NEW CASTLE —
Neshannock High golfer Marissa Kirkwood is moving on.
Kirkwood, a sophomore, qualified yesterday for the WPIAL Championships by shooting a six-over 79 at Ponderosa Golf Course in Hookstown. She finished tied for fourth with Central Valley’s Marissa Sudar, who also fired a 79.
It’s the second year in a row Kirkwood qualified for the WPIAL Championship. Last year, she won the WPIAL semifinal event with a 79 at Kittanning Country Club.
“I felt that pretty much every area of my game (yesterday) was pretty good,” Kirkwood said. “I could have done a few things better, but overall it was a pretty solid round.
“You can never be perfect. Even in my best round, there’s always something you can improve on. I played a pretty solid round; I just wanted to advance and get to the WPIAL Championship.”
Golfers who shot a 91 or below advanced to the WPIAL Championship.
The WPIAL Championship will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 30 at Hillcrest Country Club in Lower Burrell. The top 10 from there will move on to the state semifinals.
Central Valley’s Mackenzie Fouse won the event with a 69.
Joey Walz of Seton-La Salle was second with an even-par 73. Maddy MacDanel, also from Central Valley, placed third with a 74.
Kirkwood was three-under after six holes and she finished one-over on the front nine.
“My putting in the beginning was pretty good,” she said. “I sunk a lot of putts that I should have made.
“My tee shots were probably the best they’ve been in a while. I was setting myself up well for the next shot. I might have missed two fairways.”
Neshannock coach Mike Kirkwood, who is Marissa’s dad, was pleased with her outcome.
“I’m really happy for her,” Mike Kirkwood said. “This was a goal she set for herself. She’s put the time in and it’s nice to see it paying off.”
Lucas Villani lifted Shenango to a 202-225 Section 5, Division 2 win over Riverside at Sylvan Heights.
Villani carded a 36 for the Wildcats (6-3) and Ryan Smith was next with a 39. Tyler Booher notched a 41 for Shenango, while Rocco Fiorilli and Jordan Dimeco both supplied a 43.
Lum comes up huge for Wilmington
Wilmington High’s Kyler Lum was all over the soccer field last night against Kennedy Catholic.
Lum scored three goals and added four assists for the Lady Greyhounds in an 8-0 District 10, Region 1-A victory.
“Kyler was in charge of most things,” Wilmington coach Ben Bailey said. “She controlled the ball well all night.”
Anna Hartwell and Leann Wynder both scored two goals for the Lady Greyhounds (2-0 region, 3-3-1 overall) and Mackenzie Smith added another.
Wynder and Allison Krupa registered one assist apiece.
Ally Hahn made eight saves in goal to preserve the shutout.
“Hahn played pretty well in goal,” Bailey said. “She did a good job; one of her saves was on a penalty kick, too.”
Wilmington built a 6-0 lead at the half.
“I thought we looked pretty good tonight,” Bailey said. “We finally started shooting the ball on target; they improved and they were more accurate.”
The Lady Wolverines dropped 25-12, 25-21, 25-13 Section 1-AA road matchup to Hopewell.
Amber Leech delivered three aces and eight assists for Ellwood City Lincoln (1-4, 2-4) and Bailey McKinney added nine blocks.
Susie Blyth scooped up 12 digs for the Lady Wolverines and Allie McKelvey slammed six kills.
Ellwood won the JV match, 27-25, 25-20.
Allie McKelvey notched three blocks, six digs and three kills for the Lady Wolverines, while Emily Brown contributed four assists.
Erika Walley posted nine digs.
Beaver knocked off the host Lady Warriors 25-11, 25-17, 25-23 in Section 1-AA action.
Samantha Carr collected five kills and seven digs for Mohawk (2-4, 3-4) and Maria Fleck notched six digs.
Malea Tress tallied six assists.
The Lady Warriors won the JV match, 21-25, 27-25, 15-9.
Ashley McConnell slammed four kills with eight assists. Erin Giancola added three kills.
Haley Pelini and Victoria Pezzuolo posted three kills.
Makayla Dupont delivered 12 points, 24 assists and three aces to lift Laurel to a 25-18, 25-20, 25-19 Section 3-A home win over Union.
Ally Kendall collected nine points, six digs for the Lady Spartans (4-1, 6-1) and Rachael Baker added eight points and seven kills.
Makenna Natale supplied eight points and three kills.
Laurel won the JV match as well, 25-15, 25-13.
Brittany Kendall paced the Lady Spartans with 10 points and three aces and Stephanie Telesz was next with 10 points and four aces.
The Lady Wildcats remained unbeaten with a 25-22, 25-22, 10-25, 25-15 nonsection road win over Serra Catholic.
Christina Rapone recorded four aces and 21 assists for Shenango (7-0), while Irene Koury notched three blocks.
Marie Gonsar slammed nine kills and Jade Esposito added 31 digs.
The Lady Wildcats won the JV match 25-16, 25-12.
Angelina Sibeto supplied 10 digs for the winners and Sarah Herb chipped in with eight assists.
Cassidy Marett posted 18 points, 26 assists, eight kills and seven digs to lead the Lady Greyhounds to a 25-22, 17-25, 25-15, 25-10 District 10, Region 3-AA victory over Greenville.
Stephanie Parker provided 13 points, 15 digs and three kills for Wilmington (3-0, 5-0) and Katherine Clark collected six points, five kills and seven digs.
Tessa Sikora supplied five points and 24 kills, while Jamie Thompson tallied four points, 15 digs and three assists. Alana Romeo recorded four markers and 10 digs, while Madeline Whiting slammed four kills.
Wilmington won the JV match as well, 25-17, 25-19.
Julia Strobel cashed in eight points and nine assists for the Lady Greyhounds and Jessica Schlumberger spiked seven kills.
Sarah Schwenke served up five aces for Wilmington and Alana Romeo added four assists.
Taylor Frank handed out 32 assists as Neshannock cruised to a 25-12, 25-14, 25-15 Section 3-A win over visiting Western Beaver.
Frank added three aces for the Lady Lancers (3-2, 4-2).
Jenna DeLuca finished with 12 points, four aces and eight kills, while Jordan Wethli tacked on eight points and six kills.
Madison Altmyer chipped in 10 points, three aces and seven kills for the winners and Tayler Grybowski finished with seven points and five kills.
Neshannock posted a 19-25, 25-10, 15-11 victory in JV action.
Neshannock rolled to a 4-1 Section 2-AA victory over visiting Riverside at Pearson Park.
Gabby Giangiuli/Maria Acosta (No. 1) and Erin Warvell/Anna Warvell (No. 2) earned doubles victories for the Lady Lancers (5-3, 5-3).
Cecelia Weingart (No. 1) and Alex Huffman (No. 3) contributed singles wins for Neshannock.
Following are the results:
Neshannock 4, Riverside 1
1. Cecelia Weingart (N) def. Sierra Beighey 7-5, 6-4.
2. Kaitlyn Marweg (R) def. Meg Johntony 6-2, 6-3.
3. Alex Huffman (N) def. Samantha Maietta 6-2, 7-5.
1. Gabby Giangiuli/Maria Acosta (N) def. Brianna Hendrickson/Amanda Fox 6-1, 6-0.
2. Erin Warvell/Anna Warvell (N) def. Angie Fox/Farrah Connaly 6-0, 6-1.
1. Arti-Anna Ribarevski/Anjuli Ribarevski (N) won 7-5.
2. Madison Jones (N) won 7-5.
Lady ’Hounds fall
Despite getting a pair of singles victories, Wilmington fell to visiting Greenville in District 10, Region 1-AA action.
Alanna Elliott (No. 1) and Nikki McCown (No. 3) posted singles victories for the Lady Greyhounds (6-4, 6-4).
Following are the results:
Greenville 3, Wilmington 2
1. Alanna Elliott (W) def. Amanda Dawes 6-1, 6-1.
2. Cameron Leary (G) def. Alexis Donati 6-0, 6-0.
3. Nikki McCown (W) def. Nikki Perry 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
1. Brooke Marini/Jessica Fenton (G) def. Lydea Kraynak/Taylor Cox 6-4, 6-1.
2. Lauren Faber/Mady Gentile (G) def. Holly Vernon/Lydia Zoeller 6-0, 6-3.
1. Chelsea Rogel/Mackenzie Drotleff (W) lost 2-6.
2. Emily Mayes/Marissa Litzenberg (W) lost 5-7.
3. Mayes won 6-1.
4. Hadley Fry/Drotleff won 6-3.
5. Litzenberg won 7-6 (7-5).
NEW CASTLE —
Neshannock High golfer Marissa Kirkwood is moving on.
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