New Castle News


October 4, 2013

Fall Sports: A roundup of action from October 3

HERMITAGE — The Laurel golf team added another feather to its cap yesterday.

After posting Tri-County and section titles recently, the Spartans beat  31 schools to secure their first Tam O’Shanter Golf Invitational with a score of 308.

Laurel outlasted Titusville (316), Mercyhurst Prep (322), Butler (322) and Elk County Catholic (328) to earn the team title at the 32nd annual invitational.

Neshannock recorded a 337 to finish in 11th place, while New Castle (357, 17th place), Union (372, 22nd) and Ellwood City (382, 27th) also participated.

The remainder of the field included: Fairview (331), Erie Cathedral Prep (332), Mercer (334), Slippery Rock (334), Meadville (336), Grove City (345), Erie McDowell (346), Kennedy Catholic (346), Fort LeBoeuf (353), Cambridge Springs (354), Greenville (358), Hickory (362), Riverside (366), Reynolds (366), Lakeview (375), Union City (376), Corry (381), Sharon (381), Franklin (387), Erie Strong Vincent (390), West Middlesex (409) and North East (didn’t field full team).

“It just keeps on going,” Laurel coach Steve Skerbetz said. “I hope it keeps on going next week with the WPIAL team stuff. With that many teams, it’s a huge confidence-booster for our kids to know they can step in and beat that kind of competition.”

Spartans teammates Evan Long and Nick Peluso finished in the top 10, earning medals. Long, a freshman, shot a 74 to finish in third place, while his senior teammate carded a 76 for eighth place.

Laurel sophomores Tucker Skerbetz and Colton Brown finished with a 77 and 81, respectively.

“I know Colton Brown had the highest score of our guys, but he played well on the back nine,” said Steve Skerbetz, Tucker’s dad. “The other three played solid ball. I don’t care where you’re playing, those scores are just good golf.”

By winning the WPIAL Section 5, Division 2 championship, the Spartans secured a place in the WPIAL team semifinals, which will be held at Castle Hills and Greensburg’s Cherry Creek golf courses Tuesday.  Pairings are expected to be released today.

“We’re still waiting to hear from the WPIAL office whether we’ll play at Castle Hills or Cherry Creek,” Steve Skerbetz said. “The three young guys have a wealth of experience and Nicky just holds it all together. If he’s playing bad, no one knows. He just plugs along.”

Cambridge Springs’ Trevor Rodgers earned medalist honors with a 70, while Hickory’s Billy Colbert was second with a 71.

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