Ravenswood Red Devils reign supreme in Class A
WHEELING — Seniors Alex Easthom and Carson Fox helped Ravenswood High School to its second state golf crown as the Red Devils of head coach Dave Rader captured the Class A state title here Wednesday at Oglebay Resort’s Jones Course.
Ravenswood, which won the 2007 double-A state crown and was the 2004 Class AA state runner-up, breezed to a two-day winning total of 496 (253-243), well ahead of runner-up Madonna (258-255=513) and former six-time reigning consecutive state champ Charleston Catholic (261-255=516).
“I knew before the season started this was going to be our day,” said Fox, who finished third overall (79-80=159) and was five strokes behind the state runner-up medalist Easthom (81-73=154). “There was never a doubt. We let other teams have more hope than they should’ve.
“That’s all there is to it, but we did enough. I played pretty well, all things considered. I think we could’ve won it last year (finished third). We were young and didn’t come in thinking we could. As soon as that tournament ended last year, we said we were going to win it. It’s been fun.”
Parkersburg High School head coach Don Snider’s program posted the second-best team score on day two, but had to settle for fourth overall in Class AAA with a 255-241=496. Washington, led by junior West Virginia University recruit Christian Boyd’s 2-under par 69, posted a 240-227=467 and ran away from runner-up Cabell Midland (241-248=489). George Washington (243-251=494) was two strokes better than the Big Reds. Boyd had an opening-round 75 (144 total) to win medalist honors while Cabell Midland’s Josef Dransfeld (74-74=148) nipped Big Red Isaac Prine by two strokes.
“He’s the first one that’s ever done it. I can guarantee it. That’s hard to do,” Snider said of the senior Prine (74-76=150) finishing third overall and collecting his third straight all-state (top eight finishers) plaque.
PHS junior Garrett Ballway (87-77=164) placed 14th overall. Parkersburg South’s Logan Clegg (85-78=163) was just outside of the coveted top eight all-state spots and finished tied for 12th.
“Garrett played fantastic to come back and shoot a 77. He’ll lead us into next year,” Snider added of Ballway, while continuing on about Prine. “You know, Isaac has just been a great leader for the rest of these kids. It’s really helped us and he’s guided them. We had goals and we went out and acquired some of them today.
“They’ve learned a lot of good stuff from Isaac. Hopefully, they will carry it through for next year. It was disappointing yesterday (Tuesday), but it was the opposite today. I was pretty proud of those guys to be able to go out there and redeem themselves. It’s unfortunate we didn’t do it for two straight days.”
PHS also got a tie for 26th from Trey Rossana (94-88=182). Big Red Dylan Shaver had a 104 on Tuesday and teammate Carter Stone turned in a round of 92 on day two.
Ravenswood also had counting scores from Ciah Kennedy (T17th, 93-90=183) and Gavin Fox (24th, 99-92=191).
Madonna’s Howie Peterson (67-74=141) claimed Class A medalist accolades.
“I can’t describe the feeling. It’s amazing,” admitted Easthom, who like Carson Fox earned consecutive all-state nods. “We worked hard and we knew what we had to do. I’m happy with it.
“I was ecstatic that we got that championship. It’s just a great group of guys and we had a good time celebrating.”
Easthom played with Peterson on Tuesday and the senior Red Devil added “I knew about 12 holes into yesterday (Tuesday) Howie had the medalist locked up.
“Howie ran away with that. He putted extremely well. It was fun to watch. I was thinking what’s going to win for the team.”
Also in Class A, Magnolia’s Trey Blain followed up his 86 on Tuesday with an 87 on Wednesday to post a 173, which was good for all-state and tied him for fifth overall. Parkersburg Catholic’s Bryce Moore also earned all-state honors by taking eighth with his 89-86=175 showing. Gilmer County’s Haley Wanstreet (89-89=178) and Crusader Brice Ferrell (89-90=179) finished 10th and tied for 11th respectively.
Silver Knight Noah Miller of Tyler Consolidated was 25th overall in single-A after posting a two-day total of 192 (95-97).
Wyoming East (236-253=489) struggled a little bit on Wednesday, but had more than enough to win a second straight Class AA title as Fairmont Senior (258-242=500) finished 11 strokes off the pace and nipped Bridgeport (248-255=503) by three strokes to earn runner-up team honors. Locally, Colton Moore (26th, 95-94=189) of Clay County and Grayson Watson (30th, 96-103=199) of Roane County were the only double-A qualifiers from the Little Kanawha Conference.