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District 2 Golf: Lugiano, McClellan, Williams Lead 9 Regional Qualifiers

October 2, 2018
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Lugiano, McClellan, Williams Lead 9 Regional Qualifiers

ROARING BROOK TWP. — Wyoming Valley Conference golf is on the rise.

Or, maybe, Monday’s District 2 Individual Golf Championships signaled the WVC has already risen — peaked — at a level that could be difficult to sustain.

Either way, the league had plenty to celebrate at Elmhurst Country Club, where three WVC golfers — Lake-Lehman junior Bobby Lugiano in Class 2A boys, MMI Prep senior Jessica McClellan in 2A girls, Crestwood senior Evie Williams in 3A girls — won gold medals.

Plus, Dallas freshman Logan Paczewski earned a silver medal in Class 3A boys. Paczewski’s 2-under-par 70 was the second best score of any player.

All four players earned a trip to regionals Oct. 15 at Golden Oaks Golf Club in Fleetwood, as did Grace Babinchak of Hazleton Area (Class 3A girls); Kyleen McCance of Hanover Area (2A girls); and Jeremy Callahan and Bobby Wilson of Wyoming Seminary and Derek Answini of Holy Redeemer (2A boys).

In all, the WVC outperformed the Lackawanna League, nine medalists to six; that’s a drastic change from the last time Elmhurst hosted the tournament, in 2016, when Lackawanna League golfers won 15 of 18 medals.

“It’s definitely getting better,” said Callahan, now a two-time regional qualifier. “It used to be all Lackawanna League ... and it just shows we’re getting better and we’re definitely becoming a powerhouse. And we’re doing it together, too, which is a good thing.”

Practice makes perfect

In a practice round for Monday, Lugiano, Callahan and Wilson hit the links Sunday at Huntsville Golf Club in Dallas.

But what was supposed to be a quick, nine-hole tune-up turned into a full 18 holes of golf.

“Didn’t feel too comfortable with my swing (on the front), so I played the back and played better there,” Callahan said. “I definitely felt comfortable after 18. Bobby, he had an eagle on the back, so he was hitting it really well. I think he ended up shooting 77 at Huntsville, which is a really hard course.”

Lugiano carried that momentum from Sunday into Monday, as he led the Class 2A field with a 3-over 75.

“It’s awesome; all the hard work paying off,” Lugiano said.

Lugiano suffered from a pair of bad holes on the front-nine, but recovered nicely by shooting a 1-under 35 on the back-nine and winning the championship.

Lugiano was hardly surprised by the fact that he and three other WVC golfers — Callahan and Wilson of Sem, Answini of Redeemer — all qualified for regionals.

“In the regular season, we were always within a few strokes,” Lugiano said. “So I knew it’d be tight today. I knew I’d have to put a pretty decent score out there to make it.”

Best one yet

No longer satisfied with merely earning a medal, MMI Prep’s McClellan went all out for gold this year.

“Honestly,” she said, “I worked a ton on my game. Spent a lot of hours.”

The end result: McClellan shot 81, which earned her the District 2 Class 2A girls championship and booked her third straight trip to regionals. She finished second at districts in 2017 and 2016 with scores of 95 and 90, respectively.

“I think I have everything where it needs to be and there’s just little tweaks that I have to make to make things even better than an 81,” McClellan said. “Because it could have been a lot lower, so it’s a little frustrating. I mean, you always want to keep getting better. And I think I’m going in the right direction.”

McClellan’s offseason work includes spending at least a day or two each week playing on simulators; she’ll hit golf balls outside as early as she can in the winter; this December, she’s scheduled to play in Florida for the Faldo Series’ International Junior Golf Tour Grand Final.

But first, the MMI Prep senior hopes to make a deep playoff run in her last high school season. Meanwhile, Hanover Area’s McCance is also headed to regionals as a freshman.

“It’s awesome,” McClellan said of winning the D2 title. “Obviously, I have bigger goals for the end of the year, for my high school career. But this is definitely one of the stepping stones to get there.”

Williams repeats in 3A

Making par is fine; birdies are even better.

But what better way to begin a round of golf than making eagle?

That’s exactly what Crestwood’s Williams did on the par-five No. 7 en route to edging Hazleton Area’s Babinchak, 83 to 84, for the top spot among District 2 Class 3A girls.

“That really boosted my confidence,” Williams said of the first hole, which was the first eagle she’s ever made in tournament play.

It is Williams’ second consecutive D2 Class 3A championship. Last season, she shot 91 and then won a playoff for the title.

“I feel better about this one, shooting eight strokes lower from a 91,” Williams said. “So that makes me feel a little better going into regionals. And I have more experience now, so I’m excited.”

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DISTRICT 2 INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

At Elmhurst Country Club

Par 72

CLASS 3A BOYS

Alex Pillar, Wallenpaupack 69

Logan Paczewski, Dallas 70

x-Will Brown, Abington Heights 71

y-Nick Sebastianelli, Abington Hts. 71

Missed cut

z-Troy Kelleher, Abington Heights 71

Billy Pabst, North Pocono 73

Franco Pazzaglia, Valley View 73

Bobby Lugiano, Lake-Lehman 75

Brady Antolick, Hazleton 76

Luke Flederbach, Honesdale 76

Ethan Zawatski, Dallas 77

Colin Bowanko, Dallas 78

Jack Mowatt, Wallenpaupack 78

Tyler Faux, Tunkhannock 79

Daniel Flickinger, Abington Heights 79

Jeremy Harper, Crestwood 79

Brett Ostrowski, Dallas 80

Daniel Becker, Honesdale 81

Dylan Mislevy, Tunkhannock 81

Jordan Pick, Hazleton 82

Freddie Lombardo, Dallas 83

Matt Hamel, Coughlin 84

Connor Kelleher, Abington Heights 84

Matt Dolan, Dallas 86

Jake Millan, North Pocono 86

Joey Rebarchick, Hazleton 86

Nick Scavo, Pittston Area 86

Kyle McAndrew, Dallas 87

Ben Williams, Honesdale 87

Andrew Kirtley, Abington Heights 89

Dom Verrastro, Valley View 90

Cole Bannan, Honesdale 93

Coby Gilpin, Tunkhannock 94

CLASS 2A BOYS

Bobby Lugiano, Lake-Lehman 75

Jeremy Callahan, Wyoming Sem 77

Derek Answini, Holy Redeemer 77

M.J. Stivala, Scranton Prep 78

Bobby Wilson, Wyoming Sem 79

Frank Ruggiero, Dunmore 79

Missed cut

Marty Cryan, Holy Redeemer 80

Evan Tremback, Lakeland 81

Michael Sholtis, Lake-Lehman 82

Marino DePalma, Carbondale 83

Ian Fedorchak, Carbondale 83

Owen Haggerty, Dunmore 83

Declan Tokash, Holy Cross 84

Kip Miller, Holy Redeemer 85

Jason Mowry, Elk Lake 86

Cole Coolbaugh, Wyoming Area 86

Sergei Scaramastro, Holy Redeemer 86

Michael Sewack, Scranton Prep 86

Matt Williams, Holy Redeemer 86

Matt Tressler, Scranton Prep 87

Sean Boland, Holy Redeemer 88

Collin Ennis, Scranton Prep 88

Landon Firmstone, Western Wayne 88

 

Andrew Kazmierczak, Lack. Trail 88

Colin Virkitis, Carbondale 88

Zach Evans, Berwick 90

Tanner Harry, Lake-Lehman 90

Andrew Maddock, Wyoming Sem 90

Jacob McCormick, Western Wayne 90

Andrew Mariotti, Scranton Prep 92

Noah Newcomb, Carbondale 92

Adam Rogers, Wyoming Sem 92

Riley Brown, Montrose 94

Greg Godlewski, Wyoming Sem. 94

Johnny Barcarola, Western Wayne 95

Noah Long, MMI 97

Jake McNeff, Dunmore 105

Christian Homnack, MMI 110

Isaac Walker, Montrose WD

CLASS 3A GIRLS

Evie Williams, Crestwood 83

Grace Babinchak, Hazleton 84

Missed cut

Olivia Donnini, Crestwood 85

Sara Hall, Crestwood 89

Marin Dremock, Hazleton 90

Rachel Wall, North Pocono 99

Elizabeth Franchetti, Abington Hts. 100

Kayla Taninies, Honesdale 106

Michelle Bernetski, Crestwood 107

Madyson Pendolphi, Dallas, 107

Mary Kate Yatsonsky, North Pocono 116

CLASS 2A GIRLS

 

 

Jessica McClellan, MMI 81

Kyleen McCance, Hanover Area 89

Chloe Sipe, Elk Lake 92

Missed cut

Mariah Minter, Mid Valley 94

Taegan Mills, Elk Lake 103

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