Westmoreland high school roundup: GCC tennis claims section title
The Greensburg Central Catholic girls tennis team clinched the Section 1-AA title with a 5-0 victory over Mt. Pleasant on Wednesday, finishing the regular season 14-0 and going 9-0 in section play.
Marlayna Verenna, Anna Vitale and Erin Schulte won in straight sets in singles, and the tandems of Keeley Maloney/Gabrielle Guzik and Rachel Davis/Claire Hacker swept doubles matches.
WPIAL playoff pairings will be released Monday.
Derry 5, Springdale 0 — Juliet Tatone, Amber Sterrett and Ekaterina Trible won singles matches as Derry (6-3, 5-3) cruised to a Section 3-AA win and clinched a playoff berth for the sixth straight season.
Armstrong 4, Penn-Trafford 1 — Sophia Pernick won at third singles, but the Warriors lost in Section 1-AAA.
Latrobe 4, Franklin Regional 1 — Addison Kemerer, Gianna Ferry and Maddie Stas won singles matches in straight sets as section champion Latrobe (9-0) won in Section 1-AAA. Taylor Miller and Lauren Wilner won at second doubles.
Nikki Bonacci and Carly Litz won at first doubles for Franklin Regional (6-3).
Connellsville 3, Hempfield 2 (OT)— Callie Cunningham scored three times, including the winner with 7 minutes, 5 seconds left in overtime, to help Connellsville (5-3, 2-2) to a Section 4-AAAA win. Kendall McCutchen and Madi Shoemaker had assists.
MacKenna Orie scored twice for Hempfield (1-7, 0-4), and Juliana Sorace made 10 saves.
Norwin 5, Kiski Area 0 — Lexy Kendro, Dani Iannuzzo, Morgan Sigut, Katy Ericson and Emily Arnold scored as No. 1 Norwin (7-0, 4-0) won in Section 4-AAAA. Sam Wexell made six saves in goal.
Penn-Trafford 11, Latrobe 0— Kiley Dugan had three goals, and Alexis Garia scored twice as Penn-Trafford (6-2, 4-0) won a Section 4-AAAA game. Lauren Stovar, Jordan Lawrence, Kenzie Aunkst, Kenzie Powell, Emma Rain and Anna Sholtes also scored.
Mars 4, Franklin Regional 0— No. 3 Mars stayed unbeaten with a Section 1-AAA win at No. 5 Franklin Regional (5-2, 3-1). The Planets (6-0, 4-0) have outscored opponents 28-2.
Mt. Pleasant 3, Laurel Highlands 0 — Mackenzie Leeder and Jenna Toohey each had a goal and assist to help Mt. Pleasant (4-4, 3-1) to a Section 2-AAA win. Megan Liberoni also scored. Hannah Brown posted the shutout.
Greensburg CC 1, Apollo-Ridge 0 — Sydney Ward scored on an assist from Sara Orndoff at 35:51 of the first half, and the score held up as No. 1-ranked Greensburg Central Catholic (4-1, 4-0) won a Section 1-A game. Bella Skatell made six saves for the Centurions.
Seton LaSalle 7, Monessen 0— The Rebels (5-2, 4-1) won their fifth straight game, topping Monessen (2-4, 1-4) in Section 2-A. Mo Obiri had three goals for Seton LaSalle.
Laurel Highlands 200, Belle Vernon 237 — Jake Caldwell shot 38, but Belle Vernon (2-10, 2-8) lost a Section 2-AAA match at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
Greensburg Central Catholic 213, Derry 226 — Zach Boote shot 3-under-par 34 to lift Greensburg Central Catholic (9-1) to a Section 2-AA win. Angelo Copelli shot 42 for Derry (9-1). The teams are tied for first.
Section 3-AAA — Oakland Catholic's Jessica Meyers shot 6-over-par 78 won finish first at the Section 3-AAA qualifier at 3 Lakes Golf Course.
Hempfield's Taylor Short (82), Franklin Regional's Jocelyn Behr (87) and Penn-Trafford's Anna Stowers (89) and Lauren Barber (90) also advanced to the WPIAL championships, set for Oct. 4 at Diamond Run Golf Club.
Penn-Trafford 6, Oakland Catholic 0 — Alayna Wagner scored four times to lead P-T to a nonsection victory.