By Michael Boytim
Central Cambria has managed to dominate the District 6 Women’s Class 2A team golf course for most of the past few years, with the exception of Westmont Hilltop who won the District title last season.
In addition to many of these district titles, championships were held during the annual Operation Our Town race at the Park Hills Golf Course.
Now Penn Cambria hopes to follow that same format.
The Lady Panthers beat seven other women’s teams, including Westmont, Central Cambria, State College and Hollidaysburg, and shot a 2 under 68 on Monday to win the title over runner-up Lady Hilltoppers by three strokes.
“These girls have worked together for the past two years”, Penn Cambria coach Doug Fogel said. “I helped coach some of them last year, and they joined the program, whether they’re in school, on the course, in training, they’re just a big group. of girls who have come together, and the sky is the limit for them. We hope to culminate them at the right time. I take my hat off to these girls and I am proud of them.
Penn Cambria knocked out previously undefeated Hollidaysburg last week and has suffered just one team loss this season. The Lady Panthers have won several women’s medals throughout the year, including some of the players on Monday’s scrambling squad which included Marlie Krug, Bella Spahr, Alyssa Mostick and Kylee Marshall.
“We are friends on and off the course, and I think that helps us” Krug said. “We are discussing after our rounds how we can each improve and make ourselves better. We are talking about the things that we have to work on individually to get us where we want to go, which is to gain districts. “
The Lady Panthers have been close to both Operation Our Town and district titles in the past and may even have surprised themselves by finally coming out on top on Monday.
“We work well together” Spahr said. “We just have a few things to work on. It’s pretty exciting that we won this. I was shocked, but I’m quite happy. I think we are playing our best golf at the moment. If we’re working on a few things, we should be good.
The scrambling format allowed everyone to contribute.
“It was pretty, even today” Krug said. “(Spahr) and I hit long balls and practice and then in the short game Kylee and Alyssa really did the chipping and putting.”
On the boys’ side, Kiski clocked a par of 14 under par 56 to beat Somerset and Tyrone by two strokes in the field of 31 teams. The center shot 60 to finish alone in fourth place.
The Golden Eagles will be one of the favorites to win the District 6 Class 2A title on September 28, and Jamming Team member Cassidy Miksich is the favorite to win her third District 6 Class 2A Women’s Individual title. September 30 at the Windber Country Club.
The rest of the team, Cyrus Ahlert, Luke Brooks and RJ Royer, hope to make a splash at the District 6 Championships at Scotch Valley Country Club next week.
“I’m playing my strongest golf at the moment”, Royer said. “I shot my best heat of the year this weekend. I am ready to move into Sections, Districts and hopefully States.
Royer recently won the Mountain League playoff MVP title and helped Tyrone clinch a league title. Now he is considering a district championship.
“I think we could,” Royer said. “We have to do our best, but there is definitely a chance. “
1, Kiski 1 (Burr, Calafat, Gamez, Leechalk) 56; T-2, Tyrone (Ahlert, Brooks, Miksich, Royer), 58; T-2, Somerset 58; 4, Central (Baum, Brumbaugh, G. Snowberger, J. Snowberger) 60; T-5, 61 Saint-Joseph; T-5, State College 61; T-7, Bishop Guilfoyle (DeGennaro, Helsley, Querry, Rice) 62; T-7, Huntingdon 62; T-9, Philipsburg-Osceola 63; T-9, Central Cambria (Muldoon, Mulligan, Sheehan, Vrable) 63; T-11, Bishop Carroll (D. Menie, Myers, Oravec, Repko) 64; T-11, Penn Cambria (Little, Martynuska, Reese, Zernick) 64; T-11, Hollidaysburg (Clapper, Cummings, Eberhart, Gallagher) 64; T-11, Township of Conemaugh 1 64; T-11, Westmont Hilltop 64; T-16, Bellwood-Antis (Beiswenger, Brown, Gathagan, Johnson) 65; T-16, Rockwood 65; T-18, Altoona 1 (Baker, Batrus, Lestochi, Meyers), 66; T-18, Bedford 66; T-18, Forest Hills 66; 21, Portage (Dyche, Jubina, Kissell, Moore) 67; 22, Richland 168; T-23, Richland 269; T-23, Altoona 2 (Young, Hite, Masone, Columbo) 69; 25, Chestnut Ridge 71; 26, Claysburg-Kimmel (Diehl, Emeigh, Oakes, Wilbur) 72; T-27, Conemaugh Valley 73; T-27, Township of Conemaugh 273; T-27, Kiski 273; 30, Mount Tussey 83; 31, Ferndale 85.
1, Penn Cambria (Krug, Marshall, Mostick, Spahr) 68; 2, Westmont Hilltop 71; 3, State College 74; T-4, Central Cambria (Griffith, Sechrengost, Jemma Sikora, Jewel Sikora) 76; T-4, Hollidaysburg (Bihary, Kennedy, Sargent, Stitt) 76; 6, forest hills 80; 7, Philipsburg-Osceola 81; 8, Bishop Carroll (A. Menie, Morconi, Herald, Yoder) 83.