ATHENS FINISHES SECOND, 1 STROKE BEHIND WELLSBORO

ATHENS FINISHES SECOND, 1 STROKE BEHIND WELLSBORO

September 7, 2021 Tim Birney

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.

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FRESHMAN SAXON LEADS WILDCATS TO THIRD-PLACE FINISH

FRESHMAN SAXON LEADS WILDCATS TO THIRD-PLACE FINISH

August 31, 2021 Tim Birney

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.

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ATHENS FINISHES SECOND, 1 STROKE BEHIND SAYRE

ATHENS FINISHES SECOND, 1 STROKE BEHIND SAYRE

August 25, 2021 Tim Birney

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.

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