Field Hockey: Pride on the line for Mt. Lebanon, Upper St. Clair

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What has to be disconcerting for the field hockey teams from Mt.Lebanon and Upper St. Clair high schools is that despite solid seasons, both are on the outside looking in while the WPIAL 3A field hockey semifinals begin Wednesday night with 3A, Section 2 champion Fox Chapel hosting Section 1 runner-up North Allegheny while Section 2 runner-up Peters Township visits Section 1 champion Pine-Richland.

There is, however, a measure of pride at stake as the two teams meet Monday at Upper St. Clair in the regular-season finale for both teams.

In a game scheduled for this past Thursday, the game was postponed because of heavy, persistent storm. So, the game will be made up with Mt. Lebanon currently in third place at 7-4 and Upper St. Clair right behind at 6-5.

If the rematch is as good as the first game between the two teams, it should be a very competitive game. Mt. Lebanon won the first time the two teams played, 3-2, on Sept. 26. Julia Murphy had two goals for the Blue Devils, and Lizzie Schoonmaker had the other tally. Isabelle Vollering had both goals for Upper St. Clair.



Sports Town South Week in Review (Oct. 16-22)

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Golf: Peters Township star wins regional title; two other South golfers qualify for state final

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Mia Kness has been in some challenging tournaments throughout her high school career. So, when she found herself tied for first place following 18 holes at the PIAA Western Regional this past Monday at Blairsville's Tom's Run Golf Course, some extra work wasn't a burden.

After shooting a 1-under-par round of 71 in regulation, the Peters Township senior defeated Pine-Richland sophomore Lauren Freyvogel on the second playoff hole to advance as the top West Regional qualifier to the PIAA 3A Individual Championship. The two-day event begins Monday at York's Heritage Hills Resort.

She will be joined at the state final by two other South-area golfers. Canon-McMillan junior Taylor Waller finished in a third-place tie with North Allegheny's Christina Lewis. Each shot 3-over-par rounds of 75.

Uniontown sophomore Danae Rugola advanced to the Western Regional as the No. 5 qualifier from the WPIAL. She, once again, finished fifth in a tie with Penn-Trafford's Amanda Conner at Blairsville. Both shot 4-over-par rounds of 76.



Golf: South Park golfer leads five South qualifiers to 2A boys final

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South Park senior Daniel Morgret played a consistent round of golf on Monday at the PIAA 2A Western Regional Championship at Blairsville's Tom's Run Golf Course.

Because he did so, Morgret joined 21 other West-regional qualifiers for the PIAA 2A Individual Championship. The two-day event starts Monday and concludes Tuesday at York's Heritage Hills Resort.

After shooting a 38 on the front nine, Morgret finished the back nine with a 37 and his 18-hole total of 75 landed him in a third-place tie with McGuffey senior Colin Chapman.

The impressive feature about Morgret's round is that he trailed Chapman by three strokes at the turn, and when he birdied the 18th hole, it brought him into a tie with Chapman.


Girls Tennis: South players aim for success at WPIAL doubles tournament

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Holly Barwatt and Angela DeRose have been in this position before.

One year ago, in fact.

Barwatt and DeRose won the 2015 2A Section 1 doubles title, were installed as the No. 3 seed in the tournament and, after a win over the Derry duo of Kate Enos and Maria Palumbo, they were knocked out in the quarterfinals by eventual champions Zoe Bojalad and Emily Kraus of Quaker Valley.

And almost everything is identical to how things began a year ago at Norwin. The only differences will be that the tournament will open at 12:30 p.m. at North Allegheny and that Enos will be paired with Juliet Tatone.

Peters Township seniors Anna Komer and Alex Garcia are the No. 3 seeds in the 3A tournament and will open their run to a potential title at 12:30 p.m. today ay Shady Side Academy when they take on Giovanna Elo and Caroline Ciocco of Oakland Catholic. Both players had different partners a year ago, qualified for the WPIAL tournament and won first round matches before being eliminated in the quarterfinals.