Golf is always the first sport to kick off the Fall Lancaster-Lebanon High School sports season.
There were two matches today.
One at Pine Meadows and one at the Conestoga Country Club.
Video highlights golfers from Section One.
Manheim Township went 20-0 in the regular season last year. In doing so they won their 11th straight = L-L League team golf championship.
It was also their 21st championship overall.
They almost won their 13th District Three championship but lost to Wilson by a single stroke.
Will they repeat as league team champion?
They have lost their league co-player of the year Sean Cliff, and L-L individual champion Connor Strine (now at West Chester University) and their head coach Steve Brenner has left.
Teaching pro Todd Scolnick takes over as head coach. He played at Township and Millersville, and now teaches at the high school.
Lampeter-Strasburg and Warwick appear to be Township’s primary challengers.
L-S went 20-0 in Section Three last year. The Pioneers lose L-L girls champion Katie Lapinsky, but return four starters who should break 80 more often than not: brothers Matt and Ben Wilson, plus Gehrig Harsh and Morgan Smith.
Warwick, 16-4 last year with losses only to Township, returns veterans Brant Bomberger and Tyson Mitchell and welcomes a freshman, Elle Overly, who was one of the top girls on the Lancaster County Junior Golf Tour this summer.
Like the Streaks, the Warriors will be looking for depth in the bottom half of the lineup.
Last year’s Section Two champ, Garden Spot (22-1), lost plenty to graduation; look for Solanco and perhaps Conestoga Valley to make a move there.
Annville-Cleona, the Section Four champ a year ago (16-0) should be pretty good again, led by senior Simon Domencic (78.5 scoring average last year).
Top individual players back this fall include Solanco junior Logan Wagner, who qualified for the state tournament as a sophomore and the USGA Junior championship this summer.
The league’s top returning scoring average, 75.75, belongs to Lancaster Catholic’s Jack Novis, who ended the regular season with a 69 in a Section One match at Fairview. The second-best, 77.75, was by Hempfield’s Sawyer Martin.
Kyle Ebersol of Pequea Valley averaged 78.8 last year, tied for fifth in the L-L tournament and made the cut at districts.
Trey Rios of Cocalico was fourth in league tournament last year. Cedar Crest’s Ben Feeman made some noise on the local junior circuit this summer and leads a team — with six of its top seven players returning — that could be a factor in Section One.
The L-L regular season begins Thursday, Aug. 19. The league championships will be held Monday, Sept. 27 at Honeybrook Golf Club.
The District Three tournament is scheduled for Oct. 8-9, Class 3A at Honey Run and 2A at Briarwood, both in York County.
The PIAA state tournament is scheduled for Oct. 18-19 at Heritage Hills in York.