In most years, the WPIAL diving performance put on by Beaver Area's Micah Ringer might be good enough for back-to-back gold medals. But rather Ringer had to settle for back-to-back silver medals as his high school career happened to line up with that of South Fayette's Stephen Zombek, now a two-time WPIAL gold medalist.
After scoring a 342.65 last year to win silver, Ringer upped his score to a 372.65, but so did Zombek. Ringer made Zombek work for his WPIAL gold. Through nine dives of the 11-dive meet, Ringer was within 14.5 points of the South Fayette senior. But Ringer was unable to close the gap. By virtue of his second-place finish, Ringer has qualified for the PIAA Class AA diving championships March 12 at Bucknell University.