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Southmoreland sports roundup: Boys tennis wins outright section title

| Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 9:02 p.m.
Kelly Vernon | The Independent-Observer
Southmoreland first baseman Sam Suhan catches the ball for an out in a recent home game against Thomas Jefferson.

The Southmoreland tennis team had tied for the section championship in 2011 and 2012.

This season is a bit different as a 4-1 victory over Greensburg Central Catholic April 25 gave the Scotties the outright Section 1-AA title.

Tyler Fox got matters started for the Scotties with a 6-3, 6-2 victory. Luke Zeleznik also notched a win for the Scotties by a 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 score. The doubles team of Davis Simon and Henry Riley won 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 and the pair of Brock Grabiak and Isaac Broch won in straight sets 7-5, 6-2.

Track and Field

Southmoreland's track teams continued their successful seasons with a great week.

The boys and girls each posted impressive wins over Greensburg Central Catholic April 23. The boys won 143-7 and the girls collected a 132-17 win.

The girls swept the three relay races in a meet where the Scotties won 16 of 18 events. Paige Weaver was a part of the 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams and won the 400 and 800. Tara Ritz set a personal best in the 300 hurdles with a 53.6.

The boys also were dominant in all three relays. Jake Pisula won the 100 and 200, Ben Bickerton captured the 1,600 and 3,200, Chris Fosbrink won the shot put and discus, Randy Ohler topped the field in the 400 and long jump and Kevin Bundridge won the triple jump and high jump. Justin Livengood notched a personal best in the 300 hurdles with a 46.4.

The Scotties also had success April 25 with wins over East Allegheny, South Allegheny and Serra Catholic.

The boys beat South Allegheny 94-56 East Allegheny by a 116-34 score and topped Serra Catholic 146-3. Josh Dei topped the field in the 800 and 1,600, Ohler was the winner in the 400 and the long jump, Bickerton won the 3,200 and Bundridge the triple jump. Southmoreland also won each of thee three relay races.

The girls dominated with a 130-19 win over Serra Catholic, 132-17 win over East Allegheny and a 130-20 win over South Allegheny.

Ritz won the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, Julia Claycomb took the 200 and shot put, Weaver won the 400, Vayda Farino won the 800 and 1,600, Riley Beistel the 3,200, Emily Lessman took the high jump, Brooke Zimmerman the long jump, Abby Opts the triple jump and Zoe Ripple the pole vault. Each of the three Southmoreland relay teams were victorious as well.


The Southmoreland baseball team posted a few losses in the last week of action in Section 4-AA play.

The Scotties fell 10-3 to Jeannette April 22. Michael Baird had a double for the Scotties and took the loss on the mound.

South Allegheny edged Southmoreland 3-2 April 25 on Dayton Goodrum's RBI single in the bottom of the seventh.

Steel Valley defeated Southmoreland April 26 by an 11-3 score.


The Scotties continue to battle in Section 3-AAA as wins last week over South Park and Elizabeth Forward showed.

Southmoreland edged South Park April 23 by a 3-1 score. Anna Gatti got the win. Briana Bunner and Sarah Brown chipped in with doubles to the Southmoreland cause.

The Scotties beat Elizabeth Forward 3-2 April 25. Gatti was the winning pitcher. Brown ripped a two-run double.

— Paul Paterra