Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Waverly senior Alex Tomasso finished off her brilliant career with an accomplishment few will ever duplicate, qualifying for States for a sixth time. With that, she is the 2019 Valley Sports Report “Golfer of the Year.”
Alex Tomasso led Waverly to a 20-0 regular-season mark — its fourth consecutive unbeaten season. She will graduate not having been on the losing end of a dual match since near the end of her 8th-grade season as the Lady Wolverine win streak is currently at 118 matches.
Alex Tomasso also led Waverly to its fourth straight IAC title, and its fourth straight Section IV championship.
She won low-medal honors at the IACs for the fourth time with a league-record round of 81, then finished third at the Section IV Championships.
Alex Tomasso shot rounds of 85 and 87 to finish with a two-day total of 172 to finish 18th and earn all-state honors for the second time in her career.
Sayre freshman Kannon VanDuzer saved his best round of golf for the best possible time, earning the tag of 2019 Golf “Newcomer of the Year.”
VanDuzer’s shot two rounds of 88 during the regular season, and his other scores topped 98. He shot a career-best 86 at the district qualifier to earn a berth at the District 4 Championships.
VanDuzer shot a 95 at Day 1 of the District 4, Class AA tournament and missed the cut for Day 2.
The remainder of the "Girls Golf Super 7" is:
Sidney Tomasso, sophomore, Waverly: Sidney Tomasso was the No. 2 golf for the Lady Wolverines in half their matches this season, and earned low-medal honors once.
Sidney Tomasso finished third at IACs with a 90, and was fifth at Section IV Championships with a 93. At States, she shot a two-day total of 199 (98-101) to finish 65th.
Sam Taylor, junior, Tioga: Taylor consistently led the Tigers in scoring, helping them to a regular-season Small School Division title.
Taylor finished second at the IAC Championships with an 82 to lead Tioga to the team title. He also finished second at the Class D Championships with a 79 to help the Tigers to the team title.
Taylor finished 10th at Section IV Individual Medalist tournament, losing out on his fourth consecutive trip to States in a playoff.
A.J. Middendorf, senior, Tioga: MIddendorf was consistently the No. 2 scorer for the Tigers this season, helping them to a regular-season IAC Small School Division title.
MIddendorf finished fourth at IACs with an 87, and won Class D gold with a 76 to lead the Tigers to a team title. He qualified for Section IV Individual tournament, and finished 19th.
Gabby Picco, sophomore, Waverly: Consistently in the top three for the Lady Wolverines during their unbeaten season, Picco finished fourth at the IACs with a 98, and was sixth at the Section IV Championships with a 93.
Nate Kennedy, senior, Athens: Kennedy consistently led the Wildcats during the regular season and was consistently in the top 10 of the NTL standings. His best finish was seventh with a round of 87.
Kennedy shot rounds of 89 and 100 to finish 22nd at the District 4 Championships.
James Esposito, senior, Sayre: Esposito was Sayre’s 1 or 2 golfer in nearly every match in 2018. He had three top-10 finishes, with his best round of 90 earning him a ninth-place finish.
Esposito’s best round of the season came at the district qualifier, where his 88 earned him a berth in the District 4 Championships. Esposito shot rounds of 97 and 107 to finish 24th at the District 4 Championships.
IN PHOTO: Waverly’s Alex Tomasso.
“Golfer of the Year”
2009-10 — Brian Kennedy, Athens
2010-11 — Garrett Ulmer, Athens
2011-12 — Garrett Ulmer, Athens
2012-13 — Zach Sitzman, Athens
2013-14 — Zach SItzman, Athens
2014-15 — Ryan Murrelle, Sayre
2015-16 —Zach Sitzman, Athens
2016-17 — Sam Taylor, Tioga
2017-18 — Ryan Murrelle, Sayre
2018-19 — Alex Tomasso, Waverly
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