Monday's Westmoreland Sports Notebook

Latrobe wins WCCA title; Batey hired to lead GCC girls soccer; Bushy Run falls in Region 7 final

Mon Jul 25, 2022 - 12:59AM

Sean Meyers Sean Meyers

Last Updated: Mon Jul 25, 2022 - 1:20AM

Host Wildcats win WCCA 7-on-7 football

Greater Latrobe edged Penn-Trafford to claim the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Larry Sellitto Memorial 7-on-7 Championship on Thursday. Playing at Greater Latrobe High School, the Wildcats bested the Warriors 15-9 in the 11th installment of the event. Corey Boerio and Ben Stratton hauled in touchdown passes from QB John Wetzel for the Wildcats in the final. In addition to denying the Warriors their sixth championship, Greater Latrobe bounced two-time defending champion Norwin, and also defeated Valley, Ligonier Valley, Burrell, and Southmoreland. On their route to the final, the Warriors ousted Kiski Area, Yough, Mount Pleasant Area, Derry Area, and Jeannette.

Batey hired to lead GCC girls soccer

One of the most successful soccer programs in the WPIAL has a new head coach, as Kara Batey was approved to lead the Greensburg Central Catholic girls team last week. A Norwin grad, Batey served as an assistant for the Penn-Trafford girls program the past three seasons. She also played collegiately for one season at IUP. Batey replaces Olivia Kruger, who stepped down after guiding the Centurions for two seasons, including a mark of 18-3-0 last fall.

Bushy Run falls in Region 7 championship

The Bushy Run baseball team was denied a Region 7 American Legion title last Tuesday, as the Beavers lost to Phillipsburg 5-3 in the tournament final at Bedford. As a result, Bushy Run concluded with a record of 23-6-1, but failed to qualify for the state tournament. Phillipsburg scored two runs in the sixth inning to notch the victory, while Bushy Run received RBIs from Tyler Freas, Jason Sabol, and Eric Birosak. Earlier in the day, the Beavers edged the Latrobe Jethawks 7-3 in eight innings in the semifinals. Chuck Fontana’s solo home run proved the decisive shot, and the Beavers added three more runs in the extra frame, keyed by a two-run hit by Matt Lichota. Payton Henry provided a solo home run in the defeat for the Jethawks, who finished 26-4-2.

Greater Latrobe, SHU alum Kollar signs with Padres

Former Seton Hill University and Greater Latrobe pitcher Jared Kollar signed a free-agent contract with the San Diego Padres organization last week. Kollar went undrafted in 20 rounds of the MLB Draft, but agreed to a deal on Tuesday night, and will report to the Arizona Complex League Padres. With the Wildcats, Kollar was the ace for the 2017 WPIAL and PIAA Class 5A championship team. He played four years with Seton Hill, appearing in 36 games, including 31 starts. During that action, he went 17-7 with an ERA of 3.05. As a grad transfer, Kollar played for Rutgers this past campaign, posting a record of 8-2 with a 4.36 ERA for the Scarlet Knights, earning Second-Team All-Big Ten accolades.