AROUND THE HORN
McLaughlin gets hole-in-one
CALCUTTA — Blake McLaughlin aced Beaver Creek Meadows’ 167-yard, No. 12 with a 7 iron on Wednesday. Playing partners were Billy Pomeroy, Clyde Davis and Mason Hearheringron.
Go running with the Quakers
SALEM –The Salem cross country program is holding mandatory practice beginning Monday for students in grades 7-12. Practices will run from 8 to 10 a.m. through Aug. 20. Runners should meet in the high school parking lot on F.E. Cope Drive. High schoolers will have additional practices on Saturdays. For more information call Ted Yuhaniak at (234) 567-3383.
Wilson misses cut
WARREN — Kent State University golfer and former Columbiana High School state champion Jared Wilson missed the final cut at the 115th Ohio Amateur Championship on Thursday.
Wilson tied for 50th place at Avalon Golf & Country Club and missed the cut by three strokes.
He tied for 50th place after shooting a 5-over-par 77 Thursday on the 7,206-yard Avalon Lakes course. He shot 74 and 76 in the first two rounds and finished at 11-over 227.
Forty golfers made the cut.
Ohio State’s Jackson Chander, a Dublin Jermone High School graduate, maintained a two-stroke lead despite a double-bogey on the 18th hole Thursday. He leads at 5-under (69-68-74–211).
Two strokes behind him are Kent State’s Josh Gilkison from Springboro (73-69-71–213) and Eastern Michigan’s Max Watson from Ashland (68-73-72–213)
Final round will tee off today beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Sorenstam shoots a 67
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Annika Sorenstam shot a 5-under 67 on Thursday in her U.S. Senior Women’s Open debut for a share of the lead in the rain-suspended first round.
The 50-year-old Sorenstam, a three-time U.S. Women’s Open champion in her Hall of Fame career, had six birdies and a bogey at Brooklawn Country Club.
“I love the golf course,” said Sorenstam, who is married to East Palestine High School graduate Mike McGee. “I was very happy how I played today. This course can be quite tricky around the greens. I realize I had a few slippery ones, but it was nice to finish on a high note.”
Dana Ebster joins Sorenstam atop the leaderboard. The 51-year-old Ebster is a part-time golf instructor and assistant coach at Modesto Junior College in California.
All of the afternoon starters in the 120-player field were unable to finish after bout an inch of rain fell.
JoAnne Carner, 82, shot her age for the second time in the event, becoming the oldest player in USGA history to accomplish the feat.
Carner also became the oldest player to compete in a USGA championship, topping Harold “Jug” McSpaden, who was 81 when he played in the 1990 U.S. Senior Open.
Cavaliers select USC center Mobley
CLEVELAND (AP) — Evan Mobley has set a lofty goal for his rookie season — All-Star.
“I’m trying to get everything,” he said.
No wonder the Cavaliers love him.
Desperate to add a player capable of rocketing them back into title contention, Cleveland selected the talented USC center with the No. 3 overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.
After Detroit took Cade Cunningham first and Houston selected Jalen Green, the Cavs nabbed the 20-year-old Mobley, a skilled, athletic big man just tapping into his potential.
The 7-foot Mobley will join young guards Darius Garland, Collin Sexton, forward Isaac Okoro and center Jarrett Allen to give Cleveland a foundation to build from. The Cavs have been in disarray since LeBron James left as a free agent after the 2018 season.
There’s more reason for hope.
The Cavs felt as if they were in a no-lose situation with the third pick, the highest they’ve selected since taking Andrew Wiggins first overall in 2014 and then trading to him to Minnesota in the deal for Kevin Love.
They listened to numerous trade offers leading into the draft before holding on to the pick and taking Mobley, who led the Trojans to the Elite 8 last season. He averaged 16.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.9 blocks and 2.4 assists
In his only college season, Mobley was named the Pac-12’s best player, top freshman and best defensive player.