Sunday, October 17

    Independence places third at Marlington Invitational

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    Led by Mark Pillar’s top-five finish, Independence’s boys’ golf team placed third at the 2021 Marlington Invitational at Tannenhauf Golf Club on Friday.

    The Blue Devils finished tied with Columbiana for second place with 341 points but lost out on a tiebreaker based on the score of each team’s fifth golfer.

    “We tied for second, which was a really good result for us,” said Independence coach Mike Marcinko. “It’s a strong field filled with teams that typically play at the district and state tournaments. The guys played from the tips and with the wet conditions, it played very long.”

    Gilmour Academy won the Division II/III team title with 319 strokes.

    Pillar shot a 79 to finish fifth individually. Charlie DeCapua shot an 84 to 15th and A.J. Marcinko also finished among the top 30 with a score of 89, good for 28th place. Sam Coddington (91) and Joey Spacagna (102) also competed for the Blue Devils.

    “Mark and Charlie were solid,” Marcinko said. “A.J. carded an 89. He shook some rust off and shed some eight strokes off his earlier rounds.”

    Team Scores:

    Division II/III

    1. Gilmour Academy 319
    2. Columbiana 341 (tiebreaker)
    3. Independence 341
    4. Carrollton 343
    5. McDonald 346
    6. Ursuline 359
    7. West Branch 361
    8. Dalton 365
    9. South Range 370
    10. Brookfield 389
    11. Canton Central Catholic 394
    12. Mogadore 399
    13. Lutheran West 400
    14. Wellington 413
    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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