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DLN FALL ALL-AREA: Boys Golf First Team, 2nd Team & Honorable Mention

First Team

NICK CIOCCA, Devon Prep, Fr.

A high school rookie, Ciocca was the Tides’ number one all season. He averaged 2-under-par during Devon Prep’s nine-hole matches in 2020 and helped his team finish fourth in PIAA 2A State Tournament. “Our team carries plenty of talent and Nick led us with his steady play,” said his coach Tony Ball. “He had a great start to his high school golf career. Nick isn’t just a great golfer, he’s an even better student. I look forward to seeing how he builds on this season.”

MICHAEL WALZ, Conestoga, Jr.

The Pioneers’ most consistent performer, Walz was one of the Central League’s top players. He carded impressive scores on tough courses, like a 36 at St. Davids Golf Club and a 37 at White Manor Country Club. “Not bad for his second sport,” said ’Stoga head coach John Jones. Walz is being recruited to play Division I college basketball.

ERIC MILLER, W.C. Rustin, Jr.

A varsity golfer since his freshman year, Miller was solid, especially in big late-season tournaments. He grabbed a share of eighth place in both the District 1 3A Tournament and in the PIAA Individual Championship, where he carded a 2-over-par 73.

RYAN D’ARIANO, W.C. Rustin. Jr.

A first-team All-Ches-Mont National honoree, D’Ariano was a force all season. He tied for eighth in District 1 3A action, and then followed it up with a top 15 finish at states with a 3-over-par 74.

ROY ANDERSON, Unionville, Sr.

Was a team captain for a Unionville squad that won the District 1 3A team crown and went on to place second at the PIAA Team Tournament. Anderson’s season scoring average was 1.5 stroked over par. Individually, he placed third in the Ches-Mont (even par), was third in districts (1-under-par) and 14th overall at states (3-over-par).

WIN THOMAS, Unionville, Fr.

Trending as the next great young player for Unionville, Thomas led his team with a scoring average that was under par, which included a 5-under round at Radley Run Country Club. He shot a 76 in the league tournament, placed seventh in districts and 28th in the state with a 7-over 78. In the state team competition, Thomas was the overall medalist at 1-under-par.

DYLAN KOCHIS, W.C. Henderson, Jr.

The first golfer in program history to qualify for PIAA Championship, Kochis finished 43rd overall. He averaged 2-over-par for the season and shared fifth place at District 1 3A Tournament. “Dylan has an amazing IQ for the game of golf,” said his coach Joel Cummings. He was named Henderson’s MVP.

JAKE LEON, Downingtown East, Jr.

The medalist for the Cougars in most of their matches, Leon had a 9-hole stroke average of 38. He finished in the top 10 of the Ches-Mont and tied for 12th at the district meet, missing a state berth by just two strokes. “He was an excellent team captain for our team,” said East head coach Scott Yard.

Second Team

SEAN SUROWEIC, W.C. Henderson, So.

JACK SEHON, W.C. East, Sr.

LUKE MULLEN, Kennett, Jr.

ROSS CHARLTON, Unionville, Sr.

GRAHAM BLATCHFORD, Conestoga, Sr.

STEPHEN STARNES, Unionville, Jr.

RYAN McCABE, Devon Brown, Sr.

JOSH BAKER, W.C. Henderson, Fr.

Honorable Mention

Avon Grove: Tyler Wiercinski.

Coatesville: Bryan Taylor.

Conestoga: Jack Pugliese, Matthew Loftus, Kyle Mauro.

Devon Prep: Graham White.

Downingtown East: Dylan Gute.

Downingtown West: Bret Bergey, Jack Renihan.

Great Valley: Matt Curtis.

Kennett: Griffin Haas, Drew Zieg, Griffin Gaughan.

Oxford: Joe Madden, Matt Franjesh.

Unionville: Danny Donnelly, Alex Moore.

W.C. East: Kane Gallagher, Aaron Stypulkowski.

W.C. Henderson: Drew DiMatteo, Eric Angle.

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