Defending champs all re­peat

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - High Schools / Hockey - By Keith Barnes

Cen­tral Catholic came out of a scrum a year ago to win the WPIAL Class 3A team golf ti­tle by one stroke.

This year at Cedar­brook Golf Club in Belle Ver­non the Vik­ings had a lit­tle more breath­ing room, though, as they fin­ished with 386 to de­feat Peters Town­ship by five strokes and win their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive cham­pi­onship.

“There are so many good teams in the WPIAL and in our sec­tion,” Cen­tral Catholic coach Corey O’Con­nor said. “It was a tough day for us be­cause our kids are so close with the Fox Chapel kids and with what hap­pened [Wed­nes­day], it was hard for us to fo­cus.”

Fox Chapel, the 2016 WPIAL Class 3A runner-up and Cen­tral Catholic’s Sec­tion 4 ri­val, won a semi­fi­nal Tues­day at Lin­den Hall. But four mem­bers of the Foxes team were in­volved in a se­vere car ac­ci­dent Wed­nes­day morn­ing and none par­tic­i­pated in the fi­nal.

“We re­ally made the de­ci­sion to play or not to play based on the con­di­tion of the kids in­volved and the par­ents out of re­spect,” Fox Chapel coach Bryan Deal said. “Ev­ery­body had some in­put on it and what to do and, if it had been more se­ri­ous and threat­en­ing in­juries, then we would have not con­sid­ered be­ing here.”

Ofthe stu­dents who were in­juredin the ac­ci­dent, only 2016 WPIAL Class 3A in­di­vid­ual cham­pion Gre­gor Meyer, who had mi­nor in­juries and stitches, was able to be present but did not play. With­out the starters, Fox Chapel came in sixth (last)with 426.

Cen­tral Catholic wasn’t the only re­peat win­ner in the boys di­vi­sion.

In what was sup­posed to be a re­build­ing year, Sewick­ley Academy won its fifth con­sec­u­tive Class 2A crown with 406. Quaker Val­ley (413) fin­ished sec­ond.

It wasn’t only the boys who had re­peat win­ners in both clas­si­fi­ca­tions.

North Al­legheny’s girls took their third con­sec­u­tive cham­pi­onship in dom­i­nant fash­ion as two-time WPIAL in­di­vid­ual cham­pion Caro­line Wrigley shot a 2-over 73 and fel­low ju­nior Christina Lewisa 76 to help the Tigers to a team-to­tal of 315. That mark was 14 strokes bet­ter than their win­ning score from 2016 and 42 strokes bet­ter than sec­ond-place Fox Chapel.

In Class 2A, Greensburg Cen­tral Catholic be­came the sec­ond team to win three con­sec­u­tive ti­tles as the Cen­tu­ri­ons shot 357 for an eight-stroke edge over Sewick­ley Academy.

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