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Fourth trip to state brings runner up trophy

October 19, 2011
Special to the Town Crier
The Poland Lady Bulldog golfers were named state runners-up for the third year in a row to cap their 2011 season. The Poland girls took part in the fourth consecutive trip to the OHSAA Div. II girls State Tournament last weekend and ended up scoring a 713 to state champion Dayton Chaminade-Julienne’s 700.

Poland scored a 362 in day one with scoring coming from Maria Mancini at 86; Giana DiBenedetto, 90; Melinda Hannon, 91; and Rachel Sines, 95 to fall behind the eventual state champion.

Poland's second day score was a 351 to Chaminade's 358 but it was not enough to erase the leaders lead from day one. Scoring for the Bulldogs on day two of the tournament where Mancini at 76; DiBenedetto, 89; Bilas, 91; and Sines, 95.

Their state run topped off a season where the Bulldogs were 17-2 against their opponents in regular season play. They captured the AAC Red Tier League Tournament title and were Sectional champs for the fourth consecutive year, shooting a school record of 315 at Pine Lakes, where Mancini was medalist and also set a sectional tournament record shooting a 69.

The Bulldogs where North East District champs for the third year earning them the right to advance to the state championship again this season to try and recapture the state championship they won in 2008 when Mancini was just a freshman.

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The Poland state runner up girls golf team of Christine Bilas, Melinda Hannon, Maria Mancini, coach Judy Young, Giana DiBenedetto, Rachel Sines, Rachel Jeswald, showcase the state trophy they earned for their fourth consective trip to the state tournament.



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