra           SR Wayne                       NT   3 
—Ray, Jamaylan             FR Wayne                       NT   2 
 
Girls 400 Meter Dash
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  H# Points
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  1 Sargent, Rachel              Ohio Valley Chr.       1:04.35   3  10   
  2 Miller, Laurel            SO Ripley                 1:08.83   3   8   
  3 Lee, Kelsie               SO Hannan                 1:18.22   2   6   
  4 Muniz, Zaccardi           09 Huntington             1:21.30   3   4   
  5 Whitt, Samantha           JR Hannan                 1:21.97   2   2   
  6 Cunnigham, Meghin         FR Ripley                 1:22.21   2   1   
  7 Flory, Ashley                Point Pleasant         1:23.36   2 
  8 Parsons, Ali              SO Ripley                 1:24.39   1 
  9 Metz, Carrie                 Buffalo                1:24.46   3 
 10 Morris, Makahla           11 Gilmer                 1:25.31   3 
 11 Graves, Marilyn           09 Huntington             1:26.13   3 
 12 Parsons, Miranda             Point Pleasant         1:29.28   1 
 13 Beron, Mya                11 Gilmer                 1:29.41   2 
 14 Jenkins, Jeneeva          10 Gilmer                 1:30.40   2 
 15 Nicholson, Kansas            Point Pleasant         1:36.08   1 
—Mays, Savanna             SR Wayne                       NT   3 
—Ingels, Destiny              Wahama                      NT   2 
—Napier, Katie             SO Wayne                       NT   3 
 
Girls 800 Meter Run
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  H# Points
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  1 Carson, Haley             SO Ripley                 2:55.31   2  10   
  2 Persinger, Autumn            Buffalo                3:08.85   2   8   
  3 Benson, Katie             12 Gilmer                 3:14.74   2   6   
  4 Rice, Emma                   Point Pleasant         3:21.93   1   4   
  5 Smith, Ashley                Point Pleasant         3:23.17   1   2   
  6 Walter, Alysa                Buffalo                3:32.78   2   1   
—Conkle, Lindsey           09 Huntington                  NT   2 
—Toles, Siera                 Point Pleasant              NT   1 
—Duffer, Cassidy           FR Hannan                      NT   1 
—Napier, Katie             SO Wayne                       NT   1 
—Whitt, Samantha           JR Hannan                      NT   2 
—Mays, Savanna             SR Wayne                       NT   1 
—Beron, Mya                11 Gilmer                      NT   2 
—Morris, Makahla           11 Gilmer                      NT   2 
 
Girls 1600 Meter Run
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
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  1 Persinger, Autumn            Buffalo                7:05.55   10   
  2 Benson, Katie             12 Gilmer                 7:16.81    8   
  3 Gillenwater, Kendra          Buffalo                7:17.13    6   
—Decker, Haleigh              Wahama                      NT  
—Phillips, Allison         SO Ripley                      NT  
—Napier, Katie             SO Wayne                       NT  
 
Girls 3200 Meter Run
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
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  1 Gillenwater, Kendra          Buffalo               14:00.00   10   

 
Girls 100 Meter Hurdles
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Farkosh, Holly            SR Ripley                   17.39   10   
  2 Sanders, Madison          SR Ripley                   18.57    8   
  3 Welch, Jessica            12 Gilmer                   21.11    6   
  4 Winnell, Baleigh             Buffalo                  21.57    4   
  5 Marks, Autumn             11 Gilmer                   22.06    2   
  6 Cunnigham, Meghin         FR Ripley                   22.39    1   
—Wilbond, Kayla               Buffalo                     NT  
—Tate, Kelsey                 Wahama                      NT  
 
Girls 300 Meter Hurdles
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Farkosh, Holly            SR Ripley                   54.88   10   
  2 Lanham, Courtney          SO Ripley                   55.83    8   
  3 Huff, MacKenzee           11 Gilmer                   57.85    6   
—Leonhart, Jensyn          11 Huntington                  NT  
—Ingels, Destiny              Wahama                      NT  
—Tate, Kelsey                 Wahama                      NT  
 
Girls 4x100 Meter Relay
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    School                                               Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Ripley High Girls  ‘A’                                55.75   10   
     1) Farkosh, Holly SR               2) King, Hope SO                  
     3) Thomas, Audra JR                4) Painter, Caylee JR             
  2 Buffalo High School Girls  ‘A’                        58.51    8   
     1) Cain, Matty                     2) Cantley, Brianne               
     3) Wilbond, Kayla                  4) Winnell, Baleigh               
  3 Gilmer County High School.  ‘A’                       59.34    6   
     1) Wright, Sada 09                 2) Marks, Autumn 11               
     3) Wildman, Halee 11               4) Jenkins, Jeneeva 10            
  4 Huntington High School  ‘A’                         1:01.06    4   
     1) Childers, Grace 09              2) Hargis, Alexis 09              
     3) Tapscott, Kaitrece 09           4) Riggs, Moriah 09               
  5 Wahama SR  ‘A’                                      1:01.74    2   
     1) Ingels, Destiny                 2) Roush, Lexi                    
     3) Warth, Kenzie                   4) Stewart, Kaleigh               
—Point Pleasant High School  ‘A’                          DQ  
     1) Jordan, Cassie                  2) Dabney, Carlee                 
     3) Rose, Tiffany                   4) Scott, Kyla                    
 
Girls 4x200 Meter Relay
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    School                                               Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Point Pleasant High School  ‘A’                     2:08.38   10   
     1) Dabney, Carlee                  2) Jordan, Cassie                 
     3) Rose, Tiffany                   4) Scott, Kyla                    
  2 Ripley High Girls  ‘A’                              2:10.25    8   
     1) Parsons, Ali SO                 2) Philyaw, Kailey SO             
     3) Lanham, Courtney SO             4) Sanders, Madison SR            
  3 Gilmer County High School.  ‘A’                     2:16.50    6   
     1) Beron, Mya 11                   2) Jenkins, Jeneeva 10            
     3) Benson, Katie 12                4) Huff, MacKenzee 11             
  4 Wahama SR  ‘A’                                      2:17.05    4   
     1) Ingels, Destiny                 2) Roush, Lexi                    
     3) Warth, Kenzie                   4) Stewart, Kaleigh               
—Buffalo High School Girls  ‘A’                           NT  
     1) Asbury, Natalie                 2) Cain, Matty                    
     3) Hawkins, Katie                  4) Keblesh, Bailee                
—Wayne High School  ‘A’                                   NT  
     1) Francis, Kendra SR              2) Mays, Savanna SR               
     3) Napier, Katie SO                4) Ray, Jamaylan FR               
 
Girls 4x400 Meter Relay
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    School                                               Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Point Pleasant High School  ‘A’                     5:19.67   10   
     1) Flory, Ashley                   2) Toles, Siera                   
     3) Frye-Wilson, Jocelynn           4) Rice, Emma                     
  2 Gilmer County High School.  ‘A’                     5:40.95    8   
     1) Benson, Katie 12                2) Beron, Mya 11                  
     3) Wildman, Halee 11               4) Huff, MacKenzee 11             
—Ripley High Girls  ‘A’                                   NT  
     1) Carson, Haley SO                2)                                
     3) King, Hope SO                   4) Philyaw, Kailey SO             
—Wayne High School  ‘A’                                   NT  
     1) Francis, Kendra SR              2) Lunsford, Hailey JR            
     3) Adams, Shelby JR                4) Ray, Jamaylan FR               
 
Girls 4x800 Meter Relay
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    School                                               Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Buffalo High School Girls  ‘A’                     12:40.14   10   
     1) Gillenwater, Kendra             2) Persinger, Autumn              
     3) Walter, Alysa                   4) McMillion, Haley               
  2 Ripley High Girls  ‘A’                             12:46.83    8   
     1) Cox, Bronwynn SO                2) Phillips, Allison SO           
     3) Carson, Haley SO                4) Holmes, Kelsey JR              
  3 Point Pleasant High School  ‘A’                    12:46.88    6   
     1) Flory, Ashley                   2) Frye-Wilson, Jocelynn          
     3) Rice, Emma                      4) Smith, Ashley                  
—Gilmer County High School.  ‘A’                          NT  
—Wayne High School  ‘A’                                   NT  
     1) Adams, Shelby JR                2) Lunsford, Hailey JR            
     3) Mays, Savanna SR                4) Mathis, Mica SO                
 
Girls 4x102.5 Meter Shuttle Hurdle
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    School                                               Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Ripley High Girls  ‘A’                              1:12.42   10   
     1) Farkosh, Holly SR               2) Randolph, Maddi JR             
     3) Painter, Caylee JR              4) Sanders, Madison SR            
  2 Huntington High School  ‘A’                         1:25.40    8   
     1) Leonhart, Jensyn 11             2) Williams, Sarah 10             
     3) Childers, Grace 09              4) Riggs, Moriah 09               
—Point Pleasant High School  ‘A’                          NT  
     1) Dabney, Carlee                  2) Jordan, Cassie                 
     3) Toles, Siera                    4) Porter, Cierra                 
—Wahama SR  ‘A’                                           NT  
     1) Tate, Kelsey                    2) Roush, Lexi                    
     3) Warth, Kenzie                   4) Ingels, Destiny                
 
Girls High Jump
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Miller, Laurel            SO Ripley                 5-00.00   10   
  2 Marks, Autumn             11 Gilmer                 4-06.00    8   
  3 Porter, Cierra               Point Pleasant         4-04.00    6   
  4 Persinger, Autumn            Buffalo                4-00.00    4   
—Lee, Kelsie               SO Hannan                      NH  
—Metz, Carrie                 Buffalo                     NH  
—Tate, Kelsey                 Wahama                      NH  
—Philyaw, Kailey           SO Ripley                      NH  
—Harless, Bailey           SO Hannan                      NH  
—Duffer, Cassidy           FR Hannan                      NH  
 
Girls Pole Vault
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
=======================================================================
—Philyaw, Kailey           SO Ripley                      NH  
—Cunnigham, Meghin         FR Ripley                      NH  
—Randolph, Maddi           JR Ripley                      NH  
 
Girls Long Jump
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Sargent, Bekah               Ohio Valley Chr.      15-00.50   10   
  2 Sargent, Rachel              Ohio Valley Chr.      14-08.25    8   
  3 Thomas, Audra             JR Ripley                13-11.00    6   
  4 Miller, Laurel            SO Ripley                13-08.75    4   
  5 Williams, Sarah           10 Huntington            12-02.50    2   
  6 Marks, Autumn             11 Gilmer                12-02.00    1   
  7 Lee, Kelsie               SO Hannan                10-03.00  
  8 Harless, Bailey           SO Hannan                 8-05.00  
—Roush, Lexi                  Wahama                      ND  
 
Girls Shot Put
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Hayman, Aislyn               Point Pleasant        33-10.00   10   
  2 Wright, Sada              09 Gilmer                31-07.00    8   
  3 Roush, Morgan                Point Pleasant        31-06.00    6   
  4 Rymer, Marissa               Point Pleasant        26-04.00    4   
  5 Frye-Wilson, Jocelynn        Point Pleasant        26-00.00    2   
  6 Wedge, Ashtyn                Point Pleasant        25-07.00    1   
  7 Sprouse, Grace               Point Pleasant        25-00.00  
  8 Keith, Kathern            11 Gilmer                24-10.00  
  9 Wagner, Ally                 Buffalo               24-06.00  
 10 Decker, Haleigh              Wahama                21-00.00  
 11 Cox, Bronwynn             SO Ripley                20-11.00  
 12 Staggs, Madison           SO Hannan                20-02.00  
 13 Snouffer, Brooklyn           Wahama                20-01.00  
 14 Duffer, Cassidy           FR Hannan                19-09.00  
 15 Keefer, Cinthia              Point Pleasant        18-01.00  
—Welch, Jessica            12 Gilmer                      ND  
—Lavender, Danielle           Wahama                      ND  
—Smith, Lainey                Buffalo                     ND  

 
Girls Discus Throw
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Hayman, Aislyn               Point Pleasant          125-06   10   
  2 Roush, Morgan                Point Pleasant           88-00    8   
  3 Wagner, Ally                 Buffalo                  79-04    6   
  4 Wright, Sada              09 Gilmer                   77-09    4   
  5 Keith, Kathern            11 Gilmer                   73-06    2   
  6 Frye-Wilson, Jocelynn        Point Pleasant           68-00    1   
—Sprouse, Grace               Point Pleasant              ND  
—Keefer, Cinthia              Point Pleasant              ND  
—Snouffer, Brooklyn           Wahama                      ND  
—Rymer, Marissa               Point Pleasant              ND  
—Wedge, Ashtyn                Point Pleasant              ND  
—Decker, Haleigh              Wahama                      ND  
—Smith, Lainey                Buffalo                     ND  
—Lavender, Danielle           Wahama                      ND  
—Duffer, Cassidy           FR Hannan                      ND  
—Cox, Bronwynn             SO Ripley                      ND  
 
                    Girls - Team Rankings - 18 Events Scored
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    1) Ripley High Girls          130.50     2) POINT PLEASANT HIGH SCHOO  80.50
    3) Buffalo High School Girls   79        4) Gilmer County High School  77   
    5) OHIO VALLEY CHRISTIAN SCHO  48        6) Huntington High School     18   
    7) Wahama SR                   10        8) Hannan High School Varsit   9

Basketball (NBA) - 150330

The Gilmer Free Press

►  NBA Game Results

(Sunday, March 29)

Final Score: Houston 99, Washington 91

Washington, DC - James Harden had 24 points and six assists in the Houston Rockets’ 99-91 victory over the Washington Wizards on Sunday. Corey Brewer added 15 points and five rebounds off the bench for the Rockets, who have won four in a row. Josh Smith tallied 14 points and 10 boards. John Wall ended with 25 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds for the Wizards, who sit fifth in the Eastern Conference. Otto Porter and Bradley Beal each scored 15 points.


Final Score: Brooklyn 107, LA Lakers 99

Brooklyn, NY - Brook Lopez scored 30 points with 11 rebounds and the Brooklyn Nets continued their recent resurgence with a 107-99 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. Joe Johnson had 18 points with eight rebounds and seven assists, and Markel Brown chipped in a career-high 17 points for Brooklyn, which has won three straight.


Final Score: New Orleans 110, Minnesota 88

New Orleans, LA - Anthony Davis’ 28 points and nine rebounds carried the New Orleans Pelicans to a much-needed 110-88 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves Sunday at Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans never trailed in a game they had to have to remain in contention for the Western Conference’s final playoff spot, earning the victory by shooting 57.3 percent and forcing the decimated Timberwolves into 21 turnovers. Omer Asik contributed 15 points on a 7-of-9 field goal rate for New Orleans, with Eric Gordon adding 12 points and seven assists.


Final Score: Cleveland 87, Philadelphia 86

Cleveland, OH - LeBron James tallied 20 points with 11 rebounds and six assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers edged the Philadelphia 76ers 87-86 on Sunday. The final margin stayed true for the last 3:57 of the game as both offenses struggled mightily down the stretch. Kyrie Irving scored 17 points and Timofey Mozgov checked in with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Cleveland, which has won 16 straight at home. The Cavs have won five of their last six overall.


Final Score: LA Clippers 119, Boston 106

Boston, MA - J.J. Redick scored 27 points and all five Clippers starters had at least 15 in Los Angeles’ 119-106 win over the Boston Celtics. Los Angeles’ starting unit, one of the highest scoring in the league, dominated on Sunday, combining for 102 of LA’s 119 points on 36-of-64 shooting. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin dropped 21 points apiece, Matt Barnes scored 18 and DeAndre Jordan posted 15 with 14 rebounds. The Clippers, who clinched a playoff spot on Friday, have won seven straight games. Isaiah Thomas scored 19 points off the bench to lead Boston, while Evan Turner added nine points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.


Final Score: Miami 109, Detroit 102

Miami, FL - Dwyane Wade poured in 40 points and the Miami Heat held off a second-half rally from Detroit in their 109-102 win over the Pistons. Wade scored 19 points in the fourth quarter to preserve Miami’s second win in its last three games. Udonis Haslem added 18 points and 13 rebounds, and James Ennis scored 16 points to tie a career high. Andre Drummond scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Pistons, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Reggie Jackson added 31 points, but the rest of the Pistons combined to shoot just 14-of-49.


Final Score: Indiana 104, Dallas 99

Indianapolis, IN - C.J. Miles scored 28 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 104-99 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night. Roy Hibbert and George Hill each scored 14 points, while David West and Rodney Stuckey both added 10 apiece for Indiana, which moved into a tie with Boston for ninth in the Eastern Conference. Chandler Parsons led the Mavs with 27 points and Dirk Nowitzki chipped in with 19. Dallas guard Monta Ellis missed the contest with a calf injury he suffered in Friday’s loss to San Antonio. Rajon Rondo posted 17 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in the setback.


Final Score: San Antonio 103, Memphis 89

San Antonio, TX - Behind a monster fourth quarter keyed by Kawhi Leonard, the San Antonio Spurs further tightened an already close race in the Southwest Division. Leonard scored 15 of his game-high 25 points over a six-minute stretch in the final frame, helping the surging Spurs pull away for a 103-89 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. The win, San Antonio’s sixth in seven outings, knocked the scuffling Grizzlies out of first place in the division and moved the Spurs to three games back of new leader Houston. Tony Parker added 17 points—15 of which came in the second half—and Tiago Splitter had 15 points along with eight rebounds in a game San Antonio never trailed, though it didn’t draw clear until crunch time. Memphis, coming off back-to-back lopsided home losses to Cleveland and Golden State, received 20 points and 13 rebounds from Zach Randolph and a 19-point effort out of Jeff Green. Mike Conley struggled, however, with the point guard managing just six points on 2-of-11 shooting.


Final Score: Oklahoma City 109, Phoenix 97

Phoenix, AZ - Russell Westbrook was up to his usual tricks on Sunday, pouring 33 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to carry his Oklahoma City Thunder to a 109-97 come-from-behind win over the Phoenix Suns. The Thunder trailed by as many as 20 in the second quarter but ended the period strong and outscored the hosts by 20 over the final 24 minutes. The game was crucial to the Western Conference playoff picture, as a third straight loss dropped the Suns four games back of OKC for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. New Orleans, which beat Minnesota on Sunday, sits 2 1/2 back of the Thunder. D.J. Augustin had 19 points off the bench for the Thunder, and Dion Waiters contributed 18. Markieff Morris netted 24 points, T.J. Warren had 18 off the bench and Alex Len pulled down 11 rebounds for the Suns.

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References
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SNET/SN - Rogers SportsNet (Canada)
RDS - Reseau des sports
MSG - Madison Square Garden Network
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TBS - Turner Broadcasting System
SNY - SportsNet New York
CBSSN - CBS - College Sports Network
CSN - Comcast SportsNet
TCN - The Comcast Network
NBCSN - NBC Sports Network
NESN - New England Sports Network
MASN - Mid-Atlantic Sports Network
ROOT - Root Sports (Pittsburgh, Northwest, Rocky Mountain)
CST - Cox Sports Television
FCS - FOX College Sports
FS - FOX Sports Regional
RSN - Regional Sports Networks
CPTV - Connecticut Public Broadcasting
TVG - Horse Racing Channel
FS1 - FOX Sports 1
TWC - Time Warner Cable Sports Channel
* - If Necessary


MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015
Major League Baseball - Spring Training
Washington vs. St. Louis, 1:05 PM - FS-Midwest
Atlanta vs. Detroit, 1:05 PM - FS-Detroit
Miami vs. NY Mets, 1:10 PM - SNY, MLB Network
LA Angels vs. Seattle, 4:05 PM - FS-West, ROOT-Northwest
San Francisco vs. Chicago Cubs, 4:05 PM - CSN-Chicago, MLB Network
Los Angeles vs. Arizona, 4:10 PM - SportsNet LA
Minnesota vs. Boston, 7:05 PM - NESN, MLB Network
National Basketball Association
LA Lakers at Philadelphia, 7:00 PM - Time Warner, CSN-Philadelphia, DSS
Boston at Charlotte, 7:00 PM - CSN-New England, SportSouth, DSS
Milwaukee at Atlanta, 7:30 PM - FS-Wisconsin, SportSouth, DSS
Houston at Toronto, 7:30 PM - ROOT-Southwest, TSN2, NBA TV, DSS
Sacramento at Memphis, 8:00 PM - CSN-California, SportSouth, DSS
Utah at Minnesota, 8:00 PM - ROOT-Northwest, FS-North, DSS
Phoenix at Portland, 10:00 PM - FS-Arizona, CSN-Northwest, NBA TV, DSS
National Hockey League
Tampa Bay at Montreal, 7:30 PM - SunSports, RDS, DSS
Vancouver at St. Louis, 8:00 PM - SNET-Pacific, FS-Midwest, DSS
Calgary at Dallas, 8:30 PM - SNET-West, FS-Southwest, DSS
Los Angeles at Chicago, 8:30 PM - CSN-Chicago, NBCSN
Edmonton at Colorado, 9:00 PM - SNET1, Altitude, DSS
Buffalo at Arizona, 10:00 PM - MSG-Buffalo, FS-Arizona+, DSS
Men’s College Basketball
ULM at Loyola-Chicago (CBI Championship, Game One), 8:00 PM - CBSSN
Women’s College Basketball
NCAA Tournament, 7:00 PM - ESPN
NCAA Tournament, 9:00 PM - ESPN
International Soccer
Macedonia vs. Australia, 2:50 PM - beIN Sports
Arena Football League
San Jose at Las Vegas, 10:30 PM - CBSSN

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(Sunday, March 29)


Final Score: Michigan State 76, Louisville 70 (OT)

Syracuse, NY - Tom Izzo and Michigan State are heading back to the Final Four, this time as a No. 7 seed. The unheralded Spartans survived Louisville 76-70 in overtime on Sunday to cut down the nets at the Carrier Dome as champions of the East Region. Mangok Mathiang had a chance to put Louisville ahead with 4.9 seconds left in regulation, but the 48.0 percent free throw shooter only made the first of his two free throws. The Spartans never trailed in overtime and are heading to Indianapolis next weekend to face South Region champ Duke. Michigan State (27-11) faced an eight-point deficit at halftime before locking down defensively. Louisville was limited to 18.8 percent (6-of-32) shooting after the break to fall short of reaching its third Final Four in four years. Instead the Spartans are regional champs for the seventh time under Izzo, who won the chess match against Hall-of-Fame coach Rick Pitino thanks in part to a deep bench that outscored its counterparts 26-5. Travis Trice scored a team-high 17 points, Denzel Valentine added 15 and Bryn Forbes led MSU’s reserves with 14. Branden Dawson chipped in with nine points and 11 rebounds and provided a big putback late in OT. Dawson also helped shut down Montrezl Harrell, who scored 12 points over the first 11 minutes but was held without a field goal the rest of the way. Harrell finished with 16 points, Wayne Blackshear poured in 28 and Terry Rozier added 13 on 23 shots.


Final Score: Duke 66, Gonzaga 52

Houston, TX - Duke overcame a poor shooting performance and another quiet showing from Jahlil Okafor on Sunday to win the South Region and reach its 12th Final Four under Mike Krzyzewski. Matt Jones and Justise Winslow each scored 16 points for the top-seeded Blue Devils, who pulled away late and denied Gonzaga its first Final Four berth in a 66-52 victory that was closer than the final score indicated. Duke (33-4) shot an uncharacteristic 37.5 percent from the floor but only turned it over three times and held Gonzaga without a a field goal over the final 6 1/2 minutes. Tyus Jones chipped in with 15 points and six assists, while Okafor was held to single digits for the second straight game. The National Player of the Year candidate was held to six points in a win over Utah on Friday and only scored nine with eight rebounds on Sunday. Despite Okafor’s struggles, the Blue Devils are headed to Indianapolis to face East Region champ Michigan State on Saturday. The Spartans upended Louisville on Sunday to set up a head coaching duel between Tom Izzo and Krzyzewski, who tied UCLA legend John Wooden for the most all-time Final Four appearances. Kyle Wiltjer paced second-seeded Gonzaga (35-3) with 16 points, and the senior backcourt of Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr. totaled nine on 4-of-14 shooting.

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►  2015 PREVIEW AL WEST: Can the Mariners take the next step?

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim gave Mike Trout his first taste of playoff action in 2014. The Seattle Mariners are hoping they can do the same for ace Felix Hernandez.

The Angels and Mariners head into the year as the top two teams in the division, but the Oakland Athletics are always in the mix, despite an overhauled roster from a team that last season reached the wild card game.

Houston should take another step toward respectability, but Texas has already been bitten by the injury bug. It proved to be the death knell for the Rangers in 2014 and it could be their undoing again this season.

HOUSTON ASTROS (2014 Finish - 70-92 Fourth in AL West)

The Houston Astros definitely had a better second year in the AL than their maiden voyage in 2013. However, they lost 92 games and have averaged 104 losses in each of the past four seasons. Still, last year’s finish was a 19- game improvement from the previous season and weren’t in last place.

Houston also started to see some of its young talent start to show itself at the big league level and now some people think the Astros could take a significant jump in 2015 with new manager A.J. Hinch at the helm.

This is a lineup that is going to hit a lot of home runs, but it’s also one that is going to strike out a ton. too. Jose Altuve is a hit machine and is complimented in the middle of the order by 30-home run threats George Springer, Chris Carter and newly acquired Evan Gattis. Keep in mind there hasn’t been a team with a trio of 30-HR players since the 2012 Angels.

With that comes an awful lot of swing and misses. The Astros set the MLB record with 1,535 strikeouts in 2013 and they may challenge that record this year.

Lefty Dallas Keuchel emerged as the staff ace last season, as he pitched to a 2.93 ERA in exactly 200 innings. He also had 10 games in which he allowed three or fewer runs, yet lost or took a no-decision. He, along with veteran righty Scott Feldman and right-hander Collin McHugh could be an impressive trio. Still, this is a group that is just waiting on prized pitching prospect

If you really want to get excited about something on the Astros, though, look no further than the bullpen. Chad Qualls is nothing special in the ninth, but the team beefed up the bridge to get to him, signing righties Pat Neshek and Luke Gregerson and lefty Joe Thatcher.

X-FACTOR: EVAN GATTIS

It was a curious acquisition for the Astros when they picked up Gattis from the Braves. It’s not that he isn’t talented, it’s just that it seems as if the Astros have a lineup littered with players exactly like Gattis. He doesn’t really have a position and has yet to play more than 108 games in a season. However, he can hit the ball. And hit it far. The most logical spot for him will be at designated hitter, but it doesn’t matter where he is slotted as long as he is playing everyday. Not having to play catcher anymore should keep him healthy.

PROGNOSIS: With all that losing comes plenty of young talent and the Astros’ cup seems to be running over. Even with the talent on the big league level, shortstop Carlos Correa is at Triple-A and recovering from a nasty leg injury and Mark Appel could be with the team this season. The Astros are coming. It may not be this year, but they are coming. Finishing .500 is probably a realistic goal and who knows if certain things break their way they could be playing some meaningful baseball down the stretch in September.

LA ANGELS (2014 Finish - 98-64, First in AL West)

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim won more games than any team in baseball last year and returned to the postseason for the first time since 2009 thanks in part to an MVP season from Mike Trout and a nice bounce-back year from Albert Pujols.

Trout’s first taste of playoff action may have only lasted four games, as he and his team ran into a buzzsaw named the Kansas City Royals, but the Halos could be poised for some more October baseball.

Los Angeles outscored every team in the league last season, but that likely won’t happen again, as second baseman Howie Kendrick is now playing for the Dodgers. Still, Trout is the best player in the game and Pujols showed there was still some life in his bat, swatting 28 home runs and knocking in 105 runs. Those two, along with Kole Calhoun, Matt Joyce, C.J. Cron and Erik Aybar, still provide as solid a lineup as any group in the AL.

Of course, the status of Josh Hamilton is still up in the air, as the Angels await word on a suspension following his relapse with drugs. That, though, is all secondary to Hamilton’s own well being at the moment and the Angels are preparing as if they will get next to nothing from the troubled former AL MVP.

Jered Weaver is still the leader of this staff, but he is nowhere near the same pitcher he was a few years ago. Luckily, they have a pretty deep group behind him in C.J. Wilson, Matt Shoemaker and Garrett Richards once he returns from a knee injury that cut his breakout 2014 campaign short.

X-FACTOR: BULLPEN

The Angels’ biggest weakness in recent seasons has been the bullpen. General manager Jerry Dipoto addressed that midway through last season when he acquired closer Huston Street and right-handed setup man Vinnie Pestano. Those two along with the dependable Joe Smith quickly turned that deficiency into a strength. A player to watch in this group could be former No. 1 pick Cam Bedrosian, who has dominated in the bullpen at every level since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2011.

PROGNOSIS: The Angels are once again going to be in the mix for a division title. Yes their offense will lack a bit without Kendrick and Hamilton, but Trout is the best player in the game. If Richards is the pitcher he was before last year’s injury, this could be a really impressive rotation. This may make some Angels fans cringe, but the depth of the bullpen might just be what gets them through this season.

OAKLAND ATHLETICS (2014 Finish - 88-74, second in AL West)

The Oakland Athletics were the best team in baseball for a good part of last season and seemed poised for a deep run into October with the acquisitions of Jon Lester and Jeff Samardzija.

That never panned out, though, as the A’s went into the tank almost immediately after the deal and were upended by the Cinderella Kansas City Royals in the AL Wild Card game.

General manager Billy Beane completely overhauled the team and had some people questioning some of his offseason moves, specifically the deals that sent popular third baseman Josh Donaldson to Toronto, Brandon Moss to Cleveland and Derek Norris to San Diego. The team also unloaded Samardzija in an attempt to start the rebuild in the farm system and will have an entirely new infield on Opening Day.

Beane did turn some naysayers around with the pickup of Ben Zobrist. A typical Beane guy, Zobrist can play multiple positions and most importantly gets on base.

Ike Davis and Billy Butler are going to supply the power in this lineup. And if that is who the A’s are counting on they are going to be in some big trouble.

Even with the losses of Lester and Samardzija the strength of this team will be their starting staff. Righty Sonny Gray was as good as any pitcher in baseball the first half of last season and lefty Scott Kazmir continued his resurgence. Righty Jesse Hahn and lefty Drew Pomeranz will also fill the bill, while the team waits on the returns of A.J. Griffin and Jarrod Parker.

X-FACTOR: BRETT LAWRIE

The A’s lost not only a big part of their locker room when they dealt Donaldson, but also one of the most dependable players in the game. Brett Lawrie, on the other hand, is always hurt. In fact Donaldson has played in 89 more games than Lawrie and he was in the minors for most of the 2012 season.

Reports out of training camp suggest that Lawrie will be a leader of this team, but he has to stay on the field. Luckily, Beane picked up some versatile pieces this offseason, but they need Lawrie to blossom into the player Toronto thought he was going to be if they want to get back to the postseason.

PROGNOSIS: It’s hard to believe that the A’s were the best team in the league at one point last season considering the way they finished. This will probably be a transition year, but, still they could be a third place team in the division and that means a shot at the wild card. The pitching will have to come through, though, because the lineup is not going to score a lot of runs.

SEATTLE MARINERS (2014 Finish - 87-7, Third in AL West)

The Seattle Mariners haven’t gone to the postseason since 2001. That drought, though, could end this season.

The road back to the playoffs started last offseason for Seattle, as it made a bold move in free agency, signing second baseman Robinson Cano away from the New York Yankees to the tune of $240 million. Cano did his part, but had little help in a lineup that scored just 3.91 runs per game.

So, the Mariners continued to open their wallets this winter and agreed to a 4-year, $57 million deal with slugger Nelson Cruz, who hit an AL-best 40 home runs last season for the Baltimore Orioles.

Maybe not as bold as Cruz, Seattle also added outfielder Seth Smith. With them, Cano, burgeoning superstar Kyle Seager, who himself received a $100 million extension, Austin Jackson, Logan Morrison, Mike Zunino, the Mariners have a lineup that should finish better than the bottom-three in runs scored that it did a year ago.

However, how can you talk about the Mariners and not mention Felix Hernandez. The King had another spectacular year in 2014, as he remains the best pitcher in the AL. Just imagine how good he will be this season with what should be a ton of run support.

Hernandez gets all the headlines, but he is backed by some solid arms in righty Hisashi Iwakuma and lefty James Paxton. This could also be the year that prized prospect Taijuan Walker starts to break through.

What really made the Mariners go, though, was their bullpen. Spearheaded by closer Fernando Rodney, the Mariners’ bullpen ERA of 2.59 was the best in the AL. It should be more of the same, as they return essentially the same unit.

X-FACTOR: AUSTIN JACKSON

Jackson struggled in the second half of last season after being acquired from Detroit at last year’s trade deadline. He has proven in the past, though, that he is electric at times at the top of the lineup and is certainly one of the better defensive outfielders in the game. Jackson strikes out way too much for a leadoff hitter, but the Mariners think he can get back to being the player who in 2012 hit .300 with a .377 on-base percentage, leading the AL for the second time in triples with 10 to go with 16 homers, 66 RBI and 103 runs. If he is anywhere close to that, the Mariners are going to be really good.

PROGNOSIS: It’s postseason or bust for this Mariners team. In fact, a certain baseball writer believes in them so much, he is going to pick them to come out of the American League this season. The lineup needed some help and Seattle went out and fixed it. There is some questions with the young pitching, but they should be fine. This is a team that is going to compete and they might be here for a while. King Felix deserves to be on a winner and this is his best shot to date. Don’t be surprised that when we are talking about awards in the middle of November that Hernandez and Cano aren’t both front and center.

TEXAS RANGERS (2014 Finish - 67-95, Fifth in AL West)

The Texas Rangers 2014 season was doomed due to injuries, none more devastating than the neck injury to slugging first baseman Prince Fielder. In fact, the Rangers used 15 different starting pitchers last season and stumbled to an AL-worst 95 losses.

Sadly for new manager Jeff Bannister, the 2015 team may be going down a similar path, as ace Yu Darvish went down with a torn elbow ligament early in spring training and will miss the entire season.

Matt Harrison and Martin Perez are still injured, meaning the pitching staff as a whole is going to be ugly at least at the outset. Lefty Derek Holland will assume the role as ace, while new faces Yovani Gallardo and Ross Detwiler add some depth, but not much else.

Offensively, though, the Rangers should be solid, especially if Fielder is healthy. If Fielder gets back to being the RBI machine he was in the past that should only make table-setters Shin-Soo Choo and Elvis Andrus even better. And don’t forget old reliable Adrian Beltre, who is not only one of the best defensive third baseman in the game, but last year was his fifth straight season with an OPS+ of 131 or greater.

X-FACTOR: PRINCE FIELDER

One of the more durable players in the game Fielder failed to play at least 157 games last season for the first time since his rookie campaign of 2006. Even before the injury, which was a herniated disk in his neck, Fielder was in the midst of a down year, as his slugging percentage tumbled nearly 100 points and his power numbers were easily headed toward career-lows. It all starts with him. If Fielder doesn’t hit, this team has no chance and could be historically bad.

PROGNOSIS: Even if Darvish was healthy it was going to be tough to make a case for this team landing a playoff spot. Not only are there a ton of question marks, but health is obviously an issue and they also reside in one of the tougher divisions in baseball. But, having Darvish every fifth day would have given them a fighting chance. They need Fielder to be back to being the player they traded for if they have any chance. And even so, that may not help. The best thing they can hope for is that Fielder reverts back to form, Leonys Martin continues to progress and the Rangers carry that momentum into 2016 when Darvish returns. Until then, though, it may get ugly.

PROJECTED FINISH

1. SEATTLE

2. LA ANGELS

3. OAKLAND

4. TEXAS

5. HOUSTON


►  2015 PREVIEW AL EAST: My how times have changed

There was a time when the American League East was the powerhouse division in baseball. That is not the case anymore.

Parity is the name of the game now, as Baltimore became the third different team in as many years to win the division last season. In fact, with the exception of the Toronto Blue Jays, the Orioles, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox have all won a division crown in the last five years.

Could this be the Blue Jays’ year? If certain things break their way it very well could be, as the division is as wide open heading into a season as we can remember.

BALTIMORE ORIOLES - (2014 record: 96-66, First in AL East)

The Baltimore Orioles followed up their first AL East title since 1997 with an offseason that featured much of nothing. The O’s watched as slugger Nelson Cruz and longtime staple Nick Markakis leave as free agents, while not doing much to replace them.

The loss of Cruz’ 40 home runs will be tough for an Orioles team that scored more runs than anyone in 2014. They are hoping that the returns of both Manny Machado and Matt Wieters will make up for some of the lost production and hopefully Chris Davis returns from his amphetamine suspension showing some of the form that saw him swat a league-best 53 home runs in 2013.

Chris Tillman will open the year as the team’s ace, but you better believe that by the end of the year Orioles fans are hoping Kevin Gausman assumes the role going forward. Gausman, Miguel Gonzalez, Wei-Yin Chen and Bud Norris are all solid options, while prized prospect Dylan Bundy could also see time this season. Gausman is the guy, though, who needs to breakout. Essentially, minus Ubaldo Jimenez, who despite his high salary has been relegated to the bullpen, the rotation is the same one that last year ranked fifth in the American League and were second among AL East teams with a 3.61 ERA.

X-FACTOR: CHRIS DAVIS

What exactly happened to Chris Davis last season? After his monster 2013 that saw him drive in 138 runs, Davis slumped badly in 2014, as he saw his average drop over 100 points and his production cut nearly in half. That on top of a suspension that cost him most of the final month and the postseason has people wondering if that magical campaign two years ago was an aberration. If there was anyone in the Orioles’ lineup who could make up for the loss of Cruz it would be Davis. If it’s more of the same, he could find himself out of a job and the O’s could find themselves struggling.

PROGNOSIS: We are going to hear this a lot, but the AL East is wide open this year. You could probably make a case for every team to win, so to say the defending champion Orioles have a shot is not a stretch. That offense that carried them last season, though, is nowhere near what is was. The rotation should be better, but probably not enough to equal out the loss of Cruz. Still, how many teams will throw a pitcher out there every day that will give their team a chance to win? Not to mention they have one of the best players in the AL in Adam Jones, as well as a bullpen that is on par with the best units in all of baseball. However, I’d feel a whole lot better about this team if I knew what Davis was going to bring to the table.

BOSTON RED SOX (2014 record: 71-91, Fifth in AL East)

The Boston Red Sox were on top of the world with a World Series title in 2013, but ended up pulling up the rear in the AL East in 2014, losing 91 games in a season that saw them bring some young talent like Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts to the forefront.

After a year of transition, though, the Red Sox are ready to once again compete following an offseason that saw them open up the piggy bank with the acquisitions of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. They also revamped their rotation, bringing back Justin Masterson, while adding starters Wade Miley and Rick Porcello.

The additions of Ramirez and Sandoval, as well as Cuban Rusney Castillo should help a lineup that last year ranked third worst in the AL with 3.91 runs per game.

It will be interesting to see how Boston manager John Farrell finds a way to fill out a lineup each night, especially in the outfield, where Shane Victorino could be out of luck with all this young talent and the fact that Ramirez is slated to play left field.

X-FACTOR: STARTING ROTATION

Clay Buchholz, Rick Porcello, Justin Masterson, Wade Miley and Joe Kelly. Not exactly a Murders’ Row of starters. In fact it’s a group that doesn’t really have an ace and probably doesn’t even have a solid No. 2. Buchholz has shown he can be as good as anyone when he is on, but those flashes are too few and far between. Plus, he is always hurt. Masterson had injury problems last season and could be the steal of the offseason if he is healthy. Still, don’t be surprised to see them deal some of that young talent for a proven ace (Cole Hamels) if they get off to a bad start.

PROGNOSIS: Boston has a plan. They needed to upgrade its lineup and did. The pitching acquisitions may not wow you, but they are a group that relies heavily on the ground ball. Defensively, Boston is pretty sound in the infield. So, this unit may actually be better off than a lot of people are giving it credit for. Still, that might not exactly be the staff I’d want inside Fenway Park. Make no mistake, though, the Red Sox are going to win because of their lineup, which might be the best in the game from 1-to-9. That’s why they will contend in the AL East this season.

NEW YORK YANKEES (2014 Finish - 84-78, Second in AL East)

For the first time since 1995 the New York Yankees will head into a season without Derek Jeter at shortstop. They’ll also head into a season having not reached the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time since missing out on the playoffs every year from 1982-93.

Injuries derailed the Yanks in 2014, but they still were runners-up to the Orioles in the division and were only four games out of a wild card spot.

Aside from Didi Gregorius stepping into the gigantic shoes left behind from Jeter, the Yankees are pretty much going to resemble the same team they were a year ago. Well, with the exception of a returning Alex Rodriguez, who will likely serve as the team’s everyday designated hitter after being suspended for PEDs all of last season.

On paper this rotation is as solid as any in baseball. The key there is can they stay healthy. Masahiro Tanaka is always one pitch away from elbow surgery, CC Sabathia is returning from knee surgery and Michael Pineda has yet to avoid the injury bug since joining the Yankees. Newcomer Nathan Eovaldi comes in with some high hopes and Ivan Nova should join the group sometime in June.

The biggest thing to watch on this team will be in the bullpen where Dellin Betances assumes the closer’s role, as David Robertson left for Chicago as a free agent. Betances drew comparisons to Mariano Rivera in 2014 and was an All-Star a year ago in a setup role. The Yankees also signed lefty specialist Andrew Miller, who could also fill the ninth inning role should Betances falter. Betances, Miller or even Andrew Bailey as closer, the bullpen should be among the best in baseball

X-FACTOR: MASAHIRO TANAKA

Tanaka burst upon the major league scene last season, but his year was derailed by a torn ligament in his elbow. The Japanese star was able to avoid surgery, but for how long. Tanaka adjusted his usual offseason program and has not been throwing with as much intensity as he had in the past. It’s seemed to have worked, as he’s been solid this spring. The fact remains, though, that at some point the elbow is going to give out. It could be this year, next year, or 10 years down the line. If it holds up this summer he is the best pitcher in the division and the Yankees could be a big factor.

PROGNOSIS: The Yankees were among the worst scoring teams in the league last season. A lot of that has to do with injuries to Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira, a particularly tough first year in New York from Brian McCann and the absence of A-Rod. It may be asking a lot for those veterans to stay healthy, but McCann showed signs of adjusting to New York late in the season and could be in store for a big year. If the starting pitching holds up and the veterans in the lineup can play to the back of their baseball cards the Yanks should find themselves in the playoff mix.

TAMPA BAY RAYS (2014 Finish - 77-85, Fourth in AL East)

After six straight winning seasons the Rays fell back under .500 last season. And now they head into the 2015 campaign with a new manager in Kevin Cash and former head of player personnel, Andrew Friedman, in Los Angeles.

Not long after Friedman left for the Dodgers, manager Joe Maddon opted out of his deal and took a job with the Cubs.

So, essentially the Rays are starting over, as new general manager Matt Silverman restocked the farm system and unloaded the likes of Ben Zobrist, Wil Myers and Matt Joyce.

If Tampa is going to win this season it’s going to be because of their rotation. It may not include a David Price or James Shields anymore, but few teams would turn away from a top-3 of Alex Cobb, Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi.

X-FACTOR: STEVEN SOUZA

The Rays took a big chance on acquiring Souza in the deal that sent Wil Myers to San Diego. While Myers already had an AL Rookie of the Year trophy to his name, Souza has yet to do anything on the big league level and actually only had three hits in 23 at-bats in limited time with the Nats last season. The Rays, though, thought he’d be an upgrade. They aren’t alone. Souza owned a .350/.432/.590 line with 18 homers and 26 steals in 96 games at Triple-A last season. A 20-20 season is not out of the question. Evan Longoria is the foundation, but Souza is the building block to the future.

PROGNOSIS: The Rays may have the best young pitching in the division, but outside of Longoria, the lineup leaves little to be desired. This is probably a “take your lumps” type of year for Cash and the Rays, but better days are in store. Even then, though, without a new stadium deal or television contract, the Rays will continue to be a glorified minor league system for other teams willing to spend money.

TORONTO BLUE JAYS (2014 Finish - 83-79, Third in AL East)

Stop me if you have heard this before. This season the Toronto Blue Jays are going to take the next step. Yep, we have heard this same cry in each of the last few seasons, yet, the Blue Jays are still searching for their first postseason appearance since 1993.

The Jays, though, again had some high hopes following the offseason acquisitions of catcher Russell Martin, outfielder Michael Saunders and third baseman Josh Donaldson. However, they are already off to an inauspicious start as Saunders suffered a torn MCL and could start the year on the disabled list, while potential breakout ace Marcus Stroman will be lost for the year after tearing an ACL during a routine fielding drill.

Still, when everyone is healthy Toronto should have one of the better lineups in the league with the new additions, as well as Jose Bautista, Jose Reyes and Edwin Encarnacion. Staying healthy, however, is the key term.

With Stroman gone the Jays, like they probably would have done anyway, will have to lean heavily on veterans R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle at the top of the rotation, while more may be asked from youngsters like Aaron Sanchez and Daniel Norris.

X-FACTOR: BRETT CECIL

The Blue Jays lost Casey Janssen to free agency this winter and have not really had any luck finding someone to fill his shoes. So, that means lefty Brett Cecil will fill the role, at least at the outset. How he performs early on could determine the Jays’ success and what they will do going forward. Should he falter, though, remember this name ... Rafael Soriano.

PROGNOSIS: The Blue Jays’ hopes took a huge hit when Stroman went down. Without him the rotation could be a little shaky if the youngsters don’t develop the same way Stroman did a year ago. And that wouldn’t be good news for a bullpen that already has question marks. Still, this lineup is good enough to compete for a wild card and possibly even a division crown in an AL East that really is up for grabs. That young pitching needs to come through. If not it’ll just be more disappointment north of the border.

PROJECTED FINISH

1. BOSTON

2. NEW YORK

3. TORONTO

4. BALTIMORE

5. TAMPA BAY

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►  Hamlin holds off Keselowski for fifth Martinsville win

Martinsville, VA - Denny Hamlin ended a 31-race winless streak in the Sprint Cup Series after beating Brad Keselowski in a fierce battle for the lead in the closing laps of Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

Hamlin, who hails from nearby Chesterfield, Virginia, passed Matt Kenseth, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, for the lead with 28 laps to go. Keselowski, the winner of last weekend’s race in Fontana, California, challenged Hamlin for the top spot during the last 20 laps of this 500-lap race.

Coming out of the final turn of the last lap, Keselowski nudged Hamlin from behind in an attempt to take the lead. Hamlin wiggled slightly but held on to it, beating Keselowski to the finish line by just 0.186 seconds for his 25th career Sprint Cup win but his first since last May at Talladega.

“I did everything I could other than wreck (Hamlin),“ Keselowski said. “I hit him pretty good a couple of times, so he did a good job and he chose not to wreck, which I give him credit for it.“

It’s also the fifth time Hamlin has won a Cup race at Martinsville, which is the oldest and smallest track—0.526 miles in length—in NASCAR’s premier series.

“I feel like I missed out on so many grandfather clocks (trophy for winning a Martinsville race) here because of mechanical issues and such,“ Hamlin said. “We just weren’t going to be denied today, and hats off to Brad (Keselowski). He had an option and he took the latter. I thank him for that.“

Hamlin, the driver of the No. 11 Toyota for JGR, led a total of 91 laps. He grabbed the top spot for the first time on lap 148, but shortly after during a round of pit stops under caution, he was penalized for a tire that got away from his pit stall. The penalty dropped him far back in the field.

“We had a very fast car, but obviously some pit road issues, but we overcame it,“ he said. “We got luckily on the inside line on that last restart and that was the key for us to win. (Crew chief) Dave (Rogers) and the guys gave me a car I could win with, and we got it done.“

Hamlin’s victory happened in what has been a difficult week for JGR. On Wednesday, the team revealed that its president, J.D. Gibbs, is being treated for symptoms impacting areas of his brain function, including speech and processing issues. Gibbs’ doctors believe the complications he has experienced were triggered by head injuries likely suffered earlier in life, but no specific injury has been referenced or identified. His presence at the racetrack will be limited. He was not present at Martinsville.

“J.D. is the one who gave me my start 10 years ago, and I can’t be prouder to put Gibbs Racing back in victory lane,“ Hamlin said. “They’ve been with me for so long and believe in me.“

Neither JGR nor Toyota has been to victory lane for a Sprint Cup points race since Hamlin’s victory at Talladega nearly a year ago.

During Hamlin’s post-race press conference, team owner Joe Gibbs noted that he had his son, J.D., in mind throughout the race, especially when Hamlin took the checkered flag.

“For me, it was emotional and thinking about J.D. and all that he means to our team, so it was a big week for us, but a great finish to a story there,“ Gibbs said.

Keselowski’s second-place run marked his best finish at Martinsville.

Joey Logano, the pole sitter, finished third after winning Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race here. Logano dominated in the early going, leading 107 of the first 133 laps, but he had to rebound from a spin which occurred on lap 219 when he made contact with Michael Annett.

“We had a decent race car, and we recovered from the spin halfway through the race, and we worked our way back and slowly but surely got ourselves back in the top-three,“ Logano said.

Kenseth ended up finishing fourth, while David Ragan, substituting for the injured Kyle Busch in JGR’s No. 18 car, placed fifth. Martin Truex Jr. and Danica Patrick were sixth and seventh, respectively.

Patrick set a record for the highest-finishing female in a race at Martinsville. Her finish here was only one position behind her Sprint Cup career-best run of sixth, accomplished last August at Atlanta.

“It feels good,“ said Patrick, the driver of the No. 10 Chevrolet for Stewart- Haas Racing. “This is the kind of stuff we need - a new group together. We need these ego boosts every now and again. So it was fun racing, and we have to do it more often.“

Kevin Harvick’s attempt to finish in the top-two in nine consecutive races came up short with an eighth-place run. Harvick had placed either first or second in the last three races last year and the first five events this season. He led the most laps in this race with 154.

Jeff Gordon and Jamie McMurray completed the top-10. Gordon, who is in his final season of Sprint Cup competition, held the lead with less than 40 laps to go, but the four-time series champion was penalized for speeding onto pit road during the 16th and final caution. He had fallen back to 21st for the last restart.

“Oh, my gosh, I’m so disappointed in myself,“ said Gordon, an eight-time race winner at Martinsville. “I know I was pushing the limit. I didn’t think I had done anything different than I had all day long when I was behind other guys, so we’ve got to look at that. I’m very, very disappointed. I felt like we finally got the car, got ourselves in a position to win that race.“

Chase Elliott, who is replacing Gordon in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet next season, finished 38th in his first career Sprint Cup start. Elliott suffered rear-end damage to his No. 25 Hendrick car when he was bumped around following a restart early in the race. He spent 70 laps in the garage area for repairs. The 2014 Xfinity Series champion is expected to drive the No. 25 in four more Cup events this year.

“Welcome to Cup, got some work to do!“ Elliott tweeted after the race.

Regan Smith drove Kyle Larson’s No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet to a 16th-place finish. Larson had to miss this race due to additional medical tests following his fainting spell during an autograph session at this track on Saturday.


►  Vettel wins Malaysian GP in just his second start with Ferrari

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Sebastian Vettel claimed his and Ferrari’s first win in Formula One since 2013 after finishing well ahead of Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix.

Vettel, in just his second race with Ferrari, started second but took the lead on lap 4 of this 56-lap race when Hamilton, the pole sitter, and Rosberg pitted under the safety car. Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson spun into the gravel to force the deployment of the safety car. Vettel took command from there, capitalizing on a two-stop strategy compared to three stops for both Hamilton and Rosberg.

Vettel crossed the finish line 8.5 seconds ahead of Hamilton and 12.3 seconds in front of Rosberg at Sepang International Circuit for his 40th career F1 win but his first since the 2013 season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix (21 races ago). The German won 13 grand prix that season, including victories in the last nine races, to earn his fourth consecutive F1 world championship.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been on the top (podium) step and obviously my first time with Scuderia Ferrari,“ an emotional Vettel said during the post- race podium ceremony. “I’m speechless. I’ve only got two races with the team, but I’m very, very happy and proud today. We beat them fair and square. It was a great achievement. I had a great car - so plenty of positives. I guess that’s why I’m a bit emotional.“

Ferrari’s last victory occurred nearly two years ago with driver Fernando Alonso winning the Spanish Grand Prix. Vettel joined the Italian team and replaced Alonso this season after spending the past six years with Red Bull Racing.

“It was a big change, but the team welcomed me from the very first day,“ Vettel said of his move to Ferrari this year. “When the gate opened at Maranello (Ferrari’s factory in Italy), it was like a dream come true.“

Vettel won the Malaysian GP for a record fourth time. With the victory, he moved to within three points of Hamilton for the lead in the championship standings. Hamilton scored the win in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix two weeks ago and then placed second in Malaysia to give him 43 points for the season.

“Huge congratulations to Ferrari and to Sebastian. They did an amazing job,“ Hamilton said. “I gave it everything I could. Ferrari had good pace today. I knew coming into this weekend that they had made a step forward, but I didn’t know how big. They were too fast for us today.“

A Mercedes driver had won the last eight grand prix, a streak dating back to September 07 in Italy.

“All I can say now on behalf of our team is, ‘Game on, Ferrari’,“ Rosberg said.

Kimi Raikkonen, who is Vettel’s teammate, started 11th and then had a puncture of his left-rear tire on the opening lap when he made contact with Felipe Nasr from Sauber, but Raikkonen rebounded nicely for a fourth-place finish.

Williams teammates Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa placed fifth and sixth, respectively, while Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen, at the age of 17, became the youngest points scorer in F1 history with a seventh-place finish. Verstappen’s teammate, Carlos Sainz Jr. was eighth. The Red Bull duo of Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo completed the top-10.

McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Alonso were forced to retire. Button suffered a loss of power after completing 41 laps, while Alonso experienced a technical problem 22 laps into the race. Honda is supplying engines for McLaren this year.

Alonso made his first start of the season after suffering a concussion during an accident in preseason testing last month in Barcelona.

This Date in Sports History - March 30, 2015

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  • 1889 - John T Reid opens first US golf course (Yonkers, New York).
  • 1916 - Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens (NHA) beat Portland Rosebuds (PCHA), 3 games to 2.
  • 1918 - Stanley Cup: Toronto Arenas (NHL) beat Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA), 3 games to 2.
  • 1925 - Stanley Cup: Victoria Cougars (WCHL) beat Montréal Maroons (NHL), 3 games to 1.
  • 1940 - Second NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Indiana University beats Kansas 60-42.
  • 1943 - 5th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: University of Wyoming beat Georgetown 46-34.
  • 1946 - Australia beats New Zealand in cricket at 3:30pm on second day.
  • 1946 - Last Test Cricket appearance of Bill O’Reilly (5-14 and 3-19).
  • 1952 - Patty Berg wins LPGA New Orleans Women’s Golf Open.
  • 1954 - Test Cricket debut of Garry Sobers versus England at Kingston.
  • 1969 - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Port Malabar Golf Invitational.
  • 1970 - USSR wins its 8th straight world hockey championship.
  • 1975 - Ron Lalonde scores the first hat trick by a Washington Capitals’ player.
  • 1980 - Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Women’s Kemper Golf Open.
  • 1981 - 43rd NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Indiana beats North Carolina 63-50.
  • 1986 - 5th NCAA Women Basketball Championship: Texas beats Southern California 97-81.
  • 1988 - Tamil Nadu beats Railways by innings and 144 to win Ranji Trophy.
  • 1990 - Jack Nicklaus makes his debut in the “Seniors” golf tournament.
  • 1991 - First exhibition baseball games at Joe Robbie Stadium (New York Yankees versus Baltimore Orioles).
  • 1991 - 44th NCAA Ice Hockey Chanmpionship: Northern Michigan beats Boston University 8-7; Northern Michigan’s first NCAA hockey title.
  • 1991 - PBA National Championship Won by Mike Miller.
  • 1993 - New South Wales beat Queensland by eight wickets to win Sheffield Shield.
  • 1993 - Punjab beat Maharashtra by 120 runs to win Cricket’s Ranji Trophy.
  • 1993 - Peanuts comic strip character Charlie Brown hits a baseball game-winning home run, his first in 43 years.
  • 1994 - ABC Masters Tournament won by Hobo Boothe.
  • 1994 - Bombay beats Bengal by 8 wickets to win Cricket’s Ranji Trophy.
  • 1994 - England Cricket all out for 46 at Port-of-Spain.
  • 1996 - Lara hits 146 cricket not out in ODI versus New Zealand at Port-Of-Spain.
  • 1996 - New York Mets beats New York Yankees 5-3 in an exhibition game.
  • 1997 - 16th NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Old Dominion 68-59.
  • 1997 - 26th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Betsy King.
  • 1997 - Steve Elkington wins Golf’s Players Championship.
  • 1998 - 60th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, at Alamodome, San Antonio. Kentucky beats Utah 78-69.
  • 2000 - America’s Cup 2000 sailing race is retained by Team New Zealand near Auckland. Prada Challenge 2000 lost 0-5 in a “best-of-9”.
  • 2006 - Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig appoints George Mitchell to head an investigation into the use of steroids in baseball.

Births of sports figures on March 30

  • 1905 - Birth of Mikio Oda in Japan; triple jumper (Olympics-gold-1928).
  • 1908 - Birth of Leslie O’Brien “Chuck” Fleetwood-Smith; Chinese cricket bowler.
  • 1912 - Birth of Jack Cowie; cricket player (successful New Zealand fast bowler either side of WWII).
  • 1927 - Birth of Wally Grout; cricket player (great Aussie wicket-keeper).
  • 1940 - Birth of Jerry Lucas in Middletown, Ohio, USA; NBA center (New York Knicks, NBA rookie of year 1964, Olympics-gold-60).
  • 1940 - Birth of Norman Gifford; cricket player (respected England slow left-armer 1964-73).
  • 1941 - Birth of Sven Hamrin in Sweden; road race cycler (Olympics-bronze-1964).
  • 1943 - Birth of Bob Blewett; cricket player (father of Greg South Australia batsman 1975-79).
  • 1958 - Birth of Joseph Paul Sindelar in Fort Knox, Kentucky, USA; PGA golfer (British Columbia Open-1985, 1987).
  • 1959 - Birth of Daniel Seifried in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada; Canadian Tour golfer (1981 Thunder Bay).
  • 1960 - Birth of William D Johnson; US alpine skier.
  • 1963 - Birth of Jenny Lidback in Lima, Peru; LPGA golfer (1995 du Maurier Ltd Classic).
  • 1963 - Birth of Lomas Brown; NFL tackle (Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals).
  • 1964 - Birth of Corey Millen in Cloquet, Minnesota, USA; NHL center (Calgary Flames).
  • 1964 - Birth of Dave Ellett in Cleveland, Ohio, USA; NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs).
  • 1965 - Birth of Karel Novacek in Prostejov, Czechoslovakia; tennis star (1994 Hilversum).
  • 1967 - Birth of Julie Richardson in Auckland, New Zealand; tennis star (1992 Futures-Canberra).
  • 1969 - Birth of Mark Astley in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres).
  • 1970 - Birth of George Coghill; WLAF safety (Scottish Claymores).
  • 1970 - Birth of Secreteriat race horse; triple crown winner (1973).
  • 1970 - Birth of Shane Bertsch in Denver, Colorado, USA; Nike golfer (1994 Permina Basin Open-14th).
  • 1971 - Birth of Mari Holden in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; cyclist (Olympics-1996).
  • 1972 - Birth of Brenden Stai; NFL guard (Pittsburgh Steelers).
  • 1972 - Birth of Matt Joyce; NFL/WLAF guard/tackle (Saint Louis Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, Claymores).
  • 1973 - Birth of Rodney Thomas; running back (Tennessee Oilers).
  • 1973 - Birth of [Kirk] Kareem Streete-Thompson in Ithaca, New York, USA; 100 metre/long jumper.
  • 1974 - Birth of Martin Love; cricket player (high scoring Queensland batsman, Australia 1995).
  • 1976 - Birth of Chris Canty; cornerback (New England Patriots).
  • 1976 - Birth of Toby Gowin; punter (Dallas Cowboys).
  • 1980 - Birth of Liriel Higa in Los Angeles, California; rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-1996).
  • 1983 - Birth of Zach Gowen; American wrestler.

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►  Walker cruises to victory in San Antonio

San Antonio, TX - Jimmy Walker cruised to a 4-stroke win at the Texas Open on Sunday.

Walker closed with a 2-under 70 to finish at 11-under-par 277. This was his second win this season on the PGA Tour, and fifth of his tour career. He became the first multiple winner on tour this season.

“It’s at home and it’s cool. You can feel the support ... and it doesn’t happen very often, winning in your hometown,“ Walker said.

The Texan, who lives 30 minutes from the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio, stretched his lead to seven shots with seven holes to go. Jordan Spieth made a late rally, but Walker matched Spieth’s birdies at 16 and 17 to pick up the win.

Walker snapped a streak of 54-hole leaders failing to win. The last nine 54- hole leaders on the PGA Tour had failed to hang on for the victory.

“It’s tough, especially today. I don’t know what the scoring average was, but it plays hard and it played hard today. The golf course wasn’t giving up much. Sometimes, it was hard to make pars,“ Walker stated. “I felt like I was leaking a little oil there, I wasn’t putting very good and I then made a couple.“

Spieth rallied from an up and down opening 10 holes with four straight birdies from the 14th for a closing 70. He ended alone in second place at minus-7.

Reigning FedExCup champion Billy Horschel posted a 1-under 71 to grab third place at 4-under-par 284. Daniel Summerhays (69) and Chesson Hadley (70) shared fourth place at minus-3.

Dustin Johnson closed with his second straight 68 to match the low round of the day. He tied for sixth at 2-under 286 with Ryan Palmer, who also shot 68 on Sunday.

After Spieth inched within three thanks to a birdie at the first, Walker drained an 8-footer for birdie on the second to regain his 4-stroke cushion. Walker missed a 4-foot par effort at the fourth and dropped another stroke at seven.

Walker was still three clear of Spieth. The eighth proved to be the big turning point. Walker blasted from a greenside bunker to four feet and dropped that putt in for birdie.

Spieth made a mess of the hole en route to a bogey, which dropped him five off the pace.

Walker ran home a 16-foot birdie putt at 10, and after Horschel bogeyed the 11th, Walker led by seven shots. He 3-putted for bogey at the 12th and followed that with three pars in a row.

Spieth was even-par for the day through five holes with bogeys at three and four to go with birdies at one and five. He dropped a shot on No. 8 and made the fourth bogey of his round on No. 10.

The Valspar Championship winner was seven back at that point, but started to make a move with a 45-foot birdie putt at the 14th. Spieth made it two in a row as he converted a 10-footer for birdie on No. 15.

Walker rolled in a birdie putt at 16 and Spieth matched him. The same happened at 17. Walker poured in an 18-foot birdie effort to move to minus-11. Spieth tried to keep the pressure on as he made a 7-footer for birdie to remain four back.

Both Walker and Spieth made par at the last to set the final margin.

“It actually looked like I had a chance. I didn’t think that would be possible,“ Spieth admitted. “You’re never out of it in this game, but Jimmy shut that down pretty quickly with his made putts.“

NOTES: Walker collected $1.116 million for the win ... Bill Haas was the last 54-hole leader to win, and that was in January at the Humana Challenge ... After no wins in his first 187 PGA Tour events, Walker has five wins in his last 37 starts ... Spieth has finished in the top-7 in four of his last five starts ... The PGA Tour shifts to Humble, Texas next week for the Shell Houston Open, where Matt Jones beat Matt Kuchar in a playoff last year.


►  Cocha wins by 2 in Mexico

Mazatlan, Mexico - Tommy Cocha closed with a 3-under 69 on Sunday and he hung on to win the Mazatlan Open.

Cocha finished his second PGA Tour Latinoamerica victory at 17-under-par 271.

The Argentine opened with four pars in a row at Estrella del Mar Golf & Beach Resort. Cocha converted back-to-back birdies at six and seven to move to minus-16.

Cocha followed six consecutive pars by a birdie at the 14th. He tripped to a bogey at 17, but atoned for that mistake with a birdie at the last.

Oscar David Alvarez (68) and Andres Echavarria (69) shared second place at minus-15. Kent Bulle fired a 5-under 67 to jump into fourth place at 14-under- par 274.

Evan Harmeling (67), Julio Zapata (68), Joel Lynn (70) and Wilson Bateman (70) tied for fifth at minus-13.

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►  Prince Bishop wins Dubai World Cup, California Chrome 2nd


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Prince Bishop pulled away from favorite California Chrome on the home straight and won the $10 million Dubai World Cup by 2 ¾ lengths at Meydan Racecourse on Saturday.

Starting from the inside post, jockey William Buick rode Prince Bishop to his first victory on dirt. It was the fourth attempt for the 8-year-old horse in the world’s richest race.

Buick said it would take some time to gather his thoughts after winning the world’s richest horse race.

“I can’t express what I am feeling right now,” he said. “It’s very surreal. We were detached last, but ended up traveling very well in the last turn.

“I didn’t look back, but I imagine we won well because I could hear the commentator. I feel a bit numb at the moment, but I’m sure when I get home and relax it will sink in.”

Prince Bishop was bred in Ireland, but has been trained by Saeed bin Suroor in the Emirates. Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome was no match for Prince Bishop when the horse blew past him over the new dirt surface. Chrome’s trainer Art Sherman was gracious in defeat.

“He tried every inch of the way,” Sherman said. “There’s nothing wrong with finishing second.”

Jockey Victor Espinoza said California Chrome “ran awesome.”

The Horse of the Year has not won on dirt since the Preakness. The 4-year-old colt was running second behind Hokko Tarumae going into the final leg, but could not keep pace when Prince Bishop made his move.

“It seemed like the other horses were bumping me around in there on the first turn and then on the far turn,” Espinoza said. “He kind of lost his stride a little bit on the (home) turn because the horse on the inside (Hokko Tarumae) pushed me out. That kind of took some of the air out of his lungs.”

Lea finished third for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, who won the first World Cup with Cigar in 1996.

Earlier, Christophe Soumillon rode Dolniya to victory in the $6 million Dubai Sheema Classic, having earlier won the $2 million UAE Derby atop Mubtaahij, the 4-year-old Irish-bred colt.

Mubtaahji, trained by a South African and ridden by a Frenchman, is likely headed next to the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 02, trainer Mike de Kock said.

“We’ll be there,” de Kock said.

Mubtaahij, sent off as the favorite, followed pace-setters Golden Barrows and Tap That before jockey Soumillon took off with his colt and blew away the competition with an eight-length victory.

The horse is owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, nephew of Godolphin owner Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Solow, sired by 1997 Dubai World Cup winner Singspiel, won the $6 million Dubai Turf by 4 1/4 lengths over favorite The Grey Gatsby.

“This was a big test, as it was his first Group 1 race,” Solow trainer Freddy Head said. “I couldn’t have had him better, and he showed what a good horse he is. Maxime Guyon rode him perfectly, very quiet, very cool.”

Espinoza claimed a win for the United States aboard Secret Circle in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen, while Sole Power beat Peniaphobia to take the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint.

Brown Panther, owned by former Liverpool and Real Madrid footballer Michael Owen, comfortably won the Dubai Gold Cup, Tamarkuz took the $1 million Godolphin Mile, and Manark triumphed in the $6 million Dubai Kahayla Classic.

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