Dallas’ Undefeated Season Continues Into State Tournament
Another match, another clutch performance by the Dallas Mountaineers.
Dallas’ unbeaten record was never in doubt during Wednesday’s District 2-4 Class 3A subregional golf championship at Elmhurst Country Club, where the District 2 champion Mountaineers led by 24 strokes at the turn and ultimately beat District 4 champion East Juniata, 309-360.
Star freshman Logan Paczewski was the medalist with an even-par 72. Ethan Zawatski shot 77 and Cooper Kelley 79, while Brett Ostroski and Matthew Dolan each shot 81.
Next up, Dallas will finish its season Oct. 24 at Heritage Hills in York for the PIAA tournament.
“It feels really good because the kids have worked so hard and they have set their sights on this,” said head coach Jane Kilduff. “I might be biased, but I feel like they work harder than any other team or any other player to get where they’re going. Their attitude and effort has really helped bring them to where they are.”
Given that they won by such a big margin, Kilduff said Wednesday’s match was more about her players scoring as best they could and playing their best golf, as opposed to worrying about the competition.
Paczewski sprinkled three bogeys in his round, but he offset that with 12 pars, as well as three straight birdies on holes 10-12.
Zawatski struggled out of the gate, going triple-double-bogey to find himself at 6-over after only three holes. However, he was excellent the rest of the way with two birdies and a bogey.
The PIAA has not yet released a full list of this year’s state qualifiers.
Last season, only six teams — including Crestwood, which placed sixth — qualified for the state tournament in Class 3A.
“I think they realize it’s exciting that they’ve qualified for the state tournament — but they’re very humble about it, which we’ve preached over the years,” said Kilduff, who’s been head coach since 2015 and is going to states with her team for the first time. “But I don’t know that they full grasp yet the magnitude of what they’ve done. So, we just keep pressing down to help us be successful.”
Scranton Prep also advanced to the state tournament in Class 2A, as it beat Wellsboro 318-329 in its subregional final.
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