Kittanning sends 2 golfers to finals
Tim Barto strolled his way into a Division I finals berth while Troy Schall slipped in, but both seniors will go in the record books as Kittanning's first individual championship qualifiers in program history.
Barto shot a 6-over-par 76 to tie Mars' Christian Locher for first place in the semifinal tournament Tuesday at St. Jude Golf Club. Schall placed 12th in the tournament with an 83.
The top 12 golfers from each of the three Division I semifinal tournaments advance to the championship, which is scheduled for Oct. 6 at Longue Vue Country Club.
"I can't say there's any real surprise," coach Bud Stanley said of his two golfers' performances.
Stanley has frequently said his boys have all the composure and talent needed to excel in the WPIAL, both as individuals and as a team. Yesterday lent credence to his claims, particularly when Schall waited more than 15 minutes at the clubhouse with a relatively calm demeanor to see if he made the cut.
"I was worried," Schall said, "but I'm glad I made it."
The senior, like his coach, considered his finals berth less than shocking.
"I'm not surprised," he said. "I didn't play as well as I could, but it was good enough to get it done."
Barto said his round didn't impress him. He didn't birdie a hole, he said. But he parred where others bogeyed.
"I knew it was my senior year, and I had to make it count," Barto said.
Sophomore Jordan Klodowski placed 14th overall with an 85.
» Kittanning 3, Ford City 0 — The host Wildcats (6-1) solidified their second-place spot in the Section 6-AA standings with the win over the Sabers (4-3). Kittanning's Leah McKelvey starred on offense and defense with 14 kills and 10 digs. Sara Ohm added six kills, and Brittany Adams had 20 assists.
» West Shamokin 3, Apollo-Ridge 1 — The Wolves (5-2) dominated their first two games against the Section 6-AA rival Lady Vikings (1-6), 25-17 and 25-10, but they let up a bit in the third game, a 25-20 loss. West Shamokin rebounded with a 25-12 win in the fourth game.
» Freeport 3, Highlands 0 — Freeport (8-0, 7-0), the first-place team in Section 6-AA, allowed seven points or fewer in each game against the Golden Rams.
» Greensburg Central Catholic 3, Elderton 2 — The Centurions (7-0) prevailed in the battle of Section 1-A unbeatens. Elderton (6-1) had only lost one game all season prior to yesterday's defeat.
Girls cross country
» Elderton's Camber Heinle broke up an otherwise dominant performance by Shady Side Academy, which had eight of the top nine finishers in yesterday's meet between Elderton, Shady Side Academy, Riverview and West Shamokin. Heinle placed fourth (24:27).
Elderton lost to Shady Side Academy, 17-46, but the Bobcats (2-5) defeated Riverview, 23-36, and West Shamokin, 24-31.
West Shamokin (3-4) narrowly edged Riverview, 27-28.