By Ed Farrell
Herald Staff Writer
RECENT HICKORY High alumna Rosy Hearns will continue her education and golf careers at the State University of New York-Albany. Hickory links coach Craig Antush said Hearns recently signed a letter-of-intent.
Hearns’ Hickory career concluded as one of the finest on the links — male or female — in Mercer County annals.
The 4-year letterwinner — Antush noted Hearns improved her strokes-per-round average by 7 during her career — qualified for the annual District 10 Championships all 4 seasons, copping medalist honors in 2012 after a 3rd-place finish in 2010. She also ended in the top 3 in the annual Region 1 Championships all 4 years, winning in 2012, and leading the Lady Hornets to a trio of team titles.
At the 2012 PIAA Western Regional Finals (she also qualified in 2010) Hearns tied for 3rd, thereby qualifying for the statewide stage. She stood 7th at the 2-day, 36-hole PIAA Championships in Hershey in the fall of 2012.
Recently, Hickory honored Hearns with the Varsity H Award as its top female athlete for the 2012-13 academic year.
ä Rebekah Petty, the reigning PIAA Class AA pole-vault gold-medalist, will be honored at a reception in the Greenville Area School District administrative offices, 6:30 p.m. June 17.
Petty pole-vaulted 11 feet, 9 inches to garner gold at the recent PIAA Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University.
As per Greenville High custom, a star bearing her name and accomplishment will be displayed on the high school gymnasium Wall of Fame, athletic director Trish DeVincentis noted.
For information, contact DeVincentis, 724-588-2500, ext. 2179.
ä A gymnast with local family ties competed this past spring at the USA Region 8 tournament.
Taylor Holzshu finished 14th all-around, ending 8th in the floor exercises at the event, held at Clemson University (S.C.). Athletes from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana and North and South Carolina competed.
The 10-year-old daughter of Scott and Brandy (Smith) Holzshu of Clayton, N.C. is an honors student at Powhatan Elementary. The granddaughter of Dianne Holzshu, Hermitage, and Cindy Smith, formerly of West Middlesex, has been competing in gymnastics for 3 years, and has earned a handful of medals at the North Carolina state meet.
Ed Farrell is assistant sports editor for The Herald