EXETER – Mike Post just missed making the cut for the District 2 championships this season and Mariano Medico watched last year's District 2 title barely elude his grasp.
But that's all individual anguish.
When it came time for team play, those two individuals more than made up for past personal frustration this time around.
Coughlin's Post put up a 76 in the Class 3A title match and Holy Redeemer's Medico was marvelous again with a tournament-low 72 in Class 2A, as both led their teams to Wyoming Valley Conference championships Thursday at Fox Hill Country Club.
"It means a lot," Post said. "During (individual) Pre-Districts, I shot an 83 and missed districts by a stroke. It means the world to take this as a team."
His consistent day helped Coughlin finish with a 318, easily besting Wyoming Valley West (329) and Pittston Area (334). Then unbeaten Holy Redeemer had little trouble fending off Hanover Area 306-376 in the 2A field. Both Coughlin and Redeemer will advance to the District 2 team tournament to be held next Friday at Paupack Hills Country Club in Greentown.
Post was on the verge of taking his individual game back to the District 2 individual tourney, but he was kept out by missing a short putt in a playoff round.
"It stunk," Post said. "I made them (districts) the past two years. I went out the last two days and practiced."
It worked as he plastered an eagle in the No. 6 hole and birdied No. 12 to finish with the lowest score in 3A – two strokes better than teammate Daulton Lentini and Wyoming Valley West's Chris McCue, each of whom shot a 78.
"Mike, his potential is unlimited," Coughlin coach Mike Galli said. "Some days on the golf course, things don't go your way. Today they did."
Medico knows the pain of losing out in a playoff.
He was edged out of a tournament in the past after going extra rounds with since-graduated Brandon Matthews.
But Matthews is gone – on to Temple – and Medico's still going strong.
Redeemer's No. 1 player captured his second Pre-District individual title earlier in the week, then made four birdies to finish with a 72 and riddle the 2A team championship field. His closest competitor was teammate Matt Slavoski, who finished with 75.
"To come out and play well, it was very exciting," Medico said.
Then again, seeing strong play isn't surprising to an undefeated Royals team that includes Medico, Chase Makowski (76), Slavoski and Ryan Crossin (83).
"I kind of expect guys to play pretty well up here," Redeemer coach Art Brunn Jr. said. "They've played here the past couple of years, they know the course. It's always a nice honor to represent your conference against the Lackawanna League. That's our focus now, getting ready for next week."
It seems Coughlin got its focus back just in time.
After starting the season 4-0, the Crusaders slumped to the point where they needed a victory over Tunkhannock in the regular-season finale just to make the WVC team championship round.
Now, Coughlin may be one of the most dangerous teams around.
"We're starting to get it back," Post said. "We really wanted to win (Thursday)."
"Now everybody's starting to play a little bit better," Galli said. "We're not just relying on a couple of guys. Everybody's doing their part. We bounced back today and beat two very good teams."
Wyoming Valley Conference Team Playoffs
Mike Post 76, Daulton Lentini 78, Shamus Gartley 82, Alex Anderson 82, Corey Hauser 93, Tyler Korilla 121.
Wyoming Valley West (329)
Chris McCue 78, Chris Nixon 81, Andrew Crossin 81, Evan Pirillo 89, Colin Harrison 91, Leanne Dellarte 96.
Pittston Area (334)
Ryan Tracy 79, Matt Carroll 79, C.J. Lynch 86, Braulio Garcia 90, Calvin O'Boyle 93, Dave Zydko 98.
Holy Redeemer (306)
Mariano Medico 72, Matt Slavoski 75, Chase Makowski 76, Ryan Crossin 83, Mike Boland 91, Alex Rowan 97.
Hanover Area (376)
Chris Jones 91, Matt Kocher 91, Matt Kuhl 97, Steve Dokas 97, Fred Schiel 101, Kyle Cunard 104.