From staff reports
LEWISTOWN - It was a long time in the making for the Mifflin County Huskies golf team to take to the links in the first Mid-Penn Conference home event played in Mifflin County.
What turned out is not exactly what Mifflin County had in mind Tuesday at Lewistown Country Club.
Sentinel photo by MATT?STRICKER
Mifflin County’s Hunter Wright chips on to the green during Mifflin County’s Mid-Penn Conference match Tuesday at Lewistown Country Club in Lewistown. The Huskies came in fifth overall with a score of 445.
The Huskies struggled from top to bottom en route team score of 445, good for a sixth-place finish in the match. Mechanicsburg picked up the win with a 403, while Cumberland Valley carded a 407. Mechanicsburg and Cumberland Valley lead the conference with an 11-1 mark on the young season. Mifflin County fell to 3-9 and are tied for fifth overall.
"We're still struggling to find our footing in the Mid-Penn," Mifflin County coach Kevin O'Donnell said. "We had a good stretch of holes today. But we need to eliminate big numbers."
Marc Auker led the Huskies with an 86. Also shooting in the 80s were Evan Pupo (87) and Hunter Wright (89).
"Clearly our scores are indicative of the fact we need to get to work," O'Donnell said. "Our schedule is not a lax for us. We come right back into it on Monday."
Mifflin County travels to the County Club of Harrisburg Monday.
"We dug ourselves a hole and we know we can come out of it," O'Donnell said. "They know they worked too hard to put up those types of numbers."
Notes: David Kepner, a graduate of Chief Logan High School who played and coached basketball for the Mingoes, coaches Cedar Cliff's golf team, which played Mifflin County in the Commonwealth Division match the Huskies hosted Tuesday. J.D. Hughes of Carlisle shot his second straight round in the 60s with a 69. He posted a 65 Monday.
WILLIAMSPORT- On Tuesday, the Midd-West golfers tied Williamsport for second out of six teams at the White Deer Challenge course during Heartland Conference Division 1 play.
Shikellamy took the best overall team score with a 318. Midd-West and Williamsport placed second with a score of 359. Selinsgrove shot a 374 for fourth. Loyalsock/Montgomery took fifth place with a score of 375 and Mifflinburg landed in last with a 424.
Midd-West's Adam Winey led his team in scoring by shooting a 5-over par 77.
The Mustangs, who now boast a record of 7.5-2.5, host the Heartland Conference on Tuesday.
Mifflin County 3, Palmyra 2
PALMYRA - In a historic afternoon for Mifflin County athletics, the girls tennis team won 3-2 at Palmyra to notch a win in the first match Mifflin County has ever played as an all-girls tennis team.
Not only was it the first match for the girls, it also marked the first win for a Mifflin County athletics team within the Commonwealth Division of the Mid-Penn Conference.
The match was partially completed on Monday, but needed to be postponed because of rain. However, the match was concluded on Tuesday, when the Mifflin County girls came away with two wins in the singles department and an additional win in the doubles to top Palmyra.
In the singles matches, Mifflin County's Samantha Hendricks beat Hannah Wastyk by a score of 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Alana Felton took Lexi Kline by a score of 6-4, 7-5.
In doubles play, Olivia Runck and Kate Hugendubler defeated Palmyra's Natalie Haldeman and Lauren Hollowell 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Mifflin County's remaining singles and doubles matches, although losses, were competitive matches and each was determined by a tie break.
Mifflin County (1-0) travels to Mechanicsburg today.