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Golf team looks to replace six graduates

Six seniors graduated from Salisbury’s varsity golf team last season and most of them were regulars in the line up, including the team’s top player for the past two seasons in Nick Jewell.

The Falcons have several players returning from last year’s roster who are ready to step into big roles this season.

Juniors Jake Zellin and Ava Smarch will be among the team’s top two players this year, along with returning sophomores Owen Fogel, Joshua Holler and Jame Scialla. Newcomers to the team Connor Leavy and Steven Lozada could also help in matches, along with sophomores Nathan Staack and William Kocher.

The Falcons went 4-9 overall last season and started this season with one win in their first six matches. While they have a difficult time matching up with some of teams in the Colonial League, the objective for Salisbury’s golfers, and many golfers, is to compete against their own scores.

Most of Salisbury’s players compete in other sports in winter and spring, while some are on two varsity teams this season as Lozada is running cross country and Smarch plays soccer.

“The goal is at the end of the year have they progressed and what do they have to work on for next year,” said Gregg Laub, who co-head coaches the team along with Mike Pennella. “And are they enjoying the game, because that’s what it’s all about.

“We’re going to put together what we have and make it as enjoyable as possible because it’s an intense season.”

While most sports are just getting on the field for the season, high school golf teams are already halfway through the season when school begins. Salisbury will have a match the night before the first day of school and another on the first day.

High school golfers don’t play on weekends because courses are full and rates are high. Friday matches are also rare for the same reasons, so a full season gets played over about 30 weekdays.

“Our first practice was Aug. 8,” said Laub. “Our last match is Sept. 13. Last week we had four matches. This week we have three.”

PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ The 2022 Salisbury High School golf team.