High school notebook: WCCA swimming and diving meet set for this weekend
The Westmoreland County Coaches' Association swimming and diving championships will be Friday and Saturday at Derry Area High School.
The diving championships will be Friday, and swimming championships will take place Saturday.
The schools participating are Belle Vernon, Burrell, Derry, Franklin Regional, Latrobe, Greensburg Central Catholic, Greensburg Salem, Hempfield, Jeannette, Kiski Area, Kiski School, Ligonier Valley, Mt. Pleasant, Norwin, Penn-Trafford, Valley and Yough.
Franklin Regional won the girls team title last year, and Penn-Trafford captured the boys crown.
When Greensburg Salem defeated Latrobe in the third-place match at the Section 1-AAA championship last week, it took the official to go to criteria eight — most first points — to break a 30-30 deadlock.
Latrobe defeated Greensburg Salem a week earlier for the Section 1-B title.
“We won the toss and got the matches we wanted this time,” Greensburg Salem coach Randy Parsley said. “We also won the close matches.”
Parsley also forfeited the 106-pound match to Latrobe freshman Luke Pletcher to prevent from adding to the Wildcats' first points.
The teams remained tied in the first seven criteria. Each had either three pins or forfeits, and both had four decision victories.
The Wildcats also got pins from Eric Mills (120 pounds) and heavyweight Tyler Mears.
The best match of the night featured Latrobe junior Zack Zavatsky, ranked No. 1 at 160 pounds by the Tribune-Review, against Greensburg Salem senior Tyler Reinhart, who is ranked No. 2 at 152. The bigger Zavatsky won a hard-fought match, 8-1.
Latrobe raced to a 9-0 lead, but Greensburg Salem won seven of the next nine matches to grab a 30-15 advantage.
Latrobe (7-4) entered the WPIAL team tournament Wednesday against Belle Vernon riding a three-match losing streak. Latrobe dropped a 39-33 decision to Franklin Regional in the section semifinals.
Latrobe coach Tad Harbert said he's been pleased with the way his team has grown during the season.
“Opponents know they've been in a match when they wrestle us,” Harbert said. “We've competed well in one of the toughest sections in the state.”