NEW CASTLE —
Neshannock High girls tennis player Cecilia Weingart made a strong run the last two days.
Weingart reached the WPIAL Section 2-AA individual singles semifinals before falling, and then lost in the consolation match. The two-day event was held at Pearson Park and Brady’s Run.
The top three individuals advance to the WPIAL Singles Championship on Wednesday at Keystone Oaks.
Weingart was seeded fourth overall. She beat Maggie Shablesky (Beaver Falls) in the first round, 10-0. In the quarterfinals, Weingart beat Sierra Beighey (Riverside), 10-8.
Weingart lost in the semifinals to top-seeded Moriah Bridges of Beaver, 6-0, 6-1.
A junior, Weingart lost in the consolation match to Blackhawk’s Kate Fierens, who was seeded third, 6-2, 6-3.
“This is a really great showing for Weingart,” Lady Lancers coach Chuck Dess said. “She moved into the singles spot this year. She’s really just come on strong this year.
“She’s always wanted to play singles. I thought she did a really great job.”
The Lady Lancers’ Meg Johntony, who was unseeded, topped Courtney Norman (New Brighton) in the first round, 10-7. In the quarterfinals, Johntony lost to second-seeded Mattie Taylor (Beaver), 10-3.
Evan Long carded a 34 to lead the Spartans to a 197-258 WPIAL Section 5, Division 2 win over Mohawk on the back nine at Mohawk Trails.
Nick Peluso followed with a 36 for Laurel (9-0), while Colton Brown and Tucker Skerbetz both notched a 42. Nolan Firmi scored a 43.
Anthony Bartolone paced the Warriors (1-5, 1-6) with a 48. Andy Ferrucci and Caleb Pierog both shot a 52 for Mohawk, while Samson Needler and Alex Scurlock each contributed a 53.
Ryan Dugan notched a 41 for New Castle in a 197-222 Section 5, Division 3 loss to Moon at Montour Heights Country Club.
Nick Malizia was next for the Red Hurricane (3-5, 4-5) with a 43 and Kyle Smith supplied a 44. Gino Quahliero shot a 45 and Robert Natale Jr. added a 49.