VND high school roundup: Fox Chapel senior Patrick Sheerer captures top spot in Section 4-AAA
Fox Chapel senior Patrick Sheerer made a bogey at the first hole Tuesday. Then he flipped a switch and became as automatic as the old elevator that takes golfers from the 17th green to the 18th tee.
Sheerer hit the next 15 greens in regulation and made four birdies on the way to a 1-under-par 70 to take medalist honors at the Section 4-AAA tournament at Pittsburgh Field Club.
Sheerer, who played the par 5s in 3-under, bested his personal low round at his team's home course by a shot. He had it to 2-under but bogied Nos. 10 and 17.
“The day was solid,” he said. “It wasn't anything crazy. I was just hitting my driver really well and hitting a lot of greens.”
He advances to the WPIAL semifinals, to be played Monday at one of three sites. The top five players and those shooting the designated target score advanced. Four other Fox Chapel players moved on: seniors Jordan Alfery (77) and D.J. Diethrich (80), freshman Anthony Cordaro (80) and sophomore Matt Friday (81).
Other local qualifiers are Plum junior Andrew Reynolds (76) and Kiski Area's Tyler Paunovich (78).
Kittanning 199, Burrell 243 — Christian Miller shot a 1-over 36 and Noah Kunst added 39 a day after qualifying for the WPIAL finals to lead Kittanning to a Section 1-AA win.
Riverview 241, St. Joseph 246 — Owen Zottola led Riverview with a match-low 44 as the Raiders (6-6, 4-4) held off St. Joseph in a Section 3-AA match at Pheasant Ridge.
Kiski Area 2, Franklin Regional 1 — Christian Fox and Matt Bisceglia each scored first-half goals for Kiski Area (5-2, 3-1) in the Section 1-AAA game. Jake Roberge buried a penalty kick to cut the deficit for Franklin Regional (4-2, 3-2).
Burrell 5, Mt. Pleasant 1 — Burrell (5-2, 4-0) remained unbeaten in Section 1-AA, as Tom Spagnolo recorded a hat trick. Corey Mazary and Jon McAfoose also scored and Joey Cox assisted on three scores for Burrell.
Riverview 2, St. Joseph 1 — Kyle Moore made nine saves and Tyler Aver and Christian Snyder had goals as Riverview (2-4, 2-1) held off the Spartans (3-3-2, 1-1-1) in Section 2-A play.
Nick Bianchi had the lone goal for St. Joseph.
Knoch 3, Highlands 1 — Goals by Gabi Lassinger, Olivia Sharbaugh and Cheyenne Huellen propelled Knoch (6-2, 4-1) to its third straight victory, this a Section 2-AA win over Highlands (4-4, 3-2).
Sharbaugh added an assist and Lexie Galbreath saved eight shots for Knoch.
Kayla Beale scored for Highlands.
Kittanning 5, Jeannette 1 — Kayli Lazeroff knocked in two goals and assisted on two others, and Kylie Hagofsky added two goals and an assist for Kittanning (4-2).
Deer Lakes 3, Burrell 0 — Sarah Trocki notched nine kills, Casey Gaston had 13 assists and 10 service points and Tiffany Edwards added eight digs to lead Deer Lakes (3-2, 3-2) to a Section 4-AA win.
Mackenzie Okopal had 14 digs for Burrell (1-3).
Heinle picks Slippery Rock
St. Joseph senior Mallory Heinle has committed to play basketball at Slippery Rock. The 6-foot forward also considered Seton Hill, Wheeling Jesuit, Navy and Mount Saint Mary's.