Led by Sierota, Greek, Hawks once again have big plans
Viera High junior Calvin Sierota (left) and senior Tyler Greek form what Hawks coach Paul Bentley believes is the best 1-2 combination in the state.
photo by Carl Kotala
It’s pretty easy to envision a return to the Class 3A state golf tournament when you believe you have the best 1-2 combination out there.
And in junior Calvin Sierota and senior Tyler Greek, Viera High boys coach Paul Bentley believes he’s got just that.
“I think it’s the best in the state,” Bentley said. “I really do.”
Combine that duo with three talented youngsters and it’s easy to see why the Hawks believe they will be back at the Mission Inn and Resort in Howie-in-the-Hills Oct. 25-26 despite seeing five seniors graduate from last year’s team.
As extra motivation, Sierota and Greek want to make up for what they felt was a disappointing team performance at last year’s state tournament.
“We definitely underperformed last year,” Greek said. “I would say that’s our main goal as a team, just to make it back to states.”
Greek and Sierota both spent the summer playing in a lot of tournaments, including the state’s junior amateur. Sierota also qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur in Ooltewah, Tennessee. Though he didn’t feel he played well Sierota said he was able to learn a lot just by playing in the prestigious tournament.
Now, they are combining with talented sophomores Jordan Emmons and Joe Malatino to the mix in the No. 3 and 4 spots and freshman Jordan Melbs at No. 5 and the Hawks have quite a talented group to make another run at the state tournament.
While the younger players will have to grow up quickly in the next month, they have a pair of strong leaders in Greek and Sierota, both who which know what it takes to succeed.
“Calvin and Tyler, they know they’re the anchors now,” Bentley said. “They’ve got to pick up the slack of the younger people. They’re the leaders now.”