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So close: Mascenic golf comes up short at state championship

  • The Mascenic golf team competed at the Division IV state championship at Nippo Lake Country Club in Barrington on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic golf team competed at the Division IV state championship at Nippo Lake Country Club in Barrington on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic golf team competed at the Division IV state championship at Nippo Lake Country Club in Barrington on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic golf team competed at the Division IV state championship at Nippo Lake Country Club in Barrington on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic golf team competed at the Division IV state championship at Nippo Lake Country Club in Barrington on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic golf team competed at the Division IV state championship at Nippo Lake Country Club in Barrington on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic golf team competed at the Division IV state championship at Nippo Lake Country Club in Barrington on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic’s George Lisio lets one fly from the 15th tee on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Mascenic golf team competed at the Division IV state championship at Nippo Lake Country Club in Barrington on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic golf team competed at the Division IV state championship at Nippo Lake Country Club in Barrington on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic golf team competed at the Division IV state championship at Nippo Lake Country Club in Barrington on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic golf team competed at the Division IV state championship at Nippo Lake Country Club in Barrington on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Evan Martel knocks in a putt on Hole No. 14. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Mascenic golf team competed at the Division IV state championship at Nippo Lake Country Club in Barrington on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic golf team competed at the Division IV state championship at Nippo Lake Country Club in Barrington on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 2:55PM

After an undefeated regular season, Mascenic was the prohibitive favorite to repeat as Division IV champions. But as head coach Jeff Hakala reminded the boys all season, nothing’s guaranteed in golf.

The Vikings were forced to play with a reshuffled lineup as regular fourth scorer Ethan Bilodeau was down with a case of mono. That proved to be the difference at Nippo Lake Golf Club during Tuesday’s state championship, as Mascenic gave up ten strokes to Hopkinton and came in second place, 343-333.

“We’re disappointed for sure,” Hakala said. “We didn’t play that bad, we just had to take one high score and that was the difference. All four of [Hopkinton’s] guys who scored played their best, and we didn’t. Hats off to them. They put up the numbers that we needed to.”

Senior team leader Anthony Andronaco played a near-flawless 18 holes, finishing at a +7 77, second overall and just one stroke behind Hopkinton’s Dan Miner.

Andronaco had five bogies, a double on No. 8 and a birdie on par-4 hole No. 11.

“It was open, it was easy, conditions were easy,” Andronaco said.

Freshman prodigy Joseph Lisio was Mascenic’s second-best, racking up an 82 (+12) with one birdie.

“I left a lot of shots out there, I think, but you can’t be too mad about it,” he said.

Joseph placed sixth overall and older brother George, a junior, was ninth at 87 (+17).

After that, however, the Vikings fell short. Evan Martel ended at 97, normally out of Mascenic’s scoring range and ten strokes above his season average. But with Justin Smith at 102 and Kolby Lampinen at 99, it was the best the Vikings had to offer.

“That’s golf, you’ve got to come out here and put up the score,” Hakala said.

Hopkinton got a an 83 from Larsen Burack, an 86 from Kody Dexter and an 88 from Brandon Boris to round out their scoring four and wrap up the title, sending Mascenic’s big senior class home with the second-place trophy.

“Proud of them, proud of how hard they worked,” Hakala said. “It’s tough because they’re seniors, bittersweet. We were hoping we would come out of here with a win, but we had to come up here and get it done, and we didn’t.”

Andronaco and the Lisios are still in play for the individual championship, which will take the sum of Tuesday’s round and add it to another round at Derryfield Saturday. Hakala said he likes Andronaco’s chances, as he’s just one stroke back of the lead.

“I think if he has a good day he definitely could contend,” Hakala said.

Mascenic will regroup as a team next year, with both Lisio brothers and the likely addition of Hakala’s son Josiah, a whiz kid on the junior circuit who may join the team as a seventh-grader if the NHIAA allows it.

“We’ve got some core guys to build off next year for our other guys who are coming up,” Hakala said.