WELLSBORO — Sophomore Evan Cooper fired a career-best round to lead
Athens to a win here Wednesday in the final NTL golf match of the
season. The Wildcats also claimed the league title with their second
Athens went 6-0 on the day with a four-player aggregate score of 383 — 26 strokes better than runner-up Wellsboro. Wyalusing was third with a 413, while Towanda was fourth with a 415, Cowanesque Valley was fifth with a 427, and Sayre, playing without three of their top five scorers, shot a 470 to go 1-5 on the day. North Penn-Mansfield, who had just two golfers in action, carded a 572.
The Wildcats finish the season at 34-7 to claim the NTL crown, while Wellsboro was second at 32-9, Sayre dropped to third at 26-10, Wyalusing was fourth at 26-15, Towanda was fifth at 13-28, CV was sixth at 10-31, and NP-M was seventh at 0-41.
“We really finished strong, winning all six in the last two matches,” said Athens coach Lenny Pientka. “Going into the last two matches, we knew we had to win out.
“It was great to see all of our guys improve and peak at the right time.
“It’s a great group of kids, and they are all back next year,” added Pientka.
Cooper finished third on the day with an 82, behind low-medal winner Andrew Green of NP-Mansfield, who fired a 79, and Sayre senior Kannon VanDuzer who shot an 81.
Athens junior Cameron Sullivan finished fourth with an 88, and Sayre senior Dylan Seck was seventh with a 94.
Athens junior Lucas Kraft was 14th with a 103, and freshman Dylan Saxon was 20th with a 110.
Sophomore Nicholas Jacob added a non-scoring round of 112 for the Wildcats, and freshman Keaton Sinsabaugh carded a 129.
Sophomore David Hall added a 147 for the Redskins, and David Hall Jr. tacked on a 148.
LEAGUE AWARDS: Sayre senior Kannon VanDuzer earned the league MVP Award, and repeated as the “Scott Taylor Award” winner, which is given to the NTL Sportsman of the Year. … Athens sophomore Evan Cooper was named the “Most Improved Player,” and Athens freshman Dylan Saxon is the “Rookie of the Year.”
VanDuzer, Athens junior Cameron Sullivan, and Cooper earned first-team NTL all-star honors, and Saxon was named to the second team.
WAVERLY — Athens shot four rounds in the 80s to win the NTL golf match
here at Tomasso’s Golf Course on a rainy Monday afternoon, while Sayre
senior Kannon VanDuzer shot a season-best round to earn low-medal
The Wildcats shot a four-player aggregate score of 340, with runner-up Sayre shooting a 347. Wellsboro was third at 354, while Wyalusing was fourth at 355, Cowanesque Valley was fifth at 427, Towanda was sixth at 455, and North Penn-Mansfield was seventh at 546.
Athens sophomore Evan Cooper and freshman Dylan Saxon tied for fourth with rounds of 83, while junior Cameron Sullivan was sixth with an 85, and sophomore Lucas Kraft was tied for 11th with a career-best round of 89.
Sullivan had two birdies in his round, while Cooper, Saxon, and Kraft each had one.
“It was a team effort,” said Athens coach Lenny Pientka. “Lucas Kraft had his best round this year, but so did Evan Cooper, Dylan Saxon, and Cameron Sullivan.
“It was difficult playing conditions and they all came through with their best rounds of the year,” added Pientka. “I am really proud of all of them, including Nick Jacob and Keaton Sinsabaugh, who both played well.”
Sophomore Nick Jacob added a non-scoring round of 112, and freshman Keaton Sinsabaugh tacked on a 113 for the Wildcats.
VanDuzer fired a 75 in a round that including one birdie, and 10 pars. Senior Dylan Seck shot an 89 for the Redskins, while junior Jackson Hubbard carded a 91, and senior Dom Fabbri had a 92.
Sayre remains in first place in the league standings with a 25-5 record, with Athens movie into second place at 28-7. Wellsboro is in third with a 27-8 record.
The NTL wraps up its regular season Wednesday at Tyoga Country Club in Wellsboro.
EAGLES MERE, Pa. — Sayre senior Kannon VanDuzer led a trio of Valley
golfers in the top 20 Thursday afternoon in Day 1 of the District 4,
Class AA boys golf championships here at the Eagles Mere Country Club.
VanDuzer shot an 88 on the 5,890-yard, par-71 course, and is in a four-way tie for seventh place.
Athens junior Cameron Sullivan shot a 93 and is tied for 14th, and Athens sophomore Evan Cooper shot a 94 and is in a four-way tie for 16th in the 52-player field.
The top seven after Saturday’s second round will advance to Regionals.
Sayre senior Dylan Seck carded a 107 and is tied for 33rd place, while Athens sophomore Nicholas Jacob shot a 109 and is tied for 36th, and Athens freshman Dylan Saxon had a 110 and is tied for 38th.
Sayre junior Colton Watkins and sophomore Jackson Hubbard shot 116 and 117, respectively, while Athens sophomore Lucas Kraft had a 121.
Saturday’s second round tees off at noon.
TOWANDA — Twice in four matches, Athens came up short of the top spot by
1 stroke. Monday, the Wildcats edged arch-rival Sayre by 1 stroke to
win the fifth NTL golf match of the season here at Towanda Country Club.
Athens tallied a four-player aggregate scoring of 369, with Sayre finishing at 370. Wellsboro finished third at 386, Wyalusing was fourth at 388, Towanda fifth at 407, Cowanesque Valley was sixth at 420, and North Penn-Mansfield was seventh at 426.
Sayre senior Kannon VanDuzer shot a strong back nine en route to low-medal honors, with a round of 79. He shot a 41 on the front nine, including a birdie on the par-4 8th hole, then recorded seven pars on the back nine on his way to a 38.
Athens sophomore Evan Cooper finished second with an 84 in a round that included three birdies, but just two pars.
Athens freshman Dylan Saxon was eighth with a 94, while Athens junior Lucas Kraft, Sayre junior Colton Watkins, and Sayre senior Josh Arnold tied for 10th with rounds of 95.
Athens junior Cameron Sullivan was 13th with a 96, and sophomore Nicholas Jacob was 18th with a non-scoring round of 98.
Senior Dylan Fabbri was Sayre’s fourth scorer with a round of 101, while senior Dylan Seck had a non-scoring round of 108, and junior Jackson Hubbard tacked on a non-scoring round of 127.
Freshman Keaton Sinsabaugh added a non-scoring round of 128 for the Wildcats, while freshman Brady Darrow and junior Isabella Dahl shot nine-hole scores of 52 and 53, respectively, in exhibition.
Sayre sophomores David Hall and Sam Claypool shot 59 and 61, respectively in nine-hole exhibition rounds.
The Redskins improve to 20-4 on the season, and remain in first place, while Athens is 22-7 and takes sole possession of third place — just one game behind Wellsboro, which is now 23-6.
The NTL golfers return to action Sept. 28 at the Tyoga Country Club in Wellsboro.
WESTFIELD, Pa. — Sayre senior Kannon VanDuzer outdistanced the field by
seven strokes, and two of his teammate shot career-best rounds to lead
the Redskins to the win here Tuesday afternoon in NTL golf action at the
River Valley Golf Course.
The Redskins fired a four-player aggregate score of 365 to best runner-up Wellsboro by 10 strokes. Wyalusing was third with a 281, while Athens, playing without low scorer junior Cam Sullivan, finished fourth at 400,, Towanda was fifth at 404, Cowanesque Valley was sixth at 427, and North Penn-Mansfield was seventh at 431.
With the 6-0 mark on the day, Sayre returns to first place with a 15-3 record, while Wellsboro, now 19-4, slips back to second. Athens and Towanda are tied for third at 16-7.
VanDuzer fired a round of 80 on the 6,079, par-72 course. He birdied the 355-yard, par-4 first hole, and the 460-yard, par-5 15th hole.
NP-M junior Andrew Green, and Sayre junior Colton Watkins, who shot a career-best round, tied for second with rounds of 87.
Athens sophomore Evan Cooper, who also birdied the 15th hole, finished fourth with an 88, while Sayre senior Dom Fabbri was 12th with a career-best round of 95, Sayre senior Dylan Seck was 18th with a 103, and Athens freshman Keaton Sinsabaugh was 20th with a 106.
Athens junior Lucas Kraft and sophomore Nicholas Jacob, and Sayre senior Josh Arnold each shot rounds of 108.
Sayre junior Jackson Hubbard tacked on a non-scoring round of 121, and Athens freshman Brady Darrow added a non-scoring round of 133.
Sayre sophomore Sam Claypool shot a nine-hole exhibition score of 52, while Athens junior Isabella Dahl carded a 58, and Sayre sophomore David Hall Jr. recorded a 67.
MANSFIELD — Sayre senior Kannon VanDuzer tied for low-medal honors, and
Athens finished second — just 1 shot behind Wellsboro — here Tuesday
afternoon in NTL golf action at Corey Creek Golf Course.
“It’s nice to see the improvement in all the kids from week to week,” said Athens coach Lenny Pientka. They are good at recognizing what aspects of the game they need help with, and we work on it each practice.
“It’s a steady process that helps them breakdown the game and improve,” he added.
Wellsboro shot a four-player aggregate total of 375, while Athens tallied 376, Wyalusing was third at 385, Sayre was fourth at 410, Cowanesque Valley was fifth at 446, Towanda was sixth at 449, and North Penn-Mansfield was seventh at 510.
It’s the second time this season (just three matches), Athens has finished second by 1 stroke. The Wildcats finished 1 stroke behind Sayre in the season-opener at The Club at Shepard Hills.
VanDuzer and North Penn-Mansfield’s Andrew Green both shot rounds of 83 on the par-72 course. VanDuzer shot a 41 on the front nine, and a 42 on the back, while Green shot 44-39. VanDuzer had the lone birdie for the two.
Athens sophomores Cameron Sullivan and Evan Cooper finished fourth and fifth, respectively, shooting rounds of 90 and 92.
Wildcat freshmen Dylan Saxon and Keaton Sinsabaugh were 11th and 16th, respectively, with rounds of 96 and 98. Lucas Kraft was 19th with a non-scoring round of 104, and freshman Sean Clare tacked on a 118.
Cameron Sullivan, Evan Cooper and Dylan Saxon have been steady players,” said Pientka.
“We are fortunate that someone steps up each week to fill our four spot,” added Pientka. “At Shepard Hills, it was Lucas Kraft; today at Corey Creek it was freshman Keaton Sinsabaugh who came through.”
Sayre senior Dylan Seck finished 14th with a 97, while senior Dom Fabbri carded a 113, and senior Josh Arnold added a 117. Junior Jackson Hubbard tacked on a non-scoring round of 119.
Athens’ Brady Darrow and Sayre’s David Hall Jr. each shot a nine-hole score of 55, and Sayre’s Sam Claypool had a 65.
STANDINGS: 1. WELLSBORO, 14-3; 2. ATHENS, 13-4; 3. SAYRE, 9-3; 4. WYALUSING, 12-5; 5. TOWANDA, 5-12; 6. C. VALLEY, 4-13; 7. NP-MANSFIELD, 0-17.
TOWANDA — Freshman Dylan Saxon finished fourth, and helped Athens to a
third-place finish here Tuesday afternoon in NTL golf action at the
Towanda Country Club.
Wyalusing earned first-place honors on the day with a four-player aggregate score of 370, while Wellsboro was second with a 395, Athens shot a 404, Towanda was fourth with a 448, Cowanesque Valley was fifth with a 454, and North Penn-Mansfield was sixth with at 502.
Sayre did not field a full team due to Covid quarantines that led to the absence of three starters.
Wyalusing junior Brody Fuhrey won low-medal honors with a round of 86, while NP-M junior Andrew Green and Wyalusing sophomore Nick Salsman tied for second with rounds of 89.
Saxon shot a 90 to lead the Valley contingent, while Athens junior Cam Sullivan and Sayre senior Dylan Seck tied for ninth with rounds of 96, and Athens sophomore Evan Cooper finished 11th with a 97.
Sayre senior Dom Fabbri finished 19th with a 104, and Sayre junior Colton Watkins was 20th with a 105.
Junior Lucas Kraft rounded out the Wildcat scoring with a 121, while sophomore Sean Clare and freshman Keaton Sinsabaugh each tacked on non-scoring rounds of 123.
The NTL golfers return to action Tuesday at Corey Creek Golf Course in Mansfield.
WAVERLY — Sayre, led by low medalist senior Kannon VanDuzer, and Athens
finished 1-2 in the opening NTL golf match of the season here on a
steamy Wednesday afternoon at The Club at Shepard Hills.
“I was proud of the way the kids played today,” said Sayre coach Jamie VanDuzer. “The heat was brutal, so I think a few got tired by the end.
“Our new guys played pretty good for their first time out,” he noted. “Most are nervous not knowing how the matches work, but I felt they settled in and did OK.
“I think other than Kannon (VanDuzer), the team wasn’t too pleased with their scores, and feel they will score better going forward.
“The league looks to be down score-wise, but the top 10 or 15 should be pretty competitive,“ added VanDuzer. “It will be fun.”
The Redskins shot a four-man aggregate score of 377, edging out the Wildcats by 1 stroke. Wellsboro was third in with a 382, while Wyalusing was fourth with a 399, Towanda was fifth at 440, Cowanesque was sixth at 444, and North Penn-Mansfield was seventh at 481.
VanDuzer shot a 79 on the 5,695-yard, par-72 course, including an even-par 35 on the back nine. He birdied the 100-yard, par-3 16th hole, and the 447-yard, par-5 18th hole to finish off his day.
NP-M junior Andrew Green was second for the day with an 83, while junior Cam Sullivan led Athens with an 88 to finish third.
Athens sophomore Evan Cooper finished fifth with a 92, and freshman Dylan Saxon was eighth with a 94, while junior Lucas Kraft was 17th with a 104, and freshman Sean Clare was 20th with a non-scoring round of 105.
Sayre senior Dylan Seck was 11th with a round of 96, while junior Colton Watkins was 15th with a 99, and junior Colton Watkins was 16th with a 103.
Seniors Josh Arnold and Dom Fabbri added non-scoring rounds of 108 for the Redskins.