WHEELING - Despite finishing ninth in the state high school golf tourney, Elkins and coach Dave Baird had plenty of positives to take from the two-day event.
The Tigers had two golfers place among the top 20, and lowered their team score from Tuesday to Wednesday's conclusion at Oglebay Park.
"This was a great experience for our team," Baird said. "I wish we could have finished higher but this was a tough course to play.
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Elkins senior Kollin Hopwood watches a shot during a match earlier this season. Hopwood completed his high school career with a 17th-place showing at the state tournament, which concluded Wednesday in Wheeling.
"I was proud of the effort our guys gave and this is something we can build on for next season."
Kollin Hopwood, the lone senior on the team, finished with a two-day total of 163, placing 17th after shooting a 79 on Wednesday. Braden Hammond, meanwhile, finished 19th with a two-day showing of 164. He carded an 81 on the second day.
Both players lowered their scores from Tuesday.
"Those two came out and played well," Baird said. "I was happy to see Kollin shoot in the 70s in his final high school match, while Braden will be back next year and have a chance to play in three state tournaments."
"I think both of them represented our school and conference (the Big 10) very well."
Kole Hopwood also finished with a 96 on Wednesday for the Tigers, while Brendan Cain added a 109.
Wheeling Park captured the Class AAA title with a two-day total of 472, followed by Cabell Midland (477), Shady Spring (478), Parkersburg South (487), Princeton (497), Washington (505), Huntington (509) and Elkins (516).
Wheeling Park's Cole Hand was low medalist with a two-day total of 149.
Charleston Catholic earned the Class A title with a 473. Pocahontas County (592) placed seventh.
Brandon Wilfong (190) led the Warriors with a 23rd-place finish, while Moorefield's Tanner Carr (203) was 30th and Tygarts Valley's Alex Hinzman (213) 33rd.
Madonna's Michael Rogers (152) was the Class A low medalist.
Roane County cruised to the Class AA title, finishing with a two-day total 458, 38 strokes ahead of Poca.
The Raiders occupied the first three individual spots, led by low medalist Alston Spears with a 148, shooting a 72 on opening day and a 76 on Wednesday.
Cole Moore added a 152 and Cam Moore a 158.