2013 Boys Golfer of the Year: Matt McCord
School: Titusville High School
Vitals: Not only did Titusville’s Matt McCord lead Region 5 with a stroke average of 74.5, claiming his second region golfer of the year title; but thanks in good part to his efforts, Titusville claimed its second straight Region 5 crown, won its first-ever District 10 Class AA title, advanced to states with a win over Ridgway in a PIAA region match; and then finished fifth at the PIAA team championship. McCord also had plenty of individual success, winning his first District 10 title, taking 12th at the West Regional, and then tying for 13th at the two-day state championship match.
Season highlights: While he played well all year, McCord really turned it on at the end of the season. Even while he celebrated his team’s District 10 team title on Oct. 5 at the Country Club of Meadville, McCord was still disappointed by his 81. Yet just a few days later McCord turned it around and fired a 3-over-par 75 on the same course to win the D-10 individual title. That kicked off an outstanding run of scores. It continued with a 2-over 74 at Treasure Lake Golf Course in DuBois during the PIAA team regional, which helped Titusville defeat Ridgway 325-328 to advance to the state championship tournament. Then at the PIAA West Region Individual Championship at Tom’s Run Golf Course in Blairsville, McCord shot a 4-over 76, good for 12th place (the best finish District 10 golfer in Class AA). Later, at the PIAA Class AA Individual Championship at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York, McCord shot an 81 in the first round, but shaved off three strokes in the second round to finish with a two-day total of 159, tying him for 13th place (also the best finish for a D-10 golfer this year). And finally, at the PIAA Class AA Team Championship, also at Heritage Hills, McCord posted a 6-over 77, which tied for the second-lowest round of the tournament, matching Chase Makowski of Holy Redeemer. (Wyomissing’s Nate Menon shot low for the day with a 76.)
What the coach says: “He basically played his best golf at the end of the year when he needed to play his best golf,” said Titusville head golf coach Tim McCord. “(At the Western Region Individual Championship) the whole thing there was to just move on. We were not concerned with winning. He made it to the West Region two times previously in his freshmen and sophomore years. And we were very pleased with the 76. He qualified for states. He shot an 81 in the first round, which was a pretty good score. That was the day that the wind really picked up. We were not disappointed. And he followed that up with a 78. I was concerned that he might be a little bit tired after all that golf and we still had a team title to play for that Wednesday. But he went out and played his best round at Heritage Hills. ... The whole end of the season, he played his best golf when it counted the most.”
What we say: While McCord gets our Golfer of the Year honors, we can’t go without recognizing what Titusville accomplished as a team this year. The Rockets picked up their first-ever District 10 Class AA title, won its regional matchup with Ridgway, and then played well at the state championship. It wasn’t just the junior McCord doing the heavy lifting, either. Sophomore Eric Maginnis played well in the postseason too, leading Titusville with a 75 at the D-10 team championships and adding a 78 at the regional and an 88 at the state team championship. Juniors Seth Mehlenbacher and Taite Foley filled out the Rockets’ tough-to-beat top four. And each golfer is expected to return this year, too. So, 2014 could be another exciting year for McCord and the Rockets.
2013 Boys Golfer of the Year: Matt McCord
Breese closes career with second straight title
Sam Breese now knows how it feels to be perfect.
Breese finished with an undefeated season record of 35-0, with win No. 35 being the sweetest one of all.
The Lakeview senior stared into the face of the pressure that comes with defending a title, and made the Giant Center in Hershey feel like home. Undeniable talent and an incredible determination are the hallmarks of Breese’s approach to wrestling, and for the second straight year, he can call himself a champion.
McLane’s Wheeling comes up short in final
On a night when six wrestlers repeated as PIAA Class AAA champions, Chance Marsteller and Thomas Haines stole the show.
Marsteller, of Kennard-Dale, and Haines, of Solanco, became the 11th and 12th four-time gold-medal winners in Pennsylvania history. Marsteller (166-0) also is the first four-time champion to complete his career without a loss since Cary Kolat (1989-92) and the fourth overall.
Serra outlasts Cardinals
For the second time in as many days a basketball team from Cochranton High School played a private school from the WPIAL, put forth a valiant fight, but ultimately had its heart broken.
On Friday, it was the Cochranton boys team, which fell to Vincentian Academy 95-85.
Breese lone local to reach Class AA finals
A busy and entertaining Day 2 of wrestling at the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships in Hershey came and went, as did the dreams of a gold medal for a handful of local wrestlers.
The one local wrestler that doesn’t apply to is Lakeview’s Sam Breese, who had the Giant Center crowd in aw during his two matches Friday. The two bouts equated to two wins, which means a shot a defending his championship.
Lee, Wheeling survive Day 2 in Hershey
Ehrin Lee’s smile following his quarterfinal win Friday at the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships told the whole story.
Lee has had his eyes on the state championships all season long, and just getting there wasn’t enough. The Titusville 160-pounder has wrestled like one of the best grapplers in the state during the tournament thus far, and his 3-2 overtime win over Northampton’s Bobby Fehr proved that if nothing else, he’s one of the four best wrestlers in his weight class.
Cards can’t slow Vincentian
The starters on the Cochranton boys basketball team probably slept like logs on Friday night.
They left every ounce on the hardwood of Meadville High School’s House of Thrills, going up against the high-intensity attack of Vincentian Academy in the opening round of the PIAA Class A playoffs.
McLane rolls past Neshannock
Sarah Jay has made a habit of presenting her players with in depth scouting reports prior to each and every game.
But the report she handed them on Neshannock, the Lady Lancers’ first round opponent in the PIAA Class AA playoffs, was nothing like they had seen before.
Class AA first round filled with highs, lows for locals
It was a day full of highs and lows for the 11 local Class AA wrestlers on the opening day of the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships in Hershey.
For some, it was business as usual, and for others, the atmosphere of a crowded Giant Center proved to be a little much. By the time the preliminary and Round 1 consolation rounds were finished, eight wrestlers are still alive, with state wrestling experience proving to be invaluable Thursday morning.
Lee, Wheeling stay in hunt for Class AAA state title
A win is a win, and when it comes to the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships, as long as your score reads higher in the end, it really doesn’t matter how you get there.
During the preliminary round of the tournament Thursday afternoon at the Giant Center in Hershey, the six local qualifiers certainly had mixed results, but in the end, two wrestlers are still in the championship bracket, exactly where they want to be.
Cards look to slow down Vincentian
“The best way to sum it up is,” said Cochranton head coach Scott McCurdy, “it’s like they’re down five and there are 30 seconds to go. Only, they play like that for the entire 32 minutes.”
McCurdy is talking about the Vincentian Academy boys basketball team, which employs a style that’s ... well ... calling it up-tempo just doesn’t seem to suffice.
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