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Lions' men's golf team to add four new players this fall

Friday, May 31, 2013
by Dane Neumeister

The College of Mount St. Joseph officially announces that the following high school seniors will attend the College and play golf in the fall. They are: Andrew Booth (Canton Central Catholic High School), John Copella (Lehman Catholic High School), Will Nodo (Newark Catholic High School) and Jason Sawyer (Van Buren High School).

Booth, who played for high school Head Coach Dave Oates, was his team’s number two position player. He has a seven handicap, and averaged 39.4 strokes per nine holes and 78.9 strokes per 18 holes while in high school. Booth was a 2012-2013 Academic All-Ohio selection, a 2012-2013 First Team All-Stark County and All-Northeast Ohio honoree, and was the individualist runner-up at the Walker Jones Classic. In addition, Booth played tennis while in high school and holds a 3.65 GPA. Andrew, the son of Cindy and Chris Booth, plans to major in Athletic Training.

Copella, who played for high school Head Coach Joe Harrmann, was his team’s number one position player. He has a six handicap, and averaged 38 strokes per nine holes and 78 strokes per 18 holes while in high school. Copella was a four-year letterman in golf, and also played baseball and basketball in high school. He was the golf team’s MVP (2012-2013) and was the Lima Junior Golf Association Sportsmanship Player of the Year (2012). He achieved first honors in the classroom (2009-2013) and has a 4.0 GPA. John, the son of Kathy and Kevin Copella, plans to major in Accounting.

Nodo, who played for high school Head Coach Joe Giles, was his team’s number two position player. He has a six handicap, and averaged 39.2 strokes per nine holes and 79.9 strokes per 18 holes while in high school. He garnered four letters in golf, was a team MVP, and helped his team to a sectional championship, and a fifth place state finish. Nodo has a 3.0 GPA. Will, the son of Cindy Palumbo and David Nodo, plans to major in Psychology.

Sawyer, who played for high school Head Coach Eric Heitkamp, was his team’s number three position player. He averaged 39.2 strokes per nine holes and 77.8 strokes per 10 holes while in high school. In 2010, Sawyer was named BVC Honorable Mention. He was a two-time Second Team All-BVC and Honorable Mention All-District honoree and helped to a state qualification both seasons. In 2012, he was the Sectionals Medalist with a 73. In addition, Sawyer competed in high school basketball and track & field. He has a 3.2 GPA. Jason, the son of Tina and Steve Sawyer, plans to major in Sport Management.

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