| Neighborhoods

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

High school notebook: Leechburg's Barto eyes WPIAL golf crown

TribLIVE Sports Videos

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
Bill West | Tribune-Review
Leechburg junior Matt Barto chips in from the fringe on No. 18 at Lenape Heights Golf Course during the Section 1-AA individual qualifier on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. Barto placed first in the qualifier with a 2-over 73.
Top high school sports

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Leechburg could have its first WPIAL golf champion by late Monday afternoon.

Junior Matt Barto, fresh off his third consecutive section title, is the favorite to win the Class AA title after finishing second last season. The tournament is set to begin at 9 a.m. at Youghiogheny Country Club in Elizabeth Township.

Barto, who is 12-under-par in his previous three matches, shot 2-over 73 to take the Section 1-AA title Wednesday at Lenape Heights Golf Course. But Barto felt his round left plenty to be desired.

“I had enough good holes today. I had a couple sloppy holes, though,” he said. “I get a little too frustrated at times. I don't even know why.”

Barto shot 80 to tie for seventh two years ago, when the inaugural — then Division II — championship was played at Youghiogheny.

“I'm not on top of my game at the moment, but I have my good moments every round, so I'm confident that if I go in with a good mindset, then it'll come together,” he said.

Other local players in the field include Freeport's Richard VanDruff and Cole Hepler; St. Joseph's David Schnur; Kittanning's Jordan Klodowski and Noah Kunst; Burrell's Zack Abel; and Apollo-Ridge's Adam Lockwood. The top 16 advance to the PIAA Western Regional Oct. 15 at Tom's Run Golf Course in Blairsville.

Barto and Lockwood are the only locals who appeared in last year's final at New Castle Country Club. Seven of the top 12 finishers graduated.

VanDruff, a senior, was the Section 3-AA medalist.

“He's been steady for us for three years,” Freeport coach Joe Sprumont said.

Abel and Schnur also played in the championship two years ago at Youghiogheny.

Helping hand

The Norwin girls volleyball team made a kind gesture Tuesday.

It donated its 50-50 raffle to Kiski Area's Fluorescent Angels Fund, which raises money and cancer awareness in the name of Jaime Vick Moran, the late Kiski Area coach and teacher.

Schedule boost for Kittanning wrestling

Kittanning's wrestling team expects to be strong this winter, and the proof is in the Wildcats' schedule: They entered the renowned Powerade Christmas Tournament, set for Dec. 28-29 at Canon-McMillan.

Kittanning — led by junior-to-be Jason Nolf, who has an 86-1 career record — joins other Powerade newcomers Altoona, Baylor (Tenn.), Brookville, Chartiers Valley, Clovis (Calif.), Erie McDowell, Father Judge, Good Counsel (Md.), Hermiston (Ore.), Moeller (Ohio), Parkland, Saegertown and Trinity Camp Hill in the 46-team field. Burrell is a regular participant in the event.

Nolf will be one of 55 wrestlers in the tournament who reached the PIAA championships last season.

Softball showcase

Add Plum softball infielder Jordan Seneca to the list of local participants in the Queen of Diamonds Showcase South event, held last month at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.

She joined teammate Melissa Leclair, a third baseman, in the event. Seneca led Plum with a .547 batting average, nine doubles, five triples and 25 runs. Leclair hit .340 with 12 RBI and a home run.

Deer Lakes first baseman Sierra Sarver also was picked.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-224-2696 or

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.




Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Kang’s 9th-inning home run gives Pirates wild victory over Twins
  2. Steelers’ Wheaton adjusting his game moving to slot receiver
  3. Rossi: ‘Hockey guy’ Sutter will be missed
  4. Penguins trade Sutter to Canucks, sign free agent center Fehr
  5. More than 100 stamp bags confiscated in Greensburg; 4 arrested
  6. Pirates notebook: Prospect Tucker unaware of ‘trade’ frenzy
  7. Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell gets suspension, fine reduced
  8. Hempfield cyclist to cool wheels in jail during appeal
  9. Intrepid VFW post in West Mifflin earns all-state designation
  10. Irwin woman waives sex charges to court
  11. School credit ratings a problem for several in Western Pennsylvania