Fall Sports activities 2020 Sneak Peek: Golf for Boys and Ladies
Lilly Middleton is among the favorites to reclaim the highest spot in girls’s golf within the SBAAC left vacant by the commencement of Gabby Woods of Clinton-Massie.
The Wilmington Excessive College junior was a league finalist and district qualifier final yr. She has had a profitable summer time on the hyperlinks and shall be “a pacesetter for instance” for the Woman Hurricane, stated third-year head coach Pat Black.
WHS completed third within the league event final season with Middleton capturing an 82.
However after the gifted third-year participant, Black has little depth within the WHS squad. The sixth participant on final yr’s squad graduated and one other will not be coming again, in response to Black.
Letter winners Carsyn Custis and Rachel Lowe are again for one more season. Second yr pupil Katie Murphy is stepping out for the primary time. She is the sister of Jack Murphy, a former WHS golf participant.
Black stated his younger group would want consistency however may combat for an SBAAC title if each participant performs to their potential.
The Blanchester Ladies’ Golf Group has three returning starters from final yr’s 3-16 group.
The Ladycats graduated from Ashlin Benne, who was the 2019 All-SBAAC second group on the ladies’ facet. Her stroke common was twentieth general when she performed in video games for the BHS males’s group.
Ladies’ head coach Jamey Grogg returns for his second season.
And whereas all three returning gamers have been starters in 2019, there are features of the sport that must be improved.
Coaches stated “discovering our contact inside 50 yards and knocking out three putts” is the important thing to the season.
But when the group has good course administration, they understand that they need not hit the pilot on Eveyr’s gap and play higher of their baggage with the golf equipment they really feel the necessity to have. extra snug, then being in competition for an SBAAC title is feasible in 2020.
Issues will not be fairly the identical in 2020 for the Clinton-Massie girls’s golf group.
In any case, three-time SBAAC Participant of the 12 months Gabby Woods will not be right here. Woods, who graduated, was tied for fourth within the state event final season.
The Woman Falcons have gained back-to-back SBAAC titles and have been part finalists in 2019. They’ve certified for the district event in every of Woods’ 4 seasons on Lebanon Highway.
However coach Tim McGraw, in his fifth season on the helm, stated his 2020 squad was “relaxed” and “wanting ahead to taking part in this yr.”
“Only a nice bunch of younger women,” he stated. “They know issues are a little bit totally different this yr, nevertheless it’s nonetheless the identical enjoyable group that I loved final yr.”
4 seniors return to the roster, led by 2019 All-SBAAC second-team gamers Taylor Anderson and Pearl Spurlock.
Ella McCarren is a newcomer to look at, McGraw stated.
The coach is aware of aim titles are gained across the inexperienced and has stated his group wants to enhance their chipping and placing. “We’d like to have the ability to register photographs on and across the greens,” he added.
However a 3rd consecutive league title is not out of the query, McGraw stated, with constant play.
“We’d like the ladies to step up at night time and at night time,” he stated.
East Clinton Ladies
The East Clinton Girls’s Golf Group shall be coached once more in 2020 by Brian Carey.
The group members are Maggie Mathews, Gretchen Boggs, Kamille Helsel, Jordan Collom and Madison Frazier.
Brian Miller will finish a distinguished golf profession at Blanchester Excessive College this fall.
The elder was a three-year starter and two-team All-SBAAC participant for head coach Aaron Lawson, who shall be assisted by Jamey Grogg. Miller was sixth general and fourth within the nationwide division amongst SBAAC golfers in operating common at 43.6.
Expertise apart, Lawson stated Miller “brings an ideal angle to on a regular basis follow. It is like having a coach current once I’m not round. Youthful individuals will be capable to be taught lots from him.
Logan Heitzman, the second All-SBAAC participant in 2019, graduated final spring for the BHS.
In all, there are three returning starters on the squad. Lawson stated his group wanted to hone their quick sport and enhance their expertise.
“Discover our contact inside 50 yards and knock out three putts,” he stated.
With Miller within the lead, the Wildcats can combat within the SBAAC Nationwide Division if they’ve good course administration, understand they need not hit the driving force at each gap and play with golf equipment with which they really feel most snug with, Lawson stated.
After Phil Gilmore’s success as a boys’ golf coach at Wilmington Excessive College, Zach Williams returned to this system.
Gilmore guided WHS to the SBAAC US Division Championship final season. Led by four-time All-SBAAC first-team golfer Jack Murphy, Hurricane has gained back-to-back championships. Murphy is a two-time SBAAC Participant of the 12 months and three-time District Qualifier.
Nevertheless, Murphy and Brady Evans, the No. 2 WHS participant within the league event, each graduated.
Williams, who can be the top coach of the WHS girls’s basketball group, could have returning gamers Brady Leathley and Braydon Conley topped the record. The 2 have been the second All-SBAAC group in 2019 and took cost of the 2020 Hurricane group, Williams stated.
In search of consistency from a younger group, Williams stated this group is a laid again group with a willingness to do effectively. If the younger gamers intensify and the group as a complete reveals consistency, Williams believes WHS can combat within the American division.
“I can not wait to sail this season with this group of younger males,” stated Williams.
For the primary time in a number of years, the Clinton-Massie boys’ golf program could have a junior varsity group, coach Phil Larrick stated.
With 11 gamers on the roster, the Falcons will be capable to subject two full groups.
Ethan Johnson and Dakota Gasaway, each second All-SBAAC teammates in 2019, present a stable 1-2 punch on the high of the varsity squad, Larrick stated.
“Their general time and effort spent on the course clearly made them the leaders of the group,” stated the veteran coach.
In all, 4 starters and 5 letter winners return for the Falcons, who have been 21-11 final season and third within the U.S. Division event in 2019.
Larrick was the 18-year-old intermediate coach and is now in his third season as a varsity coach. He shall be assisted by Clayton Morgan.
Gabby Woods, who had the bottom common on the group, and Jonathan Rumbarger should not returning for Larrick. However 5 freshmen, together with newcomer Cameron Morgan, and a robust eighth-grade class, give the Falcons hope for the longer term.
In 2020, nonetheless, Larrick stated enhancing quick video games and course administration can result in battle if just a few gamers get behind Gasaway and Johnson. The roster contains senior Clay Carroll, senior Sam Glass, senior Michael Moritz, second George Chowning, freshman Logan Miller, Ethan Robinett, freshman Samuel Janis and pupil of freshman Quinton Smith.
East Clinton Boys
Led by Gage McConahay, East Clinton gained the SBAAC Nationwide Division event final season.
However McConahay, the Nationwide Division’s Participant of the 12 months, graduated.
Mike Deters returns as head coach of the Astros. EC will play its dwelling video games at Snow Hill Nation Membership.
The Clinton-Massie Boys’ Golf Group, left to proper, entrance row, Cam Morgan, Ethan Robinette, George Chowning, Logan Miller, Ethan Johnson; within the again, Quinton Smith, Samuel Janis, Michael Moritz, Clay Carroll. Group member Dakota Gasaway was not current for the photograph.
Wilmington Excessive College Boys’ Golf Group.
The Clinton-Massie Ladies Golf Group, left to proper, Taylor Anderson, Ella McCarren, Abby Schneider, Elle Paul, Lucy Payne, Pearl Spurlock.
Members of the Blanchester Excessive College Boys and Ladies Golf Group, left to proper, entrance row, Zoey Hupp, Reagan Grogg, Danielle Bolser; on the again, coach Aaron Lawson, Brian Miller, Andrew Osborn, coach Jamey Grogg. Group member Bryce Bandow was not current for the photograph.
The Wilmington Excessive College Ladies’ Golf Group, left to proper, Rachel Lowe, Carsyn Custis, Katie Murphy and Lilly Middleton.
East Clinton Excessive College Ladies’ Golf Group, left to proper, Maggie Matthews, Jordan Collom, Madison Frazer, Kamille Helsel, Gretchen Boggs.