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September 23, 2012

Wheeling tournament honors golfer

JOHNSTOWN — The 54th annual George F. Wheeling Scholastic Invitational Golf Tournament is set for today at Sunnehanna Country Club.

The tournament showcases high school golfers from across the region.

Central Cambria’s Edward Maruca and Tyrone’s Greg Ferguson were co-champions in last year’s event while the Red Devils squad claimed the team title, their first crown since 1983.

Dr. George F. Wheeling had three great interests in life: His family, the practice of medicine and the game of golf.

He won five golf championships at Sunnehanna and was instrumental in the founding of Windber Country Club.

In 1960, he instituted the Wheeling Tournament for high schools as a means of developing interest in golf among young people.

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Short memories: With its narrow, last-minute 29-26 win over Blairsville on Friday, Northern Cambria took the seventh position in the District 6-A rankings after four weeks.

The Colts owned a 287-102 edge in rushing yards but had to overcome a plethora of mistakes, one that included 11 penalties for 97 yards, two turnovers and a special teams blunder.

“We’re struggling a little bit, you know, (with) sloppy play,” Taranto said despite his team’s 3-1 record. “I think in the big win against Penns Manor (in Week 1), we still played sloppy – a bunch of turnovers. At Homer-Center (in Week 2), we played sloppy and they put it to us. United, I think it’s a young football team and we did pretty well against them, but there was still sloppy play. And we did the same thing here.

“A win like this is great, but they’ll also forget all about the sloppy play because they won a big game by three points. So it’s going to be my job to remind them on Monday in a decent way to try to relieve that.

“Blairsville has a great team, and I really thought sometimes we looked great, like we could go to anything we wanted to go to, and other times, we’d just shoot ourselves in the foot. A lot of penalties, a lot of turnovers.”

Bellwood-Antis and Homer-Center are both unbeaten and sit atop the Class A division followed by Bishop Guilfoyle, Moshannon Valley, Juniata Valley, Bishop McCort, Northern Cambria and Portage.

In Class AA, Richland, Bald Eagle, Penn Cambria and Ligonier Valley, all undefeated, hold the top four spots, followed by Central, Cambria Heights and Juniata with Mount Union and Tyrone tied in eighth.

Northern Bedford, Berlin and Windber, all unbeaten lead the District 5-A battle.

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Correction: Taylor Kinsey was the recipient of the Chad Eisenhuth pass that scored Ferndale’s 17-yard touchdown during the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s completed game against Conemaugh Valley. The Blue Jays won 47-24.

Cory Isenberg is a sports writer for The Tribune-Democrat


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