Prep roundup, Monday, Oct. 15: Central York's Carson Bacha wins PIAA East Region 3-A title
You can add another piece of championship hardware to Carson Bacha's already bulging trophy case.
The Central York High School golf standout won the PIAA East Region Class 3-A Golf Championship on Monday at Golden Oaks Golf Club in Fleetwood, Berks County.
Bacha fired a 3-under-par 69 to earn a two-shot victory. By winning the East Region event, Bacha also qualified for next week's PIAA Golf Championship, set for Monday and Tuesday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort right here in York County.
The Panthers junior dominated on the four par-5 holes, notching a birdie on each of them.
"Going into it, our game plan was to birdie all four of the par-5's because they’re the four easiest holes on that course," Bacha said. "I set myself up well on all four of them off the tee. I got on the green or close to get an easy up and down for birdie."
Bacha had previously won the 2018 York-Adams League and District 3 Class 3-A titles.
"I think out of the three so far this was definitely the hardest one to win," Bacha said. "There were some really solid players in the field. I knew if I went out and played my game that I would have a good chance at winning. I hit 16 of 18 greens, so you can’t ask for much better than that."
He now begins his chase for his first individual state title. Bacha didn't compete in the individual state tournament in 2017 in order to compete in a prestigious national event. This year, he'll likely be entering the state event on short rest.
"I leave Thursday night for a big junior tournament (the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational) in South Carolina on Saturday and Sunday, and I’ll be driving back Sunday night and won’t get much sleep before my tee time Monday," Bacha said.
Tying for second at the 3-A East Region at 1-under 71 were Matt Fleming of Council Rock South, John Peters of Carlisle and Patrick Sheehan of Central Bucks East.
Spring Grove sophomore Karl Frisk fired a 5-over 77, which tied him for 20th in 3-A. That was good enough to earn a state berth.
Dallastown senior Gavin Harvey also qualified for East Region event in 3-A boys, but was disqualified.
Littlestown senior Devin Peart tied for eighth in the 2-A boys' field at 79, qualifying him for the state field.
Central York senior Cailey Roman fired a 90 to finish 19th in the 3-A girls' field, but did qualify for the state event.
Other than Bacha, the other East Region champions were William Mirams of Notre Dame East Stroudsburg in 2-A boys at 74, Jade Gu of Pennsbury in 3-A girls at 71 and Jessica McClellan of MMI Prep in 2-A girls at 77.
Dallastown 4, Conestoga Valley 1: At Hershey Racquet Club, the sixth-seeded Wildcats upset third-seeded Conestoga Valley in a District 3 Class 3-A Girls' Tennis Tournament quarterfinal match on Monday.
Dallastown now advances to the semifinals at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Racquet Club West in Lancaster and will take on second-seeded Manheim Twp., which earned a 3-1 win over seventh-seeded Hempfield in its quarterfinal on Monday.
In Monday's victory, Dallastown got singles wins from Meghan Salaga at No. 1 (6-0, 6-2) and Taylor Jones at No. 3 (6-3, 7-5). The Wildcats swept the doubles matches behind the No. 1 team of Grace Heird and Jordan Striebig, who won 6-2, 7-5, and the No. 2 team of Bria Beverly and Emily Sarro, who won 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.
The only other York-Adams League team still alive in the tournament going into Monday was ninth-seeded New Oxford, which dropped a 3-1 decision to top-seeded Carlisle in quarterfinal action. Carlisle will meet fourth-seeded Conrad Weiser in Tuesday's other semifinal.
The 3-A title match is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Hershey Racquet Club.
York Catholic 3, Covenant Christian 0: At York, the Irish rolled to a 25-16, 25-22, 25-16 nonleague win to improve to 15-1 overall. The Irish stat leaders were Bella Kepner (11 kills, five digs), McKenna Walker (18 digs), Megan Daugherty (10 assists) and Madeline Walker (18 assists).
Susquehannock 3, Spring Grove 1: At Glen Rock, the Warriors triumphed in the nonleague contest. Susquehannock’s stat leaders were Nikki Gianzanti (17 digs), Emily Sweitzer (12 digs, 11 assists), Emma Sieling (six kills, 13 digs), Savannah Lesley (seven kills, 16 digs), Alex Somerville (five digs, 10 assists) and Allie Grothey (eight kills). Spring Grove was paced by Hailey Marcionette (nine kills, 11 digs, 24 assists), Kaylyn Zeigler (12 kills, 18 digs) and Falyn McGlynn (10 kills, 14 digs). Susquehannock won the JV match, 2-0.
West York 3, Lower Dauphin 0: At West York, the Bulldogs cruised, 25-11, 25-22, 25-10, to improve to 15-1 overall. The Bulldogs were led by Gianna Krinock (six digs, nine kills), Julia Rill (five digs, nine kills) and Taylor Morley (five aces, 26 assists).
Dover 3, Gettysburg 0: At Gettysburg, the Eagles rolled to the nonleague win, 25 8, 25-10, 25-11 to improve to 10-5 overall. Dover was led by Chayce Hoffman (19 kills, seven digs), Emma Nace (12 digs), Emma Davis (10 kills, eight digs) and Abby Diehl (four kills, five digs, 36 assists). Gettysburg won the JV match, 2-0.
Kennard-Dale 4, Solanco 1: At Fawn Grove, Jenna Crosby scored twice and Jenna Soukaseum and McKenna Channell added one each to lead the Rams to the nonleague victory.
West York 1, Biglerville 1: At Biglerville, the Bulldogs and Canners battled to a tie. Madge Myers scored for West York, off an assist from Nikki Jumba.