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Wilson repeats as BCIAA golf champion

With an experienced team, Wilson has been on a crusade this season not only to repeat as BCIAA and District 3 Class 3A champion but to return to the PIAA Tournament.

The Bulldogs took the first step Wednesday at Blackwood Golf Course, but it wasn’t easy. They held off Berks I rival Exeter by five shots to win their second Berks title in a row.

“I’m really proud of the whole team,” said boys champion Evan Jozwiak. “I knew our potential. I knew there was going to be tough competition. When I saw those final scores, I was really happy. It was awesome just seeing that.”

Jozwiak, a junior, and Jared Foltz, a senior, had the top two scoring averages in the league in the regular season. They did their part with the lowest scores through 18 holes, Jozwiak shooting a 3-over 73 and Foltz a 74.

Juniors Nate Neiswender and Kyle Rittersbach had 83s, giving the Bulldogs a 313 total.

Exeter finished at 318. Owen Wisner led the way with a 78, followed by Luke Weller (79), Andrew Bauer (80) and Ayden Davis (81). The Eagles also pushed Wilson in their regular season match, falling by four strokes.

“I expected it to be that close,” Wilson coach Joe Klemmer said. “It wouldn’t have surprised me if it had gone the other  way. We’re very proud to beat them because they’re an excellent team.”

The Bulldogs became the first repeat champions since they did it in 2015-16. With several golfers returning next year, they have a chance to become the first team to win three titles in a row since Wyomissing did it from 2010-12.

Next on their list is winning the District 3 Class 3A title for the second straight season Oct. 8 at Honey Run Golf Club in York.

“This championship means everything,” Foltz said. “We’re so close. We’re so tightly knit. We grew up playing the game with each other. It’s so cool to win another championship with these guys and Kayla (Maletto).

“I know we don’t have Kayla (who’s out with a hand injury), but we’re still a heck of a team. We’re going to make another run.”

Berks Catholic was the top Class 2A finisher in the team tournament and qualified for the District 3 Tournament Oct. 8 at Briarwood East Golf Club in York.

The Saints had a 357 total and beat runner-up Hamburg by 14 strokes. David Birmingham led the way with an 83, followed by JT Krynock (85), Ryan Koch (89) and Haden Mintzer (100).

Source: Berkshire mont

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