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Like most young golfers, David Mecca wanted to hit the ball as hard as he could but now the sophomore has changed his style and attitude and it’s paying off for the Hofstra University men’s team.

Mecca (Abington Heights) had a solid freshman season but the 5-foot-10, 160-pounder has really improved this season. At the recent Lafayette Invitational he posted a 146 to tie for fourth individually with a two-over 74 followed by an even par 72 – the latter his best score with the Pride.

“David’s ball striking is his biggest improvement,” coach Joe Elliott said. “Last year, David always tried to hit whichever club he used as hard as he could. Now, he has learned to flight the ball with his irons. The mental side of his game has really improved.”

Mecca got a big boost to his mental attitude when, despite being just a sophomore, the team voted to make him the captain of the squad.

“David is well-liked by everyone,” Elliott said. “He has strong work ethics and is a great leader to have on the team.”

Mecca and the Pride will compete in the Colonial Athletic Association Championships starting Friday in Southport, N.C.

PISANCHYN A BIG HIT – When it comes to getting a hit, the Wilkes University baseball team only has to turn to Dan Pisanchyn. Pisanchyn (Abington Heights) is a 6-foot-3, 200-pounder. He led the Colonels in hitting last season with a .435 mark – nine doubles, a team high four triples and 31 RBI. This season, after 22 games, he was hitting .333 (23-for-69) with three doubles, two triples, 14 runs scored and 23 RBI.

“Dan is just a really good hitter,” first-year coach Matt Hollod said. “His hands stay in the zone for a long time which allows him to be on time and hit all pitches (fastballs and off-speed). He rarely gets fooled and the pitcher rarely beats him.”

When an opposing pitcher gets the best of Pisanchyn, it’s usually when he chases pitches outside the zone according to the coach.

“If Dan learns plate discipline and what HIS zone is, he will be even better,” Hollod said.

BOSLOUGH A SPARTAN – Sophomore David Boslough (Lackawanna Trail) is a member of the York Collegemen’s golf team. The 5-foot-9, 155-pounder kicked off the spring season by finishing tied for fourth place (80) at the Gettysburg Spring Invitational and followed that up by finishing tied for 11th (81) at the Lebanon Valley Spring Invitational. His best round with the Spartans was a 74 in the Messiah Classic last fall.

“David is a great kid,” coach Matt Hunter said. “he is president of the SAAC (Student Athletic Advisory Committee) and is a leader on the team and in the community. He’s also a great golfer.”

Boslough is playing No. 2 for York and has had two top five finishes in his career.

“David has adjusted to college golf extremely well,” Hunter said.

Boslough and the Spartans will compete in the Capital Athletic Conference Championships Saturday and Sunday in Dover, Del..

HOYT ON THE RUN – Junior Jordan Hoyt (Abington Heights) is a key sprinter for the University of Pittsburgh women’s track team. She finished 16th out of 73 runners in the 400 meter dash (58.52) and helped the Panthers’ 4x400 relay finished fourth (3:5571) at the Charlotte Invitational in Charlotte, N.C. She followed that effort up by helping the 4x100 (46:08) and the 4x400 (1:37.73) both finish fifth in the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C.

Hoyt and the team have two big meets coming up – the Penn Relays this weekend in Philadelphia and the Big East Conference Championships May 3-5 in Piscataway, N.J.

Hoyt was a standout sprinter at Abington Heights. She was state champion in the 200 and runner-up in the 100 as a senior and earned the school’s Female Athlete of the Year honors.

DUO HELPS PACERS – Senior Evan Bolus of Clarks Summit (Scranton Prep) and freshman Mark Van Nort (Abington Heights) are key performers for the Marywood University men’s tennis team.

Bolus kicked off the spring season with the Pacers by going 7-3 at No. 2 singles and 6-2 at No. 2 doubles.

“Evan has consistently been an impact player, successfully competing near the top of our lineup in both singles and doubles,” coach Art Comstock said. “Now, as a senior, he has taken on a leadership role as we pursue our fourth consecutive league title (Colonial States Athletic Conference). We will continue to rely on him to come up with the tough victories in the biggest matches.”

Van Nort is 8-2 at No. 1 doubles and 3-3 at No. 6 singles. He transferred in from West Virginia where he didn’t play tennis.

“I have been very impressed with Mark’s rapid adjustment to college tennis,” Comstock said. “He’s been working hard trying to get his game back in shape and it has paid major dividends for him and our team. He was a doubles specialist in high school and those skills have really blossomed at Marywood.”

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