Last Updated: Fri Oct 13, 2023 - 2:46PM
A pair of Westmoreland County golf teams captured WPIAL titles on Thursday, as the Greensburg Central Catholic girls extended their historic run, while the Belle Vernon Area boys claimed gold for the first time.
The Centurions reigned atop WPIAL Class 2A for the ninth year in a row, the second-longest streak in WPIAL history. GCC took first by a comfortable margin, 24 strokes better than Central Valley and Mount Pleasant Area, which tied yesterday at the Cedarbrook Red Golf Course in Belle Vernon.
Greensburg Central Catholic senior Izzy Aigner carded a 3-over 74, by far the best round among all of the golfers in the competition. Also for GCC (9-0), sophomore Alayna Stawovy shot 92, senior Macee Mcgill fired a 99, freshman Kennedy Kelly scored 114, and junior Janelle Koval carded 125. The top four rounds are included for the team score of 379.
The Vikings compiled a score of 403, led by senior Emily Eutsey and freshman Morgan Miller, each of whom shot 98. However, Central Valley edged Mount Pleasant Area in a one-hole playoff to finish as the runner up.
Seton-LaSalle junior Emily Obara finished behind Aigner for the best individual round, as she posted a score of 85.
The Centurions and Warriors subsequently advance to the PIAA Class 2A Team Championship, which will be held on Wednesday at Penn State University. GCC previously captured state gold in consecutive years - 2018 and 2019.
On the boys side, the Leopards stood above the rest in Class 2A. Belle Vernon Area edged second-place Neshannock by five strokes on Thursday at Cedarbrook, the home course for BVA.
The Leopards finished as runners-up in 2022.
Rogan Maloney led the way for Belle Vernon Area, as the senior shot a 7-over 79. Also for the Leopards, sophomore Jack Edwards carded 81, sophomore Jordan Mocello fired 85, junior Seth Tomalski and senior John Bellisimo each scored 86, and Trevor Kovatch compiled a round of 95. The five best scores counted towards the team total of 417.
Quaker Valley junior Ethan Dai produced the lowest round of the competition, as he carded a 2-over 74.
The Leopards will move on to the PIAA Class 2A Team Championship at Penn State on Wednesday.