Shippee advances to D10 golf tourney
ERIE — The season ended on Wednesday for Warren’s girls golf team, but freshman Kate Shippee has advanced to the District 10 3A Girls Golf Championships on Oct. 2-3 in Meadville.
The Lady Dragons finished fourth on Wednesday in their final Region 3 Mega Match at JC Martin Golf Course in Erie. Region champion McDowell finished first again with a three-golfer 121, Meadville had 150, Erie 159, and Warren 183.
Shippee’s nine-hole 53 led Warren with teammate Elissa Errett carding a 60, Katharine Smith 69, and Maelee Mandeville 72.
“This was the first time in many years that Warren Area High School had a girls team compete in District 10 AAA in Region 3,” said Warren assistant coach Scott Pearson. “The seven-member team consisting of Katharine Smith, Lexi Paris, Maelee Mandeville, Marisa Palmieri, Maddie Walker, Kate Shippee and Elissa Errett has paved the way for future teams with the rejuvenated Lady Dragon golf team. There were many positives and lessons learned throughout the season that will help in each individual’s strengths and weaknesses to address during the off-season as there are no seniors on the team.”
Warren has four juniors, two sophomores, and Shippee is one of only three Region 3 freshmen to qualify for the D10 tourney. The top 10 by region averages automatically advance to districts.
“I’m very proud to represent my team and the Dragons,” said Shippee. “The support I have received from my teammates has been phenomenal. My goal at districts is naturally to win it, but realistically I want to be competitive and hopefully medal.”
Shippee was 10th by average in the Class 3A region. McDowell senior Alexis Marsh was the region’s top golfer with a nine-hole 38.2 average. In fact, the top four by average and five of the 10 automatic qualifiers are from McDowell.
“I want to thank the coaching staff for all of the time and help they have given the girls team,” said Shippee.
In addition to Wednesday, Walker carded a nine-hole 51 on Monday as Warren finished fourth at the Meadville Region 3 Mega Match. Shippee and Smith each shot 63, Errett 66, and Mandeville 72.
“There were many good individual scores throughout the season and many of the girls were ranked fairly high in the region as Maddie Walker was ranked 14th, Elissa Errett 15th, Katharine Smith 18th and Maelee Mandeville 19th,” said Pearson. “We are very excited for Kate as she has worked very hard on her game and has showed a lot of poise during her first season and is very deserving of the opportunity to compete at districts.”
Warren JV golf teams tie
In a home tri-match with Bradford, the Warren White and Warren Blue junior varsity boys golf teams both won.
Well, technically, they tied with five-golfer 237s each on Wednesday at Blueberry Hill Golf Course. Bradford’s JV finished with 296.
Warren White was led by AJ Slattery’s nine-hole 40, Carter Cochran’s 43, Carson Moore’s 48, Ryan Fitzsimmons’ 52, and Zane Carlson’s 54. Ben Scott added a 62 and Hayden Hendricks shot 64.
Warren Blue was led by John Hillard’s 45, Eli Snyder’s 46, Collin Ellis’ 47, Presley Weldon’s 48, and Gavin Haibach’s 51. If there was a tiebreaker, Cheddy Madigan’s 53 would take it. Max Spiegel added a 60 and Brock Polito 61 for Blue.
Haiden Cobb and Cooper Haight led Bradford with 55 each.