NEW CASTLE —
The Laurel High golf team is on fire.
The Spartans posted the lowest score in their history and freshman Evan Long tied an individual school scoring record with a 31 in a 183-210 Section 5, Division 2 victory over Union at Rolling Hills.
The teams played the back nine as a par 34, which meant that Long tied Jordan Macri’s school record of three under, according to coach Steve Skerbetz. Long birdied Nos. 11, 13, 15 and 17 and had a lone 3-putt bogey on No. 14. He hit his tee shot to 15 feet on the Par 3 No. 18 hole, only to have his bid for the school record outright slide just right of the hole.
Although the 183 was not a school record relative to par, it is the lowest score ever posted by the Spartans.
Laurel (7-0) also got a 36 from Tucker Skerbetz, the coach’s son, a 37 from Nick Peluso, 39 from Nolan Firmi (in just his third varsity match) and 40 from Colton Brown.
Jacob Jendrysik and Austin Burk paced Union (4-4) with 37s, followed by Mike Galmarini with a 43, Cole Gorgacz with a 44 and Jeff Schindel with a 49.
Malizia leads ’Canes
Nick Malizia shot a 37 to lead New Castle past Ambridge, 203-220.
The Section 5, Division 3 match was played over the back nine Sylvan Heights. Par is 35.
Robert Natale Jr. added a 39 for the Red Hurricane and Ryan Dugan and Gino Quahliero chipped in with 41s. Kyle Smith added a 45.
New Castle is now 3-4 in the section.
Manickas paces Neshannock
Neshannock High cross country standout Lizzie Manickas put together a strong effort Saturday.
Manickas cruised to a first-place finish in the Big Red Invitational, which was hosted by West Middlesex. Manickas tallied a time of 19:27, winning by 40 seconds.
The Lady Lancers took ninth as a team with 239 points.
Elaina McNatt took 25th for Neshannock’s girls junior high team in 10:45.
Neshannock’s boys team placed sixth in the boys white division with 178 points. West Middlesex won the team crown with 66 markers.
Robbie Kroner led the Lancers, finishing fourth in 17:16. Austin Moose placed 12th for Neshannock in 17:56 and Chris Noga was 28th in 19:04.
New Castle’s boys team finished third in the red division with 126 points. Knoch won the title with 71 tallies.
Mike Mazzanti paced the Red Hurricane, finishing ninth in 17:47 and Trevor Blackwell was 12th in 17:51. Chris Mazzanti took 25th in 18:44 and Josh McFall was 31st in 19:10.
Laurel’s Alison Filer placed second in the girls red division in 19:53. The Lady Spartans took fourth overall with 118 markers. North East won the team title with 46 points and Hickory was next with 88.
Cassandra Patterson finished eighth for Laurel in 20:47, Kristin Dicks was 20th in 21:31, Katie Schrantz was 42nd in 22:55 and Kacee Caughey finished 46th. Her time wasn’t provided.
Laurel’s Clint Glenn took ninth in the boys race in the white division in 17:50. The Spartans claimed ninth place overall with 221 markers.
Bryan Taylor was 36th in 19:12 for Laurel, followed by Alex Hudak (52nd), Josh Hassett (59th) and Jake Wright (65th), all with no times listed.
Jarod Smith paced the Spartans’ junior high runners, placing 31st in 10:00 and Katie Frew was 36th in 10:59.
New Castle’s girls claimed seventh place with 192 points.
Andrea Lansdowne took 16th for the Lady ’Canes in 21:22 and Caitlyn Adamo was 35th in 22:31. Kelcey Seth was next in 36th in 22:31.
New Castle’s Alyssa Salem was 28th in 10:49 in the girls junior high event.
The Wilmington girls took third in the red division with 102 points.
Kate Robb paced the Lady Greyhounds, finishing seventh in 20:35. Allison Baldwin was 14th in 21:17 and Rikki Brumbaugh took 23rd in 21:40. Hannah Winters (26th, 21:54), Hannah Drake (32nd, 22:29), and Lexi Brumbaugh (38th, 22:36) also participated.
Wilmington’s Calvin Gealy took 10th in the boys race in 17:49. Greyhounds junior high runners Mei Williams, Nathan Twigg, Jake Burdett, Jacob Winters, and Jordan Nichols eared medals in the meet.
Neshannock and Wilmington played to a 0-0 nonsection draw.
Madison McHale made 10 saves for the host Lady Lancers (2-0-1).
NEW CASTLE —
The Laurel High golf team is on fire.
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