Jared Mscisz ain't walking through that door.

Neither is Ian Paskowski, Aaron Paskowski, Cam Morrison or Jack Thibodeau.

Bottom line: The Danvers High golf squad's impressive core from the past few seasons has graduated, paving the way for a new group of underclassmen to make their own mark on the program. 

Junior captains and returning linksmen Mike Papamechail and Andrew Metivier are ready for the challenge and hope to lead an extremely young, varsity inexperienced group back to the tournament. 

"We're very young; we have three freshman on the varsity team and only two of our 10 guys have played in a varsity match," said Falcons' head coach Jeff Avigian, whose team finished runner-up in last year's Division 2 state championship.

"We're young and we're inexperienced, but both Mike and Andrew had great summers and we have some good leadership there with our two captains. We've been spoiled with some great talent in recent years. (This season) we just hope to improve every time out there."

When looking at Papamechail and Metivier it's easy to see the potential. Papamechail in particular turned in some stellar performances as a sophomore last fall and was named a Salem News high school golf honorable mention. However, it appears his game has reached new heights, as evidenced by summer rounds such as his even par 72 in Round 1 of the Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship. 

In addition, Avigian has been encouraged by the play of senior Calvin Mansfield, junior Christian Harvey, sophomore Tyler Sullivan and freshman Trevor McNeill. It's certainly going to be an uphill battle for Danvers, but they're already off to a solid start with dominant wins over Peabody, Lynn Classical and Lynn English. The competition will undoubtedly increase as the campaign rolls on, so it will be interesting to see what the Falcons look like come October. 

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Meanwhile in Beverly, all signs point to a breakthrough year for the Panthers. 

Unlike its Northeastern Conference rival Falcons, the Garden City golfers return nearly their entire lineup from a year ago. Senior captains Brayden Clark, Amy McCaffrey and Matt Ploszay are all capable of leading the squad in a given match and each worked hard on their games over the summer. McCaffrey is coming off an even par nine hole round and a recent hole in one at Beverly Golf and Tennis' sixth hole. 

There's also fellow seniors Tyler Serino, Cole Johnson, John Kalamplitis, Owen Desmond, Cam Avila and Owen Beaulieu, as well as juniors Max Murphy and Charlie Mack and sophomore Cam Cook. It's one of the deepest Panthers' lineups in recent memory. 

"We're definitely excited," said Beverly's second-year head coach Craig Wiley. "The kids are really feeding off the experience from last year, putting in the time, working hard and understanding how their games are coming together. Everyone is eager to get going."

Beverly did get going and didn't disappoint. The Panthers topped a solid Swampscott team in their season opener on Tuesday afternoon and hope to continue riding the wave into a tournament berth later this autumn. 

"A lot of our players hit the ball great but it all comes down to the short game and they're starting to realize that more and more. It's going to be fun to watch," said Wiley. 

Marblehead will be another curious team to watch this season, as it graduated seven seniors and boast a completely different lineup as well. A total of 26 students went out for head coach Bob Green's program — which is an encouraging sign moving forward — and they are able to fill a JV squad which will be led by Green's Tedesco Country Club assistant professional Alex Glover. 

Team captains Ben Weed and Gavin Lundgren will hold down the top two slots for the Magicians this fall while freshman Matt Weed should play an integral role as well. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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