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Brad Evert of Hazleton Area chips out of the sand trap on hole two onto the green.
Brad Evert of Hazleton Area chips out of the sand trap on hole two onto the green.
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EXETER —Some high school golfers that card a triple-bogey would get flustered by the score and would let that effect the rest of the round.

Mariano Medico just brushed it off.

Another year of experience helped the Holy Redeemer senior forget about the bad hole as he rebounded to shoot even-par 71 at Fox Hill Country Club on Monday to claim his second straight championship of the Wyoming Valley Conference Tryba Preseason Tournament.

With 11 holes remaining, Medico hit a triple-bogey 6 on the par-3 hole No. 7 to go 2-over for the round. He turned things around to get even and win the tournament netting two more birdies to win by two strokes over his teammate Andrew Crossin.

“The difference from last year is that I can play within my game now,” Medico said. “It can get out of hand but I turn it around and shot even so it was pretty impressive for me today.”

Said Royals coach Art Brunn Jr. about his pupil, who finished fifth in the PIAA Class 2A Championships last season: “It was nice that he can have a bad hole in the middle and be able to get it all back. I’m just proud he didn’t give up and he hung in there like that.”

Crossin, who took second with a 73, is a new addition to the Royals squad after transferring from Wyoming Valley West. The senior finished two strokes shy of qualifying for the District 2 Class 3A Tournament last season with the Spartans. He showed his value Monday, as the Royals cruised to their fourth straight team title, amassing a score of 298, their highest score as champion during the run. Crossin beat teammate Chase Makowski, who was the Royals’ No. 2 last season and scored 76 on Monday.

“Andrew is the backbone to our team right now,” Medico said. “We all left a couple out there for sure but he played great. Chase didn’t play his game today but that happens. If we all play well and score well and putt well, we’re going to be real tough to beat.”

Overall though it was a great day for Redeemer, which placed five golfers among the top 11 scores, all finishing at 79 or lower. Alex Rowan, who had the highest score of the bunch with an 81, tied for 14th.

“It was nice to see the kids play together and was a nice start to the season,” Brunn added. “I’m happy for them.”

Crestwood placed second in the team race scoring 315, while Coughlin (325), Tunkhannock (336) and Dallas (339) rounded out the top five.

The Crusaders’ Alex Anderson and the Comets’ Joe Hurn were the lowest-scoring non-Royals, carding 74 to tie for third. Makowski and Crestwood’s Billy Dombroski carded 76s to tie for fifth.


The Tryba event always gives coaches a glimpse of what’s to come during the regular season and postseason.

Most of the postseason dates are set beginning with the WVC Pre-district Tournament Sept. 23 at Fox Hill, while the District 2 tournaments are set for Oct. 7 at Elmhurst Country Club. Then comes the East Individual Regional on Oct. 15 at Golden Oaks Golf Club followed by the PIAA Individual Championships, Oct. 21-22 at Heritage Hills Golf Resort, Fleetwood.


Tryba Preseason Tournament

(at Fox Hill Country Club par-71)

1. Mariano Medico, Holy Redeemer` 37-34-71

2. Andrew Crossin, Holy Redeemer` 35-38-73

3. Alex Anderson, Coughlin` 39-35-74

3. Joe Hurn, Crestwood` 35-39-74

5. Chase Makowski, Holy Redeemer` 38-38-76

5. Billy Dombroski, Crestwood` 37-39-76

7. Sean Soltysiak, Tunkhannock` 37-40-77

8. Andrew Golden, Wyoming Seminary` 42-36-78

8. Ty Morzilla, Berwick` 41-37-78

8. Ryan Crossin, Holy Redeemer `39-39-78

Mike Boland, Holy Redeemer` 40-39-79

Daulton Lentini, Coughlin` 40-40-80

Tyler Yankoski, Wyoming Valley West` 40-40-80

Tyler McGarry, Pittston Area` 39-42-81

Alex Rowan, Holy Redeemer `39-42-81

Jon Zirnheld, Wyoming Seminary` 46-36-82

Chad Debona, Dallas` 41-41-82

Cory Hauser, Coughlin` 41-41-82

Seth Korch, Crestwood `41-41-82

Madeline Wharton, Wyoming Area` 40-42-82

Jason Dotzel, Crestwood` 45-38-83

Ryan Georgetti, Dallas `44-39-83

Rich Gawel, Hazleton Area` 43-40-83

Courtney Melvin, Wyoming Area` 43-40-83

Brett Soltysiak, Tunkhannock `43-40-83

Sam Harman, MMI `42-41-83

Nick Egan, Lake-Lehman `41-43-84

Adam Motovidlak, Lake-Lehman` 41-43-84

Fred Schiel, Hanover Area` 40-44-84

Mike Malshefski, Nanticoke` 39-45-84

Matt Kuhl, Hanover Area `44-41-85

Matt Dalo, Berwick` 46-40-86

Brandon Baloh, Dallas` 43-43-86

Colin Herron, Wyoming Area` 43-43-86

Joe Olszyk, Nanticoke `39-47-86

Tyler Mooney, Pittston Area` 45-42-87

Braulio Garcia, Pittston Area` 44-43-87

Zach Faux, Tunkhannock` 46-42-88

Shane Straley, Tunkhannock` 46-42-88

Jon Wilson, Dallas `46-42-88

Adam Niznik, Dallas` 44-44-88

David Zydko, Pittston Area` 41-47-88

Jimmy Lyons, Tunkhannock` 45-44-89

Collin Krokus, Coughlin `44-45-89

Tyler Papura, Crestwood `44-45-89

Ryan Keyes, Coughlin `43-46-89

Gavin Kross, Wyoming Area` 45-45-90

Ryan Stashko, Berwick `41-49-90

Kegan Smith, Berwick `40-50-90

Tyler Mullen, Pittston Area` 49-42-91

Mike Kollesar, Wyoming Area` 47-44-91

Ben Pilch, Lake-Lehman `47-44-91

Mike Steve, Hanover Area` 46-46-92

Trent Woodruff, Pittston Area` 46-46-92

Dan Miller, Wyoming Valley West` 47-46-93

Ray Ostrowski, Dallas `45-48-93

Ryan Hogan, Wyoming Valley West` 47-48-95

Dave McCue, Wyoming Valley West` 46-50-96

Derrick Heffelfinger, Wyoming Valley West` 49-48-97

Billy Mills, Coughlin `48-49-97

Adam Grulo, Hazleton Area` 51-47-98

German Triano, Hazleton Area` 48-50-98

Tyler Evans, Berwick `45-53-98

John Hawley, Crestwood` 48-51-99

Josh Provost, Hazleton Area` 48-51-99

Bill Peck, Wyoming Area `48-52-100

Jarod Godlewski, Wyoming Seminary` 49-53-102

Jake Spencer, Tunkhannock` 48-55-103

Brad Evert, Hazleton Area`54-50-104

Leanne Dellarte, Wyoming Valley West` 56-49-105

Joe Yamula, MMI `51-54-105

Devon McCarrie, MMI` 54-54-108

Matt Cartwright, Wyoming Seminary` 60-53-113

Lee Falzone, Meyers `57-62-119

Emily Seratch, MMI `60-60-120

Shelby Monk, Hanover Area` 67-69-136

Team Scores

Holy Redeemer `298

Crestwood `315

Coughlin `325

Tunkhannock` 336

Dallas `339

Wyoming Area` 341

Pittston Area `343

Berwick `344

Wyoming Valley West` 368

Wyoming Seminary` 375

Hazleton Area` 378

Hanover Area `397

MMI `416




* - did not have enough golfers to qualify for team scores

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