Coming off an impressive summer where he won prestigious tournaments, Mariano Medico set his goals high for the 2012 high school golf season.
But the Holy Redeemer junior was prepared to live up to those expectations and he showed he's ready to go even further.
Medico won all but two tournaments he participated in this season for Holy Redeemer, taking fifth at the PIAA Individual Championships and was seventh at the East Regional Tournament en route to being named The Times Leader Golfer of the Year.
For high school golf, I really told myself that I have to make states this year, said Medico, the son of Larry and Nancy. Whenever you don't win a tournament you're disappointed. But it was a fun ride for the whole high school season.
For Medico, who grew up with a passion for basketball and golf, he's now focused on swinging the club, as he won't shoot hoops anymore as he tries to reach the next level.
I've played basketball ever since I was five or six. It's a sport I love and will continue to love it, but I love golf and it's what I want to do, he added. My dad getting me out there on the course when I was a little kid just jump started a whole golf career for me.
It wasn't just individual honors for Royal standout. He helped the team loaded with underclassmen claim its third consecutive unbeaten regular season and Wyoming Valley Conference championship, and fifth straight division title. That was just the beginning as the Royals advanced all the way to the PIAA Class 2A Team Championships and took second in heart-breaking fashion.
The whole way through we all thought of it as a team sport because we all play together everyday, Medico said. And that gave us all more motivation to go out and do well.
With just one senior graduating from the squad and coming so close this time around, the Royals could have more motivation entering 2013 with Medico leading and his talented teammates right behind.
Colin Harrison, Wyoming Valley West
Evan Pirillo, Wyoming Valley West
Ryan Georgetti, Dallas
Daulton Lentini, Coughlin
Billy Dombroski, Crestwood
Jake Popowycz, Crestwood
Matt Dalo, Berwick
Dan Conrad, Meyers
Andrew Golden, Wyoming Seminary