WPIAL Team Golf Championships Recap

GCC girls capture eighth straight WPIAL championship

Thu Oct 13, 2022 - 9:30PM

Sean Meyers Sean Meyers

Last Updated: Fri Oct 14, 2022 - 3:29AM

The Greensburg Central Catholic girls golf team continued its reign of dominance, as the Centurions claimed their eighth WPIAL team title in a row on Thursday at Cedarbrook Red Golf Course in Rostraver Township. Greensburg Central Catholic captured the Class 2A crown, finishing with a team score of 366, which was 20 strokes better than second place Mount Pleasant Area.

GCC junior Izzy Aigner was a catalyst for the golden performance, as she shot a four-over-par 75, which was 10 strokes better than anyone else in the field. Aigner also captured the Westmoreland County Coaches Association (WCCA) individual golf title earlier this season.

Sophomore Erica Rodriguez posted the second-best round for the Centurions, as she carded a 94. Haley Gill, the lone senior on the team, compiled a score of 96, freshman Alayna Stawovy shot 101, and junior Macee Magill carded 106.

As a result, GCC advances to the PIAA 2A Girls Championship at Penn State University on Oct. 19.

The Vikings had three golfers score in the 90s, as senior Natalie Miller shot 94, and juniors Gabby Kinneer and Emily Eutsey carded 95 and 97, respectively. Allison Tepper, a junior, shot 100, while senior Reegan Brown finished at 123.

Central Valley and Shady Side Academy rounded out the top teams in Thursday’s competition.

In the girls Class 3A event, a pair of Westmoreland County teams made the final round, as Franklin Regional placed fourth with a total of 357, while Penn-Trafford compiled a score of 396. Peters Township took first, scoring 328.

Meanwhile on the boys side, Belle Vernon Area was denied its first WPIAL Class 2A championship in heartbreaking fashion, as the Leopards were edged by a single stroke in a playoff with Sewickley Academy. Through the first 18 holes, each team totaled 411, one stroke ahead of third-place Quaker Valley.

Playing one additional hole in sudden death, the Panthers scored 21, while the Leopards shot a combined 22.

Junior Rogan Maloney paced Belle Vernon Area, as he shot a three-over 75, the lowest score among Class 2A boys. Additionally, senior Patrick Bush carded a 77 for the Leopards. Freshman Jordan Mocello recorded a round of 83, sophomore Seth Tomalski shot 86, freshman Jack Edwards carded 90, and senior Mark Toth shot 93.

Derry Area finished fourth, with a cumulative score of 431. Senior Hunter Jurica, who captured the WPIAL Class 2A individual title earlier this season, led the way with a round of 77. Classmates Ashton Beighley and Antonio Hauser carded 80 and 87, respectively, while junior Hayden Smolleck and seniors Owen Hammers and Chase Sheffler rounded out the scoring.