By MATTHEW PEASLEE
The Madonna golf team, the last five years, has won a West Virginia Class A state championship, been runner-up four times and captured five Ohio Valley Athletic Conference championships.
Catholic Central’s Austin Meronoff is a two-time OVAC?medalist.
We expect another state title run but have to get by Charleston Catholic who has won three-straight and return all but one golfer, said Blue Dons head coach T.J. Brancazio. We lost three seniors off of last years team.
Returning senior Nick Mazur has an OVAC individual title under his belt. Classmate Matthew Lyons returns, as does senior Anthony Basil. Madonna also has senior Jake Travaglino, junior Nick Higgins and sophomore Hunter Payne.
A deep freshman class is led by Howie Peterson. He is joined by Hunter Sistilli, Tony Sellitti, Lauren Taylor, Giovanni Lenhart and freshman Jonathan Serafine.
We will be led by a freshman (Peterson) who shows a tremendous amount of talent, potential and poise, said Brancazio. We also have some very experienced and talented kids returning. We are fortunate to call Williams Country Club our home and are very thankful of the club support and pro, Dean Deberardino and assistant, Jason Smoljanovich.
The Bruins have already turned some heads by winning the Ohio Valley Invitational Wednesday at Highland Springs at even par 216.
Senior Logan Lojszczyk, a three-year letterman, returns after making the 2013 all-state team. He is joined by senior classmates Luc Pannett and Ryan Parrish, junior Mario Boni and freshmen Michael Spitak and Evan Cuomo.
Brooke won the invitational by five shots over Bridgeport, 13 over Wheeling Park was 15 better than Parkersburg and Parkersburg South.
Lojszczyk and Spitak each shot 2-under 70s and Cuomo added a 76.
We have our work cut out for us, but the team has been working really hard to improve and get better each day, said head coach Ron Ujcich. We have a really tough region that we are looking forward to competing in. We are a young team, but we have some good golfers who we believe can do well this year.
The Crusaders return junior standout Austin Meronoff, who has qualified for the Division III district tournament the past two seasons. He has two OVAC individual championships to his credit.
We have a good core of golfers, said head coach Rocky Augustine. We are looking forward to another great season. I always tell the kids to use the season to get better because we want to be playing our best golf at tournament time.
The Crusaders were 65-21 in 2013 and were runners up in the OVAC. Five seniors are gone to graduation, while four freshman step in to round out the roster.
Nick Ivkovich, a returning starter, is the only senior.
The roster has juniors Matt Fischer, Brandon Svec, Nick Stimpert, Luke Karaba, Luke Neary and Mark Rest, sophomore Kevin Wells and freshmen Luke Rest, Matt Powley, John Wright and Mark Frawley.
Veteran head coach Todd Dunlap has 13 players out this season, including four returning starters. Leading the way is senior mainstay Austin Kowalski, who was all-Buckeye 8 and all-district.
Were looking for Austin to continue the improvement he has shown over the past years and is looking to accomplish many goals in his senior season, Dunlap commented. Austins the type of student-athlete you like to have on your team in any sport.
Juniors Bryce Walrath, Evan Ossman and Jarett Edwards are expected to be in the top five.
All three of those juniors have put time into developing their game and it has shown in their improvement in just two seasons of competitive golf, Dunlap said.
There is a battle for the final varsity spots between senior Matt Hawthorne, sophomores Hunter Sloan and Reese Saho and freshman Clint Heavilin.
The Redskins return four lettermen in seniors Justin Dailey and Chris Riffee and juniors Aaron Foldi and Cody Hopkins.
The returning players have made progress since last year and will need to provide leadership to the players who are new to competitive golf, said head coach Ray Case, who also has senior Asutin Marcino, sophomore Tanner Thermes and freshman Scotty Martin.
Indian Creek has won three of its six matches this season.
The Red Knights have a dozen on the roster.
We are blessed to have 12 golfers on the roster, said head coach Mark Ferrell. They have been working hard in the summer and during practice. We have a lot of inexperienced players and hopefully we will be playing our best golf when tournament season rolls around.
Ben Hlivko is the lone senior. Ferrell also has juniors Will Newbold, Riley Kiersey, Drake Berry and Nick Ighnat, sophomore Sante Carducci, Parker Wright, Caden Kelly, Noah Smith and freshmen Ryan Ighnat, Conner Suffoletta, Jared McVicker.
Newbold and Carducci are the top returners.
Kasey Peterson, the lone senior and three-year letterman, leads the young squad.
Our goal is simple and that is to get better every day, said head coach Joe Biasi. At this point compared to last year, it is clear we are well on our way. We have to be competitive and the rest will take care of itself. We feel confident that this team will continue to improve because of their work ethic and committment.
Rounding out the squad are juniors Gabrielle Peterson, Dashaun Smith, Keenan Seditz and sophomores Isaiah Herring, Isaiah Lee-Granatir and Josh Gault.
There are five first-year golfers and one returning letterman in junior Mason Allese.
We are very young, experience-wise, but will improve as the year goes on with more practice, more matches and more confidence, said head coach Tom Bocek. Most of these boys have been or will be involved in other sports, so they are competitive and will constantly strive to be better golfers, athletes and winners.
The Wildcats also have seniors Austin Horan and Jayce Robinson, sophomore John DeFrank and freshmen Brandon Boyuk and freshman Tristan Haught.
There are six new faces on the roster for this season. Hayley Spurlock and Trey Reese are the Golden Bears top two golfers.
We are expecting some great things out of our newcomers, said head coach Jerry Everly. Our returning players are working to ensure that they are playing their best golf. They have put in a lot of work over the summer.
Oak Glen also has Mike Watkins, Jason Chappell, Katie Szymanski, Jacob Humberson, Lucas Chambers, Abby Wilson, Zach Flanagan and Brooke Alexander.
The Red Riders have seven golfers, led by senior Austin Paul-Orecchio, a three-year letterman.
Im very encouraged by our start, said head coach Joe Smarella, whose team has won its first two matches. Right now, were playing very well. We have two matches coming up this week. We will continue to get better throughout the season.
Rounding out the roster is first-year senior James McNeal, juniors Eric Winwood (a returner) and Reis Petrovich, sophomore Joe Patterson and freshmen Noah Wodnicki and Michael Tennent
The Panthers limped through a 4-14 season in dual matches during the 2013 campaign under Dave Cybulski and are losing their top two players in Brennan Czuchran and Eric Williams.
However, returning letterwinners Dan Duill, Josh Faldowski, Austin Antill and Jake Savage hope to get the Panthers back on track. Cybulski also pointed out that incoming freshman Austin Anderson should make an impact.