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Boys Golf: 2014 East Season Preview

Written by Joe Koch on .

Class AAA: Hempfield could be a serious contender

With another year of experience under their collective belts, expect some serious noise to come from the Hempfield High boys golf team on both the individual and team levels.

The Spartans did not qualify for the WPIAL Class AAA team championship a year ago. But with four returning players -- three of them seniors -- the Spartans served notice a year ago they are ready to be taken seriously.

They showed that this past Sunday as they were one of two WPIAL teams to compete in the Central Dauphin High Boys Golf Invitational in Harrisburg. The Spartans placed third in the 21-team field with a stroke total of 303, just eight strokes behind Peters Township, also a serious contender for the WPIAL team championship.

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Girls Golf: 2014 East Season Preview

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Penn-Trafford did not see one of its players advance beyond the WPIAL Class AAA individual championship a year ago. But when it came to working as a team, the Warriors gave a textbook performance in how to work together.

With solid efforts from all of its players, Penn-Trafford took top honors in the WPIAL Class AAA team championship with 344 strokes, four strokes ahead of the total posted by runner-up North Allegheny.

The WPIAL title earned Penn-Trafford a trip to York's Heritage Hills Resort the Warriors placed second out of five teams with 370 strokes. The team graduated three starters -- Royse Bechtel, Casey Doran and Rachael Huber. But there is a strong foundation as senior Elisabeth Papa and sophomore Amanda Conner -- both return. Conner was her team's second-best performer at the team state championship with a 92.

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Boys Golf: 2014 East Players to Watch

Written by Joe Koch on .

Here are some East boys golfers to keep an eye on this season.

Sasha Lobel, Senior, Allderdice
Nick Cuny, Senior, Central Catholic
Javon Trout, Senior, Hempfield
Fisher Bagiatis, Senior, Hempfield
Andy Roshkosh, Senior, Hempfield
Andrew Reynolds, Senior, Plum
Will Robinson, Senior, Winchester Thurston
Max Pollock, Senior, Winchester Thurston

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Girls Golf: 2014 East Players to Watch

Written by Joe Koch on .

Here are some East girls golfers to keep an eye on this season.

Johnna Beener, Junior, Gateway
Anna Wears, Senior, Latrobe
Amanda Conner, Sophomore, Penn-Trafford
Olivia Zambruno, Sophomore, Greensburg Central Catholic
Audrey Clawson, Junior, Freeport

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Girls Volleyball: 2014 East Players to Watch

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Volleyball competition begins on Friday, Aug. 29. Below are players from the East Xtra zone coverage area who were recognized last season as underclassmen on Section, WPIAL, and PVCA All-Star Teams. Height and position listed with each player is from last year.

Class AAA
*-Morgan DeFloria, Hempfield (6-0, Sr., OH) - Section 1-AAA First Team, WPIAL Second Team
*-Maria Ferragonio, Norwin (5-9, Jr., S) - Section 1-AAA First Team, WPIAL Second Team
*-Maddie Holmberg, Hempfield (5-11, Sr., OH) - Section 1-AAA First Team, WPIAL Second Team
*-Maria Palarino, Penn-Trafford (5-10, Sr., OH) - Section 1-AAA First Team, WPIAL Third Team
*-Reilley Parker, Norwin (5-7, Sr., L) - Section 1-AAA First Team, WPIAL Third Team
*-Angela Tarabrella, Penn-Trafford (5-7, Sr., RH) - Section 1-AAA First Team
*-Meghan Maffei, Oakland Catholic (5-7, Sr., L) - Section 4-AAA First Team
*-Rachel Satira, Plum (6-2, Sr., RH) - Section 4-AAA First Team
*-Courtney Zezza, Plum (6-2, Sr., MH) - Section 4-AAA First Team
*-Laura Buchanan, Norwin (6-2, Sr., RS) - Section 1-AAA Second Team
*-Noelle Carota, Latrobe (5-11, Jr., OH) - Section 1-AAA Second Team
*-Jazmyn Charles, Franklin Regional (5-7, Sr., RS) - Section 1-AAA Second Team
*-Lexi Irwin, Hempfield (5-9, Sr., S) - Section 1-AAA Second Team
*-Gillian Kane, Franklin Regional (5-6, Sr., OH) - Section 1-AAA Second Team
*-Leah Knizner, Hempfield (5-9, Sr., RH) - Section 1-AAA Second Team
*-Liz Recchia, Kiski Area (5-10, Sr., S) - Section 1-AAA Second Team
*-Maddie Gestrich, Plum (5-6, Jr., S) - Section 4-AAA Second Team
*-Clarissa Hankinson, Plum (6-1, Jr., MH) - Section 4-AAA Second Team
*-Caysie Moody, Oakland Catholic (5-8, Jr., S/RH) - Section 4-AAA Second Team
*-Meredith Walker, Oakland Catholic (5-10, Sr., RH) - Section 4-AAA Second Team