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Redick gets his turn at W.Va. state meet

October 03, 2008

Berkeley Springs senior Ryan Redick received his due reward Monday at the West Virginia Class AA regional golf tournament at Cacapon State Park.

Shooting an 82 to qualify for the next week's state tournament at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, Redick will get the opportunity he passed on to a teammate two years ago.

In 2006, Redick was one of the four golfers on the Indians team which gained a spot in the state tournament, but he elected to pass on his opportunity so that a senior could have the experience.

Now, it's all his.

"I'm really happy for him," said Berkeley Springs coach Dale McCumbee. "I thought Ryan had a good shot at making it. I'm proud of him and the rest of the group and for how they act as individuals."

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Redick, who averages just a hair over 40 per nine holes, had a pair of early birdies, then withstood bogey problems on the back nine and waited patiently until the final scores came in.

"I had some problems in the sand and that was a little discouraging, but I'm so thrilled to qualify," said Redick.

* In the Class AAA regional at Bridgeport Country Club, Martinsburg senior Brad Beebe shot a career-best 72 and was the second-lowest medalist to earn a ticket to Wheeling.

"(Brad) has put in the time to make himself a better player," said Bulldogs coach Evan Boyko. "He felt confident going in and felt great about the results."

Beebe gave up baseball two years ago to concentrate on golf.

"Over the past summer, he took five shots off of his average from last year," said Boyko. "He has a good technical swing through the ball. He's stayed with it and I think he can be in the top 10 percent in the state. He's one of the best I've had in my 13 years here."

Jefferson coach Don Hetzel thought his Cougars might have a chance to qualify as a team. But they were tied at 343 with Martinsburg as each missed by one stroke.

"But I'm thrilled for my two that qualified," said Hetzel. "I thought we could get two as individuals."

Making the grade were sophomore Chris Payne (81) and senior Ryan Milburn (84).

"(Milburn) has come on strong since the PVC tournament and has worked harder and is now hitting the ball straight and getting more confidence," said Hetzel. "I thought (Payne) had the best shot to make it. The best part of his game are his irons and he's a pretty good putter."

For the season, Beebe has averaged 39.9 per nine holes, Payne 41.6 and Milburn 43.4.

Cross country

Last doesn't always mean slow.

At least that's what North Hagerstown first-year coach Lindsay Zerance figured when she decided to enter her girls and boys teams in the Reebok Challenge elite races, rather than the regular varsity races, at last weekend's prestigious Carlisle (Pa.) Invitational, which overall attracted more than 80 schools from the greater region.

"I knew it would be humbling, but I knew by throwing them in there that they'd get great times," Zerance said.

The Hubs even managed to beat a few teams. The boys finished 28th out of 30, while the girls were 25th out of 27.

North junior Alison Harrell covered the 3.1-mile course in 20:44 for the top time on the day among area girls teams, which included Chambersburg, Greencastle-Antrim, James Buchanan and Waynesboro.

"It was the most competitive meet they've ever seen," Zerance said. "I'd definitely go there again next year. I wish all the county teams would go there. It was amazing."

* All the Washington County Public Schools teams will be in action Saturday at the 31st annual Frank Keyser Invitational at Boonsboro. Overall, nearly 30 schools will be represented. The varsity girls race starts at 10 a.m., followed by the varsity boys at 10:40.

* The Bull Run Invitational, held on Hereford's Maryland state championship course, was postponed last Saturday due to inclement weather. It has been rescheduled for Oct. 11.

Boys Soccer

Grace Academy - which at No. 4 in this week's Super 7 is the top-ranked team in Washington County - further proved its standing with Thursday's 2-0 shutout of St. Maria Goretti to improve to 13-0.

In addition to its Mason Dixon Christian Conference competition, the Knights also have victories over Smithsburg and St. James.

The Gaels (5-6-1) must feel like they're on the world's biggest roller coaster. They have wins over quality teams in Williamsport and Berkeley Springs, but also have fallen twice to Hedgesville and once to Broadfording and Washington.

Girls soccer

Smithsburg vs. Boonsboro has been quite the showdown in recent years, and this season is no different.

The last two unbeaten teams in the MVAL Antietam will square off Wednesday at Boonsboro. The varsity match starts at 5:30 p.m.

Volleyball

Washington County's four MVAL Antietam schools are about ready to finally battle for conference bragging rights.

On Monday, Boonsboro travels to Williamsport. The Wildcats swept the Warriors on Sept. 25, but that match did not count in the conference standings - if conference teams play twice, only the second match counts.

Williamsport beat Boonsboro twice last year before the Warriors stunned the Wildcats in the Class 1A West final. All three matches last year went five games.

On Wednesday, Clear Spring travels to Smithsburg. The Blazers beat the Leopards in four games on Sept. 23.

- Assistant sports editor Andrew Mason and staff writers Tim Koelble and Dan Kauffman contributed to this story.

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