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Valley senior Licata, 4 from Kittanning advance out of Section 1-AA boys golf qualifier

By Matt Grubba
Noah Kunst was one of the first golfers off the course, but he was the last to know he was moving on to the WPIAL …

Lubrani scorches Duck Hollow in qualifier
By The Valley Independent
The Mon Valley will be well represented in the WPIAL Class AAA golf individual semifinals as well as the Class AA finals. Belle Vernon Area …
Quaker Valley golf on the rise
By Gary Horvath
Contrary to what its 7-1 record may say, Quaker Valley has been fighting through a bit of a slump. The Quakers opened their season by shooting a 202 against Freedom Area and a 196 against Rochester, but shot an average of 229 over their next five matches. But a 219-279 …
Plum golfers getting set for Monday’s section qualifier
By Michael Love
As the Plum varsity boys golf team continues to navigate its way through new courses and matches against new faces in Section 8-AAA, the Mustangs …
Franklin Regional girls golf squad gearing up for section qualifier
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional varsity girls golf team continues its run through the eight-match Section 3-AAA slate, and it also is gearing up for the first …
Gateway girls golf coach happy with team’s improvement
By Michael Love
The Gateway varsity girls golf team continues its run through the eight-match Section 3-AAA slate. It suffered a close 207-211 setback Monday against Franklin Regional at Murrysville Golf Club and now is 1-4 in section play and 2-6 overall. Gateway junior Johnna Beehner was the match’s low medalist with a …
Kittanning boys golf team shatters school scoring mark
By Matt Grubba
Football steals the spotlight on Fridays, but another Kittanning team turned in a record-setting performance to start last weekend. The boys golf team shattered the school record for a nine-hole round when it shot a 2-over-par 177 on Friday in a Section 1-AA win over Burrell at Kittanning Country Club. …
Young Mars golfers hoping for success
By Joe Sager
The Mars boys and girls golf teams are loaded with young talent. Now, they hope to experience success. On the boys side, the Fightin’ Planets …
Knoch golfers enduring growing pains
By D.j. Vasil
Knoch’s golf team started fast this season, winning its first three matches, including a thrilling 191-192 win over rival Mars at Saxon Golf Course. The victory was highlighted by sophomore lefty Devin Campbell’s 1-under-par 35, which started with a birdie and then eight consecutive pars. Knoch dropped five matches in …
Sewickley Academy boys golf is at it again
By Gary Horvath
The Sewickley Academy boys golf team experienced a bit of deja vu in the midst of its best match of the season. In their matchup with North Allegheny last Tuesday, the Panthers shot a 184 over nine holes at Diamond Run Golf Club to force a three-hole playoff, a year …
Penn-Trafford junior golfer Guzik raising his expectations
By Alex Oltmanns
Despite advancing to the WPIAL Class AAA individual semifinals last year, Justin Guzik was not satisfied. Adopting a new approach over the offseason, the Penn-Trafford junior not only returns this season with motivation but also with an adjusted club grip that has been paying dividends so far this year. “I’m …
Franklin Regional golf team starts out strong in section play
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional varsity boys golf team has the WPIAL team playoffs on its mind, and it also has a goal of bringing home a section championship for the first time since 2001. The Panthers took a big step towards both last Thursday with a 190-196 victory over Fox Chapel …
Sewickley Academy girls golf expecting big season
By Gary Horvath
Nancy Means has been coaching the Sewickley Academy girls golf team for all four years that it has been a varsity program. That’s why she can tell this season is going to be special. “This is the first time we’ve had a strong senior class with all kids who have …
Deer Lakes golf team winning with a workmanlike approach
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Some of the best golf teams in the WPIAL have players who grew up playing country clubs, some who still belong to them. Fox Chapel …
Butler golf teams face challenges
By Joe Sager
Butler’s boys and girls golf teams keep building for the future. Placed in two of the WPIAL Class AAA’s most difficult sections, the Golden Tornado …
Duo of youngsters look to lead Jeannette golf team
By Brian Knavish
When a high school golf team’s top players are a freshman and a sophomore, there’s a good and a bad side to the situation. The …
Shady Side Academy boys golf returns experienced lineup
By Marty Stewart
The Shady Side Academy boys golf team will have a new coach this season as Wesley Ballantyne will take over. The team will remain largely the same, though, because the Indians didn’t have any seniors on last year’s roster. “We did not graduate anyone,” Ballantyne said. “We will have three …
Ligonier Valley golf outshoots key conference opponent
By Peter Turcik
The Ligonier Valley High School golf season has started on a high note. The Rams defeated Derry Area High School 223-231 in a preseason scrimmage …
Mt. Pleasant golf features experienced lineup
By Dave Stofcheck
Luke Basciano is hoping it won’t take long for his senior-filled lineup to find its way. The first-year Mt. Pleasant boys golf coach has watched …
Mt. Pleasant golfers look to build on big season
By Dave Stofcheck
Last season, the Mt. Pleasant girls golf team was young, but it surpassed expectations and wound up finishing fourth in the WPIAL. That success has …
Franklin Regional boys golf expects strong follow-up to playoff campaign
By Doug Gulasy
The Franklin Regional boys golf team accomplished one of its usual goals last season, qualifying for the WPIAL playoffs for the first time since 2005. Heading into the 2014 campaign, that goal is now an expectation. Franklin Regional is looking for a strong follow-up to its 2013 season, when the …
Taylor, Suchy primed for golf success at Baldwin
By Ray Fisher
Jim Stanko retired last year after a long and distinguished coaching career at Baldwin High School. Stanko was inducted into the Baldwin sports hall of fame last fall following a 25-year career coaching Baldwin golfers. The cupboard certainly wasn’t left bare for Steve Sinning, the Highlanders rookie head coach. “Our …
Experienced Plum boys golf team raising its expectations
By Kevin Lohman
Fresh off of its first WPIAL team playoff berth in more then twenty years, the Plum boys golf team returns a roster full of experienced …
Young Gateway boys golf team focusing on individual growth
By Alex Oltmanns
With just two returning players from last season’s squad, the Gateway boys golf team will be working more towards individual improvement as opposed to winning …
Early-season win raising Gateway girls golf team’s confidence
By Kevin Ritchart
From the outside looking in, winning one match in August might not hold a ton of significance. But for the Gateway girls golf team – a squad that has posted just two victories in the past three seasons – last week’s nonsection win against Bethel Park was a big step …
Franklin Regional girls golf looks for rebound year
By Doug Gulasy
Franklin Regional girls golf coach Kane Daignault sees a lot more when he looks at his team this season. A lot more players, and a …
Norwin boys golf relying on new players in 2014
By Doug Gulasy
The Norwin boys golf team is hoping new faces can help the squad reach higher places. The Knights began the season earlier this week looking …
Norwin girls golf team chases first-ever playoff appearance
By Doug Gulasy
The Norwin girls golf team is aiming for a program first in 2014: a WPIAL playoff berth. Since becoming a varsity program at Norwin in …
Defending champion Penn-Trafford looking for three-peat
By Doug Gulasy
For the second straight season, the Penn-Trafford girls golf team enters matches with a target on its back because of its status as the defending …
Penn-Trafford boys golf hoping to compete in section
By Doug Gulasy
The Penn-Trafford boys golf team stayed competitive last season, finishing with a .500 record in section play. With two full-time starters and two-part time starters coming back, the Warriors hope to compete for a WPIAL playoff spot in 2014. Penn-Trafford opened its season Monday afternoon with a 188-205 loss to …
Frazier golf team seeks to improve in tough section
By Jason Black
Judging by the results of 2013, the Frazier golf team easily could go from outside of the playoffs to the Section 2-AA title. “(Last year) …
Southmoreland girls golfers seek playoff spot
By Dave Stofcheck
Third-year Southmoreland girls golf coach Gene Spadaro would like to see his team enter unfamiliar territory this season. “My goal is to definitely make the playoffs,” Spadaro said. “That’s been a goal of ours since a lot of these girls were freshmen.” Southmoreland will compete in Section 1-AA along with …
Consistency crucial for Southmoreland golf team
By Dave Stofcheck
Southmoreland boys golf coach Gene Spadaro hopes the future is now. Spadaro’s lineup is led by a pair of seniors. But for the Scotties to be successful, a pair of freshmen may have to make immediate contributions. Senior Zach Stefan is slotted in the first position, the same as last …
Geibel golf team filled with potential
By Jason Black
While the Geibel golf team doesn’t possess big numbers in terms of roster size, coach Judy Morrow said she believes there is plenty of quality …
Hempfield golfer attacking greens, chemo
By Andrew Erickson
By the end of his senior golf season, Hempfield’s Javon Trout said he hopes he’ll be holding a big trophy. The 18-year-old has been refining …
Youthful Connellsville golf team builds toward future
By Jason Black
The Connellsville boys golf team is entering a transition period, and coach Brent Rockwell knows the Falcons will be using much of the upcoming season …