Hawks make team tourney
Having a third- or fourth-place finish in any conference easily may border on mediocrity, but Becahi head golf coach Tim McGorry can appreciate his team's showing this season in the Lehigh Valley Conference (LVC).
In the ultracompetitive golf division of the LVC, Becahi finished fourth overall tied with Nazareth in the league tournament behind Emmaus, Northampton and Parkland. Ironically, the Golden Hawks also netted a fourth-place finish in the District 11 tournament in a field of 24 teams. Overall, Becahi finished with a 15-2 mark.
"We also know the LVC is very tough," said Hawks' veteran head coach Tim McGorry. "It is always a challenge. But I was very pleased with our district finish. To be there is very impressive and a tribute to the kids.
"I am very pleased with our overall record and the kids worked very hard to accomplish what they did during the season."
Freshman Nick Maff and junior Kiran Singh continued their seasons as they advanced to the individual round of district play Monday. Senior Jason Matuczinski and sophomore JT Barker just missed the cut to qualify. Junior Nick Surovy missed the tournament because he couldn't get back in time from an out-of-town commitment.
McGorry was optimistic his two golfers could crack the difficult cut to continue playing at the state level as only three girls and six boys from the Becahi's Class AAA bracket could advance.
"It is very competitive once you reach this level," he stated. "Our kids have had solid seasons, but the odds are working against them at this point. One bogey or double bogey can really damage your chances."
But McGorry is still appreciative of his duo' efforts this season as they will both be key components of the Hawks' rotation next fall.
"Nick (Maff) had a great season as a freshman as he was usually playing against everyone else' number one player and that isn't easy especially in your first year," noted McGorry. "He (Maff) has a lot of composure out there and has a great feel for the game. He's young, but he is playing older out there. It was pretty common for him to point out things to the upper classmen and help them with their game.
"Kiran (Singh) is really a hard worker," he added. "She (Singh) started to play better toward the end of the season. She will be on a good track for next year."
With a nucleus returning next season, McGorry expects his team to be back in the hunt for the LVC crown.
"We had a good year and we laid some groundwork for the future," he stated. "Some of the other teams are losing some key people, but this league is always tough. But we'll be back and ready."