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Matthews named WVC Coaches MVP

Pittston Area senior also selected as TL Golfer of the Year

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Pittston Area’s Brandon Matthews was named WVC Coaches MVP and the Times Leader Golfer of the Year.

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Pittston Area golfer Brandon Matthews was named as the Wyoming Valley Conference Most Valuable Player by the circuit’s coaches.

Matthews posted five scores of 34 or better during WVC play, and only posted one score worst than 38 – a 40 on the opening day of play against Tunkhannock. The 2010 PIAA State Champion twice shot 31, and posted two 33s on the season as he led the Patriots to a 10-1 season.

With the MVP honor, Matthews was also selected to the WVC East/Central team with teammates Matt Carroll and Ryan Tracy. Six of Tracy’s scores on the season were of 38 or better, and Carroll posted five scores of 39 or better.

Wyoming Area’s Nick Rydzewski joined the Patriots trio on the East/Central team. Rydzewski posted three scores of 38 or better for the Warriors.

Pittston Area’s Chris Lynch and Wyoming Area Courtney Melvin were named WVC Honorable Mention selections.

Golfer of the Year

Matthews was also named the Times Leader Golfer of the Year for the second straight season earlier this week.

He won his unprecedented fourth Tryba Preseason Invitational Tournament to begin his senior season and never looked back. Matthews capped his WVC season by shooting a course-record, 8-under 63 at Fox Hill Country Club during the league’s team championship event.

Tracy was also honored by the Times Leader as the junior was selected to the newspaper’s WVC Golf All-Star Squad. The junior tied for fourth at the Tryba and qualified for the District 2 tournament for the third straight season.

Joining the Pittston Area duo on the mythical squad are Holy Redeemer sophomores Mariano Medico and Chase Makowski, juniors Chris McCue of Valley West, Austin Smith of Dallas, and Jake Popowycz of Crestwood.

Pittston Area’s Matt Carroll earned TL Second Team honors along with Wyoming Area senior Nick Rydzewski.

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