Sitzman leads Athens golf to win at River Valley.

By: The Review | Towanda Daily Review | September 2, 2015


The defending champion Athens Wildcats opened up defense of their NTL golf title by picking up the victory at River Valley in the first league match of the year on Tuesday.

"It felt great, it was a relief," Athens coach Jeff Novak said. "I knew going in we were probably the ones with the bullseye on our backs as the defending champs. It was good to get this one."

Novak felt everyone had a strong day Tuesday.

"They golfed well," he said. "(Zach) Sitzman had the best score he ever shot. I'm proud of all of them, even the ones who didn't score for the team shot very well."

Athens shot 333 with Sitzman tying for medalist honors at 71. Towanda was second at 358, followed by Northern Tioga at 359, NEB at 386, Wellsboro at 387, Sayre at 402 and Mansfield at 408.

Along with the 71 from Sitzman the Wildcats got an 83 from Jacob Aquilio, an 88 from Ryan Kennedy and a 91 from D.J. Springstead. Other golfers were Brynn Martin with a 110 and Aron Singerhoff at 119.

Towanda got rounds of 84 from Nick Innocenzo and Mitchell Shoemaker and Zack Lantz had an 88, while Jared Lantz shot 102. Chandler Dunn shot 104 and Ryan Chilson shot 11. Exhibition golfers for Towanda were Caleb Lines (61) and Jon Hoffman (63) for 10 holes.

"We were not very good today," Towanda coach Tim Farley said. "Still making far too many mistakes overall and not recovering from them. A lot of credit to Athens and the youngsters at Northern Tioga for their performance today. We will go back to work and try very hard to get better."

Freshman Tanner Adriance of Northern Tioga tied for medalist honors with a 71 and fellow freshman Tyler Vargason shot an 87. Caleb Fitzwater shot a 98 and Christian Kemp shot 103. Riley Thompson had a 104 and Bryce Ianson shot 108. Extra golfers were Alex Abbott (61) and Brandon Paul (58).

Wyalusing had one golfer and Holdan Hitchcock was one of three golfers to shoot under 80 on the day as he had a round of 79.

NEB got an 84 from Nate Watkins, a 98 from Jared Harris and a 100 from Mike Wallitsch. Nate Chilson shot 104 and Grant Marino shot 116.

Wellsboro got a 91 from Ryan Reese, 94 from Ben Barnett and 99 from Stone Alexander. Aiden Moore shot 103, Brandyn Tuttle shot 104 and Kyle Reese had a 106. Exhibition golfers were Samantha Spurgeon (59) and Zach Lundgren (61).

Ryan Murrell led Sayre with an 81 and Jakeb Ressler shot 104, Ben Harding had a 106 and Nick Allis shot a 111. Christ Platt had a round of 122 and Sam VanDeMark shot 150.

Mansfield got an 84 from JP Shaw and Gunnar Rice had a 105, while Carl Dinger shot 106. Joe Creamer had a round of 113 and Drew Everett shots 123, while RJ Farrell shot 124.

Getting this first victory is a confidence booster for the Wildcats.

"We got our goal to win the NTL Championship, that's our big goal and now we know we can do that if we keep our heads in the game throughout the season," Novak said.