EXETER – Pittston Area senior Allie Craig extended her high school golf career by claiming the third and final available state spot from Monday’s District 2-4 Class 3A Subregional Championships at Fox Hill Country Club.
Craig’s scrambling round of 91 was two shots better than Crestwood’s Olivia Donnini, clinching a berth at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association East Regional at 9 a.m. Oct. 16 at Golden Oaks Golf Club in Fleetwood.
“It’s been a long time coming and I finally got to the place where I needed to be,” Craig said of the regional berth where she will try to advance again to make the state championships.
Craig had her East Regional berth secured and still had a shot at a district gold medal after 18 holes.
Shawna Markle from Williamsport, the only District 4 Class 3A team, won the tournament with an 88, but that left Craig and Crestwood’s Evie Williams tied as the best from District 2.
The players headed down 1 where Williams came up with a sand save for par to win the playoff and the district gold.
Advancing after being close in the past, however, made the day a success for Craig on a day when she had some swing issues to overcome.
“I wasn’t happy with my swing for most of the day,” she said.
Things started coming back for Craig on the tee in a day when playing a mid-round stretch of five holes in 2-over was the hottest run she could put together.
“There were some key swings that I made off the tee that really saved me,” Craig said. “My driver didn’t start out great, but it came back to really help me out.
“I got my irons going and I hit a couple of really good short game shots that put me in good positions and helped me to keep it where I was.”
Wyoming Area’s Jimmy Kosco shot 94 Monday at Fox Hill to finish tied for 25th in the District 2 Class 3A individual tournament.
Teammate Chase Yochem was last among the 32 players, who made it through league qualifying to reach the district tournament. He shot 101.
Wyoming Area won a first-round match before being eliminated in the quarterfinals of the District 2 Class 2A team tournament.
The Lady Warriors went on the road to defeat Valley View, 3-2, in Wednesday’s opening round before falling to top-seeded Scranton Prep, the eight-time defending champion, 4-1, in Thursday’s quarterfinals.
The win over Valley View made it two straight years that Wyoming Area has won its first-round match in the district team tournament.
Bella Scappaticci pulled out tie-breaker wins in both sets to complete a sweep of singles and lift ninth-seeded Wyoming Area over eighth-seeded Valley View.
Scappaticci defeated Gianna Snell, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5).
Brianna Pizzano won, 6-0, 6-0, over Kiana DeJesus at first singles.
Allison Lampman defeated Vanessa Antenori, 6-1, 6-3, at second singles.
Valley View took both doubles matches. Kara Hirjak-Arianna Nardelli defeated Emily Cheskiewicz-Olivia Williams, 4-6, 6-1, 10-7, at first doubles while Sidney Reinfort-Faith Kendricks topped Abigail Drendall-Stephanie Palovchak, 6-0, 6-0, at second doubles.
Pizzano provided the only Wyoming Area point at Scranton Prep when she defeated Gabriela Jakubek, 6-2, 6-1, in a rematch of last year’s District 2 singles championship match that Pizzano also won.
Scranton Prep won the other two singles matches with Carly Habeeb defeating Lampman, 6-0, 6-0, and Isabel Hou topping Scappaticci, 6-3, 6-1.
Megan McDonald-Camilla Rinaldi beat Cheskiewicz-Williams, 6-3, 6-0, and Julia Horchos-Madison Tratthen defeated Drendall-Palovchak, 6-1, 6-0, in doubles.
Pittston Area also qualified for the team tournament, but the Lady Patriots lost in their first match when they were swept by host Abington Heights, 5-0, Thursday in the District 2-4 Class 3A Subregional quarterfinals.
The Lady Patriots were the sixth seed in the six-team field. The Lady Comets were seeded third.
District moves to singles tournament play late this week.
Pizzano will begin her title defense in Class 2A Thursday morning at 9 a.m.
Both classes will play at Kirby Park where three rounds of action Thursday will be used to trim the fields to the four semifinalists that return Friday at 1 p.m.