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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 …
Gateway golfer Beehner wins POY tournament title
By Michael Love
Johnna Beehner joined her Gateway varsity girls golf teammates Monday for the first official practice in advance of the 2014 fall season. But before she turned her attention to her Gators responsibilities, she made an impact on the summer golf scene one more time. Beehner won the Tri-State PGA/King’s Restaurant …
Plum golfer successful over busy summer
By Michael Love
The fall high school sports season begins in 11 days with preseason practices, and it will serve as a transition for Plum rising senior Andrew …
Senior-laden Kittanning golf team packs experience
By Matt Grubba
For all the hype surrounding the Kittanning football team this season, it’s possible the school’s best chance at a WPIAL title this year is in …
Positive attitude sparks Plum golfer
By Bill Beckner Jr.
There were times in his high school career when Andrew Reynolds would get so angry after a bad round, so red-faced annoyed, that he wanted …
Gateway’s Beehner keeping busy on courses during offseason
By Michael Love
When spring arrives, warmer temperature return and the ground dries from all the winter precipitation, Johnna Beehner can been seen on golf courses all over …
Golf is a family affair for Charleroi sophomore
By Les Harvath
Knocking knees and the heebie-jeebies. Put them together on the golf course and the results will range from bad to really bad to “I’d rather …
Gateway girls golfer scheduled to play in national tournament in S.C.
By Michael Love
Sophomore Johnna Beehner had another strong season this fall for the Gateway varsity girls golf team. The Gators team leader in scoring average placed seventh at the WPIAL championship, advanced past a regional tournament and golfed at states for the second time in as many seasons. Although the season ended …
Mars golfers Bartley, Merten soak up PIAA experience
By Joe Sager
Josh Bartley and Bridget Merten found intense competition and a challenging course at the PIAA golf championships. The two Mars Area standouts discovered some inspiration …
Sewickley Academy golfers place 3rd in state
By Staff Report
The WPIAL champion Sewickley Academy boys golf team capped off its season last week at Heritage Hills Golf Course in York, taking third at the PIAA tournament, finishing with 333 strokes, just six strokes behind Holy Redeemer and Wyomissing. Holy Redeemer won the PIAA title in a playoff. “This was …
Penn-Trafford girls put on another repeat performance
By Doug Gulasy
After winning its second consecutive WPIAL Class AAA championship earlier this month, the Penn-Trafford girls golf team had one more repeat performance in store. The …
Seton-La Salle golfer Walz ends up second at state event
By Justin Criado
Every fall Friday night, junior Joey Walz can be found on the sideline at a Seton-La Salle football game. As a member of the varsity …
Norwin boys golf counts season as success
By Doug Gulasy
The Norwin boys golf team’s 2013 season ended without a playoff appearance, but it wasn’t without its successes as well. The Knights won the Westmoreland …
Upper St. Clair boys, Central Valley girls win PIAA golf titles
By Paul Schofield
YORK — When the Upper St. Clair boys golf team failed to make the WPIAL championship last year after winning in 2011, coach Todd Flynn called the team together and talked about what it would take to get back on top in 2013. The Panthers capped off the 2013 season …