Peters Township, Greensburg Central Catholic Capture WPIAL Girls’ Golf Team Titles

Friday, October 14, 2022

Belle Vernon, Pa. – The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) crowned its girls’ golf team champions in the 2A and 3A classifications on Thursday at the Cedarbrook Golf Course in Belle Vernon. In 3A, Peters Township captured its second title, and in 2A, Greensburg Central Catholic took home its eighth consecutive championship.

Peters Township previously won in 2020 and was the 3A runner-up in 2021. Greensburg Central Catholic extended its streak to eight straight WPIAL girls’ golf team titles in 2A, which is the second longest consecutive mark in league history behind Upper St. Clair’s run of 12 straight titles from 1994-2005. The Centurions have now won in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.

The girls’ titles were contested on the par-71, 5,400-yard Red Course. Teams played five golfers with their top four accounting for the team’s score, and they qualified for today’s championships by finishing inside of the top two of their respective sections after the regular season.

With their victories, Peters Township and Greensburg Central Catholic qualify for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Girls’ Golf Team Championships, and runners-up North Allegheny (3A) and Mt. Pleasant (2A) earned wild card qualification. The PIAA Championships are set to be held on Wednesday, October 19 at Penn State Golf Courses.

3A RECAP [Results]
For the second time in three seasons, Peters Township is champions of 3A WPIAL girls’ golf as its score of 328 bested runner-up North Allegheny by two strokes. The Indians and Tigers finished at the top of an eight-team field that included Moon (349), Franklin Regional (357), South Fayette (383), Penn-Trafford (396), Fox Chapel (399), and Butler (419).

The Indians were led by sophomore Brooke Vowcheck, who carded a 78 (+7) to place third individually. Freshman Ellie Benson registered an 81 (+10) to tie for sixth, and sophomore Sophia Severns (82, +11) finished eighth. Junior Amelia Severns posted an 87 (+16) to round out the team’s scoring.

North Allegheny senior Katie Rose Rankin was the individual runner-up with a score of 77 (+6). The Tigers also had junior Megan Manesiotis (79, +8) and senior Lauren Kardos (85, +14) inside the top 10 at fifth and ninth, respectively. Junior Amber Roth (89, +18) was the team’s final scorer.

South Fayette senior Marissa Malosh, the classification’s individual champion, was the low scorer on the afternoon with a 70 (-1). Moon had senior Alizabeth Cross (78, +7) tie for third, and her classmate Julia Barthelemy (86, +15) place 10th. Franklin Regional junior Ali Boyle shared sixth after finishing with an 81 (+10).

Peters Township is searching for its first PIAA title, while North Allegheny is looking for its fourth after winning in 2015, 2017, and 2018.

2A RECAP [Results]
Greensburg Central Catholic continued its hold of the WPIAL 2A Girls’ Golf Team Championship trophy, winning its eighth consecutive and overall championship. The Centurions’ score of 366 was 20 strokes better than runner-up Mt. Pleasant (386), with Central Valley (390), and Shady Side Academy (396) rounding out the four-team field.

Junior Izabela Aigner was the classification’s low scorer, pacing Greensburg Central Catholic with a 75 (+4). Sophomore Erica Rodriguez tied for fifth individually after posting a 94 (+23), with senior Haley Gill (96, +25) and freshman Alayna Stawovy (101, +30) also scoring for the Centurions.

Mt. Pleasant was led by senior Natalie Miller, who shared fifth with Rodriguez following a round of 94 (+23). Juniors Gabby Kinneer and Emily Eutsey carded 95 (+24) and 97 (+26), respectively, and classmate Allison Tepper rounded out the team’s scorers with a 100 (+29).

Central Valley claimed the second and third spots on the individual leaderboard with seniors Mya Mrkonja (85, +14) and Kennedy Norton (89, +18). Shady Side Academy senior Neely Nicholson posted a 93 (+21) to place fourth.

Greensburg Central Catholic previously captured PIAA crowns in 2018 and 2019. This will be Mt. Pleasant’s first appearance in the PIAA Championships.

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