They might not have won the WPIAL 2A team title, but the McGuffey boys golf team appears to have established a solid foundation for future seasons.
Finishing a respectable second behind perennial 2A power Sewickley Academy, the Highlanders qualified two players for the PIAA Western Regional.
Senior Colin Chapman finished fifth with a 4-over-par round of 74 at the WPIAL 2A Individual Championship at Allegheny Country Club, which serves as the home course for Sewickley Academy.
Chapman has since graduated, but teammate Hunter Donahue enters his senior season with a solid 11th-place finish at the WPIAL championship. Another McGuffey player entering his senior year this fall is David Chapman, who placed 20th at the WPIAL final with a round of 84. A fourth player, the since-graduated Erik Kasperowski, was 32nd in the 44-player field at the WPIAL final with an 89.
Most of the time, when a team finishes second at the WPIAL 2A team championship, it's likely that the next step for a team is to pack the gear and focus on the off-season with a long view toward the next season.
That's most of the time.
For Central Valley's girls golf team, a runner-up finish caught the attention of the PIAA as the Warriors finished a scant three strokes behind WPIAL champion Greensburg Central Catholic at the four-team WPIAL final. The Centurions had 347 strokes, while the Warriors had 350. Sewickley Academy (376) and Mount Pleasant (421) also competed.
Based on its total at the District 7 championship, Central Valley was invited to compete in what turned out to be a three-team PIAA 2A team championship. District 10 champion Mercyhurst Prep was the third participant.
The following photos feature boys golfers from the area's West zone. These ran in the Post-Gazette during the 2016 season.
(Photo: Riverside's Skyler Fox tees off in the first hole in the WPIAL Class 2A boys golf championship Thursday at Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley. Fox won the event by one stroke. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)
The following photos feature girls golfers from the area's West zone. These ran in the Post-Gazette during the 2016 season.
(Photo: Central Valley's Kiara Porter captured the title at the WPIAL Class 2A individual championship Oct. 5 at Treesdale Golf & Country Club. Marilyn Schwilm/Tri-State Sports & News Service)