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Powell, Cafarella lead qualifying

Pictured above: Gwen Powell from an earlier event.

North Pocono’s Gwen Powell shot 2-under-par, 71 Wednesday at Elmhurst Country Club to lead all players during qualifying by Lackawanna League girls for the District 2 Individual Golf Championships.

Scranton Prep’s Gianna Cafarella

While Powell led the Class 3A players by a 14-stroke margin, Scranton Prep teammates Gianna Cafarella and Miranda Karoscik led Class 2A players with scores of 76 and 78.

There were 56 girls entered from Lackawanna League schools – a combination of players who are part of the growing number of girls-only teams, those who play in boys matches as part of co-ed rosters and girls who simply play as individuals in tournaments. They entered the event, needing to hit a target score of 100 or better to make it to the district tournament.

A dozen players – seven from Class 2A and five from Class 3A – met that goal to reach the October 3 District 2 event at Elkview Country Club.

Scranton Prep had our players qualify. The other eight players came from eight different schools.

Honesdale’s Kayla Benson, the Class 3A runner-up, and Mountain View’s Lily Sedlak, the Class 2A third-place finisher, tied for the fourth-best scores overall with 85s.


(at Elmhurst Country Club, par 73)

Class 3A qualifiers

Gwen PowellNorth Pocono  71
Kayla BensonHonesdale  85
Maya PaganoWallenpaupack  94
Alex KingScranton  98
Rose PetersAbington Heights100

Class 2A qualifiers

Gianna CafarellaScranton Prep  76
Miranda KaroscikScranton Prep  78
Lily SedlakMountain View  85
Ana GalkoScranton Prep  92
Jennifer GenellRiverside  93
Chloe LynchScranton Prep  94
Maddie ValvanoDunmore  94

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