By Steve Svetovich
Dunmore High School sophomore Frankie Ruggiero is multi talented.
Son of Vito and Christine Ruggiero, Dunmore, Frankie is a three-sport athlete and sophomore class president.
He was a starting second baseman as a freshman for the Dunmore baseball team under coach Mike “Sid” Hallinan.
He was the backup point guard as a freshman on the varsity basketball team. And his best sport is golf where he was superb as a freshman and sophomore.
His coach for basketball and golf is Tony Lacertoso.
As a freshman golfer last year, he won the Jackman tournament in the freshman division and was team MVP.
He has 30 individual wins in match play in two years.
He is the seventh golfer in the last nine years to make it to the Regional Tournament.
The scholar-athlete, an honor student with a 90 academic average, qualified in districts (top six scores in District AA) and made the Regional Tournament this year. That took place at Golden Oak golf course in Fleetwood, PA. He missed the cut by one stroke to go to the states.
For this past season, he was named to the first team small school division all stars.
The talented sophomore talked about what it takes to excel in golf. “You need to practice a lot on your own,” he said. “You need the time to practice. It’s an individual sport.
“When I was a kid, I watched my dad and uncle playing golf. I thought it would be fun. So I took it up and practiced and practiced.”
Frankie said he has learned a lot from his golf coach at Dunmore, Tony Lacertoso.
“He is real good on the course. He gets me into a zone and calms everyone down. He is a very good coach.”
The three-sport star made sure to mention his baseball coach at Dunmore, Sid Hallinan.
“He makes it fun to be there every single day. We have a good time, but also work hard at it.”
Frankie, whose best academic subject is math, said his parents teach him “to always be respectful.”
He talked about his future goals. “I want to go to college and see where the road takes me. I would like to play golf or baseball in college if possible. But eventually, I want to become a doctor.”
He mentioned an interest in orthopedics.
Humble in nature, Frankie is well versed in school. Besides playing three varsity sports and being sophomore class president, he is a member of the Health Careers Club, the French Club and is a sophomore Class Officer.
He plays Legion baseball in the summer and played several years of travel baseball with The Sandlot under Chris Davis and Frank Cwalinski.
As a golfer, he made Regionals last year and missed by a stroke to go to States.
“My goal as a golfer is to make it further and go as far as possible in States. I want to continue improving my golf game. And I want to continue having a good time playing.”
Frankie said he loves playing the three sports and his hobbies are fishing and hunting.
“I also like hanging out with my friends.”
He talked about what it is like going to Dunmore High School. “It’s a great school. I like it a lot. We get the job done with our work in the classroom. It’s a great school and the teachers are great to talk to.
“I would not want to go anywhere else.”