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December 12, 2013

Salem News 2013 Golf all-star team


The Salem News

---- — 2013 Salem News Golf Player of the Year

STEVEN DiLISIO

St. John’s Prep, Sophomore

During St. John’s Prep golf coach Larry O’Neill’s 25 years of coaching, he’s witnessed some great players come through the ranks. By the time Steven DiLisio graduates from St. John’s Prep, O’Neill feels he just might end up in a class all by himself.

In his sophomore year, DiLisio just completed his second year playing No. 1 for the Eagles and produced incredible numbers, achieving both individual and team success in the process. He blew away the competition in the Catholic Conference Individual Tournament, capturing the title by a margin of six shots with a 71 at Black Swan Country Club. He was named Catholic Conference MVP and shot a 69 at Bradford Country Club to win the Division 1 North individual title.

DiLisio finished as runner-up in the Division 1 state championship, shooting a 72 at Black Swan, but his performance helped the Eagles lock up the team championship.

His stroke average for the year was 36.1 for nine holes and he shot par or better in 11 matches, including a 4-under par 32 against St. John’s of Shrewsbury at Wachusett Country Club. He hit 65 percent of the fairways and 74 percent of greens in regulation.

DiLisio, now a two-time Salem News all-star, has already been named St. John’s Prep golf MVP twice with two seasons remaining.

JOSHUA CAIRNS

Beverly, Senior

Panthers’ co-captain played No. 2 all season and helped team win Northeastern Conference title ... Shot a 82 at Tedesco Country Club to place ninth in NEC Open ... Named an NEC First Team all-star ... Finished with an 85 at Hillview Golf Course in the Division 2 North sectional ... Carries a 4.0 grade point average and hopes to study Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute next year.

SHAMUS DESMOND

Beverly, Senior

Guided Panthers to a 13-1 overall record and undefeated mark in the Northeastern Conference as the team’s No. 1 player ... Had a 12-1 individual record in match play ... Named NEC all-star and league MVP ... Shot even par at The Meadow at Peabody against the Tanners ... Shot a 79 at Hillview Golf Course in the Division 2 North sectional.

NOLAN FRANEY

Peabody, Senior

Senior captain was tough to beat at the top of the Tanners’ lineup ... Played No. 1 all season for Peabody and was named Northeastern Conference all-star ... Had a tough early hole in the NEC Open at Tedesco Country Club but caught fire down the stretch to finish with a 78, four shots off the lead ... Helped lead Peabody to a 10-5-1 record in the regular season and a spot in the Division 1 North sectional.

GEORGE MAY

Masconomet, Junior

Despite battling back and hand injuries, May had a tremendous junior season ... Shot a 73 at Blackstone National Golf Club to win the Division 2 Individual State Championship ... Also fired a 73 at Hillview Golf Course in the Div. 2 North sectional to place among the top finishers ... Won the Cape Ann League Open with a 75 ... Named CAL All-League ... Averaged around 31 points per match.

WES MILBURY

Danvers, Sophomore

Sophomore had a sensational season for the Falcons, finishing with a 9-3 record and being named a Northeastern Conference all-star ... Tied for first in the NEC Open, but lost in a playoff ... Tied for 12th in the Division 2 North sectionals with a 76 at Hillview Golf Course ... Shot an 81 at Blackstone National Golf Club to finish in the top 20 at the Division 2 state tournament.

JEFF O’CONNOR

St. John’s Prep, Senior

Captain of a young Eagles team that captured the Division 1 state crown ... Three-year varsity player led team by hitting 80 percent of the fairways ... Averaged 38.5 for the season and finished with a 1-under par 35 against Danvers at Ferncroft Country Club ... Tied for second in the Catholic Conference Individual Tournament with a 77 at Black Swan CC ... His 82 in the state final broke a tie to give the Eagles the title.

MIKE PLANSKY

Danvers, Sophomore

Falcons’ No. 1 player went 4-2-1 in match play this season ... Went over 30 points in three out of four quota rounds ... Tied for third in the Northeastern Conference Open with a 76 ... Named an NEC all-star ... Considers the 1-over par round he had against Triton his best individual performance ... Although just a sophomore, hopes to attend a college that has Professional Golf Management, eventually becoming a club pro.

PITCH RILEY

Marblehead, Senior

Compiled a 9-0-1 match play record at the No. 2 position for the Magicians this year ... Produced two even par rounds in matches this fall ... Named Marblehead team MVP ... Elected to the Northeastern Conference all-star team ... Captured the NEC Open championship by shooting a 74 ... Plans on attending a college with Professional Golf Management in the Southeast.

AUSTIN RUBINO

Ipswich, Senior

A tremendously consistent player at the top of the Tigers’ lineup, Rubino was named Cape Ann League Small Player of the Year ... Selected to the CAL All-League team ... Named Ipswich Most Valuable Player ... Averaged 27 points playing in the CAL quota system ... Turned in a 30-point match in Ipswich’s win over Manchester Essex and Rockport in the Cape Ann Classic tri-match.

ALEC SHELBURNE

Pingree, Junior

Highlanders’ captain had a stroke average of 39 this season ... Went 10-2 in Eastern Independent League match play ... Shot a 78 in the EIL Tournament ... Named EIL MVP ... His best round of the season was a 2-under par 34 ... Finished strong in the league tournament, playing 2-over through the final 16 holes after starting with back-to-back double bogeys.

JAMES TURNER

St. John’s Prep, Sophomore

Followed up his phenomenal freshman season with a brilliant sophomore campaign ... Finished second on the team to classmate Steven DiLisio with a 38 stroke average ... Fired a 3-under par 33 at Salem Country Club to help the Eagles defeat B.C. High ... Placed eighth in the Catholic Conference Individual Championship ... Catholic Conference All-Star selection ... Shot an 80 in the Division 1 state final to help the Eagles to victory.

HONORABLE MENTION

Beverly — Chris Sinclair, Sr.; Bryce Mitchell, Sr.; Ryan Anderson, So.

Bishop Fenwick — Matt Garofalo, Jr.; Curtis Craffey, Jr.

Danvers — Christian McKenna, So.; Alex Martin, Jr.

Hamilton-Wenham — Scott Hughes, Jr.; Harrison O’Brien, So.; Michael Gillis, Fr.

Ipswich — Ryan Mulkerin, Sr.; Quinn O’Connor, Sr.

Marblehead — Owen Picariello, So.; Kyle Maulden, Sr.; Charles Thompson, Sr.

Masconomet — Joe Klingensmith, Sr.; Mike Manni, Sr.

Peabody — Matt Correale, Jr.; Steve Ferrante, Jr.

Pingree — Brandon Franco, Sr.; Griffin Whitman, Jr.; Gabe Salter, Jr.; Matt St. Claire, Jr.; Zack Mitchell, Fr.

Salem — Kyle Doherty, Jr.; Madison Ballou, Jr.; Cam Fraser So.

St. John’s Prep — Mark Turner, Fr.; Chris Francoeur, Fr.; Justin Serowik, Sr.

Swampscott — Peter Wright, Sr.; Max Cohen, Sr.; Anthony Springthorpe, Jr.; Noah Maercklein, So.