Ron Poniewasz Jr.
New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
Laurel High’s Evan Long helped his team make history yesterday.
Long fired a 37 as the Spartans held on for a 201-205 WPIAL Section 5, Division 2 golf victory over Neshannock on the front nine at Castle Hills.
It marked the first time in school history Laurel (6-0 section, 7-0 overall) wrapped up the first half of section play undefeated. It’s also the second time in as many years the Spartans have knocked off Neshannock on the links.
“Neshannock is a powerhouse in our section,” Laurel coach Steve Skerbetz said. “It’s always special when we can get a win against them.
“We were nervous, but we finished strong. I’m proud of my kids. They played great golf against Neshannock.”
Nick Peluso posted a 39 for the Spartans. Tucker Skerbetz, the coach’s son, and Colton Brown both shot a 41 for the winners and Brady Crawford added a 43.
“It’s an exciting time for us,” Steve Skerbetz said. “We’ve never been here. We’ll enjoy the ride.”
Chris Egbert notched a 39 for Neshannock (5-2, 5-3), followed by Marissa Kirkwood and Mike Rozzi each with a 40. Carmen Oliva shot a 41 and Grant Weaver supplied a 45.
Anthony paces ’Hounds
Nate Anthony notched an 87 to lead Wilmington to a fifth-place finish at the District 10, Region 2-AA mega match at Shenango Lake.
The Greyhounds posted a team score of 397 in the 18-hole five-team event. Hickory placed first with a 329 and West Middlesex was second with a 352.
Collin Duffy tallied a 93 for Wilmington and Matt Zimmer shot a 99. Zeb Horchler was next with a 118.
The Lady Greyhounds came up a bit short in a District 10, Region 1-AA road loss to Greenville.
Alanna Elliott (No. 1) and Nikki McCown picked up singles wins for Wilmington (4-2, 4-2).
Following are the results:
Greenville 3, Wilmington 2
1. Alanna Elliott (W) def. Amanda Dawgs 6-1, 6-2.
2. Cameron Leary (G) def. Alexis Donati 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).
3. Nikki McCown (W) def. Nikki Perry 6-2, 6-2.
1. Brooke Marini/Jessica Fenton (G) def. Lydea Kraynak/Holly Vernon 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
2. Lauren Faber/Mady Gentile (G) def. Taylor Cox/Allyson Krupa 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
1. Lydea Zoeller/Chelsea Rogel (W) won 6-4.
2. Kaitlyn Meyer/Mackenzie Drottleff (W) won 6-3.
3. Emily Mayes (W) lost 6-3.
4. Marissa Litzenberg/Chelsea Rogel (W) won 6-2.
5. Hadley Fry/Mackenzie Drottleff (W) won 6-2.
Lady Lancers lose
Neshannock claimed both doubles matches but it wasn’t enough in dropping a 3-2 Section 2-AA road matchup to Beaver.
The doubles tandems of Gabby Giangiuli/Maria Acosta (No. 1) and Erin Warvell/Anna Warvell (No. 2) were victorious for the Lady Lancers (2-1).
Neshannock won the JV match, 3-2.
The Lady Lancers’ Emma Weatherby (No. 1, 9-7), Gabi Janiel (No. 2, 8-3) and Kacey Copple (No. 3, 8-2) all earned singles wins in the match.
Following are the results:
Beaver 3, Neshannock 2
1. Mariah Bridges (B) def. Alex Huffman 6-1, 4-1 (injury default).
2. Mattie Taylor (B) def. Cecelia Weingart 6-3, 6-2.
3. Anne Taylor (B) def. Meg Johntony 6-2, 6-2.
1. Gabby Giangiuli/Maria Acosta (N) def. Katherine Deitrick/Marissa Mamone 7-5, 6-2.
2. Erin Warvell/Anna Warvell (N) def. Kaylee Mateer/Grace Cavatto 6-1, 6-4.
1. Arti-Anna Ribarevski (N) won 6-2.
2. Anjuli Ribarevski (N) won 6-3.
The Lady Warriors knocked off visiting Union in nonsection action 25-17, 20-25, 25-19, 25-14.
Samantha Carr collected six digs, three aces and nine kills for Mohawk (1-1) and Maria Fleck slammed 10 kills with seven blocks and three aces.
McKenzie Stelter scooped up five digs with five kills for the winners, while Malea Tress chipped in 23 assists and three aces.
Union won the JV match, 24-26, 26-24, 15-9.
Erin Giancola posted four kills for the Lady Warriors.
Neshannock holds on
The Lady Lancers’ Sydne Slingluff broke a 1-1 tie with a goal late in the first half in a 2-1 Section 1-A home win over Quigley Catholic.
Slingluff’s goal was assisted by Rachel Iorio.
Neshannock’s Meg McCarthy scored 14 minutes into the game for a 1-0 lead. Quigley Catholic tied it at 1 late in the half, and Slingluff answered immediately for the Lady Lancers (1-0, 2-0).
Annie Litrenta assisted on McCarthy’s goal.
Madison McHale made eight saves in goal for Neshannock.