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    Independence’s A.J. Marcinko is district bound


    Independence’s A.J. Marcinko did something at the Division III Pine Hills Sectional Golf Tournament no other freshman accomplished.

    He advanced to next week’s district tournament at Tannenhauf Golf Club in Alliance.

    “I’m very excited for me but I wish the entire team qualified for districts,” said Marcinko, who shot a 91 to finish 13th overall.

    Only the top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to the district tournament.

    Marcinko shot a 47 on the front nine and finished the 18-hole round with a 44 on the back.

    “It was just average,” he said of his score. “I’m happy I got better as the round progressed. Course management just kept me out of serious trouble. I had a horrendous start to my round, but I started to grind and keep focus one shot at a time.”

    He hopes to maintain that focus next week at Tannenhauf.

    “I hope to play the best round that I canand represent Independence the best of my ability,” he said.

    Independence placed fourth as a team with a 378.

    Ryan Gibson (14th, 92), Hugh Corrigan (15th, 93), and Michael Jedrezejek and Mark Tripodi (102) also competed for the Blue Devils.

    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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