VHS boys golf team finishes 6th at state tournament

Freshman Sierota finishes tied for 5th overall


Viera High freshman Calvin Sierota blasts his way out of an 18th hole bunker. Sierota shot 69 Wednesday and his two-day total of 141 was the lowest of any freshman in the state in all three classifications.


TAVARES – As the golfers approached the 17th hole during the final round of the Class 3A state boys golf tournament Wednesday, a few whispers could be heard.

“That kid is only a freshman!” someone said.

“A freshman? Really?” the other replied.

Viera High’s Calvin Sierota may only be a … freshman … but he and the Hawks certainly created a little bit of a stir this season.

Viera shot 308 Wednesday to finish sixth in the state. Sierota, who fired an even-par 72 on the first day, came through with a 3-under 69 to finish in a three-way tie for fifth place.

His two-day total of 141 was the lowest score posted by a freshman at this year’s state tournament – in all three classifications – and the lowest score by a freshman at the state finals since 2010.

Wednesday’s round included a stretch in which he birdied four consecutive holes.

No wonder he had people talking.

“I didn’t hear that,” Sierota said when told what the two spectators said. “I like that. That’s pretty cool.”

Senior Nico Gagliardi shot 79 Wednesday to go with his previous day’s 75 for a two-day total of 154. Sophomore Tyler Greek also had a 79 and finished with a 157. Junior Ryan Rozic came in with an 81 Wednesday for a total of 158. Sophomore Kyle De Cenzo finished with an 83 for a 167.

It was the Hawks’ third trip to the state tournament. They finished 10th in 2010 and sixth in 2009. And with four of their top five players expected back next season, they figure to be back again next season.

Still, it was quite a 2014 season with Viera winning the Cape Coast, district and regional championships leading up a strong state tournament showing.

“I thought we had a good season,” Viera coach Paul Bentley said. “We had a shot with about nine holes left to win this thing. … We should be able to get back. Our kids, they’re only going to get better.”

Next year’s team will also have the benefit of having been to the state meet before.

Sierota, who played in the Class 1A state tournament last year as an eighth-grader with Holy Trinity, said he felt like a sophomore at this year’s event.

If there was any pressure to perform as the Hawks’ No. 1 player , well, that just fell right into his wheelhouse.

“I like pressure,” he said. “I like playing under it. The more you get used to it, you play better. It’s fun. I like being out here with all the guys. It’s a good experience.”

With so many young players, the future for the Viera High boys program looks bright indeed.

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