Dons win again

WEIRTON – Madonna continues to get the job done on the golf course.

The Blue Dons took part in a tri-match against Big Red and Hancock County-rival Oak Glen Tuesday at Williams Country Club. In the end, the Blue Dons came out on top by shooting 158, followed by Big Red (203) and the Golden Bears (232).

“The kids played well,” Madonna (59-11) head coach T.J. Brancazio said. “Some of the kids did not play as well as they normally do.

“We are getting ready for regional tournament on Sept. 30. The kids are getting better. They are becoming more consistent. They are lowering their scores and are getting ready for the end of the year.”

Big Red head coach Joe Biasi said he was happy with how his young team performed on the day.

“We have a very young team this year. We are just looking to improve from the beginning of the season until the end of the year. We have definitely improved. The kids have improved their course management, their clubs, what shot they should hit and what shot they shouldn’t hit. The team temperament has also improved.

“We are coming along. We have four freshmen, two sophomores and a junior. That is a young team. Our freshmen do not have a lot of experience playing organized golf.

“We are taking it one day at a time. Our scores are going down, and the kids are having fun. It has been a really rewarding year.

“The people who may see our scores in the newspaper may not think that, but they are not on the course with the kids every day. They don’t see the small victories we achieve every day.

“It’s been a lot of fun. I’ve got a good group of kids.”

Individually for Madonna, Anthony Basil earned medalist honors by shooting a match-low 38. Thomas Gianni ended up with a 39, Mike Rogers recorded a 40 and Alex Colantonio tallied 41.

“I played well today,” Gianni said. “I did not play too bad.”

Rogers said he was not happy with his play despite shooting the third-lowest score of the match.

“I did not play very well today,” he said. “My teammates did play pretty well.”

Colantonio was also said he was not happy with how he played in the match.

“I did not play that well today, but I have progressed as the season has gone on,” he said.

Kasey Petersen shot 42 to lead the way for Big Red.

Also for the Red-and-Black, Isaiah Lee-Granatier recorded a 51, Isaiah Herring ended up with a 52 and Jonah Moro recorded a 58.

“Madonna is really good,” Biasi said. “In my opinion, they are the class of the valley. They have been really strong for years. They have a really good program.”

Trey Reese shot a 52 to lead the way for the Golden Bears.

Also for Oak Glen, Haley Spurlock contributed a 54, Mike Watkins ended up with a 59 and Jayson Chappell tallied a 67.

All three teams are scheduled to return to the links at 3:30 p.m. today in tri-matches.

Big Red and Madonna will be joined by Brooke for the match, slated to be played at the Steubenville Country Club. Oak Glen and Conotton Valley will play at the Cadiz Country Club.

“I love this course,” Biasi said about Williams Country Club. “It is nice coming over here. It’s a beautiful course. Our kids don’t get the chance to play on beautiful course like this very often.

“T.J. does a nice job over here with Madonna.”

The Big Red boys are scheduled to play in the Ohio Division II Eastern District Sectional Tournament Monday at River Greens Golf Course – Orange in West Lafayette. The girls’ sectional tournament will be held Monday at River Greens.

Madonna will play in the West Virginia Class A Region 1 Tournament Sept. 30 at Williams Country Club.

Oak Glen will play in the West Virginia Class AA Region 1 Tournament the same day at Green Hills Country Club in Fairmont.

The West Virginia State Tournament will be held Oct. 8-9 in Wheeling.