Busy weeks ahead for WVC golfers as postseason schedule begins

By Dave Rosengrant - For Times Leader
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The regular season of the high school golf season may be over, but that doesn’t mean there’s less drama occurring in the next few weeks.

In fact, you can expect plenty of happenings from now until the state tournament wraps up on Oct. 24.

One of the more interesting events will be on Wednesday afternoon when the three Wilkes-Barre Area public schools get together for the final time.

Coughlin, Meyers and GAR will battle it out at 3:15 p.m. at Hollenback Golf Club with the victor claiming a trophy — and bragging rights.

Prior to that event, golfers from those three schools, and dozens of others from the Wyoming Valley Conference will take part in the Pre-district Tournament on Monday at Fox Hill Country Club.

The golfers will be looking to advance to the District 2 Golf Tournament on Monday, Oct. 1 at Elmhurst Country Club.

To qualify for districts, boys in Class 2A must finish in the top 18 at Monday’s event. In Class 3A, boys who finish in the top 16 will move on to districts, while any girls who finish with a score of 100 or better in either class at Pre-districts will advance.

There are more than two dozen golfers returning who are looking for a repeat appearance in the district tournament. Among those are Lake-Lehman’s Bobby Lugiano, who is the returning tournament champion in 2A.

Also in the Class 2A boys event, Holy Redeemer’s Derek Answini, Martin Cryan, Jack Gallis, Sergei Scaramastro are looking for another crack at districts, while Wyoming Seminary’s Jeremy Callahan, Greg Godlewski and Bobby Wilson are also returning along with MMI Prep’s Morgan Long and Nanticoke’s Austin Norton.

In Class 2A girls, MMI Prep’s Jessica McClellan won the Pre-district event last year, while Berwick’s Claudia Geiser is also looking for a return trip to districts.

Dallas highlights the Class 3A boys tournament with 10 participants.

Among those golfing for the Mountaineers are returning district qualifiers from last year Colin Bowanko, Cooper Kelly, Kyle McAndrew, Brett Ostroski and Ethan Zawatski.

Hazleton Area could be right on Dallas’ tail with Brian Bartel and Jordan Pick returning as district qualifiers from last year. Tyler Faux, Tunkhannock; Jeremy Harper, Crestwood; Chase Yochem, Wyoming Area and Zach Evans, Berwick are also looking to qualify for districts once again after being there last year.

In 3A girls, Olivia Donnini and Evie Williams of Crestwood, who were both D2 qualifiers last year, highlight the field.

Dallas golfers may be the most fascinating to keep an eye on on Monday. Eleven Mountaineer golfers, consisting of 10 boys and one girl, will golf at Fox Hill on Monday.

The Mountaineers rolled to the Tryba Tournament team title last month at Fox Hill then finished unbeaten at 10-0 during the regular season for the most Pre-district qualifiers in coach Jane Kilduff’s tenure.

“Their expectations are very high of themselves,” Kilduff said. “They’re playing to perfection and golf is not a game that you can be perfect. You wouldn’t think we’re an undefeated team because they weren’t always pleased. But a win is a win.”

The Mountaineers have been extra motivated since under-performing last season after sweeping the postseason tournaments in 2016.

They will get another shot at claiming the WVC Class 3A team title in the team playoffs on Wednesday at Fox Hill. That’s when they will face Hazleton Area (9-1). In Class 2A, unbeaten Holy Redeemer (11-0) faces Wyoming Seminary and MMI Prep, both with 8-2 records.

“After the loss last year, they don’t want that to happen again so they’re doing everything in their power to make sure it doesn’t,” Kilduff said. “It certainly has been a lot of motivation. They became a little complacent in my opinion (last year) and they didn’t do the work and lost consistency and it has motivated them to be better this year.”

Winners of Wednesday’s team playoffs advance to the District 2 title match on Oct. 5 also at Fox Hill.

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By Dave Rosengrant

For Times Leader