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PERKIOMEN VAL­LEY Coach: Tavio Hun­sicker, fourth sea­son. Home course: Raven’s Claw Golf Club.

Last year’s record: 5-5PAC; 6-5over­all. Play­ers to watch: An­drew Giorgi, Sr.; Colin Leary, Sr.; Chris­tian Riehs, Sr.; Thomas Lom­bardo, Sr.; An­drew Burkhardt, Jr.

Out­look: The Vik­ings have been search­ing for con­sis­tency at the top ever since the grad­u­a­tion of ace Nate Guer­rini two sea­sons ago. All-League se­lec­tion Dallen Hall filled in nicely as a se­nior last sea­son, as PV once again looks for some­one to emerge. Hun­sicker re­mains op­ti­mistic as PV looks to re­turn to PAC Fi­nal Four form af­ter miss­ing out last sea­son. “Our goal is to im­prove through­out the sea­son and we hope to be com­pet­i­tive in ev­ery match,” he said. “The league will be very com­pet­i­tive again this year.” PHOENIXVILLE Coach: Stephen Win­nick, 16th sea­son. Home course: Pick­er­ing Val­ley Golf Course.

Last year’s record: 6-4PAC; 7-5over­all. Play­ers to watch: James Peter­son, Sr.; Johnny Ket­telle, Sr.; Greg Jer­gensen, Sr.; James Sin­not, Jr.; Mitchell Schwartz, Jr.; PJ Sul­li­van, Jr.; Parker Stevens, So.; Kyle Re­suta, Fr.

Out­look: The Phan­toms are com­ing off a solid sea­son where they fin­ished above the .500mark for the first time in over half a decade. Phoenixville will look to put to­gether an­other strong turnout this year, de­spite the loss of Al­lArea Sec­ond Team se­lec­tion Max Farb­stein as well as Michael El­lis. “A lot of youth, but qual­ity golf swings,” said Win­nick. “The coaches be­lieve this team might have a bet­ter abil­ity to com­pete if the boys con­tinue to de­velop.” POPE JOHN PAUL II Coach: Brian Ko­vatch, first sea­son. Home course: Gil­bertsville Golf Club.

Last year’s record: 7-3PAC; 8-4over­all. Play­ers to watch: J.T. Spina, Sr.; David An­to­niuk, Sr.; Greg Hiriak, Sr.; Court­ney Caiola, Sr.; Ethan Slover, Jr.

Out­look: Spina is com­ing off a ca­reer-best fin­ish af­ter tak­ing the bronze at the PIAA Cham­pi­onship last sea­son. He’ll be at the fore­front of the Golden Pan­thers’ lineup, which is in search a third con­sec­u­tive PAC Fi­nal Four ap­pear­ance as well as a No. 2starter to build on with the loss of Mike Li­mon­gelli to grad­u­a­tion. PJP re­turns plenty of tal­ent and is seem­ingly ready to take the next step. “We be­lieve we have the tal­ent to com­pete for a third straight (PAC Fi­nal Four) ap­pear­ance, which is one of our team goals,” said Ko­vatch, who takes over for Tony Romano. “A solid group of se­niors cou­pled with good un­der­class­men depth has the pro­gram bullish on the com­ing fall sea­son and into the fu­ture.” SPRING-FORD Coach: Jeff Mast, 31st sea­son. Home course: Tur­tle Creek Golf Course.

Last year’s record: 13-2(Pi­o­neer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence run­ner-ups); 12-2over­all.

Play­ers to watch: Ben Po­chet, Sr.; Jack Straub, Sr.; Drew Clif­ford, Jr.; Axel Kol­bach, Jr.

Out­look: The Rams grad­u­ated six mem­bers from last year’s deep pro­gram, which ran through the PAC’s reg­u­lar sea­son un­de­feated be­fore falling to four-time champ Methac­ton in the cham­pi­onship and even­tu­ally went on to earn a PIAA berth. “We cer­tainly won’t be as ex­pe­ri­enced as last year’s team,” said Mast, “but the goals are the same — work hard, be com­pet­i­tive and im­prove.” At the fore­front of the Spring-Ford card will be Po­chet, the reign­ing All-Area Player of the Year. Po­chet capped a stand­out ju­nior sea­son with top fin­ishes in the East­ern Re­gional and Dis­trict One Cham­pi­onships along with a sil­ver fin­ish at the PAC In­di­vid­ual Cham­pi­onship.

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