Radnor junior Brynn Walker, who claimed the PIAA Class AAA
girls crown in a playoff last week, heads the All-Central League girls first
team, selected by the league’s coaches.
After firing a brilliant 5-under 67 in the Central League
Tournament at Turtle Creek Golf Club, Walker struggled to a sixth-place finish
in the District One Tournament.
But the North Carolina commit turned it on when it counted.
She captured the title in the East Regional at Golden Oaks Golf Club with a
2-under 70. Then last week in the PIAA Tournament at the Heritage Hills Golf
Resort, Walker followed up an opening-round 75 with a 1-under 71 that left her
in a tie with Canon-McMillan senior Lauren Waller at 2-over 146. But Walker
crushed a drive at Heritage Hill’s par-4 ninth hole, flipped a wedge a foot-and-a-half
from the cup and dropped the putt for a birdie that gave her the title.
Walker follows in the footsteps of Jackie Calamaro, who
captured the PIAA title in 2009, as Radnor’s two girls with individual state
Joining Walker on the girls first team are two of her Radnor
teammates, senior Julia Curley and sophomore Gabby Kim, as well as Garnet
Valley senior Annika Vandayar and Harriton’s Eva Jodar. Walker and Curley were
key contributors to Radnor’s 2012 PIAA Class AAA team championship.
Penncrest’s Jessica Davis, Marple Newtown’s Devon DelFranco
and Springfield’s Yana Illeva earned second-team honors.
Penncrest senior Griffin Colvin, who qualified for the
District One Tournament for a third time this fall, and Garnet Valley senior
Mike Stanilka are the only Delco representatives on the All-Central boys first
Unbeaten league champion Conestoga dominates the first team
with state qualifier Mike Cook, regional qualifier Andrew Willner, Sam
Friedman, Jack Mitchell and Jace Kienzie all on the list. Rounding out the
first-team selections are the Harriton pair of Erik Reisner, who won the
Central League Tournament for the second straight year, and Will Daly.
Among the second-team picks are Radnor’s Paul Yun, a
three-time district qualifier, and Raider teammates Jack Owens and Michael
Syndnes, Marple Newtown’s Joey DelFranco, who made districts for a second time
this fall, Garnet Valley’s Tim Reeves and Springfield’s Andrew Todaro.
Among those receiving honorable mention were Radnor’s Jack
Staples, Tom Hamilton and Jacob Liberman, Ridley’s Kyle Fiorelli and Greg
Meyers, Springfield’s Derrick Baun, Haverford’s Matt Speers, Strath Haven’s
Jeff Painter and Upper Darby’s Mike Wolf.
Strath Haven, which finished 6-5 in the league under Kevin
Kochersperger, was the winner of the league’s sportsmanship award. Upper Darby,
despite not winning a match, was second in the sportsmanship voting in a close
race, and Ridley finished third.
Haverford School dominates All-Inter-Ac first team
League champion Haverford School placed five players on the
All-Inter-Ac League’s first team, chosen by the coaches.
Max Siegfried, Otis Baker, Ryan Bowman, Matt Grubb and Jack
McAleese helped the Fords finish 27-2-1 in the Inter-Ac mini-tournaments to
wrest the title away from Malvern Prep in a terrific race between the teams.
Siegfried, a junior, was the second-leading point-getter in
the league during the mini-tournaments and finished in a tie for seventh in
difficult conditions at the Bert Linton Inter-Ac League Tournament last week at
Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Militia Hill Course. Baker, a senior, was fifth in
the season-long points standings and lost in a playoff at the Inter-Ac tourney
after tying for first after the regulation 18 holes with Penn Charter freshman
Brian Isztwan, each carding 76s on a cold, wet, windy day.
Episcopal is represented on the first team by freshman Jon
Nolan Perry and senior Joe Chambers. Perry was the Churchmen’s top finisher at
the Cricket Club, getting a share of fourth with a 78. Chambers was the
Churchmen’s top point-getter in the season-long standings, finishing third.
Malvern Prep is represented on the first team by Brendan
Bacskai, who finished fourth on the points list, and Nick Miller, who finished
third at the Cricket Club, just a shot out of the playoff with a 77.
Penn Charter’s Isztwan barged on to the first team by
winning the tournament. He was joined on the first team by teammate JB
Bradbeer, who finished atop the season-long point standings.
The second team includes two more Haverford School standouts, Jay Losty and
Peter Garno, and Episcopal senior Trey Croney. Rounding out the second-team
picks are the Malvern Prep quartet of
Mike Lamond, ,Mike Szipszky, Marty McGuckin and Jack Hagan and Germantown
Academy’s Jake Niedosik.
Another first for Kan
Chichester sophomore Caprian Kan continued her strong play
on the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour circuit with a first-place finish in
Saturday’s stop at Foxchase Golf Club in Stevens.
Kan carded a 79 over a Foxchase layout measuring 5,505 yards
for the girls to finish atop the 13-to-15 division. June Kim of Wayne posted a
96 to finish fourth.
Kim’s older sister, Radnor sophomore Gabby, finished third
in the 16-to-18 division with an 84. Samantha Yao of Berwyn and Samantha
Fritzinger of Zionsville led the way with 80s with Yao taking the title on a
match of cards.
Radnor junior Caitlin Bullock finished eighth with a 104.
Aronimink Golf Club’s Billy Civitella finished in a tie for
sixth in the 13-to-15 division with an 80. Caleb Ryan of Norristown took top
honors with an even-par 72 on a Foxchase layout that measures 6,507 for the
D.J. Colleran of Radnor finished eighth with an 81, Daniel
Bullock of Wayne was one of three players tied for 18th at 94, and
Corey Kan of Boothwyn finished 23rd with a 119.
Among the nine-holers, Jackson Fields of Glen Mills finished
sixth with a 50 and Roy Anderson of Chadds Ford finished seventh with a 52.
Joshua Ryan of Norristown took top honors in the division with a 42.