Roundup: Latrobe freshman headed to PIAAs |

Roundup: Latrobe freshman headed to PIAAs

Karissa Walker may have moved on to the United States Air Force Academy, but Greater Latrobe just might have another tennis star.

Wildcats freshman Michaela Kissell qualified for the PIAA tennis championships by advancing to today’s WPIAL final at Norwin High School.

Kissell will face the top seed, North Allegheny’s Kim Whelan, at 2 p.m.

“I just played hard and tried to keep my cool,” said Kissell, who has been playing tennis since she was two years old. “My semifinal score doesn’t really reflect how tough that match was. I guess I just didn’t feel a lot of pressure because I am a freshman.”

Kissell advanced to the title match with a win over Upper St. Clair’s Shayna Miller 6-1, 6-3 in yesterday’s semifinal at the Oxford Athletic Club in Monroeville.

“She has been an added light to our team,” Latrobe coach Ronnie Struemph said. “She is a freshman, but she puts pressure on herself to play her best. She practices and trains really hard all the time.”

Whelan reached the title match by defeating Latrobe’s Mary Wilson in the quarterfinals and Amanda Campbell of Fox Chapel 6-4, 6-2 in the semis.


  • Penn-Trafford 3, Norwin 0 — Matt McCormack, Andy Saporito and Bryan Eckert scored to lead Penn-Trafford (10-2, 7-0) to the Section 1-AAA victory over Norwin. Dave Crawford had the shutout in net for the Warriors.

  • Greater Latrobe 3, Greensburg Salem 1 — Zack Baston, David Mraz and Adam Quatgrini scored to lead the Wildcats over the Lions.

  • Greensburg Central Catholic 9, Jeannette 1 — Jeff Farrell scored three goals, and Ted Sarniak added two as the Centurions (9-0, 7-0) routed Jeannette. Alex Brecht and Rob Dressman combined for the shutout in goal. Sean Tuttle scored for the Jayhawks (0-7 in section play).

  • Kiski Area 3, Indiana Area 2 — Kyle Cermak scored twice, and Brad Walker added a goal as Kiski Area (6-4, 4-3) edged Indiana (6-2, 5-2). Colin Rawleigh and Jason Swope scored for Indiana.

  • Conemaugh Township 4, Ligonier Valley 3 — Alan Johnson scored twice as Conemaugh Township (9-0) downed Ligonier Valley (5-4) in District 6 play. Brock Weaver scored all three goals for the Mounties.

  • Laurel Highlands 4, Uniontown Area 1 — Four different players scored for the Mustangs (4-5, 2-5) in defeating archrival Uniontown. Bryan Lipchinsky, E.J. Regula, Martin Barsack and Gary Valusck scored for LH.

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