The St. Albans High School Lady Red Dragons Summer Shootout begins today and runs through Thursday.
More than 40 girls high school basketball teams will play 60 games in three days at the St. Albans High main and auxiliary gyms and the Ayash Active Sports Complex. (See Page 2B for schedule.)
North Marion, the three-time Class AAA defending state champion, and St. Joseph, the Class A three-time defending titlist, return for the Shootout this year.
George Washington, Huntington, South Charleston and Wheeling Park are the top Class AAA teams in the Shootout. SC has been the state runner-up the past two seasons.
Chapmanville, which last season made the state tournament for the first time since the early 1990s; Scott, the state runner-up the past two seasons; and Tolsia highlight the Class AA field. Mingo Central, the consolidation of Burch, Gilbert, Matewan and Williamson, will make its debut at the Shootout.
SC's Brittany Gordon, Park's Emily Puskarich, Berkeley Springs' Diedra Burch, Scott's Makenzie White, St. Joe's Mychal Johnson and Buffalo's Hannah Boyer are returning all-state first-team selections expected to play.
Admission is $3 per person for each day's session of games.
TOP FLITE JUNIOR TOUR: Charleston's Tommy O'Neil, along with Jacob Carpenter of Wheeling and Jess Ferrell of Fairmont, each shot 1-over-par 72s to tie atop the standings in the 17-18 division at the WVGA's Top Flite Junior Tour stop at Ogelbay Resort on Monday.
Wheeling's Dylan Wojcik shot a 1-under 71 to record the low round of the day and earn a win in the 13-14 group. Worthington's Caleb Lee and Scott Depot's Chris Williams had matching 72s to tie for the win in the 15-16 division, and Liam Shea of Carmichaels, Pa. recorded an 80 to win 12-and-under.
The tour will visit The Resort at Glade Springs today. For results, see Page 2B.