Golf: Burgettstown sends two boys to state final

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Junior Cody Dobbin and senior Hunter Lecker from Burgettstown High have qualified to compete in the PIAA Class AA Boys Individual Championship that will be held at York's Heritage Hills Resort.

The two-day individual, 36-hole tournament begins Monday and concludes on Tuesday.

Dobbin finished in a seven-way tie for sixth place with a 6-over-par round of 78. Lecker shot an 80, and he was in a six-way tie for 16th place.

No competitors from Sports Town's West area competed in the boys Class AAA Western Regional.


Alumni Update - Owen Miller (Washington & Jefferson)

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Owen Miller claimed medalist honors at the Peter C. Rossin Memorial at Southpointe with a 150, tying with teammate Patrick Jonnet,Miller WJ but winning in a playoff. He carded a 74 in the opening round before finishing with a 76 on day two as the Presidents claimed the team title by 19 strokes over Point Park. He was tied for second on the team at Mystic Rock as W&J finished fifth of 14 schools as the only Division III squad.

He shot 83-80 on the first day (36-straight holes) before notching a 76 on the second day and tournament's final 18.

The Burgettstown graduated earned PAC Co-Golfer of the Week.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)


Golf: Burgettstown places second in Class AA boys final

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On a day where Burgettstown High needed a championship effort, the Blue Devils came up a bit short in the WPIAL Class AA Boys Team Golf Championship on the Gold Course at Cedarbrook Golf Club with a total of 422 strokes, 20 behind the winning total of 402 posted by defending champion Sewickley Academy.

Senior Hunter Lecker led the Blue Devils with a round of 80, and junior Cody Dobbin was next with 82. That gave defending Sewickley Academy the advantage it needed, and the Panthers made it count as two of their golfers -- Anthony Muscato (74) and Jason Li (78) -- shot below 80 to help secure a second title in a row for the Panthers.

Sophomore Austin Lis (84), freshman Clark Miller (86), senior Ryan Latkovic (90) and senior Nick Christy (100) rounded out the field for the Blue Devils.

As there is plenty of disappointment for Burgettstown, three of their competitors -- Dobbin, Lis and Miller -- return. Dobbin has one season remaining. Lis has two years left, and Miller has three.


Golf: Three Burgettstown golfers qualify for PIAA West Regional

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Laurel sophomore Evan Long placed third with a 6-over-par round of 78, but there definitely will be a Burgettstown flavor at next month's PIAA Western Regional at Tom's Run Golf Course in Blairsville.

That's because three Blue Devils finished among the top 16 qualifiers to qualify for the West Regional that will be played on Oct. 16.

The unique aspect about the Burgettstown qualifiers is that two of them don't even attend the school.

Sophomore Austin Lis placed fifth with a 9-over-par round of 81. He is a student at neighboring Avella High School. Burgettstown and Avella are in the third year of a cooperative arrangement where Avella students can play on the Blue Devils' golf team.


Boys Golf: Burgettstown still a contender

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Joe Koch profiles the Burgettstown boys golf team.

2014 0925 Burgettstown BGolf(Photo: Cody Dobbin, a student at Avella, plays for the Burgettstown golf team under a cooperative agreement. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)

"Burgettstown Area High School golf coach Ben Froats is grateful for the opportunity granted to him.

After all, it doesn't often happen that a first-year coach is presented the reins to one of the top Class AA high school programs in the WPIAL.

That's what happened when longtime coach and former Burgettstown athletic director Jon Vallina retired as the team's coach last year after leading the Blue Devils to a second-place finish in the WPIAL Class AA team championships, one year after the Blue Devils had earned their fifth title in the program's history.

"It was an easy transition for me," said Froats, who played for Vallina from 2001 to '04. "I was also his assistant coach last year, so I knew how he ran things.""