2017 Times Leader Golf All-Star Team

December 25th, 2017 11:40 pm


Shane Angle, Crestwood

The Times Leader Golfer of the Year, Angle won the WVC Class 3A Pre-district Tournament, took second at the Preseason Tryba event and qualified for the PIAA Championships for the first time. A senior, he finished 17th at regionals to reach states. At the state tournament, he became the first golfer for Crestwood in the event in 27 years. He placed 15th at states, finishing just one stroke shy of claiming a medal.

Evie Williams, Crestwood

The junior won the D2 Class 3A title to qualify for regionals for the first time and to pick up her first career high school victory. That win followed a third-place showing at the Pre-district Class 3A tourney.

Allie Craig, Pittston Area

A senior, she reached the state tournament in her coach, Len Benfante’s 28th and final season. Prior to the PIAA Championships, Craig tied for second in the District 2 Championships and won the Class 3A portion of the WVC Pre-district tournament.

Jessica McClellan, MMI Prep

A junior, McClellan became the first golfer in MMI Prep history to qualify for the PIAA Championships when she won a playoff hole for the last state berth at the East Regional Tournament. She advanced to regionals by placing second at the District 2 Class 2A Tournament.

Ethan Zawatski, Dallas

Advancing to the regional tournament for the first time, the junior had quite the season. He started with a ninth-place finish at the Tryba Tournament and followed by tying for 12th in the Class 3A portion of the Pre-district event. He then placed third in the D2 tourney.

Derek Answini, Holy Redeemer

A junior, he started the season with a finish just outside the Top 10 at the Tryba Tournament, and finished with a flurry of even better golf tying for second at the Class 2A Pre-district Tournament prior to taking second at the District 2 Class 2A event. As the season went on, his scores improved in every postseason round as he qualified for regionals for the first time.

Bobby Lugiano, Lake-Lehman

The Black Knight sophomore reached the East Regional Tournament after taking third at the District 2 Class 2A Tournament, which followed his first high school tourney win at the Pre-district event. He started the season with a sixth-place showing at the Tryba Tournament.

Jeremy Callahan, Wyoming Seminary

The sophomore had solid and consistent performances all season for the Blue Knights as he reached the regional tournament for the first time. He advanced in the postseason by placing sixth at the District 2 Class 2A Tournament and sixth at the Pre-district tournament.

Mark Jarolen, Crestwood

Coach of the Year

With Jarolen at the helm in his 32nd year, the Comets had a banner campaign. They swept the Wyoming Valley Conference claiming the team title at the Tryba Tournament with a score under 300, shared the Division 2 title with Dallas and won the Wyoming Valley Conference Class 3A Team Playoffs. Crestwood followed that by claiming the District 2 Class 3A team title for the first time in school history, and advanced to the state tournament for the first time after winning a regional match. He also took Times Leader Golfer of the Year Shane Angle to the individual state tournament. Angle fell one shot shy of medalling.

Allie Craig | Pittston Area
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Amy Williams | Crestwood
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Derek Answini | Holy Redeemer
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_Derek-Answini.jpgDerek Answini | Holy Redeemer
Ethan Zawatski | Dallas
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_Ethan-Zawatski.jpgEthan Zawatski | Dallas
Jeremy Callahan | Wyoming Seminary
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Jessica McClellan | MMI
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_Jessica-McClellan.jpgJessica McClellan | MMI
Mark Jarolen | Crestwood Golf Coach
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Bobby Lugiano | Lake Lehman
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_Lugiano.jpgBobby Lugiano | Lake Lehman
Shane Angle | Crestwood
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_Shane-Angle2.jpgShane Angle | Crestwood