North Allegheny’s Wrigley, CV’s Porter aim to defend girls golf titles

Monday, October 2, 2017 | 6:54 PM

8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Diamond Run Golf Club, Sewickley

• Scouting the Class AAA field: Caroline Wrigley of North Allegheny is back to defend her WPIAL title after shooting 75 to win at Treesdale a year ago. … Wrigley should have strong pursuers in Pine-Richland junior Lauren Freyvogel, Mars senior Natalie Welsh, North Allegheny junior Christina Lewis and Canon-McMillan senior Taylor Waller. … Welsh shot 2-under-par 70 to win the Section 1-AAA title at Conley's Resort. Freyvogel and Wrigley each shot 1-under at sectionals. … Other section champs in the 21-player field include Uniontown junior Danae Rugola and Oakland Catholic junior Jessica Meyers. … Westmoreland County has four representatives: Hempfield senior Taylor Short, Franklin Regional senior Jocelyn Behr and Penn-Trafford freshman Lauren Barber and senior teammate Anna Stowers, the WCCA champion.

•Scouting the Class AA field: Junior Kiaria Porter of Central Valley returns to defend her title in a compact, 11-player field. She shot 78 to win last year at Treesdale. … Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic junior Maddie Smithco finished tied for second last year, and Sewickley Academy junior Tatem McKelvey, the Section 2 champ, was fourth. … Greensburg Central Catholic junior Abby Zambruno, who finished sixth last year, is a strong contender, as well. Her sister, Olivia, now at Penn State, won two WPIAL titles and three straight PIAA titles.

• Who advances? The top eight finishers in Class AA and the top seven in Class AAA move on to the PIAA Western Regional Oct. 16 at Tom's Run Golf Course in Blairsville. Five other districts also will have players in the regional. The top 11 at the regional in both classes will advance to the PIAA championships Oct. 23-24 in York.

• Groupings to watch: The first AAA group out, at 8:30 a.m., has Welsh, Freyvogel and Wrigley. Rugola, Seneca Valley senior Kennedy Johnston and Lewis follow at 8:38.

• Past champions: 2016 Caroline Wrigley, North Allegheny (Class AAA); Kiaria Porter, Central Valley (Class AA); 2015 Marissa Balish, Hampton (Class AAA); Olivia Zambruno, Greensburg Central Catholic (Class AA); 2014 Lauren Waller, Canon-McMillan (Class AAA); Olivia Zambruno, Greensburg C.C. (Class AA); 2013 Lauren Waller, Canon-McMillan (Class AAA); Macky Fouse, Central Valley (Class AA); 2012 Janista Numpho-Frank, Hempfield (Class AAA); Gillian Alexander, Jefferson-Morgan (Class AA); 2011 Marissa DeCola, Butler (Division I); Emily Rohanna, Waynesburg (Division II); 2010 Katerina Luttner, Fox Chapel (Division I); Emily Rohanna, Waynesburg (Division II); 2009 Nadia Luttner, Fox Chapel; 2008 Nadia Luttner, Fox Chapel; 2007 Rachel Rohanna, Waynesburg; 2006 Margaret Pentrack, Shady Side Academy.

2005 Rachel Rohanna, Waynesburg; 2004 Megan Trachok, Upper St. Clair; 2003 Katie Trachok, Upper St. Clair; 2002 Katie Miller, Hempfield; 2001 Jordyn Wells, Bethel Park; 2000 Emily Shoplik, Fox Chapel; 1999 Lauren George, Uniontown; 1998 Lauren George, Uniontown; 1997 Jen Patterson, Bethel Park; 1996 Julee Sovesky, Neshannock.

1995 Jen Patterson, Bethel Park; 1994 Shannon Ruane, Gateway; 1993 Erin Suvak, Woodland Hills; 1992 Tara Adams, Latrobe; 1991 Staci Aber, Greensburg Central Catholic; 1990 Staci Aber, Greensburg C.C.; 1989 Colleen Scally, Moon; 1988 Staci Aber, Greensburg C.C.; 1987 Kelli Weaver, Latrobe; 1986 Jodi Figley, Hopewell

1985 Jodi Figley, Hopewell; 1984 Jodi Figley, Hopewell; 1983 Jodi Figley, Hopewell; 1982 Michelle Michanowicz, Fox Chapel; 1981 Beth Huey, Laurel Highlands; 1980 Missy Berteotti, Upper St. Clair; 1979 Missy Berteotti, Upper St. Clair; 1978 Nancy Tomich, Upper St. Clair; 1977 Nancy Tomich, Upper St. Clair.

— Bill Beckner Jr.

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