DuBOIS — DuBois Area High School hosted its 10th Annual Golf Tournament Wednesday at Treasure Lake’s Silver Course, and despite facing some stiff competition, the local boys contingent put together a strong showing.
The tournament always draws some of the top teams from Districts 6, 9 and 10, and this year’s event was no different. While the area didn’t crown an individual or team champ in either the boys or girls competition, four local boys — Ridgway’s Nick Simon and Ben Ames, DuBois’ Joe Hnat and Brookville’s Levi Roseman — finished in the Top 10 individually.
Simon captured the best finish by an area player, as his round of 79 landed him in a tie for eighth place. Hnat, Ames and Roseman each shot an 82 to tie for 10th.
Hnat spearheaded a strong all-around day for the Beavers, who came away with a fifth-place finish in the team race after compiling a four-player total of 344. Ridgway, despite having two top 10 finishers, came in two shots behind the Beavers in sixth place (346).
Philipsburg-Osceola placed three golfers in the Top 7 and all four entrants in the Top 14 to capture the team crown with a 315. Mountie Payton Guelich tied for third with a 76, while Carter Fisher (77) and Tyler Singer (78) tied for fifth and seventh, respectively.
McDowell came in a close second, just three strokes (318) behind the Mounties, with Trojan Skyler Carr claiming medalist honors with a 1-under round of 71.
Altoona (330) and State College (342) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the team standings, with DuBois rounding out the Top 5.
Elk County Catholic placed eighth with a 365, while Brookville (10th, 379), DuBois Central Catholic (12th, 389), St. Marys (15th, 410) and Brockway (18th, 455) also competed on the boys side.
Even though it finished fifth, DuBois was one of just four teams that had all four of its players break 90 on the day. Nick Cotter backed Hnat’s 82 with an 86, while teammates Drew Canter and Kaleb Hand each shot 88.
On top of the top 10 rounds by Simon and Ames, Ridgway got a 90 from Josh Thorwart and a 95 by Aaron Shilk. Elk County was led by Gabe Kraus’ 88, with Ryan Newton (91), Brady Schneider (92) and Jonah Meyer (94) rounding out the Crusaders’ scoring.
Roseman was joined on the course by fellow Raiders Zeke Bugay (94), Dane Lyle (97) and David Cable (106).
Austen Cogley shot an 88 to led DCC, while Tyler McIntosh (97), Max Forcey (99) and Michael Misiewicz (105) also played.
St. Marys’ top score of the day was a 96 by Ryan Bressler. Nick Wendel (101), Mike Beimel (105) and Nate Beimel (108) also competed, as did Brockway’s Angelo Inzana (102), Paul Brosky (110), Derek Bennett (114) and Brendan Allison (129).
On the girls’ side, McDowell took home the team crown with a 346, besting second-place Villa Maria by 19 strokes. That victory was led by Lady Trojan Claire Orr, who captured medalists honors with a 1-over par 75. Orr was one of three McDowell players in the top 8.
State College (374), Mercyhurst Prep (374) and Fort LeBoeuf (414) rounded out the top 5. Punxsutawney’s Morgan VanLeer carded a 92 to finish 10th in the individual standings.
DuBois’ 10th-place team finish (444) was the best for an area girls squad. Brookville was 12th with a 552, while Brockway and Ridgway each only had two players compete and didn’t score as a team.
DuBois had the three best scores of the day by an area girl. Kiersten Pearce led the lady Beavers with a 104, while Kacey Marsh and Lexy Wray shot 107 and 108, respectively. Rebecca Defazio added a 125 for DuBois.
Brookville was led by Bailey Ganoe’s 125, with Jenna Grant (138), Zoe Cable (140) and Sophie Sharp (149) also scoring for the Lady Raiders.
Brockway had Katlyn Cappetta (112) and Anndi Bartlett (141) hit the course Wednesday, while Ridgway had a trio of girls play in Laney Gilmore (131), Elizabeth Bonini (151) and Jordan Reitz (159).