Penn-Trafford captures WPIAL girls golf crown
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The near misses for Penn-Trafford girls golf are a thing of the past.
After runner-up finishes in each of the past two seasons, the Warriors won the WPIAL Class AAA championship with a score of 338 and an 18-stroke victory last Thursday at Cedarbrook Golf Club's Red Course.
The triumph for the undefeated Warriors gives the golf program its first WPIAL title and Penn-Trafford its fourth district title — girls soccer in 2003, wrestling in 2006 and field hockey in 2011 were the others — since the school's inception.
Haley Borkovich led P-T with a round of 79, Royse Bachtel shot an 83, Morgan Rector shot an 87, Casey Doran shot an 89, and Mia Barchetti shot a 91 to easily push the team pas the 356 of runner-up North Allegheny and the rest of a seven-team field.
“After the last couple of years, which were kind of tough the way they ended, it was a great feeling,” Penn-Trafford coach Ed Herbst said. “They played better than I could have ever expected today.”
The victory means that Penn-Trafford will get a chance to play for a state championship on Wednesday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort and Conference Center in York.
Seniors Barchetti and Borkovich played on the Warriors teams that have slipped up in previous finals, while Rector is a first-year starter as a senior. For those three players, the state championship tournament will be the final time on the course as a P-T player, and they will have a chance to bring their school its first team state championship.
“I think they're very excited for the chance to go to states,” Herbst said. “It's the culmination of four years of hard work.
“The senior girls have come so far from when they were freshmen. Each one of them has worked hard to make sure they were ready for our season.”
As if the Warriors needed anything to make winning a WPIAL title more special, the team also posted a lower total than the 341 shot by Class AA champ Central Valley.
Central Valley was the team that topped P-T in what was known as the WPIAL Division II final in 2010 and 2011, and while the PIAA is hosting a Class AAA and Class AA state final this year, topping their old nemesis was an added perk for Penn-Trafford.
“That was kind of like icing on the cake,” Herbst said. “We were concentrating on winning our tournament and didn't want to take anything for granted until we saw the scores on the board. But then one of our (player's) fathers pointed out we beat Central Valley, as well.”
The girls team final won't be the only Penn-Trafford golf going on in York next week.
P-T senior Max Doran advanced to the PIAA Class AAA boys individual final with a 5-over-par 77, which was good for seventh place at the PIAA Western Regional at Tom's Run Golf Course.
Borkovich also qualified for the girls individual state final with an 11-over-par 83 and a third-place finish in the Western Regional. The state individual finals are Monday and Tuesday at Heritage Hills.
Matt Grubba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5830 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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