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Revere boys golf team striving for consistency this season

8/22/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

BATH — According to first-year head coach Jason Hance, the strength of this year’s Revere boys varsity golf team will be its “stability.”

“We have three seniors, two juniors and one sophomore on varsity, and all of them have had varsity experience in the past two years,” he said. “We also have a good core of young freshmen that will be playing junior varsity.”

The seniors on this year’s squad are Nick Repasky, Jack Nece and Steven Rogerson.

“All three have played well and will look to have good seasons,” Hance said. “Nick played a little bit of varsity last year, and he has started this season off pretty well. He’s probably going to end up being our three or four man. Jack’s been playing varsity since he was a sophomore, so he has the most experience of all the seniors. Jack has, right now, established himself around the three or four man also. Steven played JV [junior varsity] last year, when I was the JV coach, and he is probably our six man right now. He’s playing pretty well.”

Danny Pavlich and Mason Whitlam are the team’s juniors.

“Both bring their experience from playing multiple summer tournaments and both are having good starts to the season,” the coach said. “Right now, Danny is our No. 1 golfer and Mason is No. 3. Danny came in and really cut a lot of strokes off from last year. He’s not getting in trouble as much off the tee. He is hitting the ball a lot harder off the tee and longer. Mason has really improved his short game quite a bit, so he’s actually playing a lot better than he did last year.”

The sophomore on the varsity team is Lance Milovancev.

“He played some varsity last year, and I look for him to be a major contributor as the season progresses,” the coach said. “Lance is going to be our steady man. Right now, he’s hitting No. 2, and he looks like he will be a solid No. 1 or 2 all year. He does well off the tee.”

Hance said junior Michael Salopek and sophomore Bobby House will look to push for varsity spots as the season progresses.

“Michael Salopek and Bobby House are No. 1 and No. 2 on JV, and I look for them to push the upperclassmen and get some experience later in the season,” he said. “Bobby was hurt last year and didn’t play as a freshman. Michael played JV last year for me. This year, they came in and just barely missed the cut for varsity, but as the year goes on, I look for them to push our upperclassmen quite a bit.”

This season, Hance said, Revere will be looking to improve upon last year’s performance.

“Last year, we finished fourth in the league and ended the season three matches above .500,” he said.

The team opened this season by finishing fourth in the preseason Suburban League tournament on Aug. 8, but Hance said he has already seen “a lot of improvement” in the team early in the season.

“I would love to see them continue to post good, consistent scores,” he said. “Right now, we’re just inconsistent. If we can consistently post good scores and have our bad days be mediocre, I think we’ll be in pretty good shape.”

Next up for the team is a match against Tallmadge High School today, Aug. 22, at 3:30 p.m. at the Maplecrest Golf Club.

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