Ron Poniewasz Jr.
New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
A pair of senior golfers struck for silver yesterday.
Neshannock High’s Matt Cioffi and Shenango’s Darren Carone both fired a 75 in the WPIAL individual championship in Class AA, tying for second place and each receiving a silver medal. The event was held at Youghiogheny Country Club in McKeesport.
Sixteen golfers moved on to the PIAA western final, which will be held Oct. 15 at Tom’s Run Golf Course at Chestnut Ridge in Blairsville. The top 12 players from the regional qualifying round will qualify for the PIAA championship to be held on Oct. 22 and Oct. 23 at Heritage Hills Golf Course in York.
McGuffey’s Jesse Vensel also won a silver medal with a 75.
Matt Barto of Leechburg claimed the gold medal with a one-over 73.
The Lancers’ Mike Maciarello shot an 84, tying for 17th place. Maciarello lost in four playoff holes in his bid to become an alternate.
Shenango’s Lucas Villani fired an 87 and Laurel’s Nick Peluso carded a 91.
The Shenango High volleyball team came up on the short end last night.
Jade Esposito recorded 25 assists for the Lady Wildcats in a 25-18, 25-18, 24-26, 25-21 nonsection road loss to Beaver. The Lady Bobcats compete in Class AA.
Shenango (7-1) returns to action at 7:30 p.m. today when it faces WPIAL Section 3-A rival Laurel (5-0 section, 7-0 overall) on the road in a battle for section supremacy. The Lady Wildcats are also 5-0 in league play.
“Hopefully the varsity team can put the loss behind and move forward with the season,” first-year Shenango coach Angela Heagy said.
Christina Rapone tallied 13 assists for the Lady Wildcats and Katie Lacey added 10 kills.
Amanda Herb and Nicole Watkins contributed four blocks each for the visitors.
Shenango won the JV match, 23-25, 25-9, 15-6.
Irene Koury and Jenna DeLuca recorded six kills apiece for the Lady Wildcats.
Sarah Herb followed with 19 assists.
Lady Wolverines earn title
Ellwood City captured the Midwestern Athletic Conference Tournament crown. A total of 14 schools participated in the event, which was held at Mohawk.
The Lady Wolverines held an 8-1 record going into the playoff round of the tournament, which was a single-game elimination format. They topped Beaver Falls in the first round, 25-4, and Rochester in the second round, 25-15.
Ellwood City won the championship series, a best-of-three, 25-16, 25-18, over Mohawk.
Angela McCowin and Asia Borders were named to the all-tournament team.
Lady Lancers cruise
Neshannock rolled to a 4-1 Section 2-AA victory over New Brighton at Pearson Park.
Meg Johntony (No. 2) and Brittany Moses (No. 3) posted singles wins for Neshannock (6-3 section, 7-3 overall).
The doubles tandems of Maria Acosta/Cecelia Weingart (No. 1) and Arti Anna Ribarevski/Erin Warvell (No. 2) also captured wins for the Lady Lancers.
“Our girls are playing really well right now,” Neshannock coach Chuck Dess said. “It’s a good thing for us to start the final stretch of the season on a roll like this.”
Following are the results:
Neshannock 4, New Brighton 1
1. Stephanie Homitz (NB) def. Gabby Giangiuli 6-1, 6-4.
2. Meg Johntony (N) def. Courtney Norman 6-3, 6-1.
3. Brittany Moses (N) def. Ashley Homitz 6-4, 1-6, 7-6.
1. Maria Acosta/Cecelia Weingart (N) def. Grace DeMarco/Courtney Camp 6-0, 6-1.
2. Arti Anna Ribarevski/Erin Warvell (N) def. Taryn Milnes/Mariah Dockter 6-2, 6-0.
1. Madison Jones/Aleesha Berkley (N) won 6-0.
2. Jenna Richardson/Zoe Karstadt (N) won 6-1.
Jacob Jendrysik and Cole Gorgacz both shot a 40 to lead the Scotties to a 223-255 nonsection win over Wilmington at Rolling Hills Golf Course.
Joe Rossi was next for Union (4-7) with a 44 and Austin Burk followed with a 47. Michael Galmarini contributed a 52.
“Cole and Jacob have been playing pretty strong lately,” first-year Scotties coach Mike Ross said. “They’ve been working hard and have a real good attitude.”
Collin Duffy paced the Greyhounds with a 48 and Shane McQuiston chipped in with a 50. Matt Zimmer supplied a 51, Josh Bonnici delivered a 51 and Zeb Horcher scored a 55.
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