The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 2, 2013

Indians claim 5-AA golf title

Cory Isenberg
The Tribune-Democrat

EVERETT — Last year, Conemaugh Township won the District 5 Class AA golf title in dramatic fashion, surprising Bedford with a one-stroke victory.

The Indians took all of the guesswork away on Tuesday at Down River Golf Course in Everett finishing with a 318, 26 strokes ahead of the runner-up Bisons, to claim their second straight crown. Chestnut Ridge was third with 347.

“The team as been solid all year,” Indians’ coach Scott Cable said. “These kids have met every challenge that they faced this season. We have met all our our goals - we successfully defended our WestPAC title, our Inter-County Conference title and now District 5 and we were undefeated at 12-0.”

Individually, Township senior Austin Speigle led the field with a 75 and junior Evan Steeves finished just behind his teammate with a 77 to lead the Indians’ charge.

“Austin was our No. 5 guy last year and missed out on a lot of the post-season golf so he was hungry for success,” Cable said. “He is our most improved golfer this year and had a steady and solid day today.

“Evan has been our No. 1 all year. He overcame a triple bogey on the first hole and ended up with a birdie on the final hole. He had a strong performance and showed a lot of moxie and what his game is all about.”

Kevin McDaniel of Bedford, Christian Yoder of Township and Nolan Pritts of North Star were tied for third with identical 78’s.

Pritts was eliminated in a playoff by McDaniel and Yoder, who along with Speigle and Steeves will advance to the PIAA Regional on Oct. 16 at Tom’s Run in Blairsville.

Speigle, Steeves and Yoder along with teammates Luke Varner (88) and Andrea Mori (91) will move into subregional team play on Oct. 11 at Down River against the District 6 champion.

In the girls competition on Tuesday, Everett’s Logan Brallier fired an 86 and Kortney Mortimore of Bedford a 91 to advance to the regional on Oct. 16 also at Tom’s Run.

“Our kids met the challenge today just the way they have all year long,” Cable said. “In my 29 years of coaching this is one of the best group of kids that I’ve ever had.”