By Michel Boytim

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Seven local golfers – three boys and four girls – will compete in the PIAA Golf Championships Monday and Tuesday at Penn State golf courses.

The lone district champion in the Mirror’s coverage area, Ashden Stitt of Hollidaysburg, will play the white course with the other Class 3A competitors and start No. 1 on Monday at 10 a.m. with the champions from Districts 1, 2 and 3.

“Making statements was my goal throughout the year”, Stitt said. “I told my coach early on that going to the United States was my whole goal for my senior season.”

Along with Stitt, State College’s Max Wager and Joey Sabol will compete in the 3A Championship.

Other golfers in the area will compete on the blue course along with the rest of the Class 2A course.

Cassidy Miksich, District 6 Class 2A runner-up, will play No. 1 at 10:30 a.m. The three-time district champion has played in the last two PIAA championships, but she’s still looking for her first medal.

“I know the competition that goes there”, said Miksitch. “I have really high hopes for myself, and I hope I’m okay, but I’m just worried, because I played with a lot of these girls at the Happy Valley Invitational, and the girls went through. five-under par. It’s hard to compete with that.

Penn Cambria seniors Bella Spahr and Alyssa Mostick will start from number 10 just before Miksich at 10:05 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., respectively. The two will also compete in Wednesday’s Tag Team Championship at Penn State.

District 6 champion Maddie Koshko of Saint Joseph’s, who went a par 73 2-for-2 in the districts, will be first at 10:10.

On the Class 2A boys side, Central teammates Nick Baum and Griffin Snowberger will play either side of the course.

Baum will start No. 10 at 8:45 a.m. and Snowberger will start No. 1 at 9:50 a.m.

“I’ll play a few practice rounds,” said Snowberger. “Any top 10 or top 20 would be great, but I just want to go out and do my best.”

Baum and Snowberger both medaled at the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference meet earlier this week, with Baum taking the title.

“It’s a great feeling to know that all the hard work has paid off at this point,” said Baum. “But, I think with the States it’s just about going out and having fun and enjoying the week, the two days of play and the practice round. I just want to try and have fun. I know the course quite well and have played a few junior tournaments there. I’d like to shoot a good score and get out of there in a decent position.

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s Nick Helsley, who led District 6’s Class 2A field through nine holes, will tee off at No. 10 at 9:15 a.m.

“I played there once, but I can’t wait to be there” Helsley said. “All golf courses are playable. I will go down and try to play my best.

In addition to players in the Mirror’s main coverage area, Matt Edwards of Bedford and Tim Peters of Saint Joseph will play together at No 1 at 8:40 am, Ankony Jack of Conemaugh Township will start at No 1 at 9, Brennan Karalfa of Bishop McCort will be at No. 1 at 9:10 a.m., Alex Talmadge of West Shamokin will start at No. 1 at 9:30 a.m. and Davis Corman of Bellefonte will start at No. 10 at 9:05 a.m.

On the regional girls side, Alex Boring of Conemaugh Township takes the No. 1 start at 10 a.m.

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