Wyoming Area returns four players with starting experience, including a pair of three-year starters, as it prepares to open the Wyoming Valley Conference golf season.
The Warriors are at Fox Hill Country Club Monday for the annual Tryba Tournament, involving the rest of the WVC, and again Wednesday against Pittston Area.
“I’m hoping for a fairly strong year,” said Warriors head coach Gordon Williams, who will try to lead the team to an improvement of last season’s 5-7 record and fourth-place finish among five WVC Division 1 teams.
Seniors Ryan Wrubel and Nik Athmann, the three-year starters, lead the team.
“Ryan was my number-two last year,” Williams said. “He’s going up to replace Anthony Shaver this year as my number one.”
Athmann should be right there with Wrubel.
“He’s not far behind,” Williams said. “They usually end up with the same score.
“Nik is a really solid player.”
Senior Alex Gushka and junior Jimmy Kosco also started last year.
The newcomers to the lineup will be sophomore Chase Yochem and freshman Cole Coolbaugh. Coolbaugh has experience from playing on the Anthracite Golf Association’s Lawler Junior Tour.
“Cole Coolbaugh played in all the AGA tournaments and scored well,” Williams said. “I’m looking forward to his future.”
Berwick’s move from Class AAA to Class AA created a slight shuffle in the Wyoming Area schedule.
The Warriors will no longer play the Bulldogs. Dallas has moved from Division 1 to Division 2 meaning the Warriors will only play the Mountaineers once.
Division rivals Coughlin, Pittston Area and Tunkhannock remain on the schedule twice while Dallas, Crestwood, Wyoming Valley West and Hazleton Area are opponents once each in crossover matches against Division 2. The changes reduce the Wyoming Area conference schedule from 12 matches to 10.