Holy Redeemer’s Don DeRemer tees off on the seventh hole at Fox Hill Country Club as Tunkhannock’s Matt Millan, Crestwood’s Eric Jesikiewicz and Tony Beveino of Dallas watch the ball.Fred adams/for the times leader
EXETER – As a team packed with seniors entering the season, Crestwood was destined to have a special year.
The Comets finished the Wyoming Valley Conference regular season with an 11-1 record and a South Division title.
The season was made even more rewarding on Friday as the school won its first Wyoming Valley Conference golf championship with an eight-stroke victory over Dallas at Fox Hill Country Club.
“I’m thrilled for these guys, it’s a special group, and they’re a fun group,” said Crestwood coach Mark Jarolen, who is in his 22nd season coaching the team and has finally won a championship. “I also want to thank (home course) Blue Ridge because they help our program so much. The last 10-12 years that we’ve been at Blue Ridge they just give our players such an opportunity to play and they work there and they just get better at golf because of it.”
The Comets advance to the District 2 team finals on Oct. 9 at Fox Hill against the Lackawanna League champ. They will try to become the first WVC team to win a district title since Wyoming Seminary won in 2000.
The league from the north is in the midst of its playoffs. The semifinals of the 12-team, match-play tournament were held Friday between Abington Heights and Montrose and Scranton Prep versus North Pocono. The results were unavailable. The finals are slated for Wednesday at a neutral site.
Crestwood’s 320 strokes, an average of 80 a golfer, was led by Eric Jesikiewicz’s 74. Matt Kachurak followed with 78 on the par-71 course, while Mike Abramcheck and Tom Kempinski scored 84s. Kachurak, Abramcheck and Jesikiewicz are seniors, while five other seniors are also on the team.
Dallas – which won the team title at the preseason Tryba Tournament and was the only unbeaten team in the WVC during the regular season at 11-0 – finished second with 328 strokes. Dallas, the 2005 and 2006 team champs, was also the team that handed the Comets their only loss of the season, a one-stroke win at Irem Temple Golf Course last month.
The Mountaineers’ top scorer on Friday was Andrew McCabe, who fired a 75.
Tunkhannock, the 2007 WVC champion, took third with a 335, and Holy Redeemer, the 2008 conference titlist, was fourth with a 336.
“Dallas was very good all year, but truthfully we’ve been playing well all year,” Jarolen added.
Jesikiewicz shot the best round he ever had at Fox Hill. He entered never breaking 80 on the course. But an eagle on No. 12 and three other birdies added to his impressive score and helped the team advance to the D2 finals for the first time.
“I started off horrible. I thought it was going to be a bad day and then I pulled a few birdies out and kept going from there,” Jesikiewicz said of his 74. “I was really surprised because I didn’t think I was going to eagle that hole. I always do horrible on a couple of the holes and I actually did better on them.”
Jesikiewicz’s score was the second best on the day. The lowest score was recorded by Redeemer’s Mike Napkori. The junior, who was the only WVC boys golfer in 2008 to advance to the regional and state tournaments, carded a 72.
Napkori was joined by 16 others who were playing Friday as part of the 34 players from the WVC who will participate in the District 2 individual tournament Monday at Elmhurst Country Club. All six golfers from Crestwood and Dallas who played at Fox Hill on Friday will also take part.
With an 82, Justin Brown had the lowest score of the day for Tunkhannock.
Wyoming Valley Conference
At Fox Hill Country Club
Eric Jesikiewicz …36-38-74
Matt Kachurak …38-40-78
Mike Abramcheck… 42-42-84
Tom Kempinski …42-42-84
Andrew McCabe …34-41-75
Austin Smith …38-40-78
Tony Bevevino …44-43-87
Will Bevevino …42-46-88
Mike Jayne …48-40-88
Justin Brown …40-42-82
Adam Charles …41-43-84
Mason Kenia …38-46-84
Matt Millan …40-45-85
Holy Redeemer …336
Mike Napkori …34-38-72
Don DeRemer …40-44-84
Will Fulton …45-41-86
Matt Slavoski …47-47-94