Sunday, October 17

    DeCapua goes low in Independence win

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    Charlie DeCapua shot a career-low 36 in leading Independence to a 157-186 win over visiting Lutheran West on Monday.

    Mark Pillar carded a 39 and A.J. Marcinko and Sam Coddington both shot a 41 to close out the Independence scoring. With the win, the Blue Devils improved to 1-0 overall and 1-0 in the Chagrin Valley Conference.

    “The guys were really solid today,” said Independence coach Mike Marcinko. “We dodged the rain early but it was really soggy. With four guys scoring under 42, it makes you tough to beat.”

    DeCapua hit his driver and irons well throughout the round and he was accurate with his chip shots.

    “My driver and irons were doing exactly what I wanted them to,” DeCapua said. “My chipping was good and I hit a few wedge shots inside 10 feet.”

    Intra-squad competition among the Blue Devils has been fierce this fall and that has helped each golfer hone in on lower scores.

    After setting a new career low, DeCapua is now focused on maintaining that consistency.

    “We have a really strong varsity team this year and it’s exciting when we all have a great match,” he said. “I feel confident the team and I can keep shooting consistently low. The key for me to keep my rounds in the mid-30s is to play confidently.”

    Joey Spacagna (47) and David Eichler (50) also competed for the Blue Devils.

    D.J. Robinson led Lutheran West with a team-low 40. Ashten Sopko shot a 43 for the Longhorns.

    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.


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