NEW CASTLE —
The Shenango High boys golf team is moving on.
The Wildcats secured the final playoff berth out of WPIAL Section 5, Division 2 play with a 212-226 win over Union at Sylvan Heights.
Lucas Villani led Shenango (9-3) with a 41, while Matt Benson and Tyler Booher both shot a 42. Ryan Smith supplied a 43 and Rocco Fiorilli fired a 44.
Attempts to reach Wildcats coach John Dado for comments were unsuccessful.
Cole Gorgacz garnered a 43 for the Scotties. Jacob Jendrysik and Austin Burk both scored a 44. Michael Galmarini contributed a 47 and Jeff Schindel added a 48.
Laurel finishes perfect
Tucker Skerbetz carded a one-under 35 to lift the Spartans to a 190-226 Section 5, Division 2 win over Neshannock on the front nine at Green Meadows.
Laurel (12-0, 13-0) heads into the WPIAL playoffs unbeaten for the first time in the program’s history. The Spartans won their first section championship over a week ago as well.
“We couldn’t write a better script to our season,” said Spartans coach Steve Skerbetz, who is Tucker’s dad. “I am so proud of our kids. All eight guys on varsity have contributed in some way to our success.”
Evan Long contributed a 36 for Laurel, while Nick Peluso and Colton Brown each shot a 38. Nolan Firmi fired a 43 for the winners.
Grant Weaver and Chris Egbert both paced the Lancers (8-4) with a 40. Marissa Kirkwood shot a 47, Mike Rozzi notched a 49 and Mark Moses added a 50.
The WPIAL playoff pairings are slated to be announced later in the week and the semifinals are set for Tuesday. The top three teams from each Division 2 semifinal site will advance to the team championship round on Oct. 10. The WPIAL team champion will advance to the PIAA finals on Oct. 23.
New Castle falls
Gino Quahliero posted a 40 for New Castle in a 201-214 season-ending Section 5, Division 3 loss to Blackhawk at Black Hawk Golf Course. It was played on the third set of nine-hole courses.
Ryan Dugan was next for the Red Hurricane (3-9, 3-9) with a 41 and Kyle Smith supplied a 42. Nick Malizia scored a 43 and Tyler Williams tallied a 48.