A-K Valley high school roundup: Freeport's Clawson captures girls golf qualifier
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When Audrey Clawson played a practice round at Latrobe Elks Golf Club over the weekend, she didn't think the course fit her game.
But after a solid round that saw her recover from a rough start, the Freeport sophomore might have changed her thinking.
Clawson was 6-over-par after four holes Wednesday but made five birdies from there and shot 80 to win the Section 1-AA qualifying tournament and secure another spot in the WPIAL championship round.
“My uncle took me down there Sunday, and I thought the course was tricky and the greens were really quick,” said Clawson, who shot 2-over 39 on the back nine. “I said I'd be surprised if I did well (in the sectional). Shockingly, I played pretty well.”
Clawson, who took fourth in the WPIAL tournament as a freshman, said her chipping and putting carried her to medalist honors. She finished second at the section tournament last season.
“With those greens being as fast as they are, you have to place each shot in the right spots,” she said. “You have to make sure you don't leave yourself in a bad spot or you'll three-putt. I had a lot of one-putts because I was chipping it close.”
The WPIAL girls championships for Class AAA and AA will be Sept. 30 at Hill Crest Country Club in Lower Burrell.
Riverview 10, Geibel 1 — Nikki Polens scored three goals, giving her seven in the last two games, and Erin Joyce added two goals and three assists to lead Riverview (3-3, 3-1) to its third straight Section 4-A win.
Sadie Buchser, Victoria Tibben, Tessa Favo, Gretchen Loeffler and Megan Moroney also scored for Riverview.
Geibel (1-6, 1-5) has been outscored, 44-6, in its last six games.
Freeport 4, Burrell 3 (OT) — Megan Manke scored with 2:15 left in overtime to lift Freeport (4-4, 3-2) to a Section 2-AA victory over Burrell (4-4, 2-3).
Erika Jack scored twice, and Natalie Martin had a goal for the Yellowjackets.
Mayson Kiser made 10 saves for Freeport, while Burrell's goalie, Bailey Klems, stopped seven shots.
The teams were scoreless going into halftime.
Valley 2, Deer Lakes 2 — Emily Irvine buried a penalty kick with 2:30 left in the Section 2-AA game to tie it up for Deer Lakes (1-4-1, 1-3-1). Valley (3-3-1, 1-3-1) trailed early but took a lead in the second half.
Plum 4, Woodland Hills 0 —Ashley Amato scored two goals, and Ali Gibson had one goal and two assists for Plum (7-1, 3-1) in a Section 3-AAA win over Woodland Hills (1-6, 0-6).
Fox Chapel 192, Central Catholic 197 — D.J. Diethrich fired a 2-under 33 as Fox Chapel (9-0) remained unbeaten with a nonsection win over Central at Edgewood Country Club.
Locals out early — Springdale's Becca Kern and Valley's Catherine Armstrong won preliminary-round matches before falling in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA singles championships at Keystone Oaks.
Valley's Emily Armstrong also lost her first-round match to Ellis School's Maeve McAllister.
In the Class AAA tournament, Fox Chapel's Laurel Shymansky reached the quarterfinals but lost 10-7 to Natalia Perry of Franklin Regional.
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