JIM THORPE

Head coach Jim Hauze (Second season)

Last year's record 0-13 overall (0-12 SL)

League Schuylkill League

Classification AAA

Key losses Mitch Hoffman, Nate Ryals, Zachary Bowman

Key returnees Jake McGeehan (Jr.), Mike Helmer (Jr.), James Marks (So.)

Others to watch Nicholas Goldberg (Sr.), Brett Luicana (So.), Tylor Slack (Jr.), Kaitlyn Wagner (Jr.)

Strengths Hauze believes the strength of the Olympians will their overall attitude, enthusiasm and the desire to have fun and improve upon their overall game. Most of the Olympians have never played more than a few rounds of the game. Hauze stressed that they may be young, but they're active and more than willing to learn. If they play within their means and play smart, the Olympians' mentor believes their scores will improve. Hauze added they have more golfers trying out as the summer wears on, and feels they might even have a girls' squad play a match this year.

Weaknesses The Olympians are young, really young, and inexperienced within the means of competition. The Olympians' lone senior is playing for the first time, and their most experienced players are still underclassmen, being only sophomores and juniors. Without the benefit of even so much as a driving range, the single biggest challenge for the Olympians will be to play within their means and not get discouraged. Hauze wants them to try to play sensible and simply enjoy the game.

Quotable "Last season was about survival of the program, this year will be about improvement. Next year will be about wins," Head coach Jim Hauze

LEHIGHTON

Head coaches Matt Fisher (Third season)

Last year's record 4-8

League Mountain Valley Conference

Key losses Jake Hoates, PJ Salerno, Nick Mantz

Key returnees Jesse Sabol (Sr.), Liz Reichard (Sr.), Alden Everett (Sr.)

Others to watch Jordan Knappenberger (So.)

Strengths The numbers for the Indians are good this season and coach Fisher thinks this is the most young talent they have coming up into varsity ranks in the last three years. The Indians have also been working well as a unit and seem to be growing together.

Weaknesses The MVC is extremely competitive this season and with the young core of players the Indians have they will certainly have their ups and downs this season.

Quotable "I'm very excited to get the season started. I really think we have an abundance of young talent coming in that can help us improve on our 4-8 record form last seaon." Head coach Matt Fisher

MARIAN

Head coach Len Brylewski (17th season)

Assistant coaches Jean Green

Last year's record 14-2 overall (14-0 SL)

League Schuylkill League

Classification AA

Key losses Stephen Valente, Tim Miller

Key returnees Mike Gottstein (Sr.), Josh Green (Sr.), Nick Kweder (Sr.), Eric Mason (Sr.), Chris Postupack (Sr.), Eugene Brady (Sr.), Zac Mrochoko (Sr.), Mark Postupack (Jr.), Michael Dino (Jr.), Austin Paisley (Jr.), Kyle Stanek (Jr.), Travis Martz (Jr.), Josh Tulanowski (So.)

Others to watch Brad Kozuch (So.), Tyler Wackley (Fr.), Tyler Martz (Fr.), Jack Hurst (Fr.), Dominic Musoline (Fr.), Nicholas Kubishin (Fr.)

Strengths Brylewski is relying on his top-six golfers Gottstein, Green, Mason, Mark Postupack, Kweder and Chris Postupack to be the team strength for the Colts this season. Green, Mason, Mark Postupack and Kweder enter their fourth year of varsity play, while Gottstein, who played a year in South Carolina, and Chris Postupack have hit the greens and fairway with the Colts for three. So, between the six, the Colts have enough experience 22 years of combined experience to lead them in the right direction towards defending yet again another Schuylkill League Division II crown this season.

Weaknesses The Colts' seasoned mentor admitted he doesn't have an area of concern. He has complete faith in his program that they have it within themselves to make it four years straight with an undefeated regular season.

Quotable "Our expectations this year really and truly we intend hopefully to send at least four people to the district this year. We're hoping that of the four we send that hopefully we get some of them to regionals. Hopefully, we're definitely going to take the league again. We're going to win our division, but we're hoping to win our league this year, which is a big thing," Head coach Len Brylewski

NORTHWESTERN

Head coach Tim Miller (first season)

Last year's record 10-4

League Colonial League

Classification AA

Key losses Stephen Reitz, Devin Haddad, Mike D'Ancona, Danny Everett, David Dorney

Key returnees Cole Miller (Jr.), Nick Vecellio (Jr.), Eric Abercrombie (Sr.)

Strengths With Miller and Vecellio in the top two spots, the Tigers will be strong at the top of the line up. Miller is the defending league and district champ. He won last year's title competing against everyone in District 11. This year, playing against only Class AA players, Miller will be the clear favorite to win the district's first ever Class AA tournament and should have a shot to compete for regional and state titles. Vecellio, a returning district qualifier, could be the best No. 2 player in the league and will have a great chance to move on to regionals and states this year.

Weaknesses Losing Reitz to graduation causes a void in the middle of the line up. A four-year varsity golfer, he was a staple in the team's top five for his entire career and gave the team some depth after its top two last year. The Tigers will need players in the 3-5 spots to bring in respectable scores to help the team return to the Colonial League team tournament. The Tigers were one of four teams to compete for the Colonial League team title last year, the first time in the program's eight-year history.

PALMERTON

Head coach David Lavin (Third season)

Last year's record 5-11 overall (5-10 CL)

League Colonial League

Classification AA

Key losses Ben Andrews, Brett Snyder

Key returnees Ke-Koa Mook (Sr.), Ryan Saylor (Sr.), Casey Cook (So.)

Others to watch Charles Debski (So.), Zack Christman (So.), Daniel Russo (So.), Ty Haluko (So.)

Strengths Regardless of the matter of having a lot of young guys on his squad, Lavin stated his Bombers are more than eager to listen and learn the game of golf. These young Bombers enter pre-season drills with the right attitude to carry. When they're given drills to do, they complete the task the best they can solely with the intentions of learning to do things correctly so they can be competitive out on the links. If a bad shot or putt falls their way, they just pick themselves up and move on by not letting it get the best of them.

Weaknesses With the loss of district, regional and state qualifier of the past in Ben Andrew and fellow classmate Brett Snyder to graduation, the Bombers take a hit in experience. Despite the returning presence of Mook, Saylor and Cook, the Bombers will need to overcome the thought of inexperience on the roster. Lavin stressed the game of golf is not a game an individual can just pick up and be competitive right off the bat with low scores. He stressed the thought of so many variable to learn. Yet, he spoke these Bombers are ready for the challenge at task.

Quotable "It's tough to overcome the inexperience, but we're really focusing on improving the game. Golf is unique because eventhough you are competing against another team you kind of have to put the blinders on, especially for the newer guys, and just focus on what they have been taught to do and kind of learn how to manager their own game. So, they can put up the best score they possible can do. I'm looking for them to be able to do the best they can do. We have the three guys who have played before and hopefully we can get a few solid scores with those two last spots. And, if we can do that, yeah, we will win some matches. But, they're just going to have to really focus on playing within themselves," Head coach David Lavin

PLEASANT VALLEY

Head coach Steve Krechel (22nd season)

Assistant coaches Paul Evans

Last year's record 9-5 overall (8-4 MVC)

League Mountain Valley Conference

Classification AAA

Key losses Kyle Adamonis, Brian Denaro, Colin Cook, Andrew Hansen

Key returnees Elliot Custred (Sr.), Ryan Adamonis (So.), Casey Gould (Sr.)

Others to watch Craig Roberts (Fr.), Logan Beck (Jr.), Cody Scully (Fr.)

Strengths Krechel is impressed with the Bears' motivation to improve on their overall game and stated the returnees as well as the newcomers carry along with them a nice work ethic on that path of progression.

Weaknesses The Bears take a hit in their depth chart losing six out of eight scorers from last year's team, including the likes of Kyle Adamonis, Denaro, Cook and Hansen. So, the seasoned mentor is concerned with the lack of experience on away courses and feels it may cause a problem throughout the season.

Quotable "I hope to see improvement down the road on where we are right now and I'm hoping we gain valuable playing experience in tournament pressure," Head coach Steve Krechel

TAMAQUA

Head coach Mike Luna (First season)

Last year's record N/A

League Schuylkill League

Classification AA

Key losses Jackson George, Nicholas Toth

Key returnees Mike Weinert (Jr.), Travis Miller (Sr.), Scott Zellnar (Sr.), CJ Schellhammer (Sr.)

Others to watch Derek Cinicola (Jr.), Matt Stanek (Jr.), Cody McGeehan (Jr.)

Strengths Tamaqua has a great group of returning players that are dedicated to getting better this year. The kids take a lot of pride in their respective games. They also enjoy being around each other, which creates a positive team atmosphere.

Weaknesses The Raiders' main weakness is the lack of varsity experience and playing time. The team will need to rely on some of their underclassmen to step up and fill the vacant spots.

Quotable "Our goal is to show improvement each time we play golf, whether it is during practice or during our matches," Head coach Mike Luna

WEATHERLY

Head coach Mike Limberg (Ninth season)

Last year's record 0-9

League Schuylkill League

Classification AA

Key losses None

Key returnees Tanner Titus (Sr.), Lexi Berger (Sr.), Josh Reimer (Jr.), Garret Titus (Jr.)

Others to watch Chase Weichman (So.), Derek Coombs (Fr.), Luke Figas (Fr.), Kyle Osifat (Fr.)

Strengths Limberg said that this is the first year that he can recall having competition for spots amongst the team. He currently has eight players for six spots and thinks that the inner-team competition will help the players progress and get better. Weatherly expects good things from Reimer, as well as getting some help from freshmen Figas and Osifat.

Weaknesses The lack of varsity experience is the problem for Weatherly. The Wreckers have four returning players from last year's team, while the other four are new-comers. Two of them will have to be counted on to provide scores.

Quotable "A successful year for us would be to win some matches after going 0-9 last year," Head coach Mike Limberg

GIRLS

MARIAN

Head coach Len Brylewski (Fourth season)

Assistant coaches Jean Green

Last year's record 4-8 overall

League Schuylkill League

Classification AA

Key losses Stephanie Peel

Key returnees Arianna Srinivasan (Jr.), Monica Wasik (Jr.), Christy Digiandomenico (Jr.), Amanda Srinivasan (Jr.), Emily Fannick (Jr.), Alyssa Wagner (Jr.), Cassidy Decosmo (Jr.), Rebecca Paulshock (Jr.)

Others to watch Brianna Kubishin (So.), Caitlin Koweker (Fr.)

Strengths Brylewski is looking to his top-five scorers the two Srinivasan twins, Wasik, Digiandomenico and Fannick to lead the Fillies' forth in action on the competitive links this season. He believes these five individuals will be key to a successful season as a team.

Weaknesses The Fillies need to work on their short game on the greens. Brylewski is concerned with that faucet of the game and hopes it gradually improves sooner than later.

Quotable "They will be participating in the district tournament this year and there will be at least five or six girls, and I don't know who it will be right now. But, that is what I'm setting for them to attain this season. And, I'm hoping they get to the point where they break a 100 and if they do that we will be going to regionals. That is the big outlook for this year. We really want to go Golden Oaks in Fleetwood and that's where the Regionals are," Head coach Len Brylewski