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Holy Redeemer's Mariano Medico won his second straight District 2 Class 2A individual title last week, then was the medalist while leading the Royals to their second consecutive PIAA East Region 2A title and into the state finals.
Holy Redeemer's Mariano Medico won his second straight District 2 Class 2A individual title last week, then was the medalist while leading the Royals to their second consecutive PIAA East Region 2A title and into the state finals.
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School: Holy Redeemer

Grade: Senior

Sport: Golf

Position: Golfer

All in the Family: Mariano, from Dallas, is the son of Larry and Nancy Medico. His older brother, Larry Jr., was also a standout golfer for Holy Redeemer when the school was known as Bishop Hoban. He has two older sisters named Tatiana and Mia, who played high school tennis.

Stats: Medico shot a 3-over-par 75 to capture the District 2 Class 2A individual championship, then came back later in the week with a 2-over 72 to lead Holy Redeemer to the East Regional team title over Danville and into next week’s PIAA state championships.

Top flight: It wasn’t just the solid scores Medico accomplished last week - by now, nobody’s surprised when the Royals’ leader comes out on top of a tournament - but the way he attained them turned out to be a real marvel. Medico overcame chilly temperatures and brutal wind gusts to shoot a 75 and win his second straight Class 2A individual district crown at Elmhurst last Tuesday, becoming the first player to win two straight crowns since the district format was split into two classes two years ago. Then he came back to days later to fire a 72 - two strokes better than any Class 2A or 3A golfer on the cold, drizzly course - while overcoming a triple-bogey to finish 2-over at Eagles Mere and leading Redeemer to the state finals with its second consecutive East Region title.

Coach’s comment: “He’s been solid from the day he stepped on the tee in ninth grade,” Holy Redeemer coach Art Brunn Jr. said. “He’s a good kid, fierce competitor and he’s a team player. He just has the attitude and belief in his game where, if he has a bad hole, he can come back and do it. Most high school kids are not mature enough or experienced enough to know there’s a lot of golf left and I can make up for this. He really has no weaknesses in his game. He’s a great driver of the ball, great iron player with a good short game and a superb putter. He’s just been ‘Mr. Consistency’ as far as I’m concerned.”

Did you know? When he’s not drawing up neat scorecards on the golf course, Medico can be found simply drawing. “I love to draw, love art,” Medico said. “I just starting drawing, doodling, when I was a kid. I take AP art. I’m pretty good at drawing cartoons. It’s a great hobby; it gets my mind off things.”

From his angle: “I feel like I’m hitting it well,” Medico said. “I’ve been very consistent with my ball-striking. I just need some putts to go in. Winning districts for the second year in a row is pretty cool. Districts was great, then (team) regionals was a great time. From the team aspect, I feel like we need revenge from last year (which ended in Redeemer’s state runner-up finish in a one-hole playoff). As a team, we were so close. I think the team is more important to me. When I look down the road, we’re going to remember all the great memories we had. But individuals (in the postseason) are important to me. The first order of business was to make it to regionals. I played well.”

Week in review: Well, Lake-Lehman running back Dustin Jones went over the top again while turning into an unstoppable force on the football field. He rolled up an eye-popping 374 rushing yards and three touchdowns, including a go-ahead 54-yarder in a victory over Northwest during a battle for the WVC Division 2A-A lead. Holy Redeemer quarterback Jimmy Strickland threw for 469 yards and five touchdowns, his top receiver Pat Villani caught 195 yards worth of passes and two touchdowns including a 76-yarder and fellow Royals receiver Eric Kerr had a 23-yard touchdown grab among his 110 receiving yards. None of this helped Redeemer get past Nanticoke, mainly because Trojans tailback Pat Hempel rolled up 258 rushing yards and touchdown runs of 80 and 44 yards and defensive back Alec Norton picked off two passes. Coughlin running back Paul Cole turned in 191 yards and four touchdowns - including a 33-yarder. And Wyoming Area running back Jeff Skursky rushed for 171 yards and scored both Warriors touchdowns in a victory over Meyers. …

Dallas field hockey star Vanessa Parsons not only found victories, she kept finding the net. Parsons scored six goals in a win over Wallenpaupack, then added a three-goal game against Abington Heights. Wyoming Seminary scorer Mallory Lefkowitz had four goals against Nanticoke, while Holy Redeemer’s Greta Ell scored four goals and added an assist against Wallenpaupack. Crestwood’s Casey Cole came up with three goals and an assist against Lackawanna Trail. Pittston Area goalie Lea Garibaldi made sure the Patriots didn’t end up trailing when she made 13 saves in a 1-1 tie with Meyers. Wyoming Valley West’s Alicia Moore stopped 12 shots in a 2-1 overtime victory against Sem, and Hazleton Area’s Margaret Fulton shut out Delaware Valley with 12 saves. …

A.J. Nardone sparked a big boys soccer week for Dallas when he scored a goal against Coughlin and had two more against Tunkhannock while leading the charge to a pair of victories. Wy0ming Valley West’s Eddie Thomas scored five goals against Pittston Area and added three more against Holy Redeemer. Nanticoke’s Wiston Godoy scored five goals and added an assist in a victory over Berwick. Tunkhannock’s Aidan Cronin scored three times as the Tigers clinched a WVC Division II title by beating Hazleton Area. That came after Tunkhannock keeper Zac Daniels made 11 saves in a 1-0 victory over Hanover Area in a game where Hawkeyes keeper Joe Gagliardi stopped 14 shots. Coughlin’s Travis Keil had three goals and an assist in a victory over Lake-Lehman and Pittston Area’s Brandon Shamnoski had three goals and an assist against GAR. …

Pittston Area star Allie Barber and her teammate Sara Ruby each scored five goals in a girls soccer game against Meyers. Dallas’ Talia Szatkowski had four goals against Wyoming Area, then came back to score four more times against Meyers. Her Mountaineers teammate Ashley Stradzus added three goals against Meyers, and Tunkhannock’s Cheyenne Brown scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Wyoming Seminary, which got 16 saves from keeper Victoria Morrison during that battle. Tunkhannock’s Traci Kromko shut out Hanover Area with 13 saves. …

While Mariano Medico was leading the field, his Holy Redeemer teammate Chase Makowski wasn’t far behind him. Makowski made the Class 2A regional field by finishing fifth at individual districts with a 78, then shot a 75 to help the Royals capture the PIAA East Region 2A team title against Danville. Crestwood’s Billy Dombroski shot a 74 to finish runner-up in the District 2 Class 3A individual field, and will join Coughlin’s sixth-place Class 3A district finisher Daulton Lentini - who shot a 76 - in the individual regional field. …

Dallas fielded an unseeded team of Grace Schaub and Kajal Patel in the girls tennis District 2 Class 2A doubles tournament, and they went all the way to the district semifinal round before falling to the eventual district champions. Schaub, playing at No. 2 singles, and Patel, at No. 3 singles, also pulled out three-set victories to help Dallas defeat Holy Redeemer 3-2 in a District 2 Class 2A team playoff match. Wyoming Seminary’s second-seeded team of Jacqui Meuser and Madison Nardone also reached the District 2 doubles semifinals before falling in three sets. And Coughlin’s doubles team of Dana Schneider and Alia Sod went to the District 2-4 subregional doubles semifinals as a No. 7 seed before falling in Class 3A, and also wound up as the District 2 runner-up team. …

In a boys cross country showdown between a cluster of the WVC’s top teams, Dallas’ Dominic DeLuca blazed the trail with a winning time of 15:32. That was more than a half-minute faster than Lake-Lehman’s second-place finisher Dominic Hockenbury, who finished in 16:03. Tunkhannock’s Jack Tidball came in third at 16:19, followed by Dallas’ Kyle Borland at 16:41 and Tunkhannock’s Jake Toczko at 16:44. Other runners to crack the 17-minute mark in the meet were Bryce Mattson (16:45) and Travis Mattson (16:49), along with Tunkhannock’s Ben Siegel (16:59). Northwest’s Mike Lewis captured another meet with a run of 16:44, followed by Pittston Area’s Mike Havrilla at 16:48 and Berwick’s Dylan Gearinger at 16:55. …

In the girls cross country field, Dallas’ Lindsey Oremus came in at 19:05, followed closely by Tunkhannock’s Maggie Toczko at 19:09. Dallas’ Bryanna Dissinger came in under 20 minutes at 19:27, as did her Mountaineers teammate Ally Rome at 19:40 and Tunkhannock’s Erin Rome at 19:57. …

Wyoming Area’s Sam Acacio was running between sports again, making 22 kills on the volleyball court in a victory over Berwick, then scoring a goal on the soccer field. Her teammate, Audrey Hiedacavage, dished out 37 volleyball assists against Berwick, while Crestwood’s Olivia Jankowski made 20 assists against Nanticoke. Dallas’ Mallory Faux came up with 30 digs against GAR. MMI’s Kristen Purcell had 17 kills in a victory over Pittston Area and Holy Redeemer’s Nicole Slavoski had 15 kills against Crestwood. Jackie Rabender proved to be an ace for Pittston Area, as she served 10 of them against Coughlin.

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