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Matthews’ 31 not enough against Holy Redeemer

PA loses battle of unbeatens by one stroke

Brandon Matthews watches his approach shot on No. 1 during the Patriots loss to Holy Redeemer. Matthews shot 31.

Photo by Aimee Dilger

Pennsylvania’s ruler of high school golf shot his second 4-under par round of the season but it was not enough as Brandon Matthews and his Pittston Area teammates lost a stroke-for-stroke match to undefeated Holy Redeemer, 190-191, on Wednesday afternoon at Fox Hill Country Club in Exeter.

Matthews carded his second 31 of the season in a match that came down to a fifth score to break a 149-149 match after the top four scores were turned in for each team.

Ryan Tracy shot 38 as the Patriots kept pace with Chase Makowski (34) and Mariano Medico (35) after the first group finished its nine holes.

Matt Carroll and Calvin O’Boyle both fired 5-over 40s to match Holy Redeemer’s Wil Fulton and Mike Bolton who also both shot 40.

But it was Eric Jones’s 41 that edged out CJ Lynch’s 42 to give the Royals their second victory over Pittston Area this season. The first came in the Wyoming Valley Conference’s season-opened Tryba Tournament.

PA 145, WA 173 PA 145, Meyers 191

Pittston Area had four players shoot 38 or better as it tan away with victories over arch-rival Wyoming Area and Wilkes-Barre Meyers in a three-team match on Tuesday afternoon at Fox Hill CC in Exeter.

Brandon Matthews led the way for the Patriots with a 2-under 33.

Matt Carroll and CJ Lynch each carded a 37 for Pittston Area (9-0), and Ryan Tracy added a 38.

WA 288, Hanover 290

Wyoming Area needed its full lineup to beat Hanover, 288-290, in a WVC cross over match on Thursday afternoon at the Wyoming Valley Country Club.

The Warriors and Hawkeyes went to their sixth players to determine the final margin of victory.

Colin Herron’s 52 beat Fred Schiel’s 54 to give WA the two stroke victory.

Nick Rydzewski carded a 42 to share medalist honors, and Zach Mulhern followed with a 46 for the Warriors.

Jake Wysocki fired a 48, and Courtney Melvin shot 49. Mike Carey added a 51 for Wyoming Area.

WA 173, Meyers 191

Wyoming Area got five scores in the 40s to best Meyers, 173-191, in a Wyoming Valley Conference crossover match on Tuesday at Fox Hill.

Jake Wysocki led the Warriors with a 40, while Nick Rydzewski shot 41.

Zach Mulhern added a 45 for Wyoming Area, and Courtney Melvin and Collin Herron each shot 47.

WA 173, Holy Redeemer 145

Wyoming Area lost to Holy Redeemer, 145-173, on Monday at Fox Hill CC in a WVC crossover match.

Jake Wysocki posted a 40 to lead the Warriors, and Nick Rydzewski carded a 41.

Zack Mulhern shot a 45 for WA, and Courtney Melvin posted a 47.

WA 187, Tunkhannock 173

Wyoming Area lost its matchup with Tunkhannock, 173-187, on Monday afternoon at Stone Hedge Golf Course just outside of Tunkhannock.

Nick Rydzewski fired a 44 to lead the Warriors, and Zach Mulhern and Courtney Melvin each followed with 46s. Jake Wysocki rounded out the Wyoming Area scoring with a 51.

OF 5, Mid Valley 4

AJ Cantarella and Corey Palma won three points to push Old Forge to a 5-4 win over Mid Valley in a Lackawanna League Southern Division match on Thursday afternoon at Scott Greens.

Cantarella made a big putt on the final hole to win his individual match 2-up over Carmen Dellia, and Palma won 4 and 3 in his individual match. The duo also won better-ball, 3 and 2.

Nick Grevera’s putt on No. 9 won a better-ball point for he and teammate, Adam Barsigian. Grevera had already lost his individual match, but his put saved better-ball, 1-up. Barsigian won his individual match, 2 and 1 over Andrew Phillips.

OF 4.5, Holy Cross 4.5

Corey Palma won two points in the final group to salvage a 4.5-4.5 tie with playoff-bound Holy Cross for Old Forge in a Lackawanna Golf League Southern Division match on Monday afternoon at Summit Hills in Clarks Summit.

Palma defeated Selena Cerra, 2 and 1, and teamed with freshman AJ Cantarella to win better ball by the same score.

Ian Nemetz and Adam Barsigian added the other 2.5 points for the Blue Devils.

Nemetz won his individual match over John Sempa, 3 and 2, and Barsigian split with Scott Kearney. The duo won better-ball, 2 and 1.

OF 0.5, Scranton Prep 8.5

Old Forge dropped a 8.5-0.5 decision to Scranton Prep last Friday on the back nine at Scranton Muni in Mt. Cobb.

Adam Barsigian salvaged a tie with Jack Lawless for the Blue Devils only half-point of the match.

Corey Palma lost his individual match on the last hole 1-up to David Pompey, just the senior’s second loss of the season.

The team of Jordan Ohler and AJ Cantarella battled to the last hole in their better-ball match, losing 1-up to Ryan Brown and Joe Chaudhari.

Palma qualifies for D2 championship

Old Forge’s Corey Palma shot a 7-over 79 at the Elmhurst Country Club on Wednesday to qualify for the District 2 Championships on Oct. 5 on the same course.

The Lackawanna League qualifier sends the top 48 finishers to the D2 title where they will play with qualifiers from the Wyoming Valley Conference for nine spots in the Northeast Regional Championships the following week. Palma’s 79 was good for 19th place.

Delaware Valley’s Cody Cox won the event with a 3-under 69.

Scoring average

1. B. Matthews, PA…34.2

2. R. Tracy, PA…38.1

3. M. Carroll, PA…38.2

4. C. Lynch, PA…38.8

5. N. Rydzewski, WA …40.2

6. C. O’Boyle, PA…41.0

7. Z. Mulhern, WA…43.2

8. J. Wysocki, WA…43.5

9. C. Melvin, WA…45.5


1. C. Palma, OF…7-2

2. A. Barsigian, OF…3-2-4

3. I. Nemetz, OF…3-6


WVC East

Pittston Area…9-1



Wyoming Area…3-6

LL South

North Pocono…10-1

Abington Heights…9-1


Holy Cross…8-2-1


Valley View…5-5

Old Forge…3-4-2




Mid Valley…0-8-2

Del Valley…0-8-1

This week’s schedule


WA v. Coughlin


OF v. Dunmore

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