NEW CASTLE —
The Lancers demolished Brentwood, 40-9, in the first playoff game at Bob Bleggi Stadium then whipped Monessen 35-6 at Chartiers-Houston. Eventual WPIAL and PIAA champion Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic ended Neshannock’s season at 9-3 with a 27-14 loss at Mars in the WPIAL semifinals.
Neshannock’s dynamic offense was led by Ernie Burkes, Owens and its talented line, while its ‘sharks in a frenzy’ defense held opposing offenses at bay.
•Golfer Marissa Kirkwood battled through a late season wrist injury to place 12th in the state this fall.
She posted a two-day total of 178 at the PIAA Individual Championships at York’s Heritage Hills Golf Resort and Conference Center.
The Neshannock sophomore finished in a fourth place tie with Villa’s Annie Ciachinni with a round of 38-41—79 at yesterday’s PIAA Western Regional Finals at Tom’s Run Golf Course in Blairsville.
She finished fourth in the WPIAL semifinals at Ponderosa Golf Course in Hookstown and eighth in the WPIAL Championships at Hillcrest Country Club.
“Overall looking back at this year, I think I did a great job — definitely better than I thought I would,” Marissa Kirkwood told The News in October. “I had to work through some things this year, but this year has been really fun and I can see what I’m capable of. I can’t wait to get back out there and get better. This year was definitely about seeing what it was like (at states).”
•A young Neshannock volleyball team qualified for the WPIAL playoffs as the second seed in Section 3-A behind rival Shenango.
The Lady Lancers got hot at the right time, upsetting South Side Beaver and Shenango before falling to eventual district champion Bishop Canevin in the WPIAL semifinals to earn the program’s first state playoff berth.
State runner-up Cochranton ended Neshannock’s season at 15-5 with a 3-0 sweep at Meadville.