Central Valley girls golf wins state title
YORK — The WPIAL didn't get shut out from a gold medal at the PIAA golf championships after all.
The Central Valley girls, who have won three consecutive WPIAL Class AA titles, made their first team trip to the championships a memorable one Wednesday at Heritage Hills Golf resort by easily winning the Class AA title.
Central Valley finished with a score of 342, beating second place Mercyhurst Prep by 26 strokes.
The Penn-Trafford girls didn't go home empty handed, either, finishing second to Radnor in Class AAA, 325-341.
In the boys competition, Burgettstown finished third in Class AA with 325 points, four points behind Wyomissing, which defeated Holy Redeemer, in a one-hole playoff. Central Catholic ended up fifth in Class AAA with 317 points. Manheim Township won with 299.
Central Valley coach Larry Milosh said this could lead to a string of state titles for his program. Three of the five starters — Macky Fouse, Madison McDanel and Marissa Sudar — are underclassmen.
“The future looks bright,” Milosh said. “We have a lot of good young players coming up.
“The girls played like we expected. Having three players compete in the individual championship Monday and Tuesday sure helped.”
Fouse, who placed third in the individual tournament, led the way with a 5-over par 77. McDanel shot 79. Senior captain Jocelyn Sudar (97), Marissa Sudar (99) and Danielle Battisti (105) also competed for Central Valley. The top four scores counted toward the team score.
“Our hard work over the summer paid off,” Jocelyn Sudar said. “This was a lot of fun. We treat everyone like family.”
Fouse, a junior, said she can't wait to come back next year when she hopes to return home with two gold medals.
“Winning a gold medal was the team's goal all season,” Fouse said. “I'm real excited. I played real well all day except for the final couple holes. I hope we can repeat my senior year.”
Penn-Trafford coach Ed Herbst said his players worked hard to achieve their first WPIAL title and now a PIAA silver medal.
“We came here looking to have a good time and this is icing on the cake,” Herbst said. “We would have had to play our best round of the year to win it. Radnor's girls had some low scores and we would have had to play our best rounds of our career.”
Senior Mia Barchetti led Penn-Trafford with an 8-over par 80. Senior Haley Borkovich, who qualified for the individual tournament, had an 82, her best round in three days. Royce Bachtel (89), Morgan Rector (90) and Casey Doran (92) also competed.
“This group has worked hard over the years,” Herbst said. “For example, Mia didn't make the individual tournament, but she came back and was focused and shot our best score. It was a team effort all the way down through the lineup. The four years I've been here, they've only lost one match.”
Barchetti admitted she was disappointed that she didn't qualify for the individual tournament,
“I knew I had to come through for my team,” Barchetti said. “Obviously we wanted the gold, but the fact we got here is awesome. Second in the state is outstanding.”
Borkovich said the seniors have set the bar high for future teams.
“It's the best way to end your senior year,” Borkovich said. “I'm glad I got to share this experience with my team.
“It was great to win the section title all four years, it was an accomplishment. And finally winning the WPIALs after losing it two years was amazing. I can't describe it any better than that. I think future teams are capable of winning too.”
Central Catholic was led by Brent Rogers with a 74 and Collin Haag with a 75, while Burgettstown junior Own Miller had a 74.
Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-826-5095.