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Girls Tennis: East Feature Athlete - Greensburg C.C.'s Anna Vitale

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Name: Anna Vitale
School: Greensburg Central Catholic
Grade: 10
Sport: Girls Tennis

Background: Vitale is the No. 2 player on the Centurions tennis team and has been an integral part of the team's success this season. Vitale is the No. 62 sophomore in the state and No. 184 in the Middle Atlantic Region, but will get a severe test today when she takes on Sewickley Academy senior Caroline Becker.

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Girls Tennis: Greensburg C.C. advances to WPIAL quarterfinals

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Greensburg Central Catholic and Derry Area don't play in the same section, but they have certainly seen a lot of each other in the last three years.

Each time, the Centurions and Trojans met in the first round of the WPIAL 2A playoffs and, each time, Derry went home early.

Their latest soiree came on Wednesday when Greensburg Central Catholic beat Derry, 4-1, for the second consecutive year.

Now, the road gets a little tougher for the Centurions as they will travel to Sewickley Academy for a quarterfinal matchup. It will be the first time the two teams have met in the playoffs since 2014 when the Panthers took a 3-2 victory in the semifinals on their way to the title.

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Golf: GCC's Zambruno sisters lead four qualifiers to WPIAL Class 2A final

Written by Joe Koch on .

Olivia Zambruno took the first step to earning third titles on both the WPIAL and PIAA levels by capturing the Section 1-AA championship Wednesday at Mt. Odin Golf Course. Zambruno shot a 1-under-par round of 71 to easily win the title. Her younger sister, Abby Zambruno, placed second with an 82. Two players from Mt. Pleasant also are moving on to the championship round. Ashley Cairns placed third with an 88, and Gabbi Keefer shot a 90 to secure the final qualifying position.

Uniontown's Rugola edges Penn-Trafford's Conner in AAA qualifier: Danae Rugola enjoyed a solid round of golf to win the Section 1-AAA qualifier with a round of 71 on Wednesday at Murrysville Golf Club. Her effort placed her one stroke ahead of Penn-Trafford's Amanda Conner. Both of them qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA final along with Oakland Catholic's Jessica Meyers (73), Penn-Trafford's Anna Stowers (85) and Franklin Regional's Jocelyn Behr (86).

 

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Girls Soccer: East Feature Athlete - Greensburg Central Catholic's Abby Skatell

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Abby Skatell
School: Greensburg Central Catholic
Grade: 12
Sport: Girls Soccer
Position: Midfielder

Background: Abby Skatell is one of eight seniors on the Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer team, one of the top programs in 1A. She has won WPIAL and state titles during her career with the Centurions. Skatell has committed to play at Seton Hill University next season. This year she scored one of the biggest goals of the young season. She scored the opening goal in Greensburg's win against Shady Side Academy, a highly anticipated section and 1A showdown.

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Girls Soccer: Greensburg Central Catholic bounces back from early defeat

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Greensburg Central Catholic started the season saddled with a loss after taking a trip to Warsaw, Ohio to play against St. Ursula Academy in the season opener. The Centurions lost, 3-0, but have since returned to the WPIAL and do what they do best - dominate WPIAL competition. Two days after the River View Showcase in Ohio, the Centurions blasted Riverview on the road, 13-2, in the section opener for both teams. Bailey Cartwright scored five goals in top-ranked Greensburg Central Catholic's win.

The Centurions then stepped up to 4A to edge Hempfield, 2-1, and then scored 13 goals again in a section win over St. Joseph. That all set up the showdown with Shady Side Academy and the Centurions kept on rolling. Behind goals from seniors Abby Skatell and Cartwright, Greensburg Central Catholic won, 3-1, against the visiting Indians. Cartwright, a Notre Dame recruit, has 12 goals through five games for Greensburg Central Catholic (4-1, 3-0) She is 30 goals away from tying the state record of 208 goals. That record belongs to her former teammate Frannie Crouse, who played at Greensburg Central Catholic from 2010-13 and is now playing at Penn State University.