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Paczewski Tops Field, Again, At Fox Hill

September 25, 2018

Paczewski Tops Field, Again, At Fox Hill

EXETER — Good golf is undeniable.

It’s all in the scores, there to be examined, compared and judged.

The number that stood out Monday was 67 — a four-under-par 67 — that won Dallas’ Logan Paczewski his second championship at Fox Hill.

Five weeks after winning the Tryba Preseason Tournament, Paczewski returned to Fox Hill and continued his epic freshman season by shooting the best score during the WVC’s Pre-District 2 Class 3A Golf Tournament.

“I feel like this was a better overall win than the Tryba,” said Paczewski, who had every right to feel that way.

While he needed a playoff hole to break a tie and win the Tryba, Paczewski finished pre-districts five shots clear of teammate Matt Dolan, who shot 1-over 72 and finished runner-up.

Paczewski’s 67 was also the best score at pre-districts in at least a decade. From the 2008 to 2017, the average winning score was 72.6 and not one player broke 70.

“The course is in great condition; it’s playing tough because of the wind,” Paczewski said. “But I made a lot of really good putts, a lot of sliders downhill. I hit the ball well and everything was pretty good.”

Paczewski is one of 43 WVC golfers who qualified for next Monday’s District 2 Individual Golf Championships at Elmhurst Country

Club. For boys, the top 16 in 3A and top 18 in 2A advanced, as did any girl shooting 100 or better.

From there, District 2 will send 15 players — six Class 2A boys, four 3A boys, three 2A girls, two 3A girls — to regionals.

“I really enjoy that course, but there’s a lot of great players in that tournament,” Paczewski said. “For only four spots, there’s a lot of good talent in the field.”

Much of that talent comes from Dallas, as Paczewski will be joined by six teammates — Dolan (second place, 72), Ethan Zawatski (sixth, 76), Colin Bowanko (seventh, 78), Brett Ostroski (eighth, 79), Kyle McAndrew (ninth, 83) and Freddie Lombardo (ninth, 83) — in the Class 3A boys field. Girls golfer Madyson Pendolphi qualified, as well.

Lugiano, Redeemer lead 2A boys

Bobby Lugiano narrowly won the other boys championship, as the Lake-Lehman junior shot 2-over 73 and finished atop the Class 2A field for the second year in a row.

“My freshman year, I shot 84,” Lugiano said. “Last year, I shot a 78. So I just wanted to keep building and improving my rounds each year. So this 73, improved by five — I reached the goal there. That made me happy.”

Lugiano was one stroke better than Holy Redeemer junior Martin Cryan, who shot 74. Wyoming Seminary junior Jeremy Callahan also shot in the 70s, with a 76.

As a team, Holy Redeemer’s six district qualifiers — Cryan, Derek Answini (fourth place, 80), Kip Miller (seventh, 81), Matt Williams (seventh, 81), Sean Boland (12th, 86), Sergei Scaramastro (12th, 86) — trail only Dallas’ eight.

“They played well,” said Redeemer head coach Art Brunn. “It’s been tough this year getting any kind of momentum going because of the weather. It’s like we have a practice and then we’re off for two days; then we have a match, and then we’re off for another two days. But this weekend helped out because it was a nice weekend — Friday, Saturday, Sunday — to get some practice in. Obviously my guys know this course and that played a big factor. But, still, they had to post a number.”

Given the success by Dallas and Holy Redeemer, it’s no surprise they are among the teams that will play in the WVC team championship Friday morning at Fox Hill. Hazleton Area will play Dallas in Class 3A, while Holy Redeemer will face Sem or MMI Prep in Class 2A.

McClellan stays sharp, Dremock wins

MMI Prep senior Jessica McClellan has consistently stepped up and played well at big tournaments during her career.

Monday was no exception, as McClellan won her third straight pre-district title by shooting a 79 that topped the Class 2A girls field.

McClellan won in 2017 with an 87 and in 2016 with an 83.

She will be joined by only one other district qualifier, Hanover Area freshman Kyleen McCance, who shot 85.

In Class 3A, Hazleton Area junior Marin Dremock won her first pre-district title by shooting an 87.

Dremock’s teammate, Grace Babinchak, also qualified for districts, as did the Crestwood quartet of Evie Williams, Olivia Donnini, Sara Hall and Michelle Bernetski.

One last time

Monday’s pre-districts and Friday’s WVC team championships are acting like bookends to this week in WVC golf.

But it’s also worth mentioning Wednesday, when Coughlin, GAR and Meyers are scheduled to tee off 3:15 p.m. at Hollenback in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District “Battle ‘Fore’ Supremacy.”

“It’s always been great rivalries for all three schools in any sport,” said Coughlin head coach Sean McLaughlin, who previously coached Meyers. “We’re all going to be together on that new team. So I thought it would be fun to get the kids together, get to know each other. ... It’s for bragging rights to see who’s the best in this one last year.”

Meyers has the best record at 3-8, Coughlin 2-8, GAR 0-11. All three programs will merge into one next season.

 

BOYS

CLASS 3A QUALIFIERS (16)

Logan Paczewski, Dal 34-33 67

Matt Dolan, Dal 38-34 72

Tyler Faux, Tunk 36-38 74

Jeremy Harper, Cre 38-37 75

Jordan Pick, Haz 36-39 75

Ethan Zawatski, Dal 36-40 76

Colin Bowanko, Dal 39-39 78

Brett Ostroski, Dal 37-42 79

Nick Scavo, PA 42-41 83

Dylan Mislevy, Tunk 41-42 83

Kyle McAndrew, Dal 38-45 83

Freddie Lombardo, Dal 39-44 83

Coby Gilpin, Tunk 41-43 84

Brady Antolick, Haz 42-42 84

Joey Rebarchick, Haz 43-43 86

*Matt Hamel, Cou 46-43 89

DID NOT QUALIFY

Casey Davisdson, Cre 39-50 89

Cooper Kelley, Dal 43-46 89

Brian Bartel, Haz 44-46 90

Drew Barno, Cre 42-49 91

Nick Budner, Tunk 49-42 91

Austin Norton, Nan 42-50 92

Dylan Burwell, PA 47-45 92

Johnathan Joseph, Haz 47-46 93

Danny Polacheck, VW 50-46 96

Cody Rondinella, Tunk 45-51 96

Evan Serafin, Cou 51-46 97

Matt Macurak, Cre 46-52 98

Collin Kulsa, Haz 50-48 98

Noah Stankinas, Cou 48-51 99

Ian Gartley, Cou 49-53 102

Jeremy Grodzicki, Nan 50-52 102

Kyle Langan, Dal 53-50 103

Josh Peters, Dal 53-50 103

Derek Cunius, PA 54-50 104

Tyler Wassel, PA 54-50 104

Zack Waleski, PA 54-51 105

Zackary Buzinkai, VW 51-56 107

Jakob Razvillas, VW 56-52 108

Will Colbenson, Tunk 58-54 112

Karl Pecha, PA 56-58 114

Darren Clarke, Cou 57-69 126

CLASS 2A QUALIFIERS (18)

Bobby Lugiano, L-L 36-37 73

Martin Cryan, HR 41-33 74

Jeremy Callahan, Sem 38-38 76

Derek Answini, HR 40-40 80

Zach Evans, Ber 40-40 80

Bobby Wilson, Sem 40-40 80

 

Kip Miller, HR 37-44 81

Matt Williams, HR 38-43 81

Tanner Harry, L-L 46-38 84

Michael Sholtis, L-L 40-44 84

Andrew Maddock, Sem 40-45 85

Sean Boland, HR 41-45 86

Sergei Scaramastro, HR 44-42 86

Christian Homnack, MMI 42-44 86

Greg Godlewski, Sem 45-43 88

Cole Coolbaugh, WA 41-47 88

Adam Rogers, Sem 42-46 88

*Noah Long, MMI 46-45 91

DID NOT QUALIFY

Wes Arndt, Ber 46-45 91

Chase Yochem, WA 43-49 92

Zack Aben, L-L 44-48 92

Morgan Long, MMI 48-45 93

Auggie George, Han 46-47 93

Harrison May, Sem 51-42 93

Thomas Mayernik, MMI 43-50 93

Zack Young, MMI 49-45 94

Hayden Brunn, Han 45-49 94

Jack Gallis, HR 48-47 95

Jacob Brennan, HR 48-49 97

Jacob Ostroski, Mey 46-52 98

C.J. Cercone, L-L 45-54 99

Matt Sorick, WA 49-50 99

Joe Petrillo, WA 47-52 99

Julian Sperazza, Mey 50-54 104

Bryce Burgit, L-L 50-54 104

Matt Barber, Han 48-57 105

Jack Gilgallon, Mey 51-56 107

Joey Polanowski, Mey 49-61 110

Alfonso Francisco, GAR 59-61 120

GIRLS

CLASS 3A QUALIFIERS (7)

Marin Dremock, Haz 41-46 87

Grace Babinchak, Haz 47-44 91

Evie Williams, Cre 43-48 91

Olivia Donnini, Cre 48-47 95

Madyson Pendolphi, Dal 46-50 96

Sara Hall, Cre 47-49 96

Michelle Bernetski, Cre 51-49 100

DID NOT QUALIFY

Ava Carey, VW 50-52 102

Isabelle Ritz, Haz 49-53 102

Alivia Miesowitz, Haz 51-52 103

Mariah Tague, Tunk 60-54 114

 

Jenna Kugite, Haz 57-65 122

Jordyn Ruane, PA 63-59 122

Adriana Gentle, Tunk 63-60 123

CLASS 2A QUALIFIERS (2)

Jessica McClellan, MMI 37-42 79

Kyleen McCance, Han 42-43 85

DID NOT QUALIFY

Brooke Martin, L-L 57-53 110

Rhiannon Borchert, L-L 64-62 126

* — Qualified by winning playoff

Contact the writer: mbufano@citizensvoice.com; 570-821-2060; @CVBufano on Twitter

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