Golf: Central Valley's McDanel places second at WPIAL Class AAA final

Written by Joe Koch on .

Central Valley's Maddy McDanel finished in a three-way tie for second place at the WPIAL Class AAA Girls Individual Golf Championships on Tuesday at Rolling Hills Country Club in McMurray.

McDanel shot a fairly even round with a 38 on the front nine and a 39 on the back nine. She was tied with two freshmen, Lauren Freyvogel of Pine-Richland and Christina Lewis of North Allegheny.

The top seven finishers advanced to the PIAA Western Regional which will be played on Oct. 19 at Tom's Run Golf Course in Blairsville.


Alumni Update - Elliot Taylor (California University of Pa.)

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CALIFORNIA – The California University of Pennsylvania men's soccer team scored twice in the opening 10 minutesTaylor CalU of the contest to earn a 2-1 win against East Stroudsburg in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) play on Friday night at the Phillipsburg Soccer Facility.

With the victory, the Vulcans move to 5-3-0 on the year assisted behind a 3-2 record in league play. Meanwhile, the Warriors fall to 5-5 overall with a 2-4 record in the conference.

Cal U scored in the fifth minute of the game when junior Elliot Taylor, a Central Valley graduate, recorded his first goal of the year after deflecting a free kick from senior Lubos Kubik (Pardubice, Czech Republic/Roosevelt (Iowa)).


(photo courtesy of California University of Pa.)


Girls Soccer: West Feature Athlete - Carolina Lucci, Central Valley

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Name: Carolina Lucci
School: Central Valley
Grade: 11
Sport: Girls Soccer
Position: Forward

Background: On a roster teeming with four-year senior starters, there is a junior who has also started since she was a freshman. Central Valley junior striker Carolina Lucci has been one of the elite goal scorers in the WPIAL over the last three years. Two years ago she thrived on a 23-0 Warriors team that won section, WPIAL and state titles. Lucci feasted on defenses that were often times worried about teammates Katie Alexander and Ashley Mutkus. Both Alexander and Mutkus graduated after the 2013 season and as a sophomore Lucci had to deal with double teams and injuries. She is back and healthy this year with another strong supporting cast. She has seven goals this season.


Girls Soccer: Central Valley opens up section lead

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Central Valley went undefeated two years ago. Last year it finished third in the section and it saw firsthand how much more difficult the road to the WPIAL final is as a No. 7 seed. The Warriors were pared with No. 2 Mars in the WPIAL quarterfinals and lost. This year the Warriors are doing everything to ensure they receive a higher seed, if not the highest. Central Valley is 7-0-1 and 6-0-1 in Section 3-AA, opening a 1.5 game lead over Montour.

Central Valley has seven returning starters back this year, many of which are four-year starting seniors, the expectations are ratcheted up back to 2013 levels.

"We have a veteran team," coach Mark Perry said. "They have experienced everything they could experience. They were sophomores when we won everything, they all started in Highmark and at Hershey. We are doing okay, off to a good start. Our section is very even this year, no one is really dominating and nobody is really struggling. Every game is really close."

Central Valley was pushed to overtime against Quaker Valley and Montour. Both times the Warriors came away with victories.