High School Girls Volleyball Notebook (Sept. 30, 2016)

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Ken Wunderley has this week's Girls Volleyball Notebook. Read his story below.

2016 0930 OaklandCatholic GVolleyball(Photo: Oakland Catholic junior Moira Folan sets the ball at the Upper St. Clair tournament. J.J. LaBella/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

Oakland Catholic girls volleyball coach Karisa Haslett used 25 players at the 12-team South Fayette tournament Sept. 24, but most of them were not in attendance when the Eagles were awarded the championship trophy.

"Saturday was also Central Catholic's homecoming, so most of the girls left to attend homecoming," Haslett said. "I had 10 players left when we started the playoff round."

The Eagles played nine sets during the day-long competition and won eight, including three in the playoff round, en route to the title. In the title game, the Eagles defeated South Fayette, 25-16.

"I use three different starting lineups for our section matches," Haslett said. "I'm very fortunate to have a talented varsity lineup that has depth at every position. I can't pinpoint a starting six, or even starting eight. Our lineup depends on the opponent we are playing and where they are strong. I try to match up with our competition."


Golf: WPIAL championships headed to hallowed grounds of Oakmont

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White reports that the WPIAL Class 3A golf championship will be played at Oakmont Country Club.

"The place where Jack, Arnie, Tiger and so many other greats walked and played for championships will welcome a bunch of high school teenagers next week.

Three-and-a-half months after playing host to the U.S. Open, Oakmont Country Club opens it arms to a WPIAL golf championship.

Thirty-six golfers will converge Tuesday on the hallowed ground of Oakmont to vie for the Class 3A boys title. The WPIAL likes to stage some of its championships at big-time venues, like Heinz Field for football or Petersen Events Center for basketball. But Oakmont is beyond big time. It is a cathedral of sports venues. This would be like playing a high school baseball title game at Fenway Park in Boston.

The WPIAL has crowned golf champions since 1938. Only a few times has a championship been contested at Oakmont, and this is the first time in almost three decades. The first was in 1944. The last was 1987, when the leader of the event headed into the final hole with a sizeable lead before ol' Oakmont bared its teeth. Center's Gary Frye took a 9 on No. 18 and walked away with an 82 and a one-shot loss to Geibel's George Laskey."


Golf: Riverside's Fox dethrones champ at WPIAL 2A golf championship

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Keith Barnes covered Thursday's WPIAL Class 2A boys golf championship.

2016 0930 Riverside BGolf(Photo: Riverside's Skyler Fox tees off in the first hole in the WPIAL Class 2A boys golf championships Thursday at Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley. Fox won the event by one stroke. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)

"Skyler Fox has received his share of accolades and stood victorious on the 18th green on quite a few occasions.

Even so, the Riverside freshman had a few butterflies fluttering around Thursday afternoon when he stood over his par putt at the finishing hole of the WPIAL 2A individual championship at Allegheny Country Club.

"My drive was bad, and I ended up in the fescue and I hit a good shot to the green," Fox said. "I knew the second putt was for the win, and that one was a little easier."

After his birdie putt slid past the hole, Fox rallied for a short 2-footer to save par and finished with a 2-over-par 72 to beat defending champion Jason Li of Sewickley Academy and South Park junior Tyler Brinker by one stroke. He also became the first freshman to win the WPIAL 2A title since Max Kaminsky of Serra Catholic in 2010."


High School Golf Notebook (Sept. 30, 2016)

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Keith Barnes has this week's Golf Notebook.

"A flag was displayed at half-mast at Hannastown Country Club for the WPIAL Class 3A boys golf individual semifinal, a tribute to Latrobe native Arnold Palmer who passed away Sunday at age 87.

While the world mourned the golf icon, another Palmer, Franklin Regional sophomore Palmer Jackson, continued his quest to do what his namesake accomplished 70 years ago and win his first WPIAL title.

Jackson finished the day with a 2-over 70 that tied two other golfers for first place and earned him a spot in the championships Tuesday at Oakmont. The top 18 players moved on to the next round.

"I think I got the job done," Jackson said. "Obviously I wanted to be the low, but really it's just about advancing.""


The Fumbler (Sept. 30, 2016)

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The Fumbler gives his picks for the Week 5 games.

"How about that debate Monday night?

Watch the Pirates play the Cubs or the Saints take on the Falcons?

Not an easy call.

It was one The Fumbler had to make, though, this after his request to moderate the presidential debate was turned down. The Fumbler was flabbergasted. He had thought he was a shoo-in for the job. Instead, it was given to some guy he had never even heard of."