They're certainly past those years now, having gone their separate ways, so to speak - Hartsell to St. Pius X and Perla to Perkiomen Valley.

Hartsell and Perla admitted Wednesday afternoon they would've enjoyed spending a little more time together next week at the PIAA Golf Championships in York, but that will have to wait ... at least for another year.

Both juniors, along with Boyertown sophomore Mike Heidler, came up short of qualifying for the state tournament during Wednesday's windy and unseasonably cold final round of the District 1 Championships at Turtle Creek G.C.

Hartsell shot an 8-over 80 to finish the 36-hole shootout at 155 and in 11th place, just one spot out of the Top 10 that advance to the state tournament. Perla, who was tied for the lead at the halfway mark of Monday's opening round with a 1-under 35, carded an 11-over 83 and finished up at 158 and in a five-way tie for 17th place.

Heidler, one of four sophomores in the Pioneer Athletic Conference champion Bears' lineup that competed for the district team title Wednesday, closed with an 85 for a 164.

"I'm disappointed," Hartsell deadpanned. "I started off so well Monday, started off so well today... I just have to learn from it."

Hartsell, second in last week's PAC-10 outing, was just 1-over through eight holes. However, he bogeyed the next four, beginning with the 191-yard, par-3 ninth hole, and seven of his final 10 - the last coming on the 552-yard, par-5 18th when he was long on his approach, then chipped down and just off the green below the hole before two-putting.

"I really messed up on the back," Hartsell said. "I started missing greens, and I couldn't get it up and down. I got some of my chips close, but then I couldn't get any putts in.

"I hit my driver great. I was drilling it. But then I was either miss-clubbing or I was playing with the wind and the wind didn't bring (the ball) back."

Neither Hartsell, nor anyone else for that matter, was about to blame the elements for his off-day, either.

"I guess (the weather) bothered me a little bit, but it had the same effect on everyone else, too," he said. "The cold doesn't change anything, at least not for me. The wind does, especially when clubbing yourself. But that isn't an excuse."

Perla talked about weathering his own personal storm - a bogey blitz.

The two-time Pioneer Athletic Conference champion and fourth-place finisher last week used a birdie at No. 4 to stay even through five holes. But he was 7-over on the next six holes before a par at No. 12 ended the skid. However, it was a brief hurrah because he would bogey the next four holes before finishing up with a pair of pars.

"I'm pretty much disgusted," Perla said. "I had it on cruise control for a while, then the bogeys on six, seven, eight and nine, the double (bogey) on 10, the bogey at 11... everything went flat.

"That's why I'm shocked. I don't know what happened. I didn't expect it. I thought things were going well, then it turned around and bit me in the face."

Wednesday's round kind of mirrored Perla's season.

"I played well all summer, and when it came to (the high school season) I had one good match and then hit a slump," he explained. "I feel like I've been hitting the ball great, but I just can't put up the numbers. This is what I've been going through pretty much most of the season."

Heidler, who opened with a 79, was confident of putting up a good number Wednesday and advancing to states. But his game fell apart over the final five holes.

"I felt I had to shoot even-par," Heidler said. "I felt I could do it, too, but I knew I had to shoot a good round."

Heidler used a driver, 3-iron and wedge to set up his birdie at No. 2, and he was just 7-over through 13 holes. But he played his final five in 6-over.

"Taking all those bogeys in a row hurt," he said. "I didn't putt too well. That's when I knew I lost it."

Heidler's 85 did match teammate Seth Hartman for the low score among the Bears in the team scoring. Ryne Francis added an 87, while Chris Harley and Ted Kenney finished at 90 and 93, respectively, for Boyertown, which finished at 440 and well back of team champion Hatboro-Horsham's blistering 383.

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