AMBLER — Noah Harrington has walked the golf greens around Montgomery and Bucks County many times, including one full season at the high school varsity level. The Wissahickon sophomore is set for a second go-around with the Trojans. He, however, will not be able to hide behind Jalen Griffin and two other graduated golfers.

The beautiful and well-kept courses around Ambler, including the Trojans home course, Meadowlands Country Club, have peeked interest in young athletes around the area. There were 23 kids at tryouts this season and it has kept the club competitive throughout recent seasons. The Trojans, who finished 13-1 last year, hope this fall brings more of the same success.

"We have great access,' second year coach and Meadowlands Director of Golf John Shapcott said. "My membership has truly stepped up. The kids can come out for practice or on their own.'

Harrington can only hope he learned enough from the departed Alex Kim, Dan Sunderland, and University of San Francisco product Jalen Griffin. The trio, specifically Griffin endured much success at the varsity level. Their leadership also led to the strong team scores.

"Having that one guy who could shoot par or better definitely helped,' Shapcott said. "Jalen was the type of talent that comes through once every ten years at the high school ranks. Luckily Noah got to play with him a lot. He keeps the ball in play and does not make too many big mistakes.'


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Harrington does not feel like he has to fill Griffin's shoes, but state championship contender on the club or not, teams are coming for the Trojans. Upper Dublin brings back a trio (Michael Reed-Prince, Jack Melville, and Cole Swiger) of juniors chomping at the bit to capture sole ownership of the Suburban One American Conference championship. Last year the two teams split with identical 13-1 records, beating each other once.

"After Jalen and the other two seniors we had three freshmen playing in our top eight,' Shapcott said. "We expect big things from the three of them and senior captain Jake Labroli. We run pretty deep.'

In the Continental Conference Central Bucks West loses Tyler Sokolis to graduation and Hatboro-Horsham watched Tom Fisher take his last swings. That opens up the door for Pennridge senior Colton Pifer. The Bucks Michayla Simeon has her eyes on the girls' prize.

Methacton should compete for another PAC-10 title, but they did lose a few good golfers from last year's 11-0 season. Sophomore Kyle Vance and junior Matt Thompson will have to take on a bigger role if they want any team success. Team success, something every team wants in an individual sport.

"We have a bunch of great kids and I kind of let them do it,' Shapcott said. "If they need help I give them the help. Season goes so fast in high school. Our goal right now is to get our starting eight to qualify for leagues and get to districts.'

GOLF PREVIEWS

Abington

Coach: Jason Cottone (third season)

Key returnees: SENIORS — Conor Breslin, Rebecca Chiger; JUNIORS — Matt Shur, Andy Ring

Others to watch: SENIORS — Jed Barson, Jake May; JUNIOR — Dave McDermott

Season Outlook: The Ghosts are getting comfortable on the greens, but they know the National Conference is a challenge. They goal is to get at least six golfers into the SOL tournament.

Central Bucks West

Coach: Bob Schilling

Last year's record: 12-4 overall

Notable losses: Tyler Sokolis, Jeff Strasburg, Andrew Coleman, Julie Kim

Key returnees: SENIOR — Michayla Simeon; JUNIOR — Reid Moncada

Season outlook: While the Bucks lost several keys plays, several experience shooters remain and the group hopes to contend for a Continental Conference championship and see a few individuals succeed in the postseason tournaments.

Christopher Dock

Coach: Cory Longacre (first season)

Last year's record: 7-3 overall

Notable losses: Drew Hautzinger, Landon Leinbach, Connor Tipping

Key Returnees: SENIOR — Bob McFadden; JUNIOR — Olyvia Longacre

Others to watch: JUNIORS — Chandler Bergey, Logan Moyer

Season outlook: The Pioneers lose a trio of strong golfers, but there are some young players ready to contribute on the greens this season.

Cheltenham

Coach: John Manser (fourth season)

Last year's record: 10-6 overall

Notable losses: Kevin Graham, Patrick Forrester, Jack O'Grady

Key returnees: SENIOR — Jimmy Mundy; SOPHOMORES — Jack McHugh, Luke Fisher

Others to watch: JUNIOR — Kieran Boyle; SOPHOMORE — Jacob Petrisko; FRESHMAN — Stephen DeFrancis

Season outlook: The Panthers lineup gets a shake up losing some leaders at the top, but they have enough experience back to be competitive in every match.

Gwynedd Mercy Academy

Coach: Amelia Rorer (seventh season)

Notable losses: Katie Dunphy

Key returnees: JUNIOR — Rebecca Reilly; SOPHOMORE — Ga Lim Kim

Season Outlook: The Monarchs lost five seniors, strong players in their own right, but leaders more than anything. It will be a rebuilding year, but coach Rorer hopes the young players can develop quickly during matches.

Hatboro-Horsham

Coach: Mark Harman (eighth season)

Last year's record: 4-11 overall

Notable losses: Tom Fisher, Jake Cresta

Key returnees: SENIOR — Jimmy Gavaghan; JUNIOR — Jacob Molnar, Tommy Haas

Season outlook: The Hatters hope last year was the outlier and this group can rebound and improve their record from a season ago. The Continental Conference is challenging, but they believe the can be better than a four-win team.

Lansdale Catholic

Coach: Phil Dlugolecki (first season)

Notable losses: Chris Heuer, Craig Hill

Key returnees: JUNIOR — Nick Smalley

Season outlook: While many obtain invaluable experience last season depth is still an issue. The faces to round out the lineup are still in question and could fluctuate throughout the season. Coach Todd Huber is still in the mix, just as an assistant and the Crusaders just want to get better every day.

LaSalle

Coach: Martin Jackson (24 seasons)

Last year's record: 20-3 overall

Notable losses: Jack Gregor, Joe Rueter, Reid Worster

Key returnees: SENIORS: Frank Brigidi, Gary McCabe, Jack Quirk

Others to watch: SENIOR: Pat Corcoran; JUNIOR: Eric Carlidge, Hugh Farris, Phil Held

Season Outlook: While focus number one for the Explorers is winning a Philadelphia Catholic League title, the experienced group understands they need to take it one hole at a time.

North Penn

Coach: David DiValentino (fifth season)

Last year's record: 3-12 overall

Notable losses: Mason Pippert, Caliegh Rich

Key returnees: SENIOR — Julia Genuardi

Others to watch: SENIOR — Andrew Schlegel; JUNIOR — Joey Shibata; SOPHOMORE — Andrew Lombardo

Season outlook: The Knights took their lumps last season and they hoping all of the hard work over the last year will pay off. They hope Julia Genuardi can capture success and advance further in the female postseason tournaments.

Methacton

Coach: Kevin Flanagan (eighth season)

Last year's record: 11-0

Notable losses: Brandon Vance, Corey Betham, Mike Foley, Jeff Handwerk, Nick Frassenei

Key returnees: JUNIOR — Matt Thompson; SOPHOMORE — Kyle Vance

Others to watch: JUNIORS — Adam Duca, Zach Feaster

Season outlook: The Warriors watched a ton of seniors graduate, but they believe young players have a chance to emerge this season. And Kyle Vance is no longer in his older brother's shadow. This could be the sophomore's breakout season.

Pennridge

Coach: Tim Rimmer (sixth season)

Last year's record: 29-23 overall (8-6 in Continental Conference)

Notable losses: Shane McIntyre

Key returnees: SENIORS — Colton Phifer, Matt Swartz, Austin Roland, Drew Bachtle, Pat Stewart

Others to watch: JUNIORS — Andrew Simpson, DJ Holton, Jake Wiley

Season Outlook: The Rams have been playing all year long and together for three, some together for four years. The team has bond that promotes good competition. The Ram hope their dedication will give Pennridge its best season yet under coach Rimmer.

Plymouth-Whitemarsh

Coach: Jeff Kavanagh (first season)

Last year's record: 12-5 overall

Notable losses: Carter Field, Dave Pontari

Key returnees: SENIORS — Nick Pilhuj, Nick Minigone; JUNIORS — John Hansel, Jake Laudenbach

Others to watch: SOPHOMORE — Matt Aprile

Season outlook: The Colonials can post low scores, but they need to do so on a consistent basis in order to contend. The plans is to take it one match at a time and get better every time the tee off.

Souderton

Coach: Fred Cicacci (25th season)

Last year's record: 15-3 overall

Notable losses: Clay Anders, Alejandro Velez, Jerry Meekins, Lenny Welch, Dan Heilemann, Connor Walsh

Key returnees: SENIORS — Adam Lowe, Josh Williams; JUNIORS — Quinn Guzman, Hirsh Sisodia; SOPHOMORE — Dawson Anders

Others to watch: SENIORS — Casey Wenger, Garrett Kensky; SOPHOMORES — Jack DeSpain, Nick Scott; FRESHMAN — Anthony Barr

Season outlook: The Indians have gained experience through tournament play and the improvement fo a few young players has the bottom of their lineup in flux. The Continent Conference is tough, but they hope they can repeat as league champs.

Springfield Township

Coach: Tom Vizza (second season)

Last year's record: 3-10 overall

Key returnees: SENIORS — Chris Binet, Tommy Godin

Others to watch: SENIOR — Colin O'Hara

Season Outlook: As the Spartans look to improve their record from last year they will lean on a strong pair of returning seniors. Depth is questionable and will be the story of the season.

Upper Dublin

Coach: Dave Koch

Last year's record: 13-1

Notable losses: Josh Graff, Andrei Brabulescu

Key returnees: JUNIORS - Michael Reed Prince, Cole Swiger, Jack Melville

Others to watch: SENIOR - Matt Amey, Mark Lunney; JUNIOR - Debbie Park

Season outlook; Behind the talent trio of juniors the Flying Cardinals expect to be in the mix for league, district, and individual titles. Their experienced and deep and ready for a fun fall golf season.

William Tennent

Coach: Fred DiChiara (12 seasons)

Last year's record: 1-11 overall

Notable losses: Pete Corrigan

Key returnees: SENIOR — Luke McKeogh; JUNIOR — Will Towle

Others to watch: SOPHOMORE — Ryan Bormann

Season outlook: The Panthers plan on being more consistent this season. The young team from last season now has experience under their belt and familiarity

Wissahickon

Coach: John Shapcott (second season)

Last year's record: 13-1 overall

Notable losses: Jalen Griffin, Alex Kim, Dan Sunderland

Key returnees: JUNIOR — Jake Labroli; SOPHOMORE - Noah Harrington

Others to watch: JUNIOR — Greg Welsh; SOPHOMORES — Mike Graeff, Phil James

Season Outlook: The Trojans are young this season, but they still are deep. Even with Jalen Griffin off playing for University of San Francisco, they are deep enough to compete for a conference crown.