www.wvgazette.com http://www.wvgazette.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2014, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: July 24, 2014 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT01/307249972 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT01/307249972 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:03:13 -0400 Angel, Philip Jr. 10 a.m., Temple Israel, Charleston.

Blevins, Reba Noon, Daniels Missionary Baptist Church, Daniels.

Bradley, Harry L. 11 a.m., Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.

Bryant, Amber J. 2 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Davis, Royal P. 2 p.m., First Baptist Church, Hurricane.

Ferguson, Freddie J. 11 a.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Ghiz, Marian E. 11 a.m., St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Charleston.

Harless, JoAnn 11 a.m., Broyles

Heflin, James 11 a.m., Weaver Mortuary, Williamson.

Jordan, Randy A. 7 p.m., Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

McElroy, Patricia 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Niemeyer, Rev. Norman 1 p.m., Bell Creek Baptist Church, Dixie.

Ramsey, Betty 1 p.m., Fraternal Cemetery, Belington.

Sams, Kathy 2 p.m., Antioch Advent Christian Church, Elkview.

Shepherd, Phillip R. 1 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Marshall D. Abshire http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249975 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249975 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:02:54 -0400 Marshall Dennis Abshire, 70, of Dunbar, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014.

He was born in Ashford on Nov. 23, 1943, to the late Cecil E. Abshire and Helena Hughes.

In addition to his parents, Marshall was preceded in death by his wife, Kelly Bailey Abshire, and his brother, Billy Ray Abshire.

He is survived by his daughter, Sara Bailey of Pittsburgh, Pa.; granddaughter, Evelyn Kelly Phillips of Pittsburgh, Pa; brothers, Joe E. (Regina) Abshire of Dunbar and J. Michael (Debbie) Abshire of Ocklawaha, Fla.; half-brother, Alan Abshire of Florida; half-sister, Peggy (Bobby) Little of Ashford; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Marshall proudly served in the U.S. Army and was an avid sportsman who loved to hunt and fish. He was a member of Dunbar Church of Christ. He retired from the Black & Decker Service Center with nearly 40 years of service.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar, with Minister Donnie Chapman officiating.

Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

William "Billy" Adkins http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249977 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249977 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:02:48 -0400 William G. "Billy" Adkins, 78, of South Charleston, formerly of Alum Creek, passed away July 21, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House West.

Billy retired from Royal Oldsmobile after 31 years of service. He was a charter member of the Independent Missionary Baptist Church of Alum Creek, a church he helped build and also served as a Trustee and a Sunday school teacher. In his later years, he attended Bible Center Church. Billy was an Air Force veteran.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Phyllis Roberts Adkins; his parents, W.E. "Bill" and Grace Adkins; brother, Bobby Adkins; sister, Judy Gammon; and a stillborn son, Jeffery Gordon Adkins.

Billy is survived by his sons, Michael D. Adkins and his wife, Teresa, of St. Albans and Gregory W. Adkins and his fiancee, Susan Shoemaker, of Pennsylvania; five grandchildren, Kristin, Brooke, Hannah and Adam Adkins and Ashley Harless; brother, Bert Keys and his wife, Wanda, of St. Albans; brother-in-law, Jerry Gammon of Dunbar; sister-in-law, Donna Adkins of Florida; and many cousins, nephews and nieces.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 25, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with Pastors Frank Chapman and Chad Cowan officiating. Entombment will follow in Graceland Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at Keller Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Hubbard Hospice House West, 4605 MacCorkle Ave. SW, South Charleston, WV 25309.

Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Thelma Belle Ash http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249993 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249993 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:02:22 -0400 Thelma Belle Thomas Ash, 84, of Alma, went to the arms of her Savior on July 19, 2014. Thelma was born Jan. 27, 1930, the first child of Emery Ervin Thomas and Carrie Augusta Wildman Thomas. She was married to James Eli Ash on July 27, 1952.

She was a beautiful, talented woman, a homemaker and the mother of six children. Thelma was a fabulous cook; a skilled quilter, accomplished seamstress and master of needlework such as knitting, crochet, tatting, embroidery and hairpin lace; she raised gardens and canned produce, taking deep satisfaction in providing for her family. For many years she baked bread and sweets and took them to neighbors when she visited.

Thelma was active in community organizations. She and Jim were members of Valley Grange for a long time. They worked together in chairing departments at the Tyler County Fair. Thelma served on the Southern States Women's Committee and the auxiliary of the State Conservation Districts. An activity that she enjoyed for several years was meeting with "the quilting ladies" at the Middlebourne Senior Citizens Center. Being part of the Alma Senior Citizens has been treasured by both Jim and Thelma. Thelma and Jim raised their children in the knowledge of the Lord at Ripley Chapel Church.

Thelma was employed in a variety of positions over the years: she painted milk glassware for Biberthaler Glass Company; worked as a filing clerk at PPG; served as officer-in-charge of the Joseph Mills and Alma Post Offices; and later she managed the Middle Island Federal Credit Union for a number of years.

Thelma is survived by her loving husband, James Eli Ash; children, Bradley James (Linda) Ash, Paula Marie (Russell) Keplinger, Robert Bruce (Brenda) Ash, Bryan Ervin Ash, Pamela Kay (Myron) Moore and William Brent (Shirlyn) Ash; 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; sister, Florence Marie Schmidt; two brothers, Paul Edward (Alicia) Thomas and Lawrence Edmand (Donna Jean) Thomas; sister-in-law, Bessie (Harold) Warner; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Supporting education and helping aspiring teachers have been dear to her heart. Thelma requested, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made in her memory to the WV FFA Foundation Scholarship Fund, c/o Don Michael, 860 Bar Run Road, Ravenswood, WV 26164.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Furbee Funeral Home, Alma. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, officiated by the Revs. Donald Thomas and Louise Baker. Interment follows at Beechwood Cemetery, Alma.

Thelma's family has been touched by the outpouring of kindness and generosity of friends and community during this time of illness and loss.

Expressions of sympathy may be offered at www.furbeefuneralhome.com.

Leonard Brightwell Jr. http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249979 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249979 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:02:44 -0400 Leonard F. "Chip" Brightwell Jr., 42, of St. Albans, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014. Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, is in charge of the arrangements.

Eddie Lyle Burns http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249992 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249992 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:02:23 -0400 Eddie Lyle Burns, 64, of Spars Creek, formerly of Twilight, passed away July 21, 2014, at St. Mary's Hospital, Huntington, due to numerous health issues.

He was a UMWA member of District 17 and a retiree from ARMCO and Peabody No. 9 mines.

Eddie enjoyed spending time with his family, sitting on his front porch, fishing, camping, gardening and hunting squirrels, especially with his grandson, Aaron, his special buddy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Darious and Betty Burns; daughter, Michele; brother, Earnest; and sister, Betty Ball.

He is survived by his wife, Paula; sons, Eddie II (Linda) of Paint Creek, Samuel of Mills Creek and Doug (Debra) of Alkol; brothers, Gaylen (Dena) of Spars Creek and Danny (Charlotte) of Bull Creek; two sisters, Becky (Dennis) Jarrell of Twilight and Denita Miller of Bim; grandchildren, Darious, Brandon, Austin, Aaron, Derek, Dylan, Carrie, Logan, Nate and Jill; great-grandchildren, Eli, Dominic and Caleb; brother-in-law, Earl (Cathy) Workman; and sister-in-law, Gail Workman.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with Tim Bailey officiating. Burial will follow in Mid-Ferrell Cemetery, Bandytown.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.

Chase Maurice Carter http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249994 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249994 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:02:22 -0400 In loving memory of my son, Chase Maurice Carter, who was born July 17, 1988, and passed away July 17, 2014. Arrangements for a celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

William "Jack" Coleman http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249985 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249985 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:02:30 -0400 William "Jack" Coleman, 90, of Smithers, formerly of Augusta, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Golden Living Center, Glasgow. Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, is in charge of arrangements.

Danny Alan Cook http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249987 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249987 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:02:27 -0400 Danny Alan Cook, 64, of Birch River, went to his heavenly home on July 21, 2014.

He was born Aug. 11, 1949, in Gassaway, the son of Athena Tinney Cook and the late Charles Burl Cook. Also preceding him in death was his infant brother, Randy Cook.

Danny was a construction worker, served his country in the U.S. Army and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, Birch River.

"The time has come for me to leave this life. I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness which is the Lord, the righteous judge will award to me on that day."

Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Athena Cook of Birch River; brother, Steve Cook of Birch River; sister, Deb Singleton and husband, Jim, of Sutton; stepson, Burke Harris of Mount Nebo; nephews, Joe Grogg of Sutton and Steven Cook of Birch River; nieces, Stefani Adkins of Charleston, S.C., and Shannon Triplett of Sutton; and several great-nieces and -nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Trinity Baptist Church, Birch River, with the Rev. Ronnie Tinney officiating. Burial will follow at Birch River Cemetery, Birch River.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the church.

Loved by all who knew him; R.I.P. Danny, until we meet again.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbly serving the Cook family.

Online condolences can be sent to greene-robertsonfuneralhome.com.

Nancy E. Cottrell http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249990 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249990 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:02:24 -0400 Nancy Elizabeth Cottrell, 88, of Robinson, born Dec. 16, 1925, to George and Ruth Fry, died July 22, 2014, at Boone Memorial Hospital, Madison.

Nancy was married to the late James Cottrell for 46 years, whom she has looked forward to seeing for the past 21 years. She will be missed by all, but she has gone home now.

She was a homemaker, born-again Christian and grandma to everyone.

She is survived by two brothers, Don (Trudy) Fry of South Carolina and Jack (Shirley) Fry of Wayne; two sons, Ernest James (Rhonda) Cottrell of Georgia and Gary (Dinah) Cottrell of Beckley; one daughter, Kathy Akers of Hewett; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews that she loved.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 25, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with the Rev. Joe Lane officiating. Burial will follow in Family Gardens, Madison.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.

Charleston man facing domestic violence, brandishing charges http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ01/140729470 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ01/140729470 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:55:54 -0400 By Rusty Marks According to a criminal complaint on file in Kanawha County Magistrate Court, Ebony Dawn Newell and Joceylayn Mia Johnson were standing outside on Carver Street near Dunbar on Thursday when Joshua Ronald Mitchell, 20, of Chesterfield Avenue in Charleston pulled up in a car and allegedly started shouting at Newell about some money that she owed him. Newell told police she and Mitchell had previously been in a relationship, but broke up several weeks ago.

According to the criminal complaint, Mitchell allegedly grabbed Newell by the hair and hit her in the face four or five times. When Johnson yelled for someone to call the police, Mitchell allegedly reached back into the car and pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and pointed it at Newell and Johnson.

The women told police they feared for their safety and believed Mitchell was going to shoot them, the criminal complaint says.

Mitchell was arrested and charged with domestic battery and two counts of brandishing. He was in the South Central Regional Jail late Thursday on a $10,000 cash-only bond.

66 puts Will Evans in West Virginia Open lead http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ02/140729471 GZ02 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ02/140729471 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:36:12 -0400 By Tommy Atkinson DANIELS - Will Evans turned in one of those rounds you dream about Thursday, but Craig Berner's steady hand kept him in the hunt at the 81st West Virginia Open.

Evans, a former George Washington High School standout and sophomore-to-be at Marshall, fired a 6-under-par 66 behind two eagles to vault into the lead during the second round at Glade Springs. Berner of Hurricane kept Evans from pulling away by carding a 3-under 69 Thursday to go with his 68 from Wednesday. The afternoon groupings battled intermittent showers and gloomy conditions Thursday on their last few holes.

The 120-player field was cut to the top 60 players including ties after Thursday's second round. The cut line was at 11-over 155, which five players made right on the dot, with 67 players making today's final groupings.

Evans stands at 8-under 136 while Berner, the head professional at Edgewood Country Club and 2005 Open champion, is at 7-under 137.

"I knew coming into it this course fits me really well,'' said Evans, whose father is Barry Evans, the pro at Berry Hills Country Club. "The past three weeks I've been working really hard and finally started to play really.''

Bakerton's David Bradshaw, the defending champion who has won seven of the last 10 Open titles, is right on their heels after shooting a 4-under 68, two shots back with a two-round total of 6-under 138. Christian Brand, a former Capital High School and Marshall golfer, made a charge up Thursday's leaderboard with a 68 and is tied with Bradshaw for third.

Scott Davis of Hurricane, a four-time titlist who fired a 69 in the first round, fell off the pace Thursday with a 76. Sam O'Dell of Hurricane, the winner of last year's West Virginia Amateur, matched Evans for Thursday's low round at 66 but is still seven strokes off the pace at 143 after opening with a 77 Wednesday.

Kenneth Hess of Parkersburg, who shared Wednesday's first-round lead with a 68, Jason Martin of Wheeling, the pro at Wheeling Country Club, and Jason Robinson of Charles Town are five shots off the lead at 141 and are in a three-way tie for fifth.

Evans, who shot a 2-under 70 in Wednesday's opening round, had two eagles, three birdies, 12 pars and only one bogey, which occurred on No. 9, his finishing hole.

Evans said his first couple of holes set up the day.

"I got up and down 114 yards for par [on the first hole],'' he said. "I made a really good putt from 10 feet. That really set the tone for the day. I went to 12 and hit a really good shot to within 3 feet and tapped in for eagle, then I kind of fed off that.''

Berner, who shared the lead after the first round, did another Jekyll and Hyde performance Thursday when he was 1-over after the first nine holes but closed with four birdies.

"I didn't do anything,'' said Berner, the 2005 Open winner who is coming off a one-year hiatus and shoulder surgery, of his front nine. "It's a crazy game. It really is. You've got to take it one shot at a time. You really do. Today was all about patience.''

Bradshaw, who's playing on the PGA Canadian Tour on a full exemption, crammed four birdies into his first nine holes, including three in a row, but finished with nine straight pars.

"I'd rather be in the last group, but I didn't play very well,'' said Bradshaw, who isn't playing in the grouping with Evans and Berner. "I didn't earn it.''

Evans said getting a year of competition golf at Marshall under his belt has made a difference in his game.

"That helped a lot,'' he said. "The competition was way different than high school. I got a taste of that. It really benefited me.''

Evans will be the leader going into the final round for the first time today at the Open, which is his third time playing in the tournament where pros and amateurs compete against each other. As if Evans didn't need any more pressure. he's also vying to become the first father-son combination to win the Open as father Barry Evans captured the title in 2008.

"Be patient and keep doing what I'm doing,'' said Will Evans of his approach. "Take my time. I don't want to get in a rush and lose focus. Stay in the moment.''

Bradshaw said he will lean on his experience in chasing his eighth championship.

"I'll probably be a little more relaxed than the other players,'' he said. "Maybe be a little more aggressive. That's pretty much it.

"[Evans has] a slim one-shot lead so he's going to have to play aggressive, too. The golf course is very scoreable so you can't just aim 20 feet right and left. You're going to have to shoot a number.''

Jonathan Bartlett of Charleston, who carded a 74 Thursday after a 69, is the only other player under par for the tournament, tied for eighth with O'Dell at 1-under 143.

Bob Friend of Pittsburgh, the pro at Pikewood National Golf Club in Morgantown, climbed into the top 10 with a 4-under 68 in the second round and is at an even-par 144 for the tourney.

Several past Open champions had a tough time in Thursday's second round.

Jonathan Clark, the pro at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club in Hurricane and a two-time winner, plummeted after clubbing a 6-over 78 and is at 4 over for the tourney after being only two shots off the pace after the first round. Brad Westfall, a pro from Grafton and a five-time winner, also stubbed his toe with a 79 and is 5 over. Pat Carter of Huntington, the 15-time Amateur champion, never got on track, following up his 74 in the first round with a 72.

Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkinson@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.

GW bowler has professional aspirations http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ02/140729472 GZ02 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ02/140729472 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:33:56 -0400 By Tommy Atkinson Michael Atkinson is admittedly on a roll and it couldn't have come at a better time.

The 18-year-old bowler finished 109th out of 1,100 competitors at the Junior Gold tournament last week in Buffalo, N.Y. The tournament is billed as one of the most prestigious youth tournaments in the world.

Atkinson earned a spot last year in Detroit, finishing 76th out of 570 competitors in a survivor tournament in which he bowled six games.

"I got to see a lot of improvement,'' he said. "Last year I averaged about 170 for 15 games and this year I made the first cut and averaged 193 for 20 games. It's a wonderful experience.''

Atkinson, a senior who competes for George Washington High School, has much loftier aspirations. He attended a bowling camp at Morehead State before heading off to Buffalo.

"Just go to college and then after college try regionals for a few years,'' he said. "If I feel like I can then go on to the professional level. The past year has really been a breakout year. There's so many accomplishments.''

Atkinson finished seventh at the Ohio Junior Masters, improving from 15th a year ago. He won the West Virginia state high school doubles championships and the Junior Tournament Bowlers Association of Ohio doubles title. He also finished fifth overall in points and 11th in the championship this past season of the JTBA.

Atkinson said Pikeville (Ky.), Morehead State and Muskingum (Ohio) are showing interest in his abilities on the lanes.

"He's really developed into a good bowler and a smart bowler,'' Galaxy Lanes owner Jerry Maxwell said of Atkinson. "I'm just excited to see Michael grow.

"That's kids' dreams, to get a scholarship. He's been to several camps where some of the local schools have taken looks at him and keeping a close watch on him. He's got a good chance.''

Atkinson has been bowling since he was "9 or 10'' and already has an 800 series under his belt and 299 and 298 games. He carries a 216 average and a 190 sport competition average. He bowls twice a week at Galaxy Lanes in Kanawha City, and Steve Lickliter, a senior pro bowler who lives in Beckley, is his coach.

Bowling at the high school level in West Virginia is still a club sport and isn't sanctioned by the Secondary School Activities Commission. There are about a dozen high schools that compete statewide.

"Anyone can do it,'' said Atkinson of the sport. "It doesn't matter if you're the tallest or shortest. It's something anybody can do. It's real fun. I do see it growing a little bit. I'd like to see more participation. If you want to have fun join the high school team.''

"It's been such a great experience for him, his improvement and self-confidence,'' said Brian Atkinson, Michael's father. "He has to be able to think through situations because oil patterns don't stay the same. You've got to use a different ball and go at them a different way.''

The stakes, though, are becoming higher in prep bowling with scholarships now on the line. Some 119 schools sponsored varsity-level bowling teams from junior college to NCAA Division I in 2013, according to ScholarshipStats.com.

"The big thing in West Virginia, we really have emphasized scholarship money,'' said Brian Atkinson. "Here at Galaxy Lanes in the last few years we've given way over $6,000. [The bowlers] have to earn it through participation. It goes to the Smart529 plan and it's there up to eight years after they graduate [high school].

"Instead of trophies they want scholarship money. High school bowling in West Virginia is growing. We're seeing a lot of improvement of the students. These are students that want to support their school that may not play football or basketball, but they can throw a ball down the lane and have success with it.''

Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkinson@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.

Tommy Atkinson: Chip shot off the old block http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ02/140729473 GZ02 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ02/140729473 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:31:51 -0400 DANIELS - Barry Evans was all smiles Thursday after completing his second round at the 81st West Virginia Open at Glade Springs.

It wasn't because the Berry Hills Country Club head professional was in the hunt again, but he was glad he was finished so he could hustle over to watch his son Will Evans complete a special round.

Will Evans, a sophomore-to-be at Marshall, turned in a 6-under 66 to seize a one-stroke lead in only his third Open heading into today's final round. The Open pits the state's top amateurs and pros against one another and it's the only tournament on the West Virginia Golf Association schedule that does that.

"It's been awesome,'' said Barry Evans, who carded a 2-over 74 Thursday and sits at 145 in a seven-way tie for 11th. "My dream would have been to be paired with him in the last round. Him playing this well is making it exciting for me. I swear I care more about his golf anymore than I do my own. I've had my time.''

If Will wins it, he and his dad will become the first father-son combination to each have a State Open title.

"I'm pretty excited, but I bet he's a little more excited,'' added Will Evans, who was on the bag when his father won the Open in 2008 at Berry Hills. "[If I win] he'll probably be crying. It should be fun [in today's final round].''

The two have never played in a tournament as opponents.

Will Evans shot a 2-under 70 in Wednesday's opening round, besting Barry Evans, who had a 1-under 71, by one stroke.

"[Wednesday] I was even par on the last hole he came up to watch and I had an eagle putt and he said, 'You better make it.' I was like, 'Oh, man did you shoot 71?' I knew I had to make that eagle putt. I beat him in the first tournament I ever played against him.''

"I'm a proud dad,'' said Barry Evans, who won the PGA Professional National Championship in Louisville in 2002. "The greatest thing in the world is if I play great and he beats me. I'd love that. I was getting text messages [after Wednesday's first round] about him beating me. Everybody thinks it bothers me. It doesn't bother me. That's my son.''

Barry Evans said it's been fun watching Will's maturation.

"He's gotten better every year,'' said Barry Evans. "Ever since eighth grade when he quit all the other sports and decided he wanted to play golf. Every year you just see a serious improvement.

"Now, I think he's on the verge of being something pretty special. He hits it a mile. His golf speed is faster than the PGA Tour's. He smokes it and he's smart. The most fun I've had was teaching him how to play golf not how to hit the golf ball. I think he's got an advantage on a lot of other guys his age because he knows how to play.''

Barry Evans will undoubtedly have his toughest test of golf today.

"I'll probably be four groups in front and I'll be darting, I'll be running to see how he finishes,'' beamed Barry Evans. "I probably won't play very well because I'll be thinking about him, but I'm going to try.''

Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkinson@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.

West Virginia opponents, Game 9: TCU http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ02/140729474 GZ02 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ02/140729474 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:29:48 -0400 EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the 17th in a series of previews on West Virginia and Marshall football opponents.

Date with WVU: Saturday, Nov. 1, time TBA

Site: Mountaineer Field (60,000, FieldTurf), Morgantown

Series: WVU leads 2-1

Last meeting: West Virginia defeated TCU, 30-27 in overtime, on Nov. 2, 2013 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas

Coach: Gary Patterson (14th year, 120-44)

How close was TCU to being really good last season? Well, the Horned Frogs lost a close game to LSU to start the season, lost four Big 12 games by a combined 11 points and lost by a field goal to league champion Baylor to end the season.

What might have happened had TCU possessed even a semblance of an offense?

Gary Patterson wondered the same thing, so he went out and hired two new offensive co-coordinators and managed to get Johnny Manziel's backup quarterback at Texas A&M, Matt Joeckel, to transfer for his senior season. If it works even a little bit, TCU could completely turn things around.

That's because one of the best defenses in the league returns almost everyone. The Frogs have eight starters back on that side of the ball and will get end Devonte Fields back in the mix. The 2012 Big 12 defensive player of the year as a freshman - and preseason player of the year now - missed most of last season with injuries.

Even without All-America cornerback Jason Verrett, the Frogs are loaded on defense. The safeties are the best pair in the Big 12 and the line is great even without Fields, thanks to Chucky Hunter and Davion Pierson. Linebacker might be the weak spot on the 4-2-5 defense even with the starters returning, not because they aren't any good but because the line and secondary are just better.

Special teams are loaded, too, with third-year returnees in kicker Jaden Oberkrom and punter Ethan Perry, along with all the returners, including speedy B.J. Catalon.

But the offense? Wow, it was awful. Joeckel could make a big difference because it would allow Trevone Boykin to return to wide receiver instead of bouncing back and forth. It's not as if Patterson's defensive-minded teams have never had any offense, they just haven't had it the last two or three years. If Joeckel works out, there are some good skill players around him. The line hasn't been great, but three starters return.

Offense: OL Joey Hunt

Defense: DE Devonte Fields, DL Chucky Hunter, S Sam Carter, S Chris Hackett

Special teams: KR B.J. Catalon, K Jaden Oberkrom

Talk about easing into the season. TCU opens against FCS foe Samford at home on Aug. 30, but then has two open dates sandwiched around a home game with Minnesota. It gets much tougher eventually (Oklahoma and Baylor are the first two Big 12 opponents), but the start is a far cry from a year ago, when the Frogs opened against LSU. ... TCU played five games last season that were decided by a field goal or less and lost four of them. Aside from a 30-7 defeat at Texas, the Frogs' most lopsided loss was by just 14 points.

Date Opponent 2013

Aug. 30 Samford DNP

Sept. 6 Open

Sept. 13 Minnesota DNP

Sept. 20 Open

Sept. 27 at SMU W 48-17

Oct. 4 Oklahoma* L 17-20

Oct. 11 at Baylor L 38-41

Oct. 18 Oklahoma State* L 10-24

Oct. 25 Texas Tech* L 10-20

Nov. 1 at West Virginia* L 27-30 (OT)

Nov. 8 Kansas State L 31-33

Nov. 15 at Kansas* W 27-17

Nov. 22 Open

Nov. 29 (Thu) at Texas* L 7-30

Dec. 6 Iowa State* W 21-17

* Big 12 Conference games

2013 record: 4-8 overall, 2-7 Big 12

Dropped: LSU (L 27-37), Southeastern Louisiana (W 38-17)

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Payne wins 3rd KV women's title http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ02/140729475 GZ02 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ02/140729475 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:29:11 -0400 By Terry Fletcher For the Gazette Experience proved to be the deciding factor on a dreary Thursday morning at Berry Hills Country Club in South Charleston.

Mary Payne weathered slow rains and even slower greens on her way to carding a two-day score of 157 to win the 85th annual Kanawha Valley Women's Golf Association tournament.

"It was a little tougher today," said Payne. "With the rain, the course played long and soft. But I thought I played well for me."

The Charleston native shot a 78 on the first day and a 79 on the second to pull away from second-place finisher Judy Hutchins.

"Some days, your swing is totally opposite of what it was the day before," said Payne. "It's always nice to score in the 70s in a tournament."

Hutchins, who was paired with Payne in Wednesday's final round, was just 10 strokes off the lead before finding some trouble.

"The ravines got me," she said. "I know to stay left, but I was in the ravines all day and they killed me."

The wife of an avid golfer, Payne has been playing in the KVWGA event since the mid-1990s. She won the tournament in 2013 and 1999 and was the last woman to take home the 85-year-old John Laing Trophy before Betty Jo Brandon claimed it for 10 consecutive years (2000-2009).

"I've probably had a lot of seconds," said Payne with a laugh. "But I'm OK with that because Betty is a great champion."

That humility was in abundance at the two-day event.

"We all play well together," said Hutchins. "It's a good group of women."

Linda Sams, the 2010 champion, also had some troubles with the course but says the camaraderie between the golfers really helps.

"The greens were slow because of the rain and I tried to stay out of the rough," she said. "I didn't play well yesterday, but I came back today and I feel pretty good about my score.

"We had a great time today. When one of your fellow golfers is in trouble you feel for her and you try to cheer them up, like one of the girls did today. Then you calm down and you play and have fun."

Payne agrees.

"I think we have a really congenial group that really enjoys each other's company, which is a bonus because a round of golf is a long time," said Payne. "So we're out here together and it's real important that you enjoy the company that you're with and it helps you play better."

While most of the competitors were veteran golfers who had been playing for years, the tournament also featured a few up-and-coming players.

Nicole Archer, a two-time winner on the 2014 Callaway Junior Tour and rising freshman at Charleston Catholic High School, competed in the KVWGA tournament for the first time.

"It was a learning experience. It was hard because it was raining and not the best conditions, but you have to get over it," she said. "In middle school, you only play nine holes and in high school you play 18. So this is good practice for that and it helps me get used to playing with other girls."

With players like Archer and Hurricane's Olivia Hart, another regular on the junior tour, entering the field, Sams said she is optimistic about the future of the tournament.

"I think this time we got a lot more new golfers out here, which is really encouraging, and younger people," said Sams. "So I'm excited for next year that maybe they'll get some more new ones."

Saints camp kicks off in full today http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ02/140729476 GZ02 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ02/140729476 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:28:40 -0400 WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - So far, it's been so good for the New Orleans Saints, who open their preseason training camp today on the grounds of The Greenbrier resort.

The players reported Thursday under cloudy, drizzly skies with temperatures in the lows 70s, important because a cooler climate was one of the reasons the team moved its three-week camp from Metairie, La.

The first practice is scheduled for 8:50 a.m. today at the brand-new facility, which includes three practice fields (two natural turf, one synthetic grass) and a 55,000-square foot multi-purpose building. All practices are open to the public.

A second walk-through workout is set for 4:30-5:30 p.m. today (see chart).

Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis met with reporters Thursday and were lavish in their praise of the facilities.

"I'm not surprised,'' Payton said, "but very excited and pleased by everything that's happened. And it's happened in a real short period of time. It's amazing.''

Loomis said the hospitality provided by owner Jim Justice, The Greenbrier staff and neighboring community "has exceeded our expectations.''

Asked about the decision to move his team's training camp nearly 1,000 miles to the hills of West Virginia, Loomis said "a couple things'' went into it.

"First of all, we wanted to do something different,'' Loomis said. "It energizes the players and staff when you do something different every three or four years. The second thing is we wanted to get to a place with a little cooler climate and see how it impacts the team and the soft-tissue injuries.

"Those two factors are why we wanted to change venues and obviously once you get a look at this region and this area, it made a lot of sense for us. We're always looking to limit distractions in any given camp, and certainly this looks like a good place for that.''

Payton spoke about "the process'' of making the call to move camp to The Greenbrier.

"A few years back, someone mentioned something about this facility,'' he said, "and I know at one point the Redskins looked at it. Last year, we met a few people here and you see it yourself. It starts with the people and eventually, you meet with Mr. Justice.

"It's one of those things that gained a little momentum and continued to gain momentum and lo and behold, all of a sudden there's an agreement. Now a lot of pressure goes into that, and a lot of things have to take place to have it happen this nice ... In 90-some days for a building to go up and be functional is amazing.''

For the Saints, more than many NFL teams, expectations for a great season are blooming, especially since they recently reached a contract agreement with All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham. Graham's presence with former Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees at quarterback figures to make New Orleans a tough out in the postseason.

"Honestly,'' Payton said, "one of the challenges for a coach every year is managing the outside - and I don't want to use the word 'noise.' Managing the outside when things are going well, and being guarded. And when things aren't going well, managing that and staying focused and not letting that derail you.''

For those wishing to attend workouts, admission is available on a first-come, first-served basis with limited bleacher seating (there is no reserved seating). There is no charge for admission or parking.

Following each practice, Saints players will sign autographs for fans. Available players will sign autographs if weather, time and other circumstances permit. Autographs, however, are not guaranteed.

Parking for spectators will be located at the state fairgrounds. Spectators will then pass a security check and board on-site charter buses for the short ride to the practice facility. This is the only form of transportation allowed to enter the training camp facility. Personal vehicles, walk-ins and private buses or motor coaches are not permitted.

There is a transportation fee of $5 per adult and $2 per child ages 12 and under payable by cash or credit card. Transportation tickets must be purchased before boarding the buses. The ticket will also enable access to all Greenbrier property activities and include a voucher for a discounted retail item. Transportation will run continuously throughout the day taking spectators between the parking lots, football facility and The Greenbrier resort.

Roundup: 12 Valley athletes selected for all-star game http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ02/140729477 GZ02 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ02/140729477 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:28:08 -0400 Twelve Kanawha Valley football players have been selected to compete in the inaugural Cliffs Natural Resources Senior Bowl game, set for Saturday, Aug. 2 at Mingo Central's Harless Stadium in Red Jacket.

The game replaces the Hatfield-McCoy Senior Bowl, which pitted players from southern West Virginia schools against their neighbors from Eastern Kentucky.

Capital leads the Kanawha Valley contingent with five players selected - James Walton, Edmond Harvey, Jonathan Pittman, Jaisson Dyer and James Richmond.

Other scheduled area participants are Jesse Barker, Jonathan Francis and Jeremy Francis of Hurricane, Eric McDaniel and Taylor Clark of St. Albans and Adam Huffman and Jon Alexander of George Washington. See complete rosters, Page 2B.


WVU TENNIS: West Virginia women's tennis coach Miha Lisac announced Thursday that Carolina Lewis and Yvon Martinez will join the team for the upcoming season.

TennisRecruiting.net ranks Lewis, a four-star recruit who comes from Hilton Head Island, S.C., as the 20th-best high school senior in the Southeast and 67th in the nation. Lewis also ranked as South Carolina's No. 1 tennis recruit.

Martinez, a native of Colombia, comes to Morgantown after having had success at Canon-McMillan High School (Pa.) last year. Martinez, a three-star recruit by TennisRecruiting.net, was ranked as the 27th-best high school senior in the Mid-Atlantic and eighth-best throughout Pennsylvania.


MU BASKETBALL: First-year Marshall coach Dan D'Antoni, assistant coach Chris Duhon and NBA veteran coach Mike D'Antoni will hold the Marshall Basketball Coaches Clinic at 1 p.m. on Sept. 6 at 1 p.m. at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington.

The three-hour clinic will contain periods led by each of the three coaches, followed by a question-and-answer session with the Marshall coaching staff and Mike D'Antoni. Individual coaches can register for $75, while staffs of two can register for $125 and three-person staffs for $150. The registration cost will include a ticket to the Marshall football home opener that night and food at the coaches social and tailgate that will follow the clinic and precede the 7 p.m. football game against Rhode Island. For more information, visit www.HerdZone.com.

Names in the games: Marshall rally, Wiggins, Saints picnic http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ02/140729478 GZ02 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ02/140729478 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:27:28 -0400 Tickets on sale for MU rally in Charleston

Tickets are for sale for Marshall University's "Paint the Capital City Green" pep rally next month.

The 17th edition of the event is scheduled for Aug. 21 in Charleston. The Thundering Herd event will include a tailgate spread, an appearance by mascot "Marco," cheerleaders and members of the Marshall University Marching Thunder.

Individual tickets are $60 and available through Aug. 15. Marshall says tickets will not be sold at the door.

To order tickets, email paintthecapital@marshall.edu.

Cavaliers sign rookie Andrew Wiggins

The Cavaliers have signed No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins, a contract that prevents him from being traded for 30 days.

Wiggins has been linked to a possible blockbuster trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. But any deal now involving Wiggins can't be finalized for at least 30 days.

The Cavs had been reluctant to include Wiggins in a package for Love, but the team has softened its stance and may be willing to part with the former Kansas standout. Cleveland is interested in bringing in Love to form a "Big 3" with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. That trio would make the Cavs an overwhelming favorite in the Eastern Conference.

Limited number of Saints picnic tickets

A limited number of tickets are available for Saturday's "Picnic With the Saints" at the New Orleans Saints practice facility at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs.

Tickets for the event, which runs from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, are $10 and available at Greenbrier.com/picnic. Activities will include meet and greets, autography and photograph opportunities with Saints players and coaches as well as picnic food.

- from staff, wire reports

Vigil for peace in Gaza http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ01/140729479 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ01/140729479 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:43:13 -0400