Golf: Baldwin's Taylor caps career with fourth-place finish

Written by Joe Koch on .

Baldwin High senior Zack Taylor recorded two solid rounds of golf to finish in a fourth-place tie with Hershey's Jake Reilly at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Golf Championship at York's Heritage Hills Resort. Each shot 7-over-par totals of 149 for the two-day event. Taylor shot a 5-over-par total of 76 in the opening round. He came back a 2-over-par round of 73 on the second day. His total placed him three strokes behind the totals of 145 shot by Pennsbury's Vinay Ramesh and Manheim Township's Ryan Dornes. Ramesh defeated Dornes in a playoff.

Peters Township had two competitors in the state championship and Belle Vernon had one. Junior Alec Stopperich finished in an 18th-place tie with Belle Vernon sophomore Mike Lubrani and Allderdice senior Sasha Lobel. Each shot 17-over-par totals of 159.

Stopperich's senior teammate Ben Morgret placed 21st along with St. Joseph Prep junior Alex Butler. Both shot 19-over-par totals of 161.


Girls Volleyball: Baldwin wins North Allegheny Invitational

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The Baldwin High School girls volleyball team won the North Allegheny Invitational, held Oct. 18. The Fighting Highlanders advanced to the title match with a 1-0 win against Hickory in the first round, and a 2-0 win against North Allegheny Black in the semifinals. In the title match, Baldwin beat Mt. Lebanon, 1-0.

North Allegheny Invitational

Baldwin 1, Mt. Lebanon 0


Alumni Update - Corrine Kirks (Pitt-Greensburg)

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GIBSONIA, Pa -  The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference has recognized Pitt-Greensburg freshman Corinne Kirk as theKirk PGU women's tennis player of the week for the week ending October 12.

This past weekend, Kirk picked up victories at #2 singles and #1 doubles to power the #3 seeded Bobcats past #5 seed Mt. Aloysius 5-0 in the first round of the AMCC tournament.

Kirk, a Baldwin graduate, teamed up with Shayla Landman for an 8-5 victory at #1 doubles, helping the Bobcats sweep all three doubles matches to jump out to a 3-0 lead in the first to 5 victories format.

Kirk helped finish off the Mounties with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Lorreal Housler at #2 singles.  The Bobcats won the first 5 matches to complete the 5-0 sweep.

Kirk's efforts have the Bobcats in the semi-final round of the AMCC Tournament for the first time in program history.  They will look to advance to the finals with a victory over Penn State Behrend this Saturday (Oct 18) at Westwood Racquet Club in Erie, PA.  Match time on Saturday is slated for 5:30pm


(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Greensburg)


Cross Country: Baldwin boys, girls post strong finishes at Mingo Classic

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Baldwin hosted the Mingo Classic on Thursday, but this year they added a twist. Teams were encouraged to wear pink to raise breast cancer awareness.

The campaign hit close to home as Baldwin's co-coach Bunny Schmidt is currently battling her second bout with cancer. Schmidt had a mastectomy of each breast four years apart. Now she is battling bone cancer.

Wearing custom pink jerseys, the Highlanders varsity boys team took second place with 101 points. Canon-McMillan took gold with 84 points.

Baldwin's Casey Conboy finished in fourth place behind Ringgold's Noah Smith. Dennis Doyle was next to cross the line in 12th place.


Boys Golf: Baldwin's Taylor keeps working

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Keith Barnes profiles Baldwin golfer Zack Taylor.

2014 1009 Baldwin BGolf(Photo: Baldwin's Zack Taylor tees off on the 10th hole at the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship at Latrobe County Club. Bob Donaldson/Post-Gazette)

"Zack Taylor has always been one of those golfers who tends to be in the mix atop the leaderboard.

For four years, this Baldwin senior has been in contention at all the top tournaments and has a WPIAL individual title on his resume to prove it. But it's not just what he's done individually that has made an impact on the Highlanders program.

"Obviously his scores are always very impressive, but most of all, I've been impressed with the way he handles himself, working with the younger students, especially the 9th graders and the members of the JV team," first-year coach Steven Sinning said. "That's not something he's required to do, but it's something that he cares about and he really cares about developing a team."

Taylor had a breakout year as a freshman in 2011 when he shot a 2-under-par 34 on the back nine at Treesdale to finish 1-under-par 71 to capture the WPIAL Division I individual championship. He then made it through the PIAA Western Regional qualifier at Tom's Run and finished tied for 16th at the two-day PIAA finals at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York, the same venue where this year's finals will take place."