Tyrone’s Miksich wins another title
By Michael Boytim
SALIX — The best athletes often turn in their top performances when they are pushed.
Tyrone’s Cassidy Miksich certainly falls into that category.
The junior golfer carded a 78 at Windber Country Club Thursday afternoon to edge Westmont Hilltop senior Alyssa Kush by two strokes and capture her third consecutive District 6 Class 2A individual girls golf championship.
“I think I always play better when there’s a great competitor playing with me, and Alyssa is a great competitor,” Miksich said. “I even told her, I was shaking. I was sweating, because I was so nervous that she made it so close the whole round.”
Miksich has been pushed in districts before. As a freshman, she bested Central Cambria’s Jaylee Sikora in a playoff to win the title.
“It kind of feels crazy (to win a third straight), because I don’t think anyone has ever done it, and I’m hoping to do it again next year too,” Miksich said. “I want to play better at states this year than I did last year. I was 18th in the state, which isn’t bad at all, but I didn’t play my best. I want to try and play close to my best.”
Miksich helped the Tyrone boys team win the District 6 Class 2A team title at Scotch Valley Country Club on Tuesday when she shot an 83.
But all the gold she’s captured this week didn’t seem possible at the start of the season when she reached a point where she was unable to finish a round due to pain in her ankle.
“It’s been hurting for two and a half years,” Miksich said. “Finally, we went to a doctor who said it was either now or in December (to have surgery), and I told him I basically could not finish 18 holes, because I couldn’t walk, so I had to get it done. I only missed my first Mountain League match. I tried playing and got through 11 holes and couldn’t finish.
“I feel a thousand times better now. I used to just sit on the couch, and it would hurt to the point where I didn’t know what to do and was so frustrated that I was in tears. Now, I have no problems playing a round of golf. I get a little sore, but it’s nothing compared to what I was going through.”
Miksich embraced Kush, who just won the District 6 Class 2A individual tennis championship on Wednesday, following their round and thanked her for pushing her. Kush just recently picked up the sport.
“I started playing golf last summer whenever we were in quarantine,” Kush said. “All the tennis courts around me were shut down. My dad and my brother golf, and I really never got into it. We thought we might as well give it a try, because it’s a fun sport. I started playing a lot over the summer, and I talked with our coach and he told me I could play.”
Miksich, Kush, Huntingdon’s Jordan Houck (93) and Penn Cambria’s Alyssa Mostick (97) finished first through fourth, respectively, in 2A and earned trips to the PIAA championship tournament in York. Penn Cambria’s Bella Spahr finished fifth to earn the final medal.
“This is the first time I broke 100, so I’m really happy about it,” Mostick said. “I chipped one in on No. 18, and I was so happy I started jumping up and down. It was so fun. I’m so happy.”
Kush’s 80 helped Westmont Hilltop edge Penn Cambria, 288-298, for the team title.
State College claimed the Class 3A team title, 291-310, over runner-up Hollidaysburg. Altoona finished fourth competing in its first-ever girls golf District 6 tournament. Bellefonte’s Riley Clute won the 3A individual championship by shooting an 89.
Hollidaysburg’s Ashden Stitt carded a 94 to finish third and earn a bronze medal, though only Clute advances to the PIAA championship tournament in 3A.
“I put in a lot more work and practiced a lot, and it really paid off,” Stitt said. “It feels really good. I did better than I did last year at districts. It always feels good to improve. I had a lot of good tee shots that I was really proud of that were hit very far and very well.”
CLASS 3A TEAM RESULTS/KEY
1, State College (SC) 291; 2, Hollidaysburg (H) 310; 3, Bellefonte (B) 325; 4, Altoona (A) 393.
CLASS 3A INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (CHAMPION ADVANCES TO STATES)
1, Clute, B, 89; 2, Kissinger, SC, 92; 3, Stitt, H, 94; 4, Huang, SC, 97; 5, Kopak, SC, 102; 6, Bihary, H, 106; 7, Sargent, H, 110; 8, Pringle, B, 116; 9, Kennedy, H, 117; 10, Fravel, B, 120; T-11, Hamilton, B, 125; T-11, Shafranich, Mifflin County, 125; 13, McKee, A, 126; 14, Williams, A, 131; 15, Long, A, 136.
CLASS 2A TEAM RESULTS/KEY
1, Westmont Hilltop (WH) 288; 2, Penn Cambria (PC) 298; 3, Central Cambria (CC) 335; 4, Philipsburg-Osceola (PO) 339; 5, Forest Hills (FH) 364.
CLASS 2A INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (TOP FOUR ADVANCE TO STATES)
1, Miksich, Tyrone, 78; 2, Kush, WH, 80; 3, Houck, Huntingdon, 93; 4, Mostick, PC, 97; 5, Spahr, PC, 100; 6, Krug, PC, 101; 7, S. Mullen, WH, 103; 8, N. Mullen, WH, 105; 9, Vaux, PO, 106; 10, Sechrengost, CC, 107; 11, Marshall, PC, 108; 12, Reed, PO, 110; 13, Griffith, CC, 111; 14, Dobson, Penns Valley, 112; 15, Jewel Sikora, CC, 117.