Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

September 5, 2012

Links Lions have an eye for the cup

Le' and Napoli lead Gilson's LHS golf team in 2012

By John D'Onofrio
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

LOCKPORT —  

Lockport’s young and promising varsity golf team got off to a young and promising start to their 2012 Niagara Frontier League links season on Wednesday with a 251-300 victory over visiting Niagara Falls at the Lockport Town & Country Club.
Junior co-captain and freshman teammate Dominick Morreale were co-medalists for head coach Dave Gilson’s team (1-0 NFL). James Spanbauer led the Wolverines (0-1 NFL) with a 42.
Gilson has a good mixture of experience and youth in 2012 as his roster features five freshman for the first time in his tenure.
Key losses to graduation are Brendan Williams and Joe Sansone. Among the key returners are senior co-captain Brandon Le’ and Napoli.
Le’ is a four year varsity member, Napoli is a three-year starter and both were willing to work on their game throughout the   year.
“J.J.’s been practicing well, striking the ball well and he’s had good numbers,” Gilson said. “Brandon has been the same.   He’s worked very hard over the summer and we’re already seeing the results of that.”
Others on the roster include seniors Alex Weaver and Ricky Eberhart, juniors Adam David and Patrick Sparks and sophomore Evan Williams. The five freshmen on the roster are Morreale, Liam Chesty, Jack Igoe, John Ottaviano and Joe Quirk.
“Dom and Joe played a significant amount last year for eighth graders, starting three matches apiece, so they have experience,”   Gilson noted.
Gilson said among top teams in the NFL this year will be Kenmore East, Niagara-Wheatfield and Grand Island, which is returning   some significant players.
N-O GOLF
Defending champion Albion and Newfane tied 1-1 at Hickory Ridge Thursday in the Niagara-Orleans League golf opener for both   schools.
The Purple Eagles won on strokes, 260-261, and head coach Doug Ames’ Panthers won on points, 28-27.
Albion’s John Krieger took medalist honor with a 41. Connor Barleben added a 48 for the Purple Eagles.
Josh Gmerek and Zach LaJoe both shot 48 for Newfane.
Akron bested Royalton-Hartland, 246-279, at the Shelridge Country Club, as Noah Diebel and Josh Groff shared medalist honors   with rounds of 48.
At Willowbrook, visiting Barker downed Wilson 224-271 as Mitch Luckman, Alonzo St. Louis and Brad Wilson all shared medalist   honors with rounds of 43.

 

2012 LHS GOLF SCHEDULE
All matches are 4 p.m. starts. 
DATEOPPONENT
 
Wed. NIAGARA FALLS
Fri.     NORTH TONAWANDA
Mon.     @ Lewiston-Porter
9/12     @ Kenmore East
9/14     KENMORE WEST
9/18     @ Grand Island
9/19     NIAGARA-WHEATFIELD
9/21     @ Niagara Falls
9/24     @ North Tonawanda
9/26     LEWISTON-PORTER
9/28     KENMORE EAST
10/1     @ Kenmore West
10/3     GRAND ISLAND
10/5     @ Niagara-Wheatfield
LIONS ROSTER
 
NAME                GRADE
 
Liam Chesty          9
Adam David          11
Ricky Eberhart          12
Jack Igoe          9
Brandon Le’          12
Dominick Morreale      9
J.J. Napoli          11
John Ottaviano          9
Joe Quirk          9
Patrick Sparks          11
Alex Weaver          12
Evan Williams          10

 

WHERE DO HOME TEAMS PLAY?
 
SCHOOLCOURSE
 
Lockport     Lockport T&CC
Ken East     Brighton
Ken West     Sheridan
N. Tonawanda     Deerwood
N-Wheatfield     Tan Tara
Grand Island     River Oaks
Niagara Falls     Hyde Park
Lew-Port     N. Frontier CC