Sunday January 23, 2022 | 5:47 p.m.
Penn-Trafford sophomore Nick Turowski, the WPIAL Class 3A golf champion, will compete in a prestigious tournament this summer.
Turowski will compete in the National High School Golf Invitational July 10-13 at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina.
He will join a group of the top 270 prep players in the country.
Turowski shot a par 70 to win the WPIAL title in October at Nemacolin Country Club. He then finished tied for fourth at the PIAA Championship in York.
One of Turowski’s most memorable tricks last year came at Manor Valley Golf Course when he shot a 7-under 29 in a WPIAL game and then played the back nine for fun and carded a 9 under 63.
Michigan boasts Martin
Belle Vernon sophomore football player Quinton Martin added his fifth Big Ten scholarship offer when Michigan offered the coveted running back/defensive back an opportunity. The offer came a day after Notre-Dame’s offer.
He now has a dozen Power Five offers.
Martin has already accepted an invitation to play at the Under Armor All-American Bowl in Orlando, Florida – the 2024 Under Armor All-American Bowl.
Weightman at IUP
Belle Vernon’s standout linebacker and defensive end Cole Weightman will play in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. The senior announced his commitment to the IUP. He also received an offer from Cal (Pennsylvania).
Also a tight end, Weightman helped lead the Leopards runners-up in the WPIAL 4A class. He had 76 tackles, 17 for loss and seven sacks.
Latrobe senior basketball star Anna Rafferty has no broken bones or tears in her right knee, which is good news for the Wildcats, the No. 5 ranked WPIAL 5A class team. Rafferty was injured Thursday night against Woodland Hills.
Wildcats coach Mark Burkhardt said he’s not sure Rafferty (12 points, 10 rebounds per game) will play Monday night against Penn Hills.
Rafferty, an IUP rookie, is the Trib Westmoreland Player of the Year.
Latrobe stopped taking applications for his football coaching opening on Friday and will begin the interview process soon. After two rounds of interviews, applicants will be narrowed down to finalists and a new coach will be named at the school board meeting on Feb. 22, athletic director Zac Heide said.
Just before Christmas, Jason Marucco resigned as coach after eight seasons.
The PIHL has announced important dates as the long regular season draws to a close.
The league playoffs begin on March 7, the semi-finals on March 14 and the Penguins Cup finals on March 21-22.
The county championship will take place on March 26.
The All-Star Games are scheduled for April 3 at the Alpha Ice Complex.
A banner rental
Penn Hills’ new softball coach is Ashley (Hainesworth) Banner, who played at Hempfield.
She revels in the things she learned about the game, and life, from legendary coach Bob Kalp.
“I’ve been playing softball since I was 9 years old,” Banner said. “Coach Kalp had a huge impact on me as an individual. Not only did he teach me the game and how to play the game, but he has a desire to teach others. That’s definitely the biggest influence on my life.
Penn Hills finished with a 2-12 record last season, including an 0-12 record in the 1-5A Division. Seven of the Indians’ 12 losses have ended in 10 or more runs.
Franklin Regional is one of the opponents of the Penn Hills section.
Penn-Trafford senior offensive tackle/defensive end Declan Ochendowski has an offer from IUP.
• Kory Ansell, senior lineman at Southmoreland, has been offered by Millersville.
• Greensburg Central Catholic wide receiver and defensive back Aaron Stasko has a preferred offer from Cal (Pennsylvania).
• Norwin senior running back Dom Barca and Greensburg senior linebacker Salem JC Wallishc have openings to play at Waynesburg.
Keywords: Belle-Vernon, Latrobe, Penn Trafford