Corey J. Corbin
New Castle News
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.
Lady Lancers cruise
Sydne Slingluff scored twice and assisted on another goal to lead Neshannock to an easy 7-0 home WPIAL Section 1-A win over South Side Beaver.
Slingluff’s first goal came off a penalty kick five minutes into the game and she later scored in the second half for the Lady Lancers (7-2-2, 8-2-3). Annie Litrenta, Kelly Cournan, Rachel Iorio and Caitlin Trotta posted the other Neshannock goals in the first half, while Jenna Herman scored in the second half.
Carly Edman, Chandler Moorhouse and Lauren Hardt were credited with assists.
Madison McHale turned away two shots in goal for the Lady Lancers.
Laurel wins marathon
Mackenzie Mraz posted a triple-double to hand the host Lady Spartans a hard-fought 26-24, 19-25, 25-21, 16-25, 17-15 victory over Section 1-A rival Beaver County Christian.
Mraz finished the night with 15 kills, 12 digs, 11 points and three aces, while Morgan Ritchie tallied 33 assists and eight digs for Laurel (5-3, 8-5).
Ellen Schaffer slammed 11 kills and Callie Ritchie recorded seven points and five kills.
The Lady Spartans also copped a 25-14, 25-22 win in JV action.
Kristan Fedrizzi led the way with 14 points and five aces, while Paige Covelli added seven points and three kills. Shelby Miles had nine kills.
Lady ’Cats roll
Christina Rapone handed out 21 assists as Shenango remained undefeated in Section 1-A play with a 25-6, 25-11, 25-14 over visiting Aliquippa.
Jade Esposito tallied 11 aces and nine digs for the Lady Wildcats (9-0, 11-1), while Nicole Watkins tacked on six kills.
Valentina Vincent posted five aces as Shenango won the JV match 25-10, 25-7.
Brooke Tanner finished with four kills and Sarah Herb added 13 assists. Shelby McCart was credited with four digs.
Lady Scotties win
Christina Noble drilled seven kills and added four aces to lead Union to a 25-9, 25-19 25-12 home win over Western Beaver.
Tyanna Harris handed out 12 assists and posted three aces for the Lady Scotties (4-5, 5-7), while Skylar Thompson had five kills and Dacia Neely tallied 5 digs.
Union also won the JV contest 25-14, 25-11.
Samantha Carr delivered seven kills and nine digs to lead the Lady Warriors to a 25-18, 26-24, 25-17 home victory over New Castle in WPIAL Section 1-AA action.
Malea Tress handed out 16 assists for Mohawk (3-6, 5-7), while Maria Fleck tallied nine kills and three aces.
The Lady Warriors also won the JV contest, 25-18, 25-14.
Victoria Pezzuolo led the way with four aces and three assists, while Ashley McConnell had three aces and three kills.
Ellwood City falls
The Lady Wolverines dropped a 25-19, 25-11, 28-26 Section 1-AA decision to visiting Beaver.
Amber Leech led Ellwood City (2-6, 4-6) with 14 digs and six assists, while Allie McKelvey contributed four blocks and four kills.
The Lady Wolverines also lost 25-14, 25-20 in JV action.
The Lancers fell to WPIAL Section 5-A foe Quigley Catholic, 2-0.
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