Southmoreland sports roundup: Boys tennis season upended in WPIAL quarterfinals
By Paul Paterra
Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
The Southmoreland Boys tennis team had a tremendous season in 2013.
The Scotties went through the regular season unscathed and were able to get past a round of the WPIAL playoffs. However, the season came to an end May 7 at the Greensburg Racquet Club with a 4-1 loss to Quaker Valley in the quarterfinal round of the WPIAL postseason tournament.
Kevin Bundridge notched the Scotties point, upending Matt Stock in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.
Southmoreland ended the season 16-1.
The girls track team also saw its successful season come to an end on a WPIAL postseason stage.
The Scotties placed fourth in the Class AA championship meet May 9 at Baldwin High School.
There were some highlight performances for the Scotties in their first WPIAL championship meet since 2010.
The 3,200 relay team of Hannah Porter, Riley Beistel, Vayda Farino and Paige Weaver posted the top time in the WPIAL by finishing in 10 minutes, 7.85 seconds.
Brooke Zimmerman took second in the long jump and Farino placed third in the 800 meter run.
The Scotties took a 12-0 record into the championship meet.
Southmoreland did represent itself well at the Class AA qualifiers May 7 at Norwin High School.
Girls who qualified were the 3,200 relay team the 400 relay team of Emily Myers, Julia Claycomb, Lauren Virgin and Zimmerman and the 1,600 relay team of Porter, Farino, Weaver and Kaylee Cummings.
Also qualifying were Zimmerman in the long jump, Farino (800), Beistel (3,200) and Emily Zelenka (javelin). Emily Lessman, Abby Opts and Sarah Opts all posted qualifying jumps in the high jump.
As for the boys, Randy Ohler qualified in the 200, 400 and long jump; Josh Dei in the 800; Ben Bickerton in the 3,200; and the 3,200 relay team of Dei, Bickerton, Ryan Allem and Brandon Melillo.
It was a good week on the baseball diamond for the Scotties, who showed some offensive prowess in the season's final days in nonsection contests.
Southmoreland won handily over Geibel May 6 by a 15-0 score in four innings.
Freshman Doug Leighty struck out seven in a one-hit performance and had two singles.
That offense was on display again May 8 when the Scotties took two from Frazier.
In the first game, Michael Baird hit a two-run home run, doubled and was the winning pitcher in a 12-2 contest in six innings. Justin Kubicek added a double to the Scotties' cause.
In the nightcap, A.J. Gaffney had a pair of singles to aid Kubicek's cause on the mound in an 11-10 slugfest.
Southmoreland posted a pair of wins, along with one defeat. in nonsection softball.
Victories came May 6 by a 5-0 score over Brownsville and May 8 by an 11-4 tally over Greensburg Salem.
Kristen Suhan got the win over Brownsville and helped the offensive attack with a double.
Brown had four singles in the win against Greensburg Salem.
The Scotties season ended May 9 with a 7-2 loss to McGuffey. Bunner homered for Southmoreland, which ended the season 8-8.
Paul Paterra is a staff editor for Trib Total Media.
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