Saturday, October 13, 2007

Serving up medals

It was quite a week for several area student-athletes involved in non-revenue sports as the WPIAL held its championships in girls doubles tennis and boys and girls golf.

The greatest season in the history of Chartiers-Houston tennis continued Friday when Karli and Tanya Timko defeated Vincentian Academy's Elise Held and Alena Tesone for the WPIAL Class AA doubles title. They'll be a team to watch at the upcoming PIAA championships.

And the Timkos won't be the only area doubles teams playing for PIAA gold.

Peters Township's Julie Stroyne and Emily Palko finished second in the Class AAA tournament, losing to North Allegheny's Kim Whalen and Jen Larimore in the finals. Palko, a senior, is a two-time PIAA qualifier in doubles.

In girls golf, Waynesburg junior Rachel Rohanna won her second WPIAL title in three years. On the boys side, C-H senior John Popeck finished second.

Upcoming events this week include the WPIAL girls team tennis tournament. Peters Township and Chartiers-Houston are among the favorites. Also, the PIAA boys and girls individual golf qualifers are Monday; the WPIAL boys team semis are Tuesday and the finals are Thursday. Plus, the soccer playoffs begin with preliminary games next Saturday.

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