High school notebook: Catholic girls in Greensburg Central look to extend their WPIAL golf title streak
Sunday 10 October 2021 | 5:23 p.m.
Greensburg Central Catholic climbs the stairs at seven.
The women’s golf team will take part in their seventh consecutive WPIAL Championship on Thursday at the Cedarbrook Golf Course in Rostraver.
The Centurions will only have to beat three teams: Central Valley, Elizabeth Forward and Mt. Pleasant.
Last year, GCC won by 99 strokes.
Central Valley could push them as he sacked his entire lineup from last year’s third-place squad, including juniors Kennady Norton and Mya Mrkonja.
GCC, however, was unbeatable against the Class 2A competition. And he has a senior roster that includes Meghan Zambruno, Ella Zambruno and Olivia Kana and sophomore Izzy Aigner, all of whom qualified for the PIAA 2A Individual Final on October 18 in York.
GCC has won 60 straight section matches since 2016.
“It’s about continuing the tradition after what my sisters have done here,” said Meghan Zambruno. “Winning championships is always the goal. “
The WPIAL women’s golf team record for consecutive titles belongs to Upper St. Clair, who won 12 in a row from 1994-2005. GCC’s streak comes in second.
The Sewickley Academy boys, set to come out of a 10-team semi-final on Tuesday at Meadowink Golf Course, will look to add to their WPIAL brand with a ninth consecutive title.
The boys finals will also be held Thursday at Cedarbrook.
Defending champion Franklin Regional, Belle Vernon, Hempfield and Penn-Trafford will also be in action in Tuesday’s 3A semi-finals.
The Franklin and Hempfield freshman regional program, meanwhile, will compete in the 3A Women’s Championship.
Pitt offers Whitlock
Belle Vernon football star Devin Whitlock has his second favorite offering from a Power 5 school, and another local, on top of that.
Pitt offered an opportunity for Whitlock, the 5-foot-8, 165-pound senior, who plays quarterback and defensive back for the WPIAL Class 4A Class 4A Leopards.
It also has a preferred offer from West Virginia. Youngstown State offered a full scholarship.
Derry wins the “Ship”
Derry was one of five schools to win the annual WPIAL Sportsmanship Award, joining Hampton, Laurel, Moon and Upper St. Clair.
Derry had already won the award four times. The award has been around for 25 years and rewards schools that “best demonstrate the elements of good sportsmanship”.
WPIAL accepts nominations and then the district sportsmanship committee selects the five winners.
Derry will receive a 4×6 banner to hang in his gym.
The winning schools will be honored at the WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit scheduled for November 17 at the Heinz History Center and Sports Museum.
Former Westmoreland County winners are Franklin Regional, Latrobe, Southmoreland, Greensburg Salem, Mt. Pleasant, Penn-Trafford, Norwin, Hempfield and Yough.
On the run
The next Westmoreland County Coaches Association event will take place this week. The annual boys and girls cross country championships are held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Westmoreland County Community College.
Corinn Brewer of Greensburg Central Catholic will return to defend her 2019 women’s title. Races were called off last year.
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The ranking and review website, Niche.com, lists Penn-Trafford as Westmoreland County’s # 1 school district for athletes.
The school received a four and a half star rating with an A-plus rating for athletics and an overall rating of A.
The top 9 list also includes Mt. Pleasant at # 2, Norwin # 3, Hempfield # 4 and Jeannette # 5, followed by Franklin Regional, Latrobe, Burrell and Greensburg Salem.
Franklin Regional senior baseball player Thomas Nicely has announced he will continue his playing career at Penn State Behrend.
–Second-year basketball player Alayna Rocco, who plays for North Catholic but has ties to Westmoreland County, has four Division I offers after receiving one from Bowling Green.
The others are from Akron, Charlotte and Toledo.
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