EXETER — The return of a veteran lineup has Wyoming Area looking to bounce back after a tough transition year in its move from Class AA to AAA and a higher division of competition within the Wyoming Valley Conference.
“I’m really excited for this year, having a lot of seniors,” Wyoming Area coach Gordon Williams said. “Usually, we have a lot of underclassmen.”
The Warriors dropped from 9-3 in 2013 as a WVC Division 3 member to 2-10 last year for last place in Division 1. They return the six-player starting lineup plus another player with some experience starting the past two seasons for a combination of five seniors and two juniors.
The experienced lineup produced results in the first match. Wyoming Area opened the season Friday at home at Fox Hill Country Club and defeated Dallas, the second-place team in the division from last season, 165-170.
Madeline Wharton, the defending District 2 Class AAA girls individual champion, returns for what becomes a co-ed team during conference matches.
Anthony Shaver, Billy Peck and Carter Kusakavitch are the other senior starters returning while Gavin Kross is the additional player with experience, giving the Warriors depth as well.
Shaver led Friday’s win over Dallas by shooting a 37 while Peck contributed a 41.
Juniors Ryan Wrubel and Nick Athman also return to the lineup. They completed the four-player team score Friday with Wrubel shooting 43 and Athman 44.
“Wrubel showed a lot of improvement,” Williams said. “He’s scoring well and hitting the all very well.”
Along with the rest of the WVC teams, Wyoming Area will compete in the Tryba Tournament Monday at Fox Hill, then continue with its conference schedule. The Warriors play all Division 1 opponents, including rival Pittston Area, twice and all Division 2 teams once each.