Trevor Rodgers’ outstanding high school golf career isn’t over yet.
Shooting an “unhappy” 82 in his words, Rodgers of Cambridge Springs finished fourth in the PIAA District 10 Class AA Golf Championships on Tuesday at The Country Club.
His performance earned him a trip to the PIAA Regional Individual Golf Championships, to be held Oct. 16 at the Toms Run Golf Club in Blairsville, Pa.
Matt McCord of Titusville won Class AA with a 75 and Andrew Britton of Cathedral Prep took top honors in Class AAA with a 73.
Meadville sophomore standout Charlie Holt finished fifth in Class AAA with an 81 and teammate Dalton Zelasco tied for sixth with an 85.
Only one local golfer is advancing — Rodgers. The top two in Class AAA and top eight in Class AA move on.
Despite his fourth-place finish, Rodgers wasn’t in the celebrating mood.
“Honestly, I am really disappointed,” he said. “I probably played my worst round of the year. I didn’t make any constant contact throughout the day. I think my longest putt was only six feet. I really struggled.”
In other Class AA action, Saegertown’s promising freshman Jake Sada and Ricky Kanline struggled as they placed 17th and 31st, respectively, but coach Brian Hanley is looking ahead to the future.
“This was great experience for Jake and Ricky and I am really looking towards next year,” said Hanley. “I thought Jake hit the ball fairly well and Ricky hung tough with the exception of two holes.”
Holt battles pain
The heralded Holt will not make any excuses.
“I played sloppy,” he said. “My short game wasn’t on. I was also caught off-guard with the greens’ speed, but I shouldn’t have been because I play here regularly. I should have known they would have cut the greens.”
Holt’s season has been well-documented. Tabbed as one of the state’s elite golfers heading into the season, Holt has suffered through a painful season due to an elbow injury and has not played on a regular basis.
Holt will visit well-known Dr. James Andrews on Nov. 3 to get a further evaluation on his injury.
When Holt’s score was posted, one observer said, “This kid would have won if healthy.”
Meadville coach Fred Garvey feels the pain in regards to Holt.
“It’s very disheartening,” he said. “Charlie is such a great kid. He is one of the best kids you will ever meet. He is top-notch in my book.”
Holt’s teammate, Zelasco, had an up-and-down day.
“Dalton could have very easily won this event ... he has shot in the 70s a few times on this course,” said Garvey. “I think he felt the pressure a little bit.”
Zelasco was the lone senior on the MASH squad and Garvey is looking forward to the 2014 season.
“Hey, we are really young and I am very excited about the future,” he said.
Sophomore Kyle Luben and freshman Matt Burchard finished 12th and 15th, respectively, with 87 and 89 totals.
Trevor Rodgers’ outstanding high school golf career isn’t over yet.
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.
Lancers get tough draw in opener
One may think that by winning a District 10 title and getting paired up with the seventh seed out of District 7 for the first round of the state playoffs, that said champion would have a pretty choice matchup.
Yet, that’s not how things shook out for the General McLane girls basketball team. The D-10 champion Lady Lancers drew a challenging foe in Neshannock.
’Dogs rout Bison to reach title game
Having defeated Fort LeBoeuf by a grand total of 24-0 in their previous three meetings, the tension wasn’t exactly palpable for the Meadville Bulldogs hockey team as it squared off with the Bison in a Lakeshore Hockey League semfinal game on Thursday night at Erie Insurance Arena.
Calvary wins opener
The Calvary Baptist girls basketball team won its opening game of the National Christian School Athletic Association Tournament on Thursday at Family First Sports Park.
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