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Girls Cross Country: 2016 North Photo Recap

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The following photos feature girls cross country runners from the area's North zone. These ran in the Post-Gazette during the 2016 season.

2016 1028 Vincentian GXCountry(Photo: Vincentian's  Marianne Abdalah crosses the finish line for a fourth individual win in the girls WPIAL Class 1A cross country championship Thursday at Cooper's Lake Campground in Slippery Rock. Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette)

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Boys Golf: 2016 North Season Recap

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Throughout his high school career, Quaker Valley High's Chris Tanabe has seemingly played in the shadow of neighborhood rival Jason Li of Sewickley Academy.

That trend seemed to continue into the senior seasons of both golfers. But in the season's most crucial match -- the 2016 PIAA Class AA championship at York's Heritage Hills Resort -- it was Tanabe who not only got the better of Li, but he also bested the entire field with a two-day total of 146, one stroke ahead of Riverside freshman and WPIAL Class AA champion Skyler Fox, and four strokes ahead of Li, who placed fourth. WPIAL golfers, in fact, swept the first four positions at the state final as Laurel senior and PIAA West Regional champion Evan Long finished third with a 149.

Tanabe had to battle back to win the title after shooting an opening round score of 76, trailing Li by four strokes and Long by two. He was tied with Fox after the first round.

Both Tanabe and Fox played solid golf on the second day, while Long and Li both faded. Tanabe shot even splits of 35 for each of the nine holes for a 1-under-par round. With three years of high school remaining, Fox displayed plenty of skill with an even-par round of 71 for his second-place finish.

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Girls Golf: 2016 North Season Recap

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Sometimes, a second chance is all a team needs to put forth its best effort.

That's precisely what happened to the Shady Side Academy girls golf team when the postseason for high school girls team golf began.

Competing in the same section as North Allegheny, Shady Side Academy lost two regular-season matches to the Tigers by scores of 155-178 and 170-184.

When the postseason began, it appeared the Indians had turned the corner as they won the qualifier by 14 strokes over the Tigers, 331-345. But in the WPIAL final, North Allegheny got solid efforts from WPIAL 3A individual champion Caroline Wrigley and Christina Lewis. Both sophomore had matching totals of 78 while senior Jessica Hood and freshman Esha Vaidya had rounds of 85 and 88, respectively.

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Boys Golf: 2016 North Photo Recap

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The following photos feature boys golfers from the area's North zone. These ran in the Post-Gazette during the 2016 season.

2016 1005 FoxChapel BGolf(Photo: Fox Chapel's Gregor Meyer hits a tee shot at the WPIAL 3A boys golf individual championship Tuesday at the Oakmont Country Club. Meyer won the tournament with a 1-under 70. Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette)