- SAC Champions (Boys) - 1979, 1982-84, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992-98, 2005-10, 2012-17
- 2017 IHSAA Madison Sectional Champions (Girls)
- Henryville Class A Invitational Champs (Boys) - 2008-09; Hauser Invitational Champs (Boys) - 2015-16
- IHSAA Regional Qualifier (Girls) - 2009-10, 2015-17; (Boys) 2017
- Undefeated Season (Girls) - 2006, 2007; Henryville Invitational Champions (Girls) - 2005-11
2017 Individual Season Statistics (Girls)
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2017 Season (Girls)
Cubs’ Beasley medalist but Hornets claim first ever title
9/16/2017 James Pence (Madison Courier)
Walking up to the 18th tee at Sunrise Golf Course on Saturday, Madison’s Emma Beasley had a two shot lead over Henryville’s Kennedy Easton in a battle for sectional medalist. Most golfers would play it safe and hit an iron off the tee.
Beasley was not one of them.
She took out her driver and blasted the ball deep into the middle of the fairway about 15 yards from the front of the green on the par-4 18th. Beasley then went on to par the hole, which was good enough to give her the 2017 girls golf individual sectional championship and the third of her high school career by firing a 12-over 84. Easton made a six on the final hole to finish as the tourney runner-up with an 88.
“It feels really good and it was a long day,” Beasley said. “I pulled through and finished strong like I should’ve.”
Unfortunately for the Cubs, they finished seven strokes behind Easton-led Henryville’s 389 in the team standings. Jennings County was the third team to advance to Saturday’s regional with a 427. The win was Henryville’s first girls sectional golf title ever and the school’s first single-class sectional title of any kind in more than 20 years.
Beasley and Madison coach Jake Shockley had debated about which club to use in such a situation but he wasn’t sure if she’d take the safer option or go for it.
“She has that small little lead and then I look back and she whips out the driver,” Shockley recalled. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh!,’ but that’s not how Emma plays golf. She went with driver and went for the kill so to speak. She went out her way. I know she was fretting about it all week long in school and in the classroom. She really wanted to get (the championship) again and I couldn’t be any happier for her.”
Keegan Ehlers shot a 99, Hannah Huff carded a 105 and Destinee Sadler rounded out the Cubs’ scoring with a 108. Jenna Imel carded a non-scoring 111.
“The score was a little bit higher than what we were looking for but they grinded it out there today and I can’t really fault the girls. They worked hard,” Shockley said.
Southwestern came up short of advancing to regional and finished in fourth with a 458. Elle Foley paced the Rebels with a 103, Kristin Consley shot a 114, Shahala Brown had a 119 and Bella Marcum completed the scoring with a 122.
“Overall as a team, it was a little bit of a letdown,” said Southwestern coach David Bright. “We had high hopes. We came in with the third best team average and ended up fourth and did not advance. Congrats to Jennings County, who came in with the fourth best team average and finished third to advance. They just wanted it more than we did. They deserve a lot of credit for that.”
The Rebels did not go away completely empty handed as Foley’s 103 was good enough to advance to regionals as she placed in the top three individuals from a non-advancing team.
I was really proud of Elle tonight,” Bright said. “As a freshman she stepped into the toughest pairing in the entire sectional and held her own. That is so impressive and just goes to show how much potential she has. She earned that regional birth no doubt.”
Riley King of Switzerland County also advanced to regional as an individual by shooting a 104. Jody Breeck finished with a 130 for the Pacers, Mattea Edwards had a 131 and Annabella Bear carded a 192.
It was a disappointing day for Shawe as neither of the two Hilltopper golfers made it out of the sectional. Katie Hertz was one shot shy of advancing with 105 and Kate Grote shot a 117.
“We’re disappointed of course since we couldn’t defend our sectional team title,” said Shawe coach David Hertz. “Katie’s goal was to qualify as an individual and to get beat out by one stroke is tough. Hopefully she’ll use this as motivation for next year. Kate was coming off a leg injury so I was proud of her for just completing her round. She played a lot better today than she did at conference which was great to see. I think if she continues to work on her game and maybe next year, both our golfers will go to regional.”
The regionals are at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and also includes golfers from the Ben Davis, Brownsburg, Center Grove, Crawfordsville and Northview sectionals.
Henryville 389, Madison 396, Jennings Co. 427, Southwestern 458, Lawrenceburg 468, Scottsburg 499, Switzerland Co. 557, Shawe NTS, South Dearborn NTS.
Hornets Claim First Sectional Crown
9/16/2017 Justin Maskulinski (News & Tribune)
MADISON — Henryville won its first-ever golf sectional at Madison on Saturday.
The Hornets were a bit off their game with a team score of 389, but it was enough to top the 9-team field at Sunrise Golf Course.
"We're a bit disappointed with our score, but we're very happy to have hung in there on a tough day and win," coach Robin Embry said. "We've had a great season and this is icing on the cake."
The championship marks the first single-class sectional title for Henryville in over 20 years.
The Hornets were led by Kennedy Easton and Darian Nipper in second and third, respectively. Easton was four shots off the lead, set by Madison's Emma Beasley, who shot an 84. Nipper carded a 92.
The duo marks the first Henryville players to finish in the top-3 since Carissa Embry in the 2010 Floyd Central Sectional.
Madison and Jennings County placed second and third, respectively, and will advance to the Roncalli Regional — at the Legends of Indiana Golf Course in Franklin — along with the Hornets. They'll be joined by the top teams from the Ben Davis, Brownsburg, Center Grove, Crawfordsville and Northview Sectionals.
"We're really looking forward to another trip to the regional — this time as sectional champions," Embry said. "These girls are very deserving and I'm excited for them."
Lawrenceburg's Bailee Johnson, Southwestern's Ellie Foley and Switzerland County's Riley King all advanced as individuals.
Henryville 389: K. Easton 88, Nipper 92, H. Guernsey 102, T. Easton 107, O. Guernsey 120
Madison 396: Beasley 84, Ehlers 99, Huff 105, Sadler 108
Jennings County 427: Clark 96, Whitehead 103, Campbell 107, Greene 121, Joray 130
Southwestern 458: Foley 103, Consley 114, Brown 119, Marcum 122
Lawrenceburg 468: Johnson 100, Smart 117, Jones 123, Williamson 128, Lusk 155
Scottsburg 499: Bottorff 105, Barger 112, Bryant 132, Gabbard 150
Switzerland County 557: King 104, Breeck 130, Edwards 131, Bear 192
Madison Shawe NTS: Hertz 105, Grote 117
South Dearborn NTS: Fortner 110, Jackson 141, Shields 226
Henryville wins at Sunrise
9/11/2017 Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)
MADISON — Henryville shot a 176 to win a 3-way match against Madison Shawe and New Washington at Sunrise.
The Hornets had six players shot a 48 or better in the win. Darian Nipper and Olivia Guernsey tied for the best round with a pair of 43s. Kennedy Easton and Hannah Guernsey each carded a 45. Sunrise will host the Madison Sectional on Saturday.
"We played well this evening," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "Playing our sectional course again was good preparation for Saturday. We have one more match and a few days of practice, then we'll give it our best in the state tournament. We're pleased with the progress we've made this season."
New Washington and Shawe didn't have enough players for a team score. New Wash was led by Katlyn Price's 47.
Henryville 176: Nipper 43, O. Guernsey 43, K. Easton 45, H. Guernsey 45, T. Easton 46, Horn 48
Madison Shawe NTS: Hertz 46, Grote 56
New Washington NTS: Price 47
Henryville shoots 183 to beat South Central
9/6/2017 Staff (News & Tribune)
ELIZABETH — All five Henryville golfers shot 51 or better as the Hornets carded a 183 in a dual meet against South Central at Chariot Run.
Darian Nipper and Hannah Guernsey each shot a 45 in the win. Kennedy Easton completed the course in 46 shots, Taytum Easton carded a 47 and Allison Horn at 51.
"After not scoring very well yesterday, we were happy to shoot a pretty good score on a challenging course," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "We'll get in some good practice the rest of this week and get prepared for our last couple of matches and the state tournament."
Henryville 183: Nipper 45, H. Guernsey 45, K. Easton 46, T. Easton 47, Horn 51, O. Guernsey 54, Kleinert 59
South Central NTS: Page 58, Cook 63
Floyd holds off field at Elk Run
9/5/2017 Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)
JEFFERSONVILLE — Floyd Central was impressive on Tuesday with its win over five other teams at Elk Run.
New Albany's Stevie Roth and New Washington's Kaitlyn Price both shared medalist honors with a score of 42.
Floyd Central just edged Henryville, which finished one stroke behind the Highlanders.
"We didn't score our best today," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "We kept battling. Over these last two weeks of the season we have no home matches. It'll be a challenge to see how well we can play away from home. I think we'll do fine and it will prepare us for Sunrise (sectional course)."
Floyd Central 191: Moorefield 47, Collins 47, Hausz 48, Spanopoulos 49, Hartlage 50, Juliot 52
Henryville 192: Nipper 45, K. Easton 48, H. Guernsey 48, O. Guernsey 51, T. Easton 52, Horn 56
New Albany 210: Roth 42, Hook 45, Orr 61, Taylor 62
Christian Academy 244: Snider 56, Rodwig 60, Jennings 61, Ramer 67, Conn 69
Jefffersonville 245: Bundy 60, Kane 60, Lawler 61, Foster 64, Peabody 67
New Washington NTS: Price 42, Matthews 63
Easton, Hornets Prevail in 3-way
8/30/2017 Justin Maskulinski (News & Tribune)
HENRYVILLE — Henryville beat visiting Madison and Scottsburg in a 3-way meet at Champions Pointe.
Kennedy Easton earned medalist honors with a plus-3 39 and teammates Darian Nipper, Hannah Guernsey and Olivia Guernsey were all within 10 strokes of her.
"It's been another good week for us," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "Over the past couple of weeks, we've had several girls score their personal best. So far, it's been a really good season. Hopefully, we'll continue to put in the practice time to continue to improve."
Henryville 176: K. Easton 39, Horn 43, Nipper 45, H. Guernsey 49, O. Guernsey 49, T. Easton 59, Gardner 59, Kleinert 62, Sinn 64
Madison 192: Ehlers 41, Beasley 45, Sadler 52, Imel 54, Kirby 58
Scottsburg 221: Bottorf 46, Parker 51, Gabbard 61, Bryant 63, Johnson 65, Myszak 67, Ritchison 67
Henryville sees Medalists
8/28/2017 Justin Maskulinski (News & Tribune)
HENRYVILLE — Host Henryville recorded the top five scores in a 3-way match with incomplete Madison Shawe and South Central teams at Champions Pointe on Monday.
The Hornets were led by co-medalists Kennedy Easton and Darian Nipper. Both shot plus-4 rounds.
"Of late, we are carding some very good scores," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "We're consistently having three or four players in the 40s and the others are very close. Although we're happy with the scores we're shooting, we want to continue to put in the time to improve in all phases."
Henryville 175: K. Easton 40, Nipper 40, Horn 45, H. Guernsey 50, T. Easton 50, O. Guernsey 52, Kleinert 59, Gardner 61, Sinn 64
Madison Shawe NTS: Hertz 51, Grote 55
South Central NTS: Cook 51, Page 61
Henryville defeats Southwestern
8/22/2017 Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)
HENRYVILLE — Kennedy Easton shot a meet-best 42 and host Henryville beat Southwestern 183-224.
The Hornets' top six players all shot a round of 53 or better. Darian Nipper shot a 46, Hannah Guernsey a 47 and Taytum Easton a 48 in the win.
"After an initial rain delay, the course became a bit soft, which made it play longer," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "However, the girls handled the delay and conditions well. We carded a good round with four scores in the 40s. If we stay committed, focused and willing to put the time in, we'll continue improving."
Henryville 183: K. Easton 42, Nipper 46, H. Guernsey 47, T. Easton 48, Horn 51, O. Guernsey 53, Kleinert 60
Southwestern (Hanover) 224: Foley 51, Consley 56, Marcum 58, Brown 59
Rebels’ golf win streak halted by Hornets
8/19/2017 Staff (Madison Courier)
Southwestern golf’s string of three straight match wins was halted by Henryville on Friday at Shadowood Golf Course in Seymour.
The Hornets got a medalist round of 41 from Kennedy Easton as well as two more rounds lower than the best Lady Rebel to win 187-219 while host Trinity Lutheran did not field enough players for a team score.
Elle Foley led the Lady Rebels with a 51, Shahala Brown and Bella Marcum both carded 55s and Kristin Consley shot a 58.
“Tough match tonight on a tough course,” Southwestern coach David Bright said. “Its never easy to score on small, slick greens and Henryville has a solid team. Elle played her best round of the year and I have a feeling she is going to be one of those athletes that thrives in difficult situations which is rare. We are still hovering around that 200 mark and our putting is improving each match. We are on the right track.”
In addition to Easton’s 41, Henryville got a 45 from Hannah Guernsey and a 48 from Allison Horn. Tatum Easton shot a 53 and Olivia Guernsey carded a 55.
Morgan Gabbard fired a 63 for Trinity.
“Although we were missing our number two player, we still carded a very nice score,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “As we continue to improve our short game, and this course really tests your short game, our scoring will continue to improve. With quality practice time over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be prepared for the second half of our season. We’re happy with the start we’ve had.”
Henryville 187: K. Easton 41, H. Guernsey 45, Horn 48, T. Easton 53, O. Guernsey 55
Southwestern (Hanover) 219: Foley 51, Brown 55, Marcum 55, Consley 58
Trinity Lutheran NTS: Gabbard 63
Hornets Down Jeff at Champions Pointe
8/15/2017 Justin Maskulinski (News & Tribune)
HENRYVILLE — Henryville defeated Jeffersonville by nearly 40 strokes at Champions Pointe on Tuesday.
New Albany was also a part of the match, but did not field enough golfers to card a team score. Henryville's 193 bested Jeff's 231.
"It's been a good start to our season," Hornets coach Robin Embry said. "We've been under 200 each match and we're not far from being consistently in the 180s. We've been a bit busy with matches, but the next few weeks give us a little more practice time. We're enjoying the walk."
Henryville's Kennedy Easton's plus-7 earned medalist honors. Taytum Easton wasn't far behind at 48. Jeff's low scorer was Bonnie Dixon, who shot a 54. Stevie Roth, New Albany's leader, also shot a 54.
Henryville 193: K. Easton 43, T. Easton 48, Nipper 50, H. Guernsey 52, Horn 53, O. Guernsey 53, Kleinert 64, Sinn 66, Gardner 70
Jeffersonville 231: Dixon 54, Kane 57, Bundy 58, Foster 62, Lawler 63, Peabody 64
New Albany NTS: Roth 54, Orr 70
Easton Paces Hornets, Field
8/14/2017 Justin Maskulinski (News & Tribune)
MADISON — Henryville's Kennedy Easton shot a plus-5 for medalist honors in a 4-way match at Sunrise Golf Course on Monday.
The Hornets carded a team score of 198 to edge Lawrenceburg, the only other full team in action.
"We didn't score very well today," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "Our schedule has us playing more than we're practicing. We'll be better as the season progresses and we get more practice time. We've got several things to work on. Hopefully, we'll be committed to changing a few things and willing to put time in on those changes."
New Washington was led by Katelyn Price's 43, good for second place in the 16-person field.
Henryville 198: K. Easton 41, T. Easton 52, Horn 52, Nipper 53, O. Guernsey 55, H. Guernsey 58, Kleinert 66, Sinn 67
Lawrenceburg 260: Smart 61, Williamson 62, Casey 64, Lusk 73
Shawe NTS: Hertz 48, Grote 61
New Washington NTS: Price 43, Matthews 68
Lady Cubs go distance in loss
8/10/2017 Staff (Madison Courier)
Madison’s girls golf team traveled about as far as a team can to play a home match on Thursday and in the end the Lady Cubs just didn’t have enough left in the tank to fend off Henryville 191-202 at Sunrise Golf Course in Madison.
And that could be because the Cubs arrived at Sunrise by way of Jeffersonville, a two-hour round trip that left little time for warmups.
“It was a wild day for us,” Madison coach Jake Shockley said. “There was a scheduling mix up, so we picked up and drove to Jeffersonville before driving home and playing Henryville. It’s the first time I’ve ever driven two hours for a home game or match. We pretty much stepped off the bus and swung the clubs and it showed. Emma (Beasley) tripled her first hole and Keegan (Ehlers) quadrupled.”
Beasley went on to shoot a 44 while Ehlers carded a 55. Jenna Imel weather the trip a little better and shot a 51 while Destinee Sadler had a 52 and Caroline Kirby a non-scoring 57.
“We played a little younger lineup than usual today, too, and they handled adversity pretty well,” Shockley said. “Jenna had her lowest nine hole score yet, Destinee is getting right, and Caroline has a lot of potential.”
Kennedy Easton shot a 41 for Henryville to lead all scorers as the medalist. Darian Nipper carded a 46, Hannah Guernsey a 50 and Olivia Guernsey a 54 while Allison Horn shot a non-scoring 60.
“It’s always good to have a chance to play our sectional course,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “We’d like to score a little better, however, overall, we played OK. It’s been a good opening week for us!”
Henryville 191: K. Easton 41, Nipper 46, H. Guernsey 50, O. Guernsey 54, T. Easton 54, Sinn 59, Horn 60, Kleinert 61, Dotson 68, Gardner 69
Madison 202: Beasley 44, Imel 51, Sadler 52, Ehlers 55, Kirby 57
Family Gathering for Embrys
8/8/2017 Staff (News & Tribune)
HENRYVILLE — In a clash of three Embry-family coaches, Robin's Henryville Hornets topped Tosha's Clarksville and Carissa's Eastern at Champions Pointe on Tuesday.
The Hornets had the only full team and carded a 181, led by medalist Kennedy Easton's plus-7 43.
"It was special to have a tri-match with my daughters being the other coaches," Robin said. "Tosha has done a nice job with the Clarksville program and I'm sure Carissa will with the Eastern program. I'm proud of the young ladies they've become."
The Hornets, fielding 10 golfers, saw their top six scorers all between 43 and 54. The top four were between 43 and 47.
"We're very happy with the score we carded," the Hornets coach said. "We have internal competition and that will make us better. With continued commitment and work ethic, we could have a really good season. So far, it's been a good start."
Clarksville, just one golfer shy of carding a team score, was co-led by Heather Slack and Abby Martin. Both shot 65.
Henryville 181: K. Easton 43, Nipper 45, H. Guernsey 46, O. Guernsey 47, T. Easton 53, Horn 54, Kleinert 64, Dotson 66, Gardner 69, Sinn 70
Clarksville NTS: Slack 65, A. Martin 65, R. Martin 68
Eastern NTS: Gilstrap 54
Hornets Shoot 195 in Season Opener
8/7/2017 Staff (News & Tribune)
HENRYVILLE — Henryville shot a 195 to defeat Trinity Lutheran in its season-opening dual meet Monday.
Co-medalists Kennedy Easton and Darian Nipper each shot a 47 for the Hornets. Hannah Guernsey added a 50 and Olivia Guernsey and Taytum Easton each completed their rounds in 51 strokes.
Henryville 195: K. Easton 47, Nipper 47, H. Guerney 50, O. Guernsey 51, T. Easton 51, Horn 57, Sinn 66, Kleinert 68, Gardner 70
Trinity Lutheran NTS: Gabbard 62
Golf Preview: Bulldogs hope to challenge Floyd
8/6/2017 Justin Maskulinski (News & Tribune)
NEW ALBANY — One of the main storylines heading into the girls' golf season is who will emerge as the area's top players.
Last season, the three NTSPY Finalists — Borden's Makenzie Smith and the Floyd Central duo of Lauren Decker and Sydney LaDuke — were seniors.
New Albany is hopeful that it will not only have one of the top golfers, but one of the top teams in 2017.
"We have a chance to be better than we've been in a long time," Bulldogs coach Kelly Hook said. "If everybody comes out and we get them focused, we can have the best team that we've had in a long time. We should be able to contend for first or second at the sectional."
The everybody-comes-out part of the quote cannot be understated. New Albany has five golfers on this year's roster — four are needed to score in a tournament. Last season, they barely had four for the sectional tournament. In fact, their fourth player battled sickness and the Dogs advanced to the regional by a stroke.
"It's really tough," Hook said. "Some of these other schools, they'll have 15 golfers. I'm begging for girls to come out. From day to day, you don't know. If one girl's sick, we can't play [as a team]."
One consistent part of the lineup will likely be Hook's daughter, Kaylan. She's been the No. 1 golfer for the Dogs since her sophomore season. After a summer of golfing, she hopes to enter her senior year on a roll.
"I pretty much played every day," Kaylan said. "Played in a lot of tournaments, more than I have in prior summers. I've just been working hard. It's my senior year and I want to put forth all the effort I can to make it the best."
Another returning player for New Albany is Stevie Roth. Like Hook, she hopes to make the most of her senior season.
"I'm excited for this year, honestly," Roth said. "We're all seniors now and we're more prepared than ever. It's my last year, I want to do as best as I possibly can. I want to leave my mark here."
Floyd Central has long been the area's top program. This year, the Highlanders will aim for their fifth straight sectional crown, but they'll do it without Decker and LaDuke.
Coach Hook has respect for his team's rival, saying, "They don't fall, they just kind of reload," but he hope his Dogs can make a run at the sectional this season.
"We've been the second child for all these years," Hook said. "This is our chance to win sectional or place real high. Floyd Central had two, three, four golfers that were just fantastic every year. This is our time to try to combat [Floyd] and try to make a move."
• HEAD COACH: Jim Schuld (third year with Borden and overall) and Rob Jones (second year with Borden and overall).
• HOME COURSE: No home course.
• LAST SEASON: Makenzie Smithadvanced to the state finals last year, the first time ever for a Borden golfer.
• KEY LOSSES: Smith.
• RETURNING VARSITY PLAYERS: Genevieve Zakrzewski (So.).
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Natalie Lewis (Fr.), Alyse Medlock (Jr.)
• OUTLOOK: Schuld expects this year to be a learning season for the Braves. The goals are to teach proper swings and get them ready for next year. Zakrzewski has a chance to advance to the regional.
• SCHULD SAYS: "We have a young team that is learning the fundamentals. If everything goes as planned we will be a team to reckon with next year.”
• HEAD COACH: Kim Carroll (13th season).
• HOME COURSE: Elk Run.
• LAST SEASON: Did not have a full team at sectional.
• KEY LOSSES: None.
• RETURNING VARSITY PLAYERS: Brianna McCutcheon (Sr.), Chloe Fellows (So.), Addison Harden (So.), Emmaly Rose (So.), Maddisen Smith (Jr.), Korree Tharp (So.).
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Lizzie Hill (Fr.), Pam McCoy (Fr.), Julianna Roberts (Fr.).
• OUTLOOK: Charlestown has a handful of returning players from last year's team and three newcomers on the roster. Carroll hopes to be competitive with the teams on their schedule.
• COACH SAYS: "With six girls returning, they will provide leadership for our new golfers. I feel our new golfers will learn the game and improve as the year goes."
• HEAD COACH: Marty Hope (second season).
• HOME COURSE: Hidden Creek.
• LAST SEASON: Eighth at Corydon Sectional.
• KEY LOSSES: None.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Britney Rodewig (Sr.), Angelann Ramer (Jr.), Grace Jennings (So.).
• NEW PLAYERS: Trinity Snider (Fr.), Lizzy Conn (Jr.).
• OUTLOOK: Last season was the first for CAI girls' golf. They'll return two of their scoring golfers from last year's sectional and will have two newcomers. As a newer team, the Warriors will look to improve each time they take to the course.
• HOPE SAYS: "As we enter this season, I look forward to the mental, physical and spiritual growth of the team. I know we are capable of achieving great things on and off the course."
• HEAD COACH: Tosha Embry (fifth season).
• HOME COURSE: Wooded View.
• LAST SEASON: Did not have a full team at sectional.
• KEY LOSSES: None.
• RETURNING VARSITY PLAYERS: Abby Martin (Sr.), Heather Slack (Sr.), Trinitee Henning (So.).
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Riley Martin (Fr.).
• OUTLOOK: With a full roster and experience coming back, Clarksville hopes to continue to improve and should win a match or two by season's end.
• EMBRY SAYS: "This is the first season that I will have a full team of girls that have at least one year of experience going into the season, which I am really excited about. I have seen them all put in the time and work during the offseason and I really hope to see it pay off by being competitive this season, especially for my two seniors."
• HEAD COACH: Kara Collier (fourth season).
• HOME COURSE: Valley View.
• LAST SEASON: Corydon Sectional champion; Eighth at Washington Regional.
• KEY LOSSES: Sydney LaDuke and Lauren Decker.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Jillian Moorefield (Sr.), Morgan Spanopoulos (Jr.), Emma Hausz (Jr.), Sydney Palmer (Jr.).
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Maddie Jaehnen (Sr.), Francesca Hartlage (So.), Sydney Juliot (So.), Courtney Kessinger (So.), Haleigh Collins (Fr.), Zoe Hoehn (Fr.), Isabella Stumle (Fr.).
• OUTLOOK: It will be tough to replace two Girls' Golfer of the Year candidates in LaDuke and Decker. That said, Floyd has a deep program and its players should adjust and improve as the season rolls along. They should compete for the sectional title again — it would be their fifth in a row.
• COLLIER SAYS: "This is going to be another great year for FC. It will be exciting for the girls who worked so hard to see it all pay off as we get underway. This is a fantastic group of girls that will accomplish big things as long as they continue to work hard."
• HEAD COACH: Robin Embry (14th season).
• HOME COURSE: Champions Pointe.
• LAST SEASON: Second at Madison Sectional; 16th at Roncalli Regional.
• KEY LOSSES: None.
• RETURNING VARSITY PLAYERS: Kennedy Easton (Sr.), Darian Nipper (Sr.), Hannah Guernsey (Sr.), Allison Horn (So.), Olivia Guernsey (So.).
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Ally Gardner (Jr.), Mady Dotso (So.), Taytum Easton (Fr.), Sydney Kleinert (Fr.), Malorie Sinn (Fr.).
• OUTLOOK: With the core back and a solid group of newcomers, Henryville should expect to get out of the Madison Sectional, as it did last season. Embry's hope is that the team is playing its best golf at the end of the season.
• EMBRY SAYS: "I'm hoping our three seniors provide leadership, especially in an example of etiquette, attitude and work ethic. We'll have internal competition to be in our top 5, which will make us better. We expect to be competitive in each of our matches and, with commitment and improvement, be able to compete for the sectional title. We're looking forward to getting the season started."
• HEAD COACH: Dusty Corum (seventh season).
• HOME COURSE: Elk Run.
• LAST SEASON: Seventh at Corydon Sectional.
• RETURNING VARSITY PLAYERS: None.
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Corum said there are 17 newcomers.
• OUTLOOK: With 17 freshmen entering the season with little to no experience, Corum says his team will look to build up the program during this season.
• CORUM SAYS: "Looking forward to teaching the new golfers and working on building a future competitive team."
• HEAD COACH: Kelly Hook (third season).
• HOME COURSE: Valley View.
• LAST SEASON: Third at Corydon Sectional, 16th at Washington Regional.
• KEY LOSSES: None.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Kaylan Hook (Sr.), Stevie Roth (Sr.), Cortney Holder (Sr.), Erin Bell (Jr.), Jessica Orr (So.)
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: None.
• OUTLOOK: With the top two Floyd golfers graduating, New Albany may have a chance at challenging the Highlanders for the sectional crown. With just five golfers — four are needed to score as a team — health and consistent play will be a key for the Bulldogs.
• HOOK SAYS: "We are very experienced this year. We have three seniors and one junior — still a small team, but they have played together a long time. Kaylan Hook should be one of the top golfers in the area. She has played No. 1 since she was a sophomore. She has scholarship offers from some colleges and has had a good summer of golf this year."
• HEAD COACH: Ken Allender (second season with girls, eighth overall).
• HOME COURSE: Covered Bridge.
• LAST SEASON: Fourth at Corydon Sectional.
• KEY LOSSES: Alexa Wilson, Raymond Taylor.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Shea Caylor (Sr.), Ellie Mayberry (Jr.), Alex Henderson (Jr.), Kennedy Allender (So.), Jessica Hartlage (So.).
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: None.
• OUTLOOK: Last season, Providence was edged for the last advancing spot at the sectional by just one stroke. With only two golfers to replace, Allender expects his team to compete for a regional spot this year.
• ALLENDER SAYS: "These girls have some potential to do really well. Their attitude toward working on their game has been good in the offseason. It should pay off for them this fall."
• HEAD COACH: Matt Graston (second season).
• HOME COURSE: Elk Run.
• LAST SEASON: Did not have a full team at sectional.
• KEY LOSSES: Liv Schmidt, Savannah O’Neil, Ashton Crutcher.
• RETURNING VARSITY PLAYERS: Syd Sorg (Jr.).
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Graston is hoping for more players to come out.
• OUTLOOK: The approach to the season is a bit different without a scoring team. That said, Sorg has a chance to improve and advance as an individual once the postseason arrives. Sorg can look at recent Borden grad Makenzie Smith, who advanced to the state finals last season as an individual, for inspiration.
• GRASTON SAYS: "Unfortunately our middle school program didn’t get going until two years ago so we are still one [or] two years away from getting some of those girls from our feeder system. It’ll be nice to start seeing some of those girls hit the high school ranks and help contribute with Syd."
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ON THE SPOT: IHSGCA honors Henryville's Badger
6/28/2017 Justin Maskulinski (News & Tribune)
HENRYVILLE — Golf is a sport that requires great focus.
It’s hard enough when the mind, muscles and joints are on the same page. For Brant Badger, there are extra hurdles.
Badger, now 17 and about to be a senior at Henryville, was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) at 14.
EDS is a connective tissue disorder characterized by hyper-mobile joints, hyper-extensive skin and tissue fragility. It also causes migraines. The EDS led to Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), which impacts blood pressure.
While dealing with EDS and POTS, Badger is a student and a member of Henryville’s golf team, which made it to the regional as a team for the first time this season.
“It’s clear to me he deals with some level of pain on a daily basis. In addition, from my perspective, one of the difficulties with this condition is that it can’t be seen,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “However, he doesn’t complain. He’s always willing to help others and his sense of humor — even if the joke is on him — is infectious. He’s a great young man to spend time with and he’s managed to become a pretty good golfer. I’ve been blessed by him and his family.”
On June 16, Badger was the recipient of the Mitchel J. Winger Award, which is presented by the Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association to a player who has overcome a particular handicap in the pursuit of playing golf.
Because an in-person interview might have caused complications, News and Tribune sports reporter Justin Maskulinski, by e-mail, asked Brant about EDS, the season and receiving the award.
Question: If you remember, what was your reaction to the [EDS] diagnosis?
Brant Badger: I did not fully understand the diagnosis, so I did not really have much of a reaction. I did not fully understand how it would affect me.
Q: What sports did you play before the diagnosis? Did EDS take any sports away from you competitively?
B: Baseball, basketball, tennis, track and golf. Migraines have caused me to miss so much school and practices that it is difficult to practice enough. In regards to EDS, the more physically-demanding sports were too difficult to play because I was continually getting injured. The last year I tried to play basketball, I sprained my ankle twice and dislocated my finger in the 1-2 months that I tried.
Q: Describe how your day-to-day life is impacted by EDS and POTS. What typical activities are made difficult?
B: Originally, the POTS caused me to be light-headed, so I had to be careful during activities. My medicine has helped a lot for that.
EDS makes my joints hurt. Walking can aggravate my knees. It is hard to get a lot of exercise because of this. The symptom of EDS that causes most issues are the migraines. I miss a lot of school. I miss a lot of activities with friends.
On days when I don’t have migraines, I often still avoid activities because of what might trigger migraines. For example, I do not attend basketball games with my friends because loud noises can trigger my migraines. Since I miss so much school, my grades have dropped. I struggle to keep up with my school work.
Q: Sometimes sports can be an escape for people. Do you feel about golf that way?
B: I don’t feel that it is an escape because golfing can still trigger my migraines or I can roll an ankle. Golf is more of an opportunity for me to feel like a normal kid.
Q: Henryville had a very good golf season this spring with a regular season record of 30-8, another SAC championship, the school’s first trip to the boys’ regional. What was it like to be a part of that?
B: I loved it. It was very exciting to be part of the team. It meant even more to me because I felt I was able to contribute to the team.
Q: Coach Embry has known you your whole life. How has he helped you off and on the course?
B: Coach Embry has been great as a coach. He is very flexible with me. If I do not feel well enough to practice or play, he is very understanding. I really feel that he cares more about how I feel. If I am feeling well and we don’t have a team practice, Coach Embry has met me at the course so I can get practice. He has given me a lot of confidence.
Coach Embry has always been someone that I can contact if I need help at anything. Just knowing that he is available is a great feeling. I know he often checks on me through my dad.
Q: What was your reaction to receiving the Mitchel J. Winger Courage Award?
B: I was very surprised. Coach Embry sent me information on what the award meant. Once I fully understood the full meaning of the award, I was very honored and happy. I was excited and nervous to receive the award.
Q: Do you have college plans for the future? If yes, where and have you thought of a major?
B: Computer Engineering. Hopefully, Purdue.
Q: I’m told you have a good sense of humor. What’s your favorite joke or what makes you laugh the easiest?
B: I prefer corny jokes and jokes that make you think. Why didn’t the toilet paper cross the road? It got stuck in a crack.
Henryville named Athletics Program of the Year
6/24/2017 Justin Maskulinski (News & Tribune)
When going through Clark and Floyd counties, there are at least a couple powerhouses when it comes to athletic success.
In the past, two of those — Floyd Central and Providence — have been named as the News and Tribune Athletic Program of the Year. We at the News and Tribune strive to give as much recognition as possible to local programs. For this reason, we did more than just count sectional titles this year.
In the 2016-17 school year, one school saw four programs make history. For that reason, Henryville is the 2016-17 Athletic Program of the Year.
To say that only four programs were successful would be false, though.
Over the course of the season, the Hornets placed eight of 12 teams inside the top three of the Southern Athletic Conference. Five — volleyball, boys' and girls' basketball, boys' track and boys' golf — were SAC champions.
In the SAC All-Sports Trophy standings, the Hornet boys won and the girls placed second to Borden.
Oftentimes, the continued success of a program requires a watershed moment or two. Four Henryville programs — boys' soccer, boys' basketball, boys' golf and softball — all had program-best years that could end up being those moments.
In the fall, the Hornets saw their soccer team win a sectional title for the first time in program history.
They did it without nine starters from the previous year's team, including Jacob Janek, who scored over half of the Hornets' goals the year before.
In 2016, the team replaced Janek by committee.
"This past year's team was a very unselfish team, not that we were ever selfish at all," coach John Harris said. "Everyone kind of distributed and played and hustled their own part. They filled the shoes with three, four, five individuals. It really became a more cohesive team. We never struggled with cohesiveness, we just became more of a unit."
Due to a lack of girls' soccer numbers, Henryville plays a co-ed squad. Harris is hopeful the first sectional title can lead to more participation.
"We're trying to get a girls team going, we're just falling a little short of real numbers," Harris said. "There's a lot more guys, students and the community taking the sport a little more serious. With winning the sectional title, we saw a lot of people coming out of the woodwork with interest in playing again."
Another nice fall run was made by the girls' golf team, which placed second in its sectional to move to the regional.
The success of the fall carried into the winter, where Henryville boys' basketball won 19 games — a program record for regular season wins and the best season since the 1940s.
"I knew what we had coming back," coach Jared Hill said. "I knew with Braxton Robertson's leadership and toughness, we were going to be pretty good. Once we got the ball rolling — beating Silver Creek and winning those first couple games — the kids knew as well."
The Hornets drew a top-ranked Providence squad in the first round of the sectional and lost. The Pioneers were responsible for two of Henryville's six losses on the season.
After the initial shock and pain of loss settled, the Hornets were able to appreciate their historic season.
"We hated the way that it ended," Hill said. "We had our awards banquet and kind of did a recap of the season. We did a lot of good things — that many wins, beating Silver Creek, staying ranked most of the year — those were things that had not happened in a long time. We really did not spend any time celebrating during the season, so at the end-of-the-year awards, it was nice to kind of look back and look at some of the accomplishments."
The town rallied around the team, too. That was something Hill enjoyed.
"It's a great overall feeling," the former Hornet said. "You get to the dead of the winter and there's really not a whole lot going on other than basketball. For me, to see the people in the stands clapping and cheering and getting excited to come watch the product we were putting out, that meant a lot to me. The kids loved it, too, just seeing how excited people in their 50s, 60s, 70s — we even had at least one in their mid-90s — coming to a game."
The spring saw two successful runs from the Hornets. The boys' golf team won the Southern Athletic Conference and advanced to the regional as a team for the first time in the program's 40-plus years.
"Since we've been up at [the Madison Sectional], I think the worst we've finished is fifth," golf coach Robin Embry said. "We've been really close and quite honestly, we've shot better scores. We knew the Madison Sectional was a bit soft this year. Madison was really good, then we felt like there was about five of us that would be battling for the second and third spots."
Of all the teams at Henryville, softball had the most success. The Hornets posted a 23-7 record, had three All-SAC players and the co-Coach of the Year in rookie Amanda Embry.
Henryville won two games in the sectional by a combined score of 21-0. In the 1-game regional, it defeated Milan. It was the second regional title in program history. The first came in 2009-10.
"I was ecstatic," Amanda Embry said. "I was so proud of the girls for coming that far. That's what we worked on from January on during conditioning and practicing. You work for that, so it was exciting."
The Hornets' season ended in the semistate championship with a loss to eventual state champion Scecina Memorial. In 2009-10, the team lost one game from the state championship game.
Embry, a 2010 Henryville grad, was a pitching coach of the Hornets for a couple years but did not know what to expect in her first season as the head coach. Like Hill, the support of the team stuck out to her.
"I was very appreciative," she said. "All the families came out and stuff. At regionals, I had some of my former teammates I hadn't seen in awhile come to the game. We had so much support. It was crazy."
Whether the four program-best seasons in 2016-17 become watershed moments or not, it's clear the Henryville had a year to remember.
Boys' Golf: NTSPY Finalists and All-Area team
6/19/2017 Justin Maskulinski (News & Tribune)
Golf, like so many other sports, is about peaking at the right time.
The three NTSPY nominees for boys' golf had strong outings in postseason events, as well as impressive scores throughout the season.
Jeffersonville's Jay Williams and the Floyd Central duo of Jack Lilly and Dylan Zink were among the low scores in the conference and postseason tournaments. For that reason, they're the nominees for Boys' Golf Player of the Year.
An independent panel has chosen the Players of the Year for each of the 19 sports, along with an overall Player of the Year, a multiple-sport Athlete of the Year, a Coach of the Year and a Team of the Year. The Girls' Track Athlete of the Year award winner will be announced at the NTSPY Awards ceremony on Tuesday, June 20 at Eastside Christian Church in Jeffersonville. The public is invited to attend the free event.
Here's more on the three finalists:
JACK LILLY, FLOYD CENTRAL - Like in his freshman year, Jack Lilly came on strong at the end of the season.
First, he won medalist honors at the Providence Sectional, which Floyd won as a team.
"We peaked right at sectionals, regionals," he said. "At sectionals for us to all come together was awesome."
Then Lilly advanced as an individual after a strong round at the Providence Regional. The Highlanders team missed state by eight strokes.
"These last couple weeks, I'm really getting to where I can trust my swing," Lilly said after the regional. "I'm not really having to think about it too much. The putter started rolling in, that's for sure. I can really just trust my game and let it happen."
At the state finals as an individual, Lilly tied for 52nd place with a 36-hole score of 157. His postseason success earned him the NTSPY nomination.
"It's nice to know that I have the ability to compete at a good level." he said. "Hopefully I can do it even more often next year."
JAY WILLIAMS, JEFFERSONVILLE - For the second straight year, Jay Williams was one of the area's top golfers.
As the No. 1 golfer for Jeffersonville, he led the Red Devils to one of their best years in recent memory. Though Jeff did not advance to the regional as a team, Williams moved on as an individual and was eight strokes off the cut for state.
"For me to be able to get to regionals is a highlight," Williams said. "My goal way to get to state, but I got to regionals so at least I made it out of sectionals. As a whole, I would look back on my season as better than last year. I'll take and hopefully next year I can win them all."
The NTSPY nomination is the second for Williams, who won the individual HHC championship as a junior.
"It's extremely humbling," he said. "Last year it was totally out of the blue. I didn't expect it at all. This year it was definitely something to work toward to know that all of my hard work is culminating into something. It's really special."
DYLAN ZINK, FLOYD CENTRAL - Dylan Zink was the No. 1 golfer for a talented Floyd Central squad.
The Highlanders entered the season determined to win the sectional title after Providence snapped their 13-year win streak last spring. The Highlanders placed fifth at the regional, eight strokes from advancing to state.
"We started off decent then we kind of hit a flat spot there for awhile," Zink said. "We still peaked at the right time. A few shots here or there and we make it out [of regional]. If somebody at the beginning of the year would've said [we'd finish] fourth place at regionals, I would've probably taken that."
Zink placed second in the Hoosier Hill Conference as an individual. A back injury bothered him in the sectional, but he put up a plus-6. He'll return as a determined player in his senior year. He posted a plus-11 at the regional.
"It's definitely to hold your head high about," he said of his first NTSPY nomination. "Coming short here the last couple rounds is a little unfortunate, but I'll be back for next year.
NEWS AND TRIBUNE ALL-AREA TEAM
FIRST TEAM - Jacob Balz, Silver Creek senior; Nolan Keeler, New Albany sophomore; Jack Lilly, Floyd Central junior; Jay Williams, Jeffersonville junior; Dylan Zink, Floyd Central junior
SECOND TEAM - Shawn Fitzpatrick, Providence junior; Conner Furnish, Henryville junior; Garred Perronie, Silver Creek junior; Adam Rutledge, Floyd Central senior; Joey Steinert, New Albany junior
THIRD TEAM - Brant Badger, Henryville junior; Blake Berry, Jeffersonville senior; Harrison Eades, Floyd Central sophomore; Hayden Hope, Christian Academy junior; Max Vogen, Rock Creek senior
HONORABLE MENTION - Blake Berry, Jeffersonville; Jared Cecil, Silver Creek; Allen Crews, Jeffersonville; Jacob Harper, Silver Creek; Kris Glass, Henryville; Luke Pruitt, Floyd Central; Adam Rivera, New Albany; Jarrett Rowe, Providence
COACH OF THE YEAR - Kevin Nash, Floyd Central
Floyd fifth; Lilly Advances at Regional
6/8/2017 Justin Maskulinski (News & Tribune)
HENRYVILLE — Floyd Central narrowly missed the state cut at the Providence Regional at Champions Pointe on Thursday.
The Highlanders shot a team score of 309 — good for fifth place and just eight strokes behind third-place Bedford. Center Grove won with a team score of 278, 10 under par. Columbus North was second with a 290.
"I knew we had to be around 300 with the field that was here," Floyd coach Kevin Nash said. "We got off to a pretty good start. We turned and through our first nine, we were right in there. We just had a kind of rough backside and didn't quite get it done. I'm proud of the guys because we've continually gotten better all year."
Though Floyd's team season came to an end, one of its golfers played well enough to continue as an individual. Junior Jack Lilly shot a 70, or 2-under, to crack the top-5 of non-team-advancing individuals. Lilly was the medalist at Monday's Providence Sectional.
"These last couple weeks, I'm really getting to where I can trust my swing," Lilly said. "I'm not really having to think about it too much. The putter started rolling in, that's for sure. I can really just trust my game and let it happen."
In its first regional as a team, Silver Creek rounded out the top-10. The Dragons shot a 322 and were led by Jacob Balz's 79.
"I'm proud of the top-10 finish" Dragons coach Matt Graston said. "We knew coming in it was going to be stiff competition. It's probably the toughest regional in the state. We were pretty consistent today and 322 is a great score, I'll take it."
New Albany was eight strokes behind Silver Creek in 12th place. In his first season as the Bulldogs' coach, Hunter Anderson saw his team surprise with a second-place sectional finish last week.
"Losing three starters this year, as a whole, the season wasn't bad," he said. "I know a lot of people were not expecting us to make it out of sectionals, which was our goal. This regional's the toughest in the state by far. If you get out of this regional, you're playing some really good golf."
Henryville, which was also in its first regional as a team, shot a team score of 385. Conner Furnish and Brant Badger led the way with rounds of 93.
"Our guys struggled a bit," coach Robin Embry said. "They each had a big hole or two which resulted in higher than average scores. However, it was a great experience. With off-season work and improvement, we hope to use today's experience at next years regional. I'm looking forward to having them all back."
Jeffersonville's Jay Williams struggled at the start but recovered to shoot a plus-9. After a plus-8 on the front, he shot a plus-1 on the back for an 81. His score missed the state cut by eight strokes.
"Obviously, it's a hard course. It's really tough," the junior said. "It takes a lot of preparation and you have to trust your preparation. Next year I'll come back and I'll know exactly what I have to do to get around this course a little better."
Corydon Central's Joey Wiseman was the individual regional championship with his round of 67. The sophomore edged Columbus North's Matt Vorndrun in a 1-hole playoff.
PROVIDENCE REGIONAL (At Champions Pointe, Henryville, par 72)
Advancing individuals: Wiseman (CC), Osterburg (PM), Lilly (FC), Weiler (BS), Carson Pierce (Ja).
Center Grove 278: Ethan Shepherd 68, Sam Jean 68, Noah Gillard 71, Luke DeHaven 71, Logan Anderson 75.
Columbus North 290: Matt Vorndrun 67, Spencer Fairbanks 72, Bryce Turner 72, Drew Smith 79, Zachery Schiavello 86.
Bedford 301: Ethan Stanley 74, Daylen Tidd 75, Blake Martin 75, Jalen Hodges 77, Koby Robb 79.
Perry Meridian 305: Nick Osterburg 68, Corey Miller 78, Logan McSorley 78, Lucas Moriarty 81, Chase Miller 83,
Floyd Central 309: Jack Lilly 70, Harrison Eades 76, Luke Pruitt 80, Dylan Zink 83, Adam Rutledge 90.
Madison 310: Landon Conner 75, Blake Kiefer 75, Austin Mahoney 79, Case Kiefer 81, Drew Barron 81.
Bloomington South 311: Joe Weiler 70, Tanner Shapiro 79, Seth Kestranek 81, Brett Knorr 81, Ben Lewis 82.
Jasper 318: Carson Pierce 73, Bryan Hagan 79, Matt Lottes 82, Jack Bies 84, Luke Lehane 92.
Franklin 318: Matthew Jordan 75, Emerson Downing 75, Javan Johnson 76, Blake McIntire 92, Luke Stultz 99.
Silver Creek 322: Jacob Balz 79, Jacob Harper 80, Garred Peronie 81, Bryce Crutcher 82, Jared Cecil 90.
Columbus East 326: Derek Alexander 74, Thomas Ruch 79, Nathan Cesarski 84, Mark Mayhew 89, Adrian Adams 90.
New Albany 330: Nolan Keeler 80, Joey Steinert 80, Adam Rivera 84, Kameron Guess 86, Caiden Walters 94.
Bloomington North 333: Sam Wise 80, Trey Wilson 83, Evan Todd 83, Logan Vernon 87, Jace Day 87.
Heritage Hills 348: Alex Gordon 76, Dakota Deller 89, Creek Talbott 91, Rylan Cox 92, Josh Nelson 96.
Greensburg 351: Trevor Stapp 85, Anthony Treash 87, Trevor Foster 89, Kyle Sellers 90, Curtis Bausback 104.
Forest Park 379: Bryce Brosmer 91, Jacob Weisman 95, Zach Wendholt 96, Evan Weyer 97, Aaron White 98.
Henryville 385: Conner Furnish 93, Brant Badger 93, Kris Glass 97, Clayton Fields 102, Kevin Hollis 131.
Jennings County 388: Bryce Kirchner 86, Justin Gasper 98, Hunter Conrad 100, Austin Roscoe 104, Adam Leach 120.
Henryville Advances to Regional for First Time
6/5/2017 Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)
MADISON — Henryville shot a 350 at Monday's Madison Sectional.
That was good for third place overall and a spot in Thursday's Providence Regional at Champions Pointe — the Hornets' home course. It's the first time in program history the Hornets advanced past the sectional round.
"We're very happy to be the first boys' team from Henryville to earn a spot in the regional," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "We knew if we could post both sides in the 170s, we'd have a chance. We're looking forward to representing our community and school this Thursday at Champions Pointe."
The Hornets were led by Conner Furnish, who shot an 83, and Brant Badger, who carded an 85 at the par-72 Sunrise Golf Course. Clayton Fields added an 88.
"Conner has been consistent all season and came through with a good one today," Embry said. "Brant played very well on the front nine and Clayton played very well on the back. They both posted good rounds."
Rock Creek's Max Vogen also advanced to the regional with a round of 88. New Washington shot a 411 and Charlestown a 475 on the day. New Wash was led by Will Meadors' round of 100, while Matt Carr paced the Pirates with a 106.
The host Cubs dominated the sectional with three of the top four finishers. Austin Mahoney's 71 was five strokes better than runner-up teammate Landon Conner. Jennings County finished second with a 350. The Panthers earned the tiebreaker over Henryville with a better fifth score.
MADISON SECTIONAL (Sunrise, Madison, par 72)
Madison 305: Mahoney 71, Conner 76, B. Kiefer 78, C. Kiefer 80, Barron 82
Jennings County 350: Kirchner 79, Roscoe 86, Leach 91, Gasper 94, Conrad 99
Henryville 350: Furnish 83, Badger 85, Fields 88, Glass 94, Miller 120
Switzerland County 360: Whitham 86, Ni. Braun 87, Na. Braun 91, Tice 96, Hayes 102
Southwestern 366: Mefford 77, Hadley 91, Peck 94, Beverley 104, Phillip 116
Scottsburg 373: Bowles 83, Coomer 88, Albertson 99, Everett 103, Copple 107
Rising Sun 384: Turner 89, Markland 94, Gallegos 100, Webb 101, Brown 103
Austin 418: Jordan 95, Adams 100, Johnson 105, Smith 118, Jordan 142
New Washington 411: Meadors 100, Swoboda 109, Wilson 111, Raney 121
Charlestown 475: Carr 106, Wolter 120, Crump 120, Doty 129
Rock Creek NTS: Vogen 88, Dethy 105, Floyd 123
South Ripley NTS: Thomas 102, Welch 104, Wake 105
Shawe NTS: Stewart 108
Henryville second in 4-way
5/31/2017 (News & Tribune)
HENRYVILLE — Henryville placed second in a 3-way match at Champions Pointe on Wednesday.
The Hornets shot a team score of 178, nine strokes back from victorious Trinity Lutheran.
"It was good to be back in the 170s," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "Conner [Furnish] has played consistently well all season and Kris [Glass] is trending in the right direction. Clayton [Fields] and Brant [Badger] played well other than a hole or two. We'll put in some practice the next few days and give it our best Monday. Hopefully, we can post low 170s on each side and see where that puts us"
Furnish and Glass tied for the Hornet lead with rounds of 40, or plus-4.
Rock Creek fielded three golfers and was led by Max Vogen's 47.
Trinity Lutheran 169: Cy. Stuckwisch 39, Cd Stuckwisch 43, Jn Keith 43, Jc Keith 44, Royalty 44, Stahl 44
Henryville 178: Furnish 40, Glass 40, Fields 47, Badger 51, Hollis 61, Miller 66
Austin 212: T Johnson 46, Adams 47, C Johnson 58, Smith 61, Jordan 65
Rock Creek NTS: Vogen 47, Dethy 53, Floyd 71
Madison golfers fire 141 in win at Sunrise
5/30/2017 Sports Staff (Madison Courier)
Madison’s ‘A’ boys golf team shot an impressive 141 to win a quad meet at home on Tuesday at Sunrise Golf Course.
The Cubs, playing the back nine at Sunrise, had all four scorers break 40 in one of their best rounds in years. Blake Kiefer’s 40 was the fifth-lowest score on the day and it didn’t even count in the team scoring.
Landon Conner led the Madison charge with a three-under 33 that included an eagle on No. 11. Austin Mahoney was one-under with a 35, Case Kiefer was even par at 36 and Drew Barron shot a 37.
“We had an extremely strong outing today. Our ‘A’ teams’ total was 141 and we have been told that the school record is either a 140 or a 141. Regardless it was an incredibly good team effort,” Madison coach Dale Crafton said. “Landon Conner had a 33, which is the lowest nine hole score for any individual this year. I was pleased to see Drew and Blake bounce back after a disappointing 18 holes on Saturday. Our ‘B’ team continues to improve, which is a good sign moving into next year. We have one more match, and should we win, we will finish the season undefeated in match play.”
Madison’s ‘B’ team placed third with a 194 led by Trent Jamieson with a 45. Jon Motenko shot a 48, Hunter Lighter had a 49, Dylan White a 52 and Landon McDowell a non-scoring 54.
Henryville finished second as a team with a 181. Conner Furnish and Kristopher Glass each shot 42 to lead the Hornets, Clayton Fields had a 46 and Brant Badger a 51. In non-scoring rounds, Cameron Miller had a 58 and Kevin Hollis a 65.
“We can’t seem to get everyone in the 40s on the same day. We’ll have to drop a couple strokes per player to challenge for one of the top three spots out of the sectional,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “We’ll play again tomorrow, put in some good practice the rest of the week, and give it our best on Monday.”
Charlestown was fourth with a 239. Matt Carr led the Pirates with a 52, Brian Wolter had a 58, Ty Crump a 63 and Caden Doty a 66.
Dragons Top Hornets at Sunrise
5/25/2017 Justin Maskulinski (News & Tribune)
MADISON — All six of Silver Creek's golfers were within five strokes of each other in a 162-186 win over Henryville at Sunrise Golf Course on Friday.
Jacob Harper and Garred Perronie led the Dragons and tied for medalist honors with rounds of 39, or plus-3. The other four Silver Creek golfers shot between 42 and 44.
The Hornets were led by Kristopher Glass, Conner Furnish and Brant Badger, who shot 43, 44 and 45, respectively.
"We've had a couple of matches cancelled, so it was good to be back in competition," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "It was our first look at the [Madison] Sectional course this season and we'll be back next week. ... We'll put in a good week next week and see where that takes us."
Madison Shawe also participated in Friday's match, but had one golfer and therefore did not have a team score. Zach Stewart shot a 50.
Silver Creek 162: Harper 39, Perronie 39, Crutcher 42, Cecil 42, Balz 44, Popp 44
Henryville 186: Glass 43, Furnish 44, Badger 45, Fields 54, Miller 59, Hollis 66
Madison Shawe NTS: Stewart 50
Henryville wins SAC for sixth straight time
5/20/2017 Justin Maskulinski (News & Tribune)
HENRYVILLE — Storms shortened the Southern Athletic Conference Championship, but Henryville still emerged with its sixth straight conference title — and 12th in the last 13 seasons — at Champions Pointe on Saturday.
The championship was scored on nine holes and the Hornets shot a 180, 42 strokes lower than second-place New Washington.
"It always good to win the conference," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "The kids played well and it would have been nice to have finished all 18 holes. It appears we were going to score better on the back."
Conner Furnish, Clayton Fields, Brant Badger and Kris Glass all earned All-SAC honors for Henryville. Furnish was the medalist with a plus-3 effort.
"I'm very happy Conner obtained his goal of being medalist," Embry, who was named Coach of the Year, said. "In addition, it was nice to place four on the All-Conference team. Hopefully, we'll stayed focused and keep working to compete for one of the top three spots out of the sectional.
New Wash was led by Will Meadors' plus-15. Borden's lone golfer, Micah Franklin, shot a plus-19.
Henryville 180: Furnish 39*, Fields 44*, Badger 47*, Glass 50*, 60
New Washington 222: Meadors 51, Wilson 54, Swoboda 55, Raney 62
South Central 224: Lewis 45*, Basham 54, Stewart 61, Fisher 64, Cunningham 65
Lanesville 225: Winstead 52, Kaake 53, Hardin 57, Walker 63, Schoen 70
Crothersville NTS: Amick 49*, Riley 75
Borden NTS: Franklin 57
Hornets win 3-way
5/16/2017 Justin Maskulinski (News & Tribune)
HENRYVILLE — Henryville won a 3-way match with Lanesville and Clarksville at Champions Pointe.
The Hornets shot a team score of 185, led by medalist Conner Furnish's plus-5.
"We were disappointed with our overall score," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "We got off to a very good start, however, we struggled on the last few holes. We need to cleanup our short game and I think we'll be OK.
Lanesville was second with a 212. Noah Winstead led the Eagles with a plus-14.
Clarksville shot a 245. The Generals were led by Keegan Allred's plus-14.
Henryville 185: Furnish 41, Badger 43, Glass 49, Fields 52, Hollis 56, Miller 62
Lanesville 212: Winstead 50, Hardin 52, Kaake 54, Schoen 56, Walker 56, Keibler 69
Clarksville 245: Allred 50, Sprouls 61, McEwen 63, Cunningham 71
Hornets win 3-way match
5/11/2017 Justin Maskulinski (News & Tribune)
SELLERSBURG — Henryville beat Lanesville and Charlestown in a 3-way match at Hidden Creek.
The Hornets shot a 168 — 25 strokes better than second-place Lanesville — and were led by medalist Clayton Fields' plus-4.
"We started off a bit rough, however, the guys finished well and posted a nice score," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "We're putting in the time and we're trending toward better scores. Hopefully, we'll stay committed, focused and motivated."
Matt Carr led Charlestown with a plus-10. Noah Winstead's plus-12 led Lanesville.
Henryville 168: Fields 39, Furnish 41, Glass 43, Badger 45, Miller 53, Hollis 54.
Lanesville 193: Winstead 47, Walker 48, Hardin 49, Kaake 49, Schoen 52, Keibler 59.
Charlestown 205: Carr 45, Hodges 52, Doty 54, Crump 54, Wolter 56.
Silver Creek Wins West Clark Shootout
5/9/2017 Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)
HENRYVILLE — All five Silver Creek golfers shot a positive score using the modified Stableford System in Tuesday's West Clark Shootout at Champions Pointe.
The defending champion Dragons scored 31 points to defeat Henryville's 6 and Borden's minus-14. Silver Creek's Hunter Popp was the medalist with 13 points in the scoring system that assigns points to hole scores rather than total strokes.
Henryville was led by Conner Furnish's 9.
"Congrats to Silver Creek. They carded a nice score today," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "We become less competitive when any of our top four is missing, as was the case today. However, our two newcomers continue to improve and we still managed to card a respectable score. It was good to see our leaders play well today."
Modified Stableford System
Silver Creek 31: Popp 13, Crutcher 7, Harper 6, Cecil 6, Balz 4, Perroni 3.
Henryville 6: Furnish 9, Glass 7, Fields 6, Miller minus-16, Holls minus-23.
Borden NTS: Franklin minus-14.
Cubs’ Mahoney, Kiefer post red-number day as Madison golfers win at Champions Pointe
4/27/2017 Staff (Madison Courier)
Madison’s Austin Mahoney and Case Kiefer both shot red numbers as the Cubs rolled to a 147-196 win over Henryville at Champions Pointe Golf Course on Thursday.
Mahoney led the Cubs with a 2-under 34 that was good for medalist honors by a mere stroke over his teammate Kiefer at 1-under 35. Mahoney’s round included three birdies —including both par fives — and a bogey at the par-3 fourth hole whole Kiefer birdied two of the par fours and bogey the par-3 second hole.
“I’m very pleased with the scores today. Champions Pointe is not an easy course,” Madison coach Dale Crafton said. “Putting seemed to be the biggest issue for some of the golfers. I saw a lot of their putts rim the cups. Champions Pointe is where regionals is played so should we get out of sectionals it will benefit us to have played there as often as possible.”
Dalton Sizemore had a 2-over 38 for Madison and and Drew Barron rounded out the scoring with 40. Landon Conner and Trent Jameison each shot 41 and Blake Kiefer a 44 in non-scoring rounds.
“I am happy for Austin. He was the medalist and his scores continue to go down,” Crafton said. “Case and Dalton, also, played a great round. This is the first time this season anyone has been under par and today there were two golfers under par. It’s enjoyable to witness the success this team is having. We are undefeated so far in nine hole matches.”
Conner Furnish led Henryville with a 40, Clayton Fields had a 49, Brant Badger a 51 and Kristopher Glass a 56. Cameron Miller shot a 67 and Kevin Hollis a 71 in non-scoring rounds.
Crothersville also participated but did not field a full team. Will Amick led the Tigers with a 70 and Brandon Riley had a 72.
Madison returns to action on Saturday at the Bedford North Lawrence Invitational at Otis Park Golf Course.
Red Devils control Wooded View Invitational
4/22/2017 Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)
CLARKSVILLE — Jeffersonville had the top three individuals and rolled to a 40-stroke victory in the Wooded View Invitational in Clarksville on Saturday.
Jay Williams and Allen Crews tied for first place with rounds of 76. Williams won a 1-hole tiebreaker to win the medalist honor. Teammate Blake Berry was third overall with an 80. Rock Creek's Max Vogen was fourth overall with a round of 81.
Salem finished second and Henryville was third. The Hornets shot a 375, led by Conner Furnish's 87.
"The weather made things challenging with a saturated course and the temperature hovering around 50," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "It was a mental test and the guys hung in there and posted respectable scores. We'll continue to work and improve. Hats off to [Jeffersonville coach Dusty Corum] and his team. They shot a really good score."
Jeffersonville 314: Williams 76, Crews 76, Berry 80, Cross 82, Paul 86.
Salem 354: Noel 85, Wynn 89, Weill 89, Stout 91, Magnet 94.
Henryville 375: Furnish 87, Glass 94, Fields 95, Badger 99, Hollis 118.
Scottsburg 407: Bowles 87, Alberton 97, Coomer 105, Williams 118.
Rock Creek 460: Vogen 81, Dethy 105, Pompa 136, Floyd 138.
Charlestown 482: Carr 112, Hodges 114, Wolter 128, Doty 128.
Clarksville 553: Allred 129, McEwen 134, Sprouls 142, Cunningham 148.
Henryville falls to Cougars at Shadowood
4/17/2017 (News & Tribune)
SEYMOUR — All five Trinity Lutheran golfers shot in the 40s as the Cougars defeated Henryville 171-202 in a dual meet at Shadowood.
Cory Stuckwisch led Trinity with a 41 on the par-36 course.
Henryville was led by Conner Furnish's 46. Clayton Fields finished with a 50 and Brant Barger a 54 in the loss.
"Our scoring was very disappointing," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. " I'm not sure what it is, but each season we seem to struggle a bit on this course. It's a nice, challenging course. A few holes require you to hit it very straight and most of the holes test your short game. We didn't handle the test very well today. We'll put it behind us and move forward."
Trinity Lutheran 171: Cr. Stuckwisch 41, Stahl 42, Jn. Keith 43, Royalty 45, Jc. Keith 46, Cd. Stuckwisch 47.
Henryville 202: Furnish 46, Fields 50, Glass 52, Badger 54, Miller 64, Hollis 65.
Henryville sinks New Washington
4/15/2017 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)
HANOVER — Henryville sunk New Washington in an 18-hole match at Butler Falls on Saturday.
The Hornets were led by medalist Conner Furnish, who was seven strokes better than any other golfer at plus-8. The Henryville team score of 349 was nearly 100 strokes lower than that of New Wash.
"We played well, particularly on the front," Hornets coach Robin Embry said. "We probably had a bit of physical and mental fatigue on the back. Conner has had a very good start to his season, and I'm happy with all the guys. We're improving every week. Hopefully, with commitment and work, our improvement will continue.
The Mustangs were led by Will Meadors' 102. All four New Wash golfers were within 18 strokes of each other.
Henryville 349: Furnish 79, Fields 86, Badger 91, Hollis 128, Miller 130.
New Washington 445: Meadors 102, Swaboda 106, Raney 117, Wilson 120.
Hornets Win 4-Way
4/12/2017 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)
HENRYVILLE — Henryville easily defeated three opponents in a 4-way meet at Champions Pointe.
Conner Furnish was the medalist with a 44 and teammates Brant Badger and Clayton Fields shot 46 and 47, respectively.
"Individually, we're letting a couple holes get away from us or we'd be posting a much lower scores," Hornets coach Robin Embry said. "However, I have a lot of confidence in our front four. Once we have a few weeks of matches and practices behind us, they'll be posting better scores. In addition, our three new players continue to improve. Overall, we're happy with our first few matches. We'll keep working to improve."
Brian Hodges shot a 54 to pace Charlestown. A 50 from Brice Lewis was best for South Central and Borden's Micah Franklin completed his round in 55 strokes.
Henryville 188: Furnish 44, Badger 46, Fields 47, Glass 51, Hollis 64, Miller 69.
Charlestown 240: Hodges 54, Carr 56, Crump 65, Wolter 65, Doty 70.
South Central 251: Lewis 50, Stewart 64, Cunningham 67, Basham 70.
Borden NTS: Franklin 55.
Henryville Beats Shorthanded Shawe, Borden
4/11/2017 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)
HENRYVILLE — Host Henryville shot a 197 and beat Madison Shawe's and Borden's incomplete teams.
Conner Furnish had an outstanding round at 2-over 38 to take the medalist honor. Teammate Kristopher Glass was second with a 48 and Clayton Fields was third overall with a 50.
"With it being wet and cool, conditions were a bit challenging again," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "As of now, when we don't have our top four playing, it'll be tough to post a good team score. However, our front three posted respectable scores and I like the improvement of our newcomers."
Madison Shawe's Zach Stewart shot a 56 and Borden's Micah Franklin a 60.
Henryville 197: Furnish 38, Glass 48, Fields 50, Hollis 61, Miller 69.
Borden NTS: Franklin 60.
Madison Shawe NTS: Stewart 56.
Hornets Win Season Opener
4/7/2017 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)
HENRYVILLE — Henryville opened the 2017 season with a win in a 4-way meet at Champions Pointe.
The Hornets shot a 189 to defeat Southwestern, Scottsburg and New Washington.
"Conditions were a bit challenging. However, we managed to card a respectable score," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "We've got some work to do, but all-in-all, it was a good start to the season. We're happy to get started."
Henryville was paced by Conner Furnish's 43. New Washington's Will Meadors shot a 58. Southwestern's Hunter Mefford was the medalist with a 6-over 42.
Henryville 189: Furnish 43, Fields 45, Badger 48, Glass 53, Hollis 68, Miller 72.
Southwestern 198: Mefford 42, Hadley 49, Beverley 50, Peck 57, Phillip 58.
Scottsburg 223: Babbs 47, Albertson 56, Coomer 58, Williams 62, Everett 65.
New Washington 251: Meadors 58, Swoboda 62, Wilson 62, Raney 69.
Golf Preview: New Albany Hopes To Compete In Rebuilding Year
4/6/2017 by Justin Maskulinski (News & Tribune)
NEW ALBANY — In recent years, New Albany is on an upward trajectory.
Two years ago, the Bulldogs placed fifth in the sectional. Last season, it was a second-place finish. The Dogs will look to keep moving in the right direction, but it won't be easy.
New Albany enters the season having to replace three starters: Addison Greenwell, Cameron Walters and Ethan Hunter. Greenwell placed 13th in the state finals last season and currently golfs at Marian University.
The two returning starters — Joey Steinert and Adam Rivera — said they learned lessons from Greenwell.
"Addison definitely taught me a bunch," said Rivera, the Dogs' lone senior. "If there was tournaments that we didn't play well, he would talk to us about what we could improve on."
New Albany has a new coach, too. Hunter Anderson, who was the junior varsity coach at Providence last season, takes over for Ricky Belcher. The first-year coach says he's adjusting to the new position thanks to help from Belcher.
"It's a lot more responsibility," he said. "It's been an easy transition. Rick's been a great help, because I'm working with him in the school building anyways. I appreciate him helping out anyway he can."
Anderson hopes last year's All-State presence of Greenwell can influence this year's team.
"The good news is I only have one freshman, so all of them know who Addison is," Anderson said. "He's an easy example for these guys to look up to."
Steinert, a junior, says he was able to learn from last year's postseason, which ended with a sixth-place finish in the regional.
"It was my first sectional and that was the furthest we've gotten in about four years as a team," Steinert said. "It was a good experience. I think this year that sectional title is our goal."
Anderson says the open spots will lead to competition among the team's younger players.
"We lost three starters, so it's not going to be easy," he said. "We definitely have a lot of room for people to step up and become star varsity players."
After a seventh-place finish in last week's Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational, the Dogs are hoping to hit their stride in the coming weeks. Sophomore Nolan Keeler was the bright spot at the invitational with his third-place finish.
"Right now, it's hard coming off the winter, but we've got to find a groove here soon," Anderson said. "I expect us to at least get out of sectionals."
Despite the three graduations, the Dogs' lone senior also hopes to make a return trip to the regional.
"We definitely have a lot of good players out here and we have a lot of potential," Rivera said. "I think we can get past sectionals this year."
BOYS' GOLF PREVIEW CAPSULES
• HEAD COACH: Adam Tolliver, sixth season.
• LAST YEAR: 11th at Madison Sectional.
• KEY DEPARTURES: John Watson.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Brian Hodges (So.); Matthew Carr (So.).
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Brian Winter (Jr.); Ty Crump (Fr.); Caden Doty (Fr.).
• OUTLOOK: Coming off a winless season, Tolliver hopes to see his team grow in 2017. The Pirates don't have a senior on the roster so this will be a year to build for the future.
• TOLLIVER SAYS: "I have great kids who want to get better so although we are young, I expect it will be a fun season."
• HEAD COACH: Jordan Tillet (first season).
• 2016 RECORD: 6-6.
• KEY DEPARTURES: Sam Limeberry.
• KEY RETURNERS: Hayden Hope (Jr.); Zach Hampton (Jr.); Kevin Wang (Jr.); Dillion Kahl (Jr.); Carson Kastenschmidt (So.).
• OUTLOOK: With five returners, the Warriors hope to place high at sectionals and compete for a regional title.
• TILLETT SAYS: "The guys have shown me that they are willing to work hard and take instruction. This combination is whats going to take the team to new heights this year. I look forward to seeing them play to their full potential."
• HEAD COACH: Kevin Nash (17th season overall, first at Floyd).
• LAST YEAR: Sixth at HHC, third at Providence Sectional
• KEY DEPARTURES: David Shepherd.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Adam Rutledge (Sr.); Jack Lilly (Jr.); Dylan Zink (Jr.); Harrison Eades (So.); Konnor Isenburg (So.).
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Reece Compton (Fr.); Wes Jenkins (Fr.); Matthew Stoppert (So.); Luke Pruitt (Sr.).
• OUTLOOK: The Highlanders placed fourth at the competitive Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational without three of their top golfers. Floyd should be competitive in the conference, sectional, and potentially, beyond.
• NASH SAYS: "I am really excited about the upcoming year. The team has a lot of depth which makes it nice as a coach. The school won back-to-back state titles in 2006 and 2007 and has had several players or the team qualify for the state finals. This is my for first year with the program and I hope to continue the long standing tradition in the state tournament."
• HEAD COACH: Robin Embry, 18th season.
• LAST YEAR: Fourth at Madison Sectional.
• KEY DEPARTURES: Luke Davidson, Mason Edwards.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Brant Badger (Jr.); Conner Furnish (Jr.); Kristopher Glass (Jr.); Clayton Fields (So.).
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Cameron Miller (Fr.); Kevin Hollis (Jr.).
• OUTLOOK: Davidson was a 3-time regional qualifier and 4-time All-SAC selection. Edwards was a 3-time All-SAC selection. Those two will be tough to replace, but Embry says the returners and newcomers should mix and be capable of challenging for the SAC and sectional.
• EMBRY SAYS: "I’ve been blessed to have good young men, parents, and administration for 17 seasons. This season is no different. Hopefully, as we improve their golf games, we can continue building character, honesty, and integrity in these young men. We’re looking forward to the season!"
• HEAD COACH: Dusty Corum (seven season).
• LAST YEAR: Fifth at HHC, fourth at Providence Sectional,
• KEY DEPARTURES: Zach Brinkley.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Allen Crews (Sr.); Blake Berry (Sr.); Jay Williams (Jr.); Bradley Cross (Jr.); Harrison Paul (So.).
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: None.
• OUTLOOK: Jeff started the season strong with a second-place finish in the Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational. With five returning starters, Corum says the Devils are capable of winning the Hoosier Hills Conference and advancing deep into the postseason.
• CORUM SAYS: "As a team, it is our goal to make this golf season our most successful."
• HEAD COACH: Hunter Anderson (first season).
• LAST YEAR: Fourth at HHC, second at Providence Sectional.
• KEY DEPARTURES: Addison Greenwell.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Adam Rivera (Sr.); Joey Steinert (Jr.), Nolan Keeler (So.).
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Kameron Guess (Jr.); Logan Bunch (Fr.).
• OUTLOOK: Despite the key loss of Greenwell, an All-State golfer, the Dogs expect to get back to regionals this season.
• ANDERSON SAYS: "With only two returning postseason players this year, there is a great opportunity for leaders to emerge from our team. I just hope that I am paying forward the positive experiences I had when I played high school golf."
• HEAD COACH: Bret James (sixth season).
• LAST YEAR: 10th at Madison Sectional.
• KEY DEPARTURES: John Barger.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Will Meadors (Sr.); CJ Swoboda (Sr.); Dylan Rainy (So.).
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Garrett Wilson (Fr.).
• OUTLOOK: James says he hopes his team can get to a .500 record this season.
• JAMES SAYS: "We are really young this year. If the kids work hard at it and continue to work hard through the season, I really believe we could have our best year in my six years of being head coach."
• HEAD COACH: Victor S. Beeler (first season).
• LAST YEAR: Providence Sectional champions,
• KEY DEPARTURES: Kevin Crone, Max Leist, Kyle Oelker.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Trey Beatty (Jr.); Shawn Fitzpatrick (Jr.).
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Will Kaiser (Jr.); Jarrett Rowe (Jr.); Nick Barron (Jr.); Caleb Popp (So.); Gabe Vetter (So.); Austin Barnett (Fr.).
• OUTLOOK: Beeler, a Providence graduate, takes over the defending sectional champions this season. Last year's top three graduated, but the top four for this season is already set. Beeler says the fifth spot is still up for grabs. The Pioneers hope to keep the momentum going.
• BEELER SAYS: "[Assistant coach and PGA Professional] Coach [Pat] McGuire and I are excited for our first season to get underway. Our players are putting in the practice time needed to be successful. It has been encouraging to see the players grind in their practice rounds and range work in what has not been the most ideal of spring weather early in the season. Their determination and work ethic are attributes that will enable this team to succeed."
• HEAD COACH: Kaleb Lay (fourth season).
• LAST YEAR: 12th at Madison Sectional.
• KEY DEPARTURES: None.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Max Vogen (Sr.); Trenton Dethy (Sr.); Alex Floyd (Sr.).
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Annie Pompa (So.).
• OUTLOOK: With three returners and no departures, Lay hopes for improved play and competitive scores in the secitonal.
• LAY SAYS: "Last season was Trenton and Alex’s first year playing golf. I expect them to show continued improvement, a good work ethic, and to be competitive every time they step out on the course. Max Vogen has shown great potential over the past three years, and I fully expect this to be his best season yet. This is Annie’s first season playing golf, so we will work on establishing a strong foundation and joy for the game."
• HEAD COACH: Matt Graston (first season).
• LAST YEAR: Fifth at Providence Sectional.
• KEY DEPARTURES: Cody Zimmerman.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Jacob Balz (Sr.); Jacob Harper (Sr.); Garred Perronie (Jr.); Bryce Crutcher (So.).
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Jared Cecil (Sr.).
• OUTLOOK: Graston expects ups and downs from his team early, but hopes its home course, Elk Run, will test all parts of his players' games. He says the versatile course should help his team make a run at Mid-Southern Conference and Sectional Titles.
• GRASTON SAYS: "Practice makes permanent, not perfect. If these guys push themselves and continue working on things the right way, they will get their swings grooved sooner than later and it could be a very interesting and fun year for SC golf."
Note: All local schools were contacted to participate in the boys' golf preview.