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October 16, 2012

HIGH SCHOOL FALL SPORTS: Hickory's Hearns earns state berth

MERCER COUNTY — Rosy Hearns became Hickory High’s second female golfer to qualify for the PIAA Championships.

On Monday at par-72 Toms Run in the western regional qualifier, Hearns had an 82, and finished 4th following a tiebreaker playoff.

North East’s Megan Moylan mustered medalist honors, shooting 73. Moylan was followed by Maggie Foust (Central Valley), who shot 78. Hearns tied with Kristy Hanes (Elk County Catholic) and Maddy McDaniel (Central Valley) for 3rd. McDaniel won the playoff.

Hearns follows in the footsteps of Kellie Gustas in Hickory High girls’ golf annals, coach Craig Antush said. Hearns will compete in the state championships next Monday and Tuesday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort, York.

“Extremely (proud),” Antush, via telephone, replied. “I’m a little at a loss for words. ... It’s great for her and I’m happy for her. She was determined to pursue this goal each year, and this year she finally got to break through.”

Windy morning conditions settled down on the cloudy, but pleasant day, and Antush assessed, “(Hearns) was up and down. She missed a few putts ... ”

Hearns’ Hickory teammate, junior Alena Lancia, did not make the cut for state, shooting 100.

“This is the first time we’ve had two compete in the western Pennsylvania qualifier,” Antush noted. “It was quite an experience to get to watch them both get this far. I’m extremely proud.”

Antush is anticipating next week’s trip noting, “I’m looking forward to to state. It’ll be a new experience for all of us. We’ll see what transpires.”

CROSS COUNTRY

The annual Region 1 championships will take place Saturday at Pymatuning State Park, west of Jamestown, on Route 322.

Meet director David Frew said  the girls’ and boys’ varsity races are scheduled to being at 10:45 and 11:30 a.m., respectively. Girls’ and boys’ junior high races, 9 and 9:30 a.m., and a combined girls’ and boys’ junior varsity race at 10 a.m.

Frew cautioned spectators that a PennDOT-related construction project is taking place at a railroad crossing between downtown Greenville and Thiel College, along Routes 18-North and 58 West. It is scheduled for completion by Saturday, but a detour is a possibility.

Signs at the park office entrance will direct specators to parking, Frew said.

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