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Alle-Kiski high school notes: Freeport's Clawson wants to come back

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Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Kiski Area's Shane Kuhn practice Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at Kiski Area High School in Allegheny Township.
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Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, 12:46 a.m.

Freeport sophomore golfer Audrey Clawson has missed three straight matches with a broken left index finger, but she has every intention of playing in the team playoffs next week.

Freeport (15-3) opens the postseason Tuesday in the WPIAL Class AA semifinal round at Castle Hills Golf Club in New Castle.

Clawson suffered the injury last Sunday when she was hitting a beach ball back to a neighbor friend and smacked her left hand into her right.

An orthopedic surgeon told her it could take up to three months for pain and swelling to fully dissipate.

Still, she might try to play much earlier than that, possibly Tuesday.

“I am exercising it and going to see how it goes each day,” she said. “I really want to come back and can't wait.”

Clawson finished seventh at the WPIAL Class AA individual finals, shooting 83. She wore a splint for the first hole, where she scored a 10, but removed the brace and played without it for the rest of the round.

Kuhn offered

Kiski Area football standout Shane Kuhn has his second Division I scholarship offer. Colgate has offered the 6-foot-4, 230-pound tight end/linebacker, joining Youngstown State.

Kuhn also is a wrestling star and has not ruled out that sport in college.

Kennedy update

Recruiting is picking up for Kiski Area senior cross-country runner Brent Kennedy. The defending WPIAL Class AAA champion has his first scholarship offer, from Virginia.

He also has interest from Notre Dame, where he has visited, and said he has visits planned to Cornell and Syracuse.

Nice venue

Some may have noticed that Highlands and Valley played a boys golf match Tuesday at an unusual site: Fox Chapel Golf Club.

Turns out, the teams were playing a tri-match with Shady Side Academy and while they were there they made up a previous head-to-head match that had been postponed.

Neither team had an open date for the makeup.

Patsey on course

Since Riverview doesn't have a girls golf team, junior Bree Patsey has been playing with the boys this season. She shot 57 in the team's final regular-season match Thursday.

Patsey also attempted to qualify for the WPIAL girls postseason.

“I started caddying this summer and decided I'd give the sport a try,” said Patsey, who came back from a torn ACL she suffered as a freshman. “I'm so glad I did. I really love it.”

Team tennis

The WPIAL will release pairings for the girls tennis team playoffs Monday. Preliminary matches are scheduled to start Tuesday, with first-round matches set for Wednesday and Thursday.

Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at

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