Tuxedo golfer Meitner named second-team NJ all-state

Don Bosco Prep senior Cole Meitner was named to New Jersey all-state second team by the Star-Ledger Sunday.

Meitner, who lives in Tuxedo, won North Jersey Non-Public A, Bergen County Group 3-4 and Big North Conference titles last month.

Meitner, who had 36.6 stroke average in the regular season according to the Bergen Record, will attend Division I Miami (Ohio).

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VC’s DeGroodt ties for 8th in state, wraps up high school career

Valley Central senior Tori DeGroodt wanted to win a state golf title.

It was DeGroodt’s only goal this season.

But, a state championship wasn’t meant to be this weekend at SUNY Delhi.

No one could have predicted Baldwinsville’s Lauren Petty, shooting 2-under during wet conditions in Sunday’s final round.

Petty finished with a 1-over 145.

DeGroodt made a run in her final round. She was even-par through the front nine. DeGroodt said she had a few bad holes on the back nine and lost five strokes.

Still, DeGroodt’s 5-over 77 was her best round in four state tournaments. Nothing to be ashamed of. And DeGroodt tied for eighth place.

“I’m going to have to settle with it.,” said DeGroodt, a three-time Section 9 champion, who thanked her high school coach Scott Warner, his swing coach John Schmoll and her parents Rob and Kecia for everything they’ve done in her high school career. “But I definitely could have done a lot better.”

Warner said, “I’m pleased about her coming back and shooting a 36 to start the day. If we could have had that on day one , that would have got her more into the thick of things.”

DeGroodt’s 77 was 10 strokes better than any Section 9 golfer on Sunday.

Warwick sophomore Meg Ryan, who finished second (26-over 170) among Section 9 golfers, received the section’s sportsmanship award.

State girls’ golf championship
(at SUNY Delhi, par 72)

Individual scores (top 11): Lauren Petty (Baldwinsville) 75-70-145; Sam Sessa (Garden City) 74-72-146; Christine Schmitt (Mercy) 80-72-152; Cat Peters (Clarence)  78-75-153; Emma Ritzmann (Fairport) 79-76-155; Alex Seabury (Fayetteville-Manlius) 77-78-155; Gabrielle Sacheli (Pittsford) 77-78-155; Tori DeGroodt (Valley Central) 80-77-157; Emily Garrahan (76-81-157); Danielle Fuss (Mercy) 80-77-157; Courtney Walker (Victor) 81-76-157.

Other Section 9 scores: Tied for 29th. Meg Ryan (Warwick) 82-88–170; T34. Hannah Fleckenstein (Newburgh Free Academy) 85-87–172; T41. Allison DiPalmer (Warwick) 90-89–179; T52. Kendra DeMartino (Valley Central) 98-94–192; T54, Cassie Orlan (Fallsburg) 101-93–194; T56. Danielle Stratton (Fallsburg) 102-97–199; 60. Jillian Fife (Sullivan West) 110-96–206; 63. Katie Krahulik (Warwick) 104-106–210.

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State boys’ golf results

Wallkill senior Eric Seitz led Section 9, shooting a 7-over-par 79 at the first round of the state championship at Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Ithaca.

Matt Van Niekerk of Harley Allendale Columbia (Rochester area) fired a 2-under 70 and leads the tournament by one stroke.

Seitz, who is tied for 26th, was the only Section 9 golfers to break 80.

Fallsburg junior Rich Elliott was disqualified because he signed for the wrong score. He will play his second round, which is Monday.

Rondout Valley freshman Ethan DeForest didn’t make the trip because he broke school policy, said Section 9 chairman Dick O’Neill.

State championship
(First round at Robert Trent Jones GC, Cornell University, Ithaca, par 72)
Section 9 scores

T26 Eric Seitz (Wallkill) 79
T32 Nick Marotta (Monroe-Woodbury) 80
T38 Tom McHugh (Monroe-Woodbury) 81
T49 Sal LaRocca (Wallkill) 82
T64 Ben DeForest (Rondout Valley) 84
T67 Bo Madeo (Rondout Valley) 85
T90 Wes Krieger (James I. O’Neill) 90
T94 Scott Clark (Monroe-Woodbury) 93
Rich Elliott (Fallsburg) DQ

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Section 9 tennis notebook: Quiet, please

The point was going back and forth.

Monroe-Woodbury’s Tyler Crill and Newburgh Free Academy’s Dennis Sult were the only semifinal left on the four indoor courts at Match Point Tennis in Goshen.

Finally, Crill put the ball away to chorus of clapping from the crowd.

An official interrupted play warning the fans of applause after points.

Players were also warned of getting vocal after won points. Goshen’s Max Mallow, one of the section’s more emotional players, was cautioned at least three times during his semifinal doubles match. Apparently, the thinking was the noise could distract or hinder players on other courts.

Dennis Sult got an earful from Mark Savage, his personal coach, in the second set of his final against Cornwall’s Ernesto Dillon. Savage left the seating area and had some choice words for Sult, who was being shut down.

Tyler Crill played six sets in less than four hours, a feat some pro tennis players would be proud of. Crill outlasted Washingtonville’s Casey Trotta in three sets 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 to take third place and qualify for the state tournament on June 2-4 at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.

Crill needed to break in the second set.

“I was hot as heck in here,” Crill said. “The humidity had to be 100 percent. I probably had heat exhaustion or something close to it.”

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Video: Section 9 golf championships

Monroe-Woodbury senior Tom McHugh talks about winning the Section 9 boys’ golf title Wednesday at Casperkill Golf Club in Poughkeepsie.

Watch the video here.

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Dillon wins Section 9 tennis title

Cornwall freshman Ernesto Dillon defeated Newburgh Free Academy’s Dennis Sult 6-2, 6-0 to win his first Section 9 title at Match Play Tennis in Goshen.

Dillon, a two-time OCIAA champion, had said last week if he wins the section title, he may sit out his sophomore season.

After the match Thursday, Dillon said he’s focused on the state tournament, which will be held on June 2-4 at the USTA  Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, and will make a decision after the season.

Goshen’s Max Mallow and Devin Valencia, the OCIAA champions, won the doubles title, defeating Minisink Valley’s Tom Nagel and Nick Guardino 6-4, 6-1.

Section 9 championships
(at Match Point Tennis, Goshen)
Ernesto Dillon (Cornwall) d. Dennis Sult (Newburgh Free Academy) 6-2, 6-0.
Consolation: Tyler Crill (Monroe-Woodbury) d. Casey Trotta (Washingtonville) 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.
Max Mallow-Devin Valencia (Goshen) d. Tom Nagel-Nick Guardino (Minisink Valley) 6-4, 6-1.
Consolation: Jacques Laine-Vincent Diulio (Newburgh Free Academy) d. Dax Lamar-Matt Friedland (Spackenkill) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

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Live Section 9 boys’ tennis semifinal results

(at Match Point Tennis, Goshen)

Ernesto Dillon (Cornwall) d. Casey Trotta (Washingtonville)  6-1, 6-2; Dennis Sult (Newburgh Free Academy) d. Tyler Crill (Monroe-Woodbury) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Max Mallow-Devin Valencia (Goshen) d. Dax Lamar-Matt Friedland (Spackenkill) 6-2, 7-5; Tom Nagel-Nick Guardino (Minisink Valley) d. Jacques Laine-Vincent Diulio (Newburgh Free Academy) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

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Section 9 boys’ notebook: LaRocca’s chip-in leads to playoff survival

Sal LaRocca’s putter was hot.

LaRocca, a Wallkill senior, made three straight birdies on the front nine of Casperkill Golf Club.

But it was LaRocca’s 60-degree wedge, which kept his final round of the Section 9 championship alive.

LaRocca chipped in for par on the par-5, 18th hole. LaRocca’s 7-over-par 79 sent him into a playoff with James I. O’Neill’s Wes Krieger for the ninth and final qualifying spot for the state tournament.

LaRocca won the playoff when Krieger conceded the second hole after he hit tee shots in the woods.

“My heart was racing and I was sweating at the first tee of the playoff,” said LaRocca, a four-year varsity golfer. “I’ve never made it past Villa Roma (site of the first round) until this year.

Team colors: The tradition is for the Section 9 champion to pick out the color for section team’s golf shirt for the state tournament. Monroe-Woodbury’s Tom McHugh naturally picked purple, a color of his school.

Toughest hole: Rondout Valley’s Bo Madeo had the lone birdie on the par-5, 10th hole. Ten of the field’s 20 golfers shot a bogey or higher on the hole.

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Marotta conquers Casperkill

Monroe-Woodbury junior Nick Marotta returned to the scene of his toughest break Wednesday.

Marotta missed out on the final state golf qualifying spot in a playoff at Casperkill Golf Club last season. He took it hard. Marotta didn’t play golf for four days.

“That’s a long time for me,” Marotta said.

Marotta regrouped and focused on taking one shot at time.

It worked. Marotta shot a 7-over-par 78 in the first round of the Section 9 championship. He was playing well in the final round at Casperkill until he hit a rough spot in the back nine.  Marotta had five holes with bogey or double bogey.

“I was talking to myself for 10 seconds after the 16th hole (which he had a double bogey) saying, ‘This is not going to happen again ,”‘ Marotta said.

Marotta finished with two straight pars for a 9-over 81. Marotta’s two-day score of 16-over 159 tied for 3rd place and secure Marotta’s first state trip.

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Section 9 doubles draw

Goshen’s Max Mallow and Devin Valencia, the OCIAA champions, are the top seed in the doubles draw of the Section 9 tournament.

The round of 16 and quarterfinals begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Match Point Tennis in Goshen. Semifinals and finals will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. The top three doubles teams advance to the state championships on June 2-4 at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.

Round of 16:
No. 1 Max Mallow-Devin Valencia (Goshen) vs. Dan Mackey-Jim Genco (Pine Bush); Kevin Breslin-Skyler Jones (Washingtonville) vs. Matt Davis-Luca Balbo (Spackenkill); Matt Meck-John Ackerman (Roosevelt) vs. Aaqib Majeed-Stavan Shukla (Newburgh Free Academy); No. 4 Dax Lamar-Matt Friedland (Spackenkill) vs. Shawn Leland-Robert Boriello (Ellenville); No. 3 Tom Nagel-Nick Guardino (Minisink Valley) vs. Jonathan Maillet-Jeremie Dillinger (Port Jervis); Tom Burchfield-Steve Burchfield (Onteora) vs. Rich Felter-Juan Garcia (Rondout Valley); Nick Hatter-Corey Sansola (Rhinebeck) vs. Alex Ho-Matt Jessup (Cornwall); No. 2 Jacques Laine-Vincent Diulio (Newburgh Free Academy) vs. Kevin Sweeney-Andrew Ward (Highland).

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