WPIAL 2A & 3A Boys’ Golf Team Finals Set
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) held its 2A and 3A Boys’ Golf Team Semifinals on Tuesday, with a total of 12 teams across the two classifications qualifying for Thursday’s championship round at Cedarbrook Golf Course in Belle Vernon.
Each team could play six golfers, with their top five scoring for the team. A total of three teams advanced through to the semifinal round. The 2A and 3A Boys’ Golf Team Finals are set for a 10:00 a.m. start on Thursday.
BEAVER VALLEY 3A SEMIFINAL RECAP [Results]
Central Catholic, Seneca Valley, and Mt. Lebanon were the three teams that emerged from Beaver Valley Golf Club on Tuesday, with the Vikings’ score of 365 besting the field by 24 strokes. Central Catholic featured four of the top five scorers en route to victory, with junior Rocco Salvitti’s four-under 68 good enough for medalist honors.
Held at the par-72, 6,310-yard Beaver Valley Golf Club in Beaver Falls, Central Catholic, Seneca Valley (389), and Mt. Lebanon (401) were followed on the leaderboard by Upper St. Clair (409), Shady Side Academy (412), Belle Vernon (417), Moon (423), Blackhawk (436), Bethel Park (445), and West Allegheny (445).
Salvitti led an impressive effort by the Vikings, with Carter Pitcairn finishing second at an even-par 72. Dan Donahue and Christian Harhai both carded a 74 (+2), and Connor Walker completed the five scorers with a 77 (+5).
Seneca Valley’s Nolan Nicklas broke up the Central Catholic party in the individual top five, firing a 73 (+1) to finish in third place. He was joined by Lucas Bruns and Joel Goodzinski, who both posted a 76 (+4), as well as Luke Robertson (81, +9) and Nolan Kummer (83, +11) among the Raiders’ scorers.
It was a balanced effort for Mt. Lebanon, with each of its six golfers entering the clubhouse with scores between 79 and 83. Hollis Whalen and Jackson Shellenberger both registered a team-best 79 (+7), followed by Josh Shellenberger at 80 (+8). Zach Dyke (81, +9) and Callan Wilcox (82, +10) rounded out the Blue Devils’ scorers.
Central Catholic is the only returning qualifier from last year and has now made 15 consecutive WPIAL Team Finals. Seneca Valley last competed in the 2019 edition, while this will be Mt. Lebanon’s first finals appearance since 2017.
THE LINKS AT SPRING CHURCH 3A SEMIFINAL RECAP [Results]
Fox Chapel, Mars, and Peters Township advanced out of a highly contested field from The Links at Spring Church, with the Foxes posting a 387 to win the event by 10 strokes. Medalist honors went to Fox Chapel senior Eli Yofan, who carded a 71 (-1) to give the team two finishers inside the top four.
Hosted at The Links at Spring Church, a par-72, 6,353-yard course in Apollo, Fox Chapel (387), Mars (397), and Peters Township (398) were joined on the links by Franklin Regional (401), Penn Trafford (402), Hempfield (432), Uniontown (448), Laurel Highlands (450), and Montour (451).
Yofan was accompanied inside the top four by David Fuhrer, who registered a 74 (+2) to finish in a tie for fourth. Owen Delandy carded a 75 (+3), followed by Zach Paper (83, +11) and John Paul Walsh (84, +12) making up the Fox Chapel scorers.
Mars was led by Blake Bertolo, who was also part of the three-way tie for fourth at 74 (+2). Ryan Steigerwald carded a 77 (+5), and both Will Campbell and Wes Scurci posted an 81 (+9). The final Fighting Planets scorer was Raghav Kalbhur at 84 (+12).
Peters Township was balanced with each of its six golfers scoring between 78 and 84. A pair of freshmen, Colton Lusk and Nick Haught, led the Indians with tallies of 78 (+6) and 79 (+7), respectively. Austin Malley also posted a 79 (+7), with Kyle McClintock (80, +8) and Nick Wetzel (82, +10) completing the five scorers.
Penn Trafford’s Nick Turowski finished runner-up individually with an even-par 72. Franklin Regional saw Nolan Shilling (73, +1) and Jeff Anderchak (74, +2) place inside the top four.
Fox Chapel has made nine consecutive WPIAL Team Finals, while Thursday’s appearance will mark Peters Township’s 15 straight.
INDIAN RUN 2A SEMIFINAL RECAP [Results]
Quaker Valley, Carmichaels, and Waynesburg Central will be moving onto the 2A Team Final following their performances at Indiana Run Golf Course, with the Quakers’ score of 385 earning the team win by 17 strokes. Quaker Valley had three of the top-five finishers on its team, and freshman Ethan Dai brought home medalist honors after carding an even-par 72.
Held at the par-72, 6,291-yard Indian Run Golf Course in Avella, Quaker Valley (385), Carmichaels (402), and Waynesburg Central (417) were followed in the standings by Neshannock (433), Northgate (444), South Side (450), McGuffey (455), Riverside (459), and Hopewell (495).
Dai was joined in the individual top five by runner-up Jackson Bould and fourth-place Eva Bulger, who registered rounds of 75 (+3) and 76 (+4), respectively. Kyle Rice carded an 80 (+8) to score for the Quakers, while Adam Tanabe and Adam Renner both recorded an 82 (+10).
Carmichaels was led by fifth-place finisher Dustin Hastings, who fired a five-over 77. Rolin Burghy was right behind him with a 78 (+6), followed by Mason Lapuna at eight-over 80. Liam Lohr (82, +10) and Dominic Colarusso (85, +13) completed the five scorers.
Dawsom Fowler posted the best Waynesburg Central round with a six-over 78. Matt Ankrom registered an 80 (+8) to place second on the team, with Evan Davis (81, +9), Hudson Pincavitch (85, +13), and Braden Benke (93, +21) rounding out the Raiders’ five scorers.
Quaker Valley is making its third consecutive WPIAL Team Final appearance, while it will be the second straight for Carmichaels. Waynesburg Central snapped a 14-year drought with their third-place finish, last qualifying in 2007.
MEADOWINK 2A SEMIFINAL RECAP [Results]
Derry, North Catholic, and Sewickley Academy qualified for the 2A Team Final qualifiers after their efforts at Meadowink Golf Course. The Trojans claimed the team win by 20 strokes with a 396, with junior Ashton Beighley taking home medalist honors after a round of one-over 73.
Hosted by Meadowink Golf Course, a par-72, 6,139-yard score in Murrysville, Derry (396), North Catholic (416), and Sewickley Academy (418) were joined on the links by Greensburg Central Catholic (438), Keystone Oaks (460), Elizabeth Forward (464), Bishop Canevin (478), Burrell (496), Riverview (528), and Valley (549).
Derry provided the three best scores of the afternoon, with Beighley joined by Hunter Jurica (76, +4) and Antonio Hauser (76, +4) on the podium. Jon Hugus (84, +12) and Nick Thomas (87, +15) rounded out the five scorers.
North Catholic was led by Ethan Ellis, who carded an eight-over 80. Zach Cozza and Teagan McTighe were right behind him with scores of 81 (+9) and 83 (+11), respectively. Justin Kontul (85, +13) and Erik Schneider (87, +15) also scored for the Trojans.
Sewickley Academy had the fourth and fifth-place finishers on its side, with Joey Mucci (77, +5) and Will Duggan (79, +7) doing the honors. Severin Harmon (86, +14), Karav Kad (87, +15), and Jack Gordon (89, +17) were the other three scorers.
Greensburg Central Catholic’s Jorge Rodriguez shared fifth place individually with Duggan, registering a seven-over 79.
Sewickley Academy will look to continue its unprecedented run, as it has won the last eight WPIAL 2A Boys’ Golf Team championships. Derry has now qualified for three consecutive finals, while North Catholic returns after a one-year hiatus.