Herald staff reports
MERCER COUNTY —
Rosy Hearns became Hickory High’s second female golfer to qualify for the PIAA Championships.
On Monday at par-72 Toms Run in the western regional qualifier, Hearns had an 82, and finished 4th following a tiebreaker playoff.
North East’s Megan Moylan mustered medalist honors, shooting 73. Moylan was followed by Maggie Foust (Central Valley), who shot 78. Hearns tied with Kristy Hanes (Elk County Catholic) and Maddy McDaniel (Central Valley) for 3rd. McDaniel won the playoff.
Hearns follows in the footsteps of Kellie Gustas in Hickory High girls’ golf annals, coach Craig Antush said. Hearns will compete in the state championships next Monday and Tuesday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort, York.
“Extremely (proud),” Antush, via telephone, replied. “I’m a little at a loss for words. ... It’s great for her and I’m happy for her. She was determined to pursue this goal each year, and this year she finally got to break through.”
Windy morning conditions settled down on the cloudy, but pleasant day, and Antush assessed, “(Hearns) was up and down. She missed a few putts ... ”
Hearns’ Hickory teammate, junior Alena Lancia, did not make the cut for state, shooting 100.
“This is the first time we’ve had two compete in the western Pennsylvania qualifier,” Antush noted. “It was quite an experience to get to watch them both get this far. I’m extremely proud.”
Antush is anticipating next week’s trip noting, “I’m looking forward to to state. It’ll be a new experience for all of us. We’ll see what transpires.”
The annual Region 1 championships will take place Saturday at Pymatuning State Park, west of Jamestown, on Route 322.
Meet director David Frew said the girls’ and boys’ varsity races are scheduled to being at 10:45 and 11:30 a.m., respectively. Girls’ and boys’ junior high races, 9 and 9:30 a.m., and a combined girls’ and boys’ junior varsity race at 10 a.m.
Frew cautioned spectators that a PennDOT-related construction project is taking place at a railroad crossing between downtown Greenville and Thiel College, along Routes 18-North and 58 West. It is scheduled for completion by Saturday, but a detour is a possibility.
Signs at the park office entrance will direct specators to parking, Frew said.
ä Kennedy Catholic 3, Jamestown 0 — At Hermitage, the host Lady Golden Eagles (8-2) eased to a 25-17, 25-22, 25-18 sweep.
KC: Brie Dickson 9 digs, 14 kills; Yasir Muhammad 19 assists, 8 serving points (5 aces); Sarah Summers 8 digs; Emilee Taylor 9 points (5 aces); Noelle Millan 5 digs. Jamestown: No stats reported. JV: Kennedy Catholic, 15-25, 26-24, 15-6.
ä Wilmington 3, Lakeview 0 — At New Wilmington, the host Lady Greyhounds garnered a 25-17, 25-13, 25-22 sweep.
Lakeview (7-3, 7-5): Rachel McKean 10 kills; Sam Womer 9 blocks; Taylor Reed 13 assists; Wilmington: No stats reported. JV: Lakeview, 25-18, 25-17.
ä Hickory 3, Franklin 1 — At Hornet Stadium, Evan Montgomery tallied twice for host Hickory (6-8-2) in the Region 2 match. Also for Hickory, Isaac Sutley scored, Zack Walters assisted on 2 goals, and goalkeeper Donté Green made 9 saves.
Hickory had a 15-12 advantage in shots on goal.
Franklin scored an “own goal.” Keeper Noah Jones made a handful of saves.
ä Mercer 8, Commodore Perry 0 — At Lamor Road, the host Mustangs clinched the Region 1-A crown.
Will Juergens tallied twice and assisted on a score, and
Matt Juergens and Chase Hoffman each added a goal and assist. Also for Mercer (8-0-1 region, 12-1-1 overall), Trenton Fowler, Preston Hoover, Nathan Breese and Quinton Hinkson garnered goals. Keeper Alan Rabold recorded his 13th shutout this season. Mercer outshot the visiting Panthers 21-1.
ä DuBois 1, Mercer 0 — At DuBois, in the 77th minute, Emily Titler’s direct kick from approximately 25 yards served as the match’s lone goal, Mercer coach Eric Well reported.
Mercer goalkeeper Analise Whenry made 20 saves, while DuBois’ Casey Wilcox pitched the shutout.