PARKERSBURG — Wheeling Central senior Danielle Agcaoili earned her spot in the WVSSAC State Tennis Tournament, winning her division in the Class A/AA Region 1 tournament over the weekend.
Agcaoili won three matches in the No. 1 singles division to advance to the tournament final, where she faced Frankfort’s Erin Clark. Agcaoili defeated Clark 8-3, winning the regional.
She now moves on to this week’s state tournament, which will be held at Charleston Catholic. Agcaoili will start play on Thursday although his opponent won’t be determined until the coaches’ ranking meeting on Wednesday.
Rounds 1 and 2 of the tournament are scheduled for Thursday, with the semi-finals on Friday and the championships on Saturday.
Joining Agcaoili at the state tournament will be a quartet of Wheeling Park Patriots. The Class AAA tournament will be held at the Kanawha City Community Center with the same schedule as the Class A/AA.
From Park’s women’s team, Taylor Broadwater and Towne Moores both qualified individually and in doubles and were joined by Taylor Andrews. Broadwater will play No. 1 singles, Moores at No. 2 and Andrews at No. 3. Moores and Broadwater will play as a duo at No. 1 doubles.
On the men’s team, Braeen Keene finished fourth in the region to advance to the No. 1 state singles tournament.
Tyler Consolidated 2, Williamstown 0
GLENVILLE — The Knights tied a school record with their 20th win of their season on Saturday, doing it in style by winning the LKC Championship from Williamstown.
Playing at Glenville State University, the Knights scored two runs in the top of the third inning as Jayden Helmick tossed a gem on the mound.
The junior struck out seven batters on a seven-inning complete shutout. He gave up six hits and delivered three free passes, but didn’t allow a single Yellowjacket to complete a trip around base.
Shortstop Hayden Brown provided the offense, with a two-run base hit in the third that scored Carson Gorby, who had doubled, and Helmick.
Tyler will host Ritchie County for a Region 1, Section 2 semifinal game to start the playoffs on Tuesday.
Wheeling Central 16, Linsly 3
WHEELING — The Maroon Knights won an Eastern Region semifinal game against the Cadets at 16th Street Field 16-3 on Saturday.
Braxton Anderson found the back of the net six times to lead Central and finished with nine points. John Emmerth (four) and Ethan Taylor (three) also scored several goals. Emmerth also registered three assists to record seven points.
Cole O’Neil, T. Ryncarz and Brady Kerr also scored. Matthew Maroney had three assists while Alex Nanny had one. Deante Suggs made seven saves in net.
W.Va. Wesleyan 2, West Liberty 1
SALEM, Va. — West Liberty’s Mountain East Conference tournament run came to an end Sunday afternoon as West Virginia Wesleyan held on for a 2-1 win in the losers’ pool final at Moyer Sports Complex.
The Hilltoppers (35-21-1), two-time defending champions under coach Herb Minch, are still hoping to receive a general offer for their third consecutive NCAA Atlantic Region tournament, while the Bobcats advance for Sunday’s championship final against Fairmont State.
Sidney Little got West Liberty off to a flying start on Sunday when she threw a solo blast over the left-field fence at the top of first for a 1-0 Hilltopper lead.
The Black and Gold held on to that advantage in the third inning only to see a pair of errors open the door for West Virginia Wesleyan to push a pair of unearned runs through the plate.
With a 2-1 lead, Bobcat pitcher Abby O’Shields walked out the rest of the way. The all-region returning southpaw struck out 12 of the last 13 Hilltoppers to complete the full-game win.
Riley Conkle ended O’Shields’ nine-game outing streak with a first single in the top of the seventh, but got stuck early when pitcher Bobcat got the next three outs to end the game.
Katie Beeman had two of West Liberty’s five hits and added a stolen base. Taylor Bonnett pitched well in relief, shutting out the Bobcats on three singles while striking out three and not walking a batter in the final four innings.
Roll 18-2, West Liberty 4-4
WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. — Ty Helmke hit a three-run triple in the bottom of the sixth to give the West Liberty baseball team a 4-2 win from behind against Wheeling on Sunday afternoon at the senior day at Kovalick Domaine.
The win gave coach Eric Burkle’s Hilltoppers (12-36, 12-18) a separation from the Mountain East Conference doubleheader. The visiting Cardinals (20-27, 16-14) earned an 18-4 win in Game 1.
Junior right-hander Justin Pennybacker stole the show in Game 2. The Hilltopper pitcher limited Wheeling’s mighty offense to just two runs on three hits through the first six innings, striking out two and walking four for the victory. Drake Dobson came out of the bullpen to pitch a 1-2-3 seventh inning for the stoppage.
West Liberty only had five hits in the game but made the most of it. Jake Sherman had a double and a single while Helmke also had a single to go with his winning double sack.
In Game 1, Wheeling had 19 hits and took advantage of five WLU errors to score multiple runs in five of their seven innings.
Delbrugge scored two runs for the Hilltoppers and Kaden Blomquist homered a three-run late in the second inning. Kayne McGee also doubled for the hosts.
The teams close out the regular season on Monday with a doubleheader at the I-470 complex. The first game is scheduled for a start at 12:30 p.m.