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Penn-Trafford keeps breaking records

Just when you think the Penn-Trafford girls golf team can't do any better, they go out and smash a school record.

That's really nothing new for the Warriors, who have now won 2 consecutive regular-season matches.

Penn-Trafford defeated Mt. Pleasant, 143-208, on Wednesday on the back nine at Irwin Country Club, breaking its nine-hole record by five shots.

The only thing Penn-Trafford (10-0, 6-0 in Division II, Section 1) hasn't achieved is a WPIAL or PIAA title.

Penn-Trafford finished second to Central Valley in last year's WPIAL golf championship.

Senior captain Gianna Pro, who along with junior Haley Borkovich, shot an even-par 34 at Irwin, said losing at last year's finals is motivation.

"We've all improved as a team, and we pick each other up," Pro said. "If one falters, someone else is there to pick them up.

"We have six great players on the team. We want to win WPIALs and make it to states."

Penn-Trafford as been tested only once this season, a 162-169, nonsection victory against perennial Division I power Upper St. Clair at St. Clair Country Club. Borkovich said that victory proved the team could beat anyone.

"We've been working hard," Borkovich said. "We played a lot of golf in the summer, and we try to challenge ourselves every time we play."

Penn-Trafford coach Ed Herbst coached the team for seven years. Pro, Borkovich and junior Mia Barchetti are three-year starters.

Herbst tells his players that they are underdogs because Central Valley has everybody back. Central Valley won by seven shots last October at Cedarbrook.

"We'll have to continue to play well," Herbst said. "They are such a joy to be around, and it's a privilege to coach them. They've played hard ,and I'm seeing things from them I didn't see in the past.

"The girls have played at Meadowink where the WPIAL semifinals will be held and at Cedarbrook where the finals are. They're already getting ready to make a run at the title."

Royse Bachtel played well in the fourth position. She shot a 37 against Mt. Pleasant, and Barchetti had a 38.

Also battling for playing time are junior Morgan Rector and sophomore Casey Doran.

Others vying ready to step into the lineup are seniors Madie Grapes and Courtney Olesky and sophomore Rachel Huber.

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