MOSCOW — On a sometimes brutal and often blustery day, Mariano Medico figured it wasn’t an ideal time for dramatic golf swings.
That didn’t stop him from consistently working his way to a district championship.
Playing par for most of the Elmhurst Country Club course, Holy Redeemer’s Medico captured the District 2 Class 2A boys championship Tuesday by shooting a 3-over 75, two strokes better than Dunmore’s Dave Lopatka.
“With the wind today, you had to get up and down,” said Medico, who earned one of the district’s six Class 2A berths in next Tuesday’s East Region field. “Today was a qualifier. I started to feel like I had to really play a little defensive to make regionals. To get a win was a plus.”
Add a couple more golfers from the Wyoming Valley Conference to the regional action at Eagles Mere Country Club next week.
Chase Makowski, Medico’s close friend and Redeemer teammate, shot a 78 to wind up fifth in the district while securing a spot in the Class 2A East Regional field. In Class 3A, Crestwood’s Billy Dombroski finished finished as district runner-up with a 74, two strokes behind champion Terry Hurst of Abington Heights - who was the only player to make par in either class. And Coughlin’s Daulton Lentini took the district’s sixth and final Class 3A regional spot with a 76.
“It was my goal this whole year, being able to make it past districts,” Lentini, a senior, said. “It was nice, being able to make it my senior year. I played very well. The course played tough, too - the wind, it was very cold in the morning. I just had to play smart and pick the right clubs to hit.”
A few WVC standouts just missed the regional cut.
Dallas’ Ryan Georgetti missed the Class 3A field by one stroke, finishing tied for seventh with a 77, and Wyoming Area’s Courtney Melvin shot an 86 to wind up in fourth place and one stroke out of the third and final regional spot for Class 3A girls.
MMI’s Devan McCarrie, who would have placed second among Class 2A girls, was disqualified for using a GPS with slope rating - which is illegal under PIAA rules, according to District 2 officials.
And most anguishing of all, Redeemer’s Andrew Crossin finished the regular round in a sixth-place tie at 79, but lost out on a regional berth in a two-hole playoff with Dunmore’s Mike Weber.
“It’s just devastating as a coach to see that,” said Redeemer coach Art Brunn Jr., whose team placed four golfers among the district’s top 10 when Mike Boland tied for eighth place with an 82. “He (Crossin) played those two playoff holes so well, too. I’m on an emotional roller coaster right now.”
Medico’s round put his coach on a high.
The district champion began his run with a birdie on his first hole, then didn’t see another one all day.
Typical of his round, Medico lined up a sweet shot that appeared dead-on for an 18-foot putt for birdie on the 18th green - but he left it a whisker short of the hole.
“That was the same thing happening all day today,” Medico said. “The birdie putts were all staying on the edge and the par putts were falling. I made a lot of good par shots from five, 10 feet. It was very windy. I just tried to play as strong as possible and finish it out.”
“One thing about Mariano,” Brunn Jr. said, “he’s such a competitor, he just grinds it out. He just doesn’t make any mistakes out there.”
Makowski had the same, even-handed approach while carving his own path to regionals.
He finished with one birdie - on the No. 2 hole - and set his aim on finishing among District 2’s top six that advances to regionals by hitting 10 par putts.
“This was probably one of the hardest courses and hardest conditions I’ve ever played in high school, to be honest,” Makowski, a senior, said. “It got really windy on the back nine. It wasn’t easy to score out there. It was pretty gusty out there. I just told myself par was a good score.
“Just trying to make par was very big,” Makowski continued. “It’s only a (regional) qualifier, it’s not that big of a deal. Obviously, your goal is to make the next level. That was my mindset coming into today, and I was able to make the most of it.”
Dombroski made so much of his district day, he initially thought he may have captured the Class 3A title.
“When I came in, I didn’t see the 72 that won,” Dombroski said. “At first, I thought I won. I didn’t. I’ll take second any day.”
Especially since it got him a spot in the regional field.
“Real excited, this is my first trip,” Dombroski, a senior, said. “I struggled at the beginning. I usually hit a pretty high shot - I had to factor in the wind. I kept it short after that, birdied the last hole. That helped.”
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(Top 3 advance to East Regionals)
1. Julia Santo, Wallenpaupack - 79
2. Dana Hunt, Delaware Valley - 84
3. Molly Mowatt, Wallenpaupack - 85
4. Courtney Melvin, Wyoming Area - 86
5. Lauren Wallis, Scranton Prep - 89
6. Maddy Wharton, Wyoming Area - 91
7. Leanne Dellarte, Wyoming Valley West - 93
8. Ally Maddock, Scranton Prep - 97
9. Gianna Cestone, Scranton Prep - 99
10. Faith Decker, Honesdale - 99
11. Molly Hampsey, Tunkhannock - 105
12. Devon Carroll, North Pocono - 111
1. Hannah Yanoski, Valley View - 87
2. Emily Okrepkie, Holy Cross - 92
3. Rachel Macknell, Holy Cross - 95
4. Jenna Lopatka, Dunmore - 111
5. Blayse Cholish, Valley View - 117
6. Devan McCarrie, MMI - DQ
(Top 6 advance to East Regionals)
1. Terry Hurst, Abington Heights - 72
2. Billy Dombroski, Crestwood - 74
3. Nick Johnson, Scranton Prep - 74
4. Anthony Sebastianelli, Abington Heights - 75
5. Nick Beckish, Abington Heights - 76
6. Daulton Lentini, Coughlin - 76
7. Ryan Georgetti, Dallas - 77
7. Dave Haunts, Abington Heights - 77
9. Chris Cerminaro, Scranton Prep - 78
10. Ty Morzilla, Berwick - 79
11. Matt Heckman, Abington Heights - 80
11. Ron Yanoski, Valley View - 80
13. Matt Cornell, Valley View - 81
13. John Pillar, Wallenpaupack - 81
15. Ian Langendoerfer, Honesdale - 82
15. Mike Lestone, Scranton Prep - 82
15. Callum McCaslin, Delaware Valley - 82
15. Stephen Patrick, Valley View - 82
15. Brett Soltysiak, Tunkhannock - 82
15. Sean Soltysiak, Tunkhannock - 82
21. Matt Dalo, Berwick - 83
22. Marco Nieto, Scranton Prep - 84
23. Ryan Keyes, Coughlin - 85
23. Owen Walsh, Honesdale - 85
25. Kyle Bowen, North Pocono - 86
25. Justin Brojakowski, Dallas - 86
25. Anthony Stambone, Valley View - 86
28. Jimmy Lyons, Tunkhannock - 87
28. Nick McKay, North Pocono - 87
30. Joe Hurn, Crestwood - 88
31. Brendan Baloh, Dallas - 93
32. Tyler McGarry, Pittston Area - 94
33. Rich Gawel, Hazleton - 95
34. David McCue, Wyoming Valley West - 101
34. Tyler Papura, Crestwood - 101
1. Mariano Medico, Holy Redeemer - 75
2. Dave Lopatka, Dunmore - 77
3. Dom Mancinelli, Holy Cross - 78
4. John Barone, Dunmore - 78
5. Chase Makowski, Holy Redeemer - 78
6. Mike Weber, Dunmore - 79
x - 7. Andrew Crossin, Holy Redeemer - 79
8. Mike Mierzejewski, Mid Valley - 81
9. Mike Boland, Holy Redeemer - 82
9. Adam Kowalski, Forest City - 82
9. Dylan O’Dell, Forest City - 82
12. Ryan McDonald, Holy Cross - 85
13. Connor Albino, Lakeland - 86
13. Cory Morrison, Montrose - 86
13. Chad Wescott, Mountain View - 86
16. Codi Benedict, Montrose - 87
16. Andrew Golden, Wyoming Seminary - 87
16. Angelo Mancinelli, Holy Cross - 87
16. Tom Occhipinti, Dunmore - 87
16. Austin Smith, Montrose - 87
21. Ryan Crossin, Holy Redeemer - 88
21. Tom Drzenczyk, Holy Cross - 88
21. John Keating, Dunmore - 88
21. Tyler Salak, Mountain View - 88
25. Cam Carpenter, Old Forge - 89
26. Kevin Quinn, Dunmore - 90
26. Harrison Rapp, Holy Cross - 90
28. Brian Banas, Holy Redeemer - 91
28. Nick Egan, Lake-Lehman - 91
28. Rich Kordish, Lackawanna Trail - 91
28. Ryan Long, Forest City - 91
32. Mike Malshefski, Nanticoke Area - 91
32. Alex Rowan, Holy Redeemer - 91
34. Jay Cantarella, Old Forge 92
35. Sam Harmon, MMI - 94
36. Cameron Dean, Montrose - 96
37. Ben Pilch, Lake-Lehman - 98
38. Matt Kuhl, Hanover Area - 99
38. Fred Schiel, Hanover Area - 99
38. Jon Zirnheld, Wyoming Seminary - 99
41. Jordan Ohler, Old Forge - 100
42. Mike Steve, Hanover Area - 101
43. Adam Motovidlak, Lake-Lehman - 105