News and Tribune All-Area Boys' Golf Team
6/30/2014 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
Connor Welch, Floyd Central senior (Player of the Year)
Mitchell Allender, Providence junior
Kevin Crone, Providence sophomore
Addison Greenwell, New Albany sophomore
Jack Sparrow, Floyd Central senior
Kunal Bhanushali, New Albany junior
Luke Davidson, Henryville sophomore
Mason Edwards, Henryville sophomore
Sam Garr, Silver Creek junior
Kamden Hurst, Borden sophomore
Clayton Crum, Floyd Central junior
Max Leist, Providence sophomore
David Shepard, Floyd Central sophomore
Billy Sleight, Floyd Central junior
Tony Wagoner III, Borden senior
Blayze Damron, Jeffersonville; Erich Day, Providence; Reilly Gray, Borden; Collin Schindler, New Washington; Dillon Willis, Jeff; Evan Wilson, Providence; Matt Wilson, New Washington.
Floyd, Providence fail to reach state
6/12/2014 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
Memphis — For more than a decade, it was a virtual lock that a boys’ golf team from the Clark-Floyd area would advance to the IHSAA State Finals.
But that trend ended on Thursday at Champions Pointe Golf Club.
For the first time since 2003, a squad from the area will not play in next week’s state finals at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin.
No. 15 Floyd Central placed fifth at Thursday’s Providence Regional with a team score of 312. The finish concluded the Highlanders’ five-year streak of making state and a stretch of nine state appearances in the past 10 seasons.
Floyd Central coach Mike Cason said the key factor for the Highlanders at regional was their short game.
“It was the same problem we had all year, which was chipping and putting,” Cason said. “Those two things are what you need to score with.”
The host Pioneers finished 13th with a 328. Providence tied Roncalli for 12th, but the Rebels got the spot by receiving the tiebreaker for the lowest No. 5 player score. The Pioneers did not make the state finals as a team for the second consecutive year after earning five consecutive trips to Legends from 2008-12.
“I’m pleased but a little disappointed,” Providence coach Ken Allender said about his team’s round. “Some of the kids didn’t play as well as I thought they should, but it happens. Everybody’s entitled to a bad round.”
In addition, it was the first time in several years that an individual golfer from the Clark-Floyd area failed to qualify for state. The top three teams and top five individuals on non-advancing squads at regional advanced to the state finals.
Floyd Central seniors Jack Sparrow and Connor Welch ended their careers on Thursday, shooting 75 and 76, respectively. Welch won medalist honors at the Providence Sectional on Monday with a 4-under-par 68.
Junior Clayton Crum was a stroke behind Welch with a 77.
“All three of them just missed so many opportunities to score low. [The short game] is the way you score low in high school golf,” Cason said. “But I’m proud of Connor and Jack. They’ve had really good careers. We’ve been to state three times with them and they’ve done well.”
Also for the Highlanders, junior Billy Sleight and sophomore David Shepard each shot an 84.
Despite losing Welch and Sparrow, Cason is optimistic about next season with Crum, Sleight and Shepard leading the way. The Floyd Central coach also hopes to have junior Eric Lamm back to 100 percent. Lamm battled injuries throughout the 2014 campaign.
“The three kids will have a lot of experience because they played varsity all year, and Eric Lamm has been injured pretty much all year so he’ll be back,” Cason said. “We should have a pretty good team next year.”
Providence junior Mitchell Allender came up short of returning to the state finals, firing a 76. Allender made state with the entire Pioneers’ team in 2012 and as an individual in 2013.
“I know he’s disappointed in that,” Coach Allender said. “He got off to a bad start. But the best thing I can say is that he never stopped trying. He never let go and he kept hitting some good shots. On the front nine, I think he hit eight greens. He just couldn’t get enough putts to fall. But I’m really proud of him for hanging on.”
Providence sophomore Max Leist shot a 79. It was a rough day for the Pioneers’ No. 1 golfer, Kevin Crone. The sophomore wound up carding an 85.
“He started losing his tee ball and he couldn’t get it back,” Ken Allender said about Crone. “It seemed like there was no [consistency hitting the ball in the fairway]. It was either left or right. He just couldn’t regain his composure.”
Also for Providence, senior Erich Day shot an 88 and junior Evan Wilson had a 100.
Day is the only senior the Pioneers say goodbye to. Like Cason, Coach Allender thinks his team can be very strong next season with four starters back.
“We have a solid nucleus coming back and I think I’ve got some help coming [in the incoming freshman class],” the Providence boss said. “There’s some really, really fantastic freshmen and a couple of other guys on the team that are working hard. We should be really talented.”
New Albany junior Kunal Bhanushali scored an 84, which pleased Bulldogs’ coach Rick Belcher.
“There was nothing outstanding in his round, but nothing terrible either,” Belcher said. “It was a long golf course for a short hitter. It was a big test for him when you are hitting 4- and 5-iron into the greens where most of the kids are hitting wedges and 9-irons. It’s a big difference. But he managed the course well and he played well. I was proud of the way he handled himself because sometimes when you know you’re not going to shoot the number you need to shoot to get out, you end up shooting a 90. But he just kind of stayed steady. An 84, I have no problem with.”
Three players from the West Clark Community Schools Corporation competed at the regional. Henryville sophomore Luke Davidson was the top player of the trio with an 83 in his first regional appearance.
“His ball-striking was off a bit and his short game was off a bit as well. Instead of getting up and down and making pars, he was missing greens and had several bogeys. He just couldn’t offset the bogeys,” Hornets’ coach Robin Embry said. “But he’s had a very good season and he handled himself well today.”
In his second regional trip, Silver Creek junior Sam Garr shot an 86. Borden sophomore Kamden Hurst wound up with a 90 in his first regional trip.
“It was good to see all three West Clark schools in the regional with Sam and Kamden. I was really proud of West Clark, in general,” Embry said.
No. 8 Corydon Central was one stroke shy of earning its first state berth since 1968. The Panthers finished fourth with a 304, while ninth-ranked Bloomington South placed third with a 303. No. 2 Columbus North won its fourth consecutive regional title with a 298. No. 7 Center Grove placed second with a 301.
Two Corydon players qualified for state as individuals. Timothy Wiseman and Mitchell Frederick each shot a 73, and then competed in a five-way playoff to determine the final four individual berths. On the first hole of the three-hole playoff, which was the par-4 10th, Wiseman sank a birdie putt and Frederick made par to earn their state berths. Meanwhile, Bedford North Lawrence’s Trey Turner and the Heritage Hills’ pair of Corey Teaford and Preston Vanwinkle each made a bogey.
After Turner, Teaford and Vanwinkle each pared the 18th hole, Vanwinkle had a birdie and Turner made par on the final playoff hole at the 10th to qualify for state. Teaford had a bogey on the third playoff hole.
Also for Corydon, Ryan Crawford and Tommy Wiseman each carded a 79 and Steven Coleman had an 82.
Columbus North’s Christian Fairbanks won medalist honors with a 3-under 69. Perry Meridian’s Nick Osterburg was the first individual state berth for a non-advancing team with an even-par 72.
Team scores: Columbus North 298, Center Grove 301, Bloomington South 303, Corydon Central 304, Floyd Central 312, Heritage Hills 315, Perry Meridian 316, Columbus East 318, Madison 322, Jasper 323, Bedford North Lawrence 327, Roncalli 328, Providence 328, South Spencer 335, Greensburg 338, Rising Sun 339, Jennings County 349, Brownstown Central 351, Henryville (Davidson 83).
Henryville's Davidson advances to regional
6/9/2014 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
MADISON — Henryville sophomore Luke Davidson earned his first-ever berth in the Providence Regional on Monday at Sunrise Golf Club.
Davidson was one of the top three golfers on non-advancing teams to qualify for the regional by shooting a 79 at Monday’s Madison Sectional. The other two golfers who advanced to Thursday’s regional at Champions Pointe Golf Club were Scottsburg’s Luke Taylor (79) and Christian Burch (81).
Davidson shot an even-par 36 on the front nine. He had birdies on the sixth and seventh holes and made par on five holes.
But he struggled on the back nine with a 43, as he bogeyed seven holes. Still, it was good enough to make it to regional at Champions Pointe, the Hornets’ home course.
“Luke has been consistent all season,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “His short game was excellent on the front. He struggled a bit on the back, but hung in there and advanced. I’m very happy for Luke and look forward to watching him play in his first regional.”
Henryville was the highest-finishing area team, placing fifth with a school-record team score of 338.
Hornets’ sophomore Mason Edwards was two strokes shy of qualifying for regional. He shot an 83 and was the only Henryville player to post a lower score on the backside (39) than the front (44).
Rounding out the scoring for the Hornets were junior Charlie Lefebvre with an 85 and Bailey Reister with a 91.
“We played very well, especially the front,” Embry said. “We were on pace to shoot in the 320s or even better if we would’ve maintained on the back. We faltered a bit on the back. However, we still carded a season-best and new school record. Luke, Charlie and Bailey shot personal-bests and Mason was just a shot off his personal-best. I’m very happy with the improvement this group has made this season.”
Rock Creek ended up eighth with a 421. Freshman Max Vogen led the Lions with a 91, while teammate Jeremiah Wilkinson shot a 94.
New Washington was 10th with a 439. Allen Crews posted the Mustangs’ lowest score with a 106.
Charlestown finished 11th with a 455. Brady Christman had the Pirates’ best score with a 106.
Madison won the sectional with a sectional-record 289. Jennings County placed second with a 308, and Rising Sun was third with a 317. The top three teams advanced to the Providence Regional.
The Cubs’ Jordan Griffith earned medalist honors with a 4-under-par 68. Teammate Carson Wattenbarger was the second-lowest medalist with a 73, earning the spot by winning a playoff against Rising Sun’s Bryce Murray.
Team scores: Madison 289, Jennings County 308, Rising Sun 317, Scottsburg 329, Henryville 338 (Davidson 79, Edwards 83, Lefebvre 85, Reister 91), Southwestern 339, Switzerland County 366, Rock Creek 421, Austin 422, New Washington 439, Charlestown 455, Madison Shawe NTS, South Ripley NTS
Hornets capture regular season finale
6/5/2014 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
Henryville head coach Robin Embry: “Luke played very well and carded a personal-best today. Mason wasn’t at his best. However, he posted a decent score. Charlie and Bailey played fine except for a couple of holes. I’m pleased with the improvement we’ve made this season. We’re playing with confidence and hopefully we’ll play well at the sectional.”
Meet notes: After making bogeys on the third and fifth holes, Davidson sank birdies at No. 6 and No. 7 to shoot even par.
Henryville (177): Davidson 36, Edwards 45, Lefebvre 48, Reister 48.Trinity Lutheran (183): Criswell 40, Cory Stuckwisch 47, Terry 48, Chad Stuckwisch 48, Pottschmidt 51, Stahl 52.Salem (211): Wynn 49, Zink 52, Boutelle 53, Fisher 57, Garloch 58, Magner 65.
Hornets win three-way
6/2/2014 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)
MEMPHIS — Luke Davidson shot a three-over-par 39 to lead Henryville to an easy three-way victory over Rock Creek Academy and Austin on Monday at Champions Pointe Golf Club.
Davidson out-shot Rock Creek’s Brett Kastetler by three strokes to take the medal for the nine-hole round. Charlie Lefebvre shot a 46, Mason Edwards a 49 and Bailey Reister a 51 for the balanced Hornets, who shot a 185 as a team.
“Luke played well today. He’s been consistent all season,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “The other three let a hole or two get away from them. Overall, we’ve made a big improvement this season. Hopefully, we’ll play well Thursday and have a big day next Monday [at the Madison Sectional].”
The Lions, who were 17 strokes behind Henryville, also got a 43 from Jeremiah Wilkinson, who graduated as valedictorian later Monday evening. Max Vogen finished with a 53 and Gabe Pearson shot a 64 for Rock Creek.
Austin was paced by Case Carter’s 48.
Henryville: Davidson 39, Lefebvre 46, Edwards 49, Reister 51.
Rock Creek: Kastetler 42, Wilkinson 43, Vogen 53, Pearson 64.
Austin: Carter 48, Love 53, Beck 57, Mullins 64.
Henryville second at Madison
5/31/2014 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)
Silver Creek’s Sam Garr shot an even-par 36 at Madison’s Sunrise Golf Course in a four-way meet Friday.
Garr earned medalist honors after a nine-hole round that included birdies on the first and third holes. However, Garr’s performance couldn’t help the Dragons overcome a strong Rising Sun squad.
The Shiners beat runner-up Henryville by 10 points, 164-174 with Silver Creek four strokes behind the Hornets.
Henryville was led by Luke Davidson’s 39 and Mason Edwards’ 42. Charlie Lefebvre shot a 46 and Bailey Reister a 47 to round things out for the Hornets.
“That’s a pretty good score,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said of the Hornets’ 174. “We need to be a little bit better in the three and four spots. Rising Sun’s in our sectional [at Madison] and we’d like to compete for one of the top-three spots.”
Ryan Baker’s 46 was second for the Dragons, who also got 48s from Jacob Harper and Cody Zimmerman.
Rising Sun (164): Bryce Murray 40, Brady Murray 40, Aaron Walker 41, Austin Armstrong 43, Curtis Armstrong 48.
Henryville (174): Luke Davidson 39, Mason Edwards 42, Charlie Lefebvre 46, Bailey Reister 47.
Silver Creek (178): Garr 36, Ryan Baker 46, Jacob Harper 48, Cody Zimmerman 48, Phil Polston 52.
Shawe (NTS): Collin Hambrick 61, Joel Carrillo 62, Daniel Carrillo 69.
Henryville claims three-way at Hidden Creek
5/24/2014 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)
SELLERSBURG — Henryville’s golf team set a school record on its way to claiming a three-way match on Tuesday at Hidden Creek. The Hornets recorded a 152, which was a record for a nine-hole team score. The mark surpasses the old record, which was set in 2012 when the Hornets shot a 158, also at Hidden Creek.
“We’re gaining confidence and improving in all phases,” Hornet coach Robin Embry said. “We played well today. It’s been a good couple of weeks for us.”
Henryville was led by not one, but two, medalists. Charlie Lefebvre and Madison Edwards both took earend top-score honors with a 37 apiece.
Luke Davidson shot a 38 and Bailey Register rounded out the Hornets score with a 40.
“Hopefully we’ll continue to work, improve and finish the season with our best golf,” Embry said.
The Hornets beat runner-up Austin 158-208. The Eagles were led by Case Carter’s 41. John Watson’s 51 led Charlestown, who only played three players and didn’t have a team score.
Henryville (152): Ewards 37, Lefebvre 37, Davidson 38, Reister 40.
Austin (208): Carter 41, Love 52, Mullins 56, Beck 59.
Charlestown (NTS): Watson 51, Christman 54, Stubbins 56.
Henryville golf claims SAC title
5/24/2014 by Hanson Crafton & Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)
SOUTHERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
At Champions Pointe, Memphis, par 72.
Henryville coach Robin Embry: “We played very well today and were fortunate to win. We've been improving throughout the season and took another step in the right direction today. Our kids always seem to step up for the conference. All four played well. Mason and Charlie shot personal best; Luke started off rough but hung in there and Bailey shot a good round. It was a good day for us.”
Medalist: Mason Edwards (H) 82.
Henryville (352): Ewards 82, Lefebvre 86, Davidson 87, Reister 97.
Borden (355): Wagoner 87, Gray 89, Hurst 89, Franklin 90, Frascella 104.
South Central (387): Hentrup 87, Gabhart 94, Stopinski 101, Day 105, Johnson 155.
Crothersville (391): Money 88, Luedeman 90, Doyle 102, Petty 111, Adams 130.
New Washington (502): Wilson 112, Schindler 118, Crews 130, Barger 142, Curry 137.
Lanesville (NTS): Shepherd 88
Henryville second in tri-match
5/15/2014 by Hanson Crafton & Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)
Henryville coach Robin Embry: “We have to stay away from big numbers on any given hole. Each of our players had at least one seven or eight and that makes it tough to shoot the scores we want to shoot.”
South Central (185): Gabhart 39, Stopinski 45, Hentrup 48, Day 53, Johnson 70
Henryville (186): Davidson 43, Edwards 47, Lefebvre 48, Reister 48
Clarksville (NTS): Fetz 55, Potter 61, Louffer 64
Hauser Invitational Results
5/10/2014 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)
Clifty Creek G.C., Hope, par 72
Team scores: Trinity Lutheran 345, Henryville 364 (Davidson 82, Edwards 92, Lefebvre 95, Reister 95), Hauser 366, Edinburgh 401, Morristown 422, Triton Central (NTS), Southwestern (Shelbyville) (NTS).
Medalist: Luke Davidson (H) 82.
Meet notes: Davidson won medalist honors by defeating Trinity Lutheran’s Cory Stuckwisch in a one-hole playoff. Davidson made par on the playoff hole, while Stuckwisch settled for bogey.
Henryville coach Robin Embry: “The course only plays about 6,000 yards. However, it exposed our short game. We really struggled inside of 50 yards. We’ve improved 40-plus shots from our first tournament. Hopefully, we’ll get our short game in shape, continue to improve and play our best golf at the end of the season.”
Borden wins quad-match
5/6/2014 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)
Borden coach Tony Wagoner: “Kamden, Reilly and Elijah continue to be consistent in their scores. Tony faltered a little bit today compared to yesterday. Overall, I was content with what we shot today, but I feel we haven’t played our best golf yet.”
Borden (180): K. Hurst 42, Gray 43, Franklin 46, Wagoner 49, Frascella 55, Nunn 58, C. Hurst 64
South Central (198): Hentrup 37, Stopinski 45, Day 48, Johnson 68
Crothersville (208): Luedeman 45, Petty 50, Doyle 55, Adams 58, O’Sullivan 59
Henryville (NTS): Davidson 39, Edwards 45, Lefebvre 49
Shawe Invitational Results
4/26/2014 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)
Henryville coach Robin Embry: “Luke played a nice round. He’s very close to putting some scores in the 70s. Mason continues to improve and and is just a couple holes away from the 80s. Charlie and Bailey are committed to getting better. Overall, it was a 30-plus stroke improvement from our first invitational. We need to continue to improve.”
Madison (305), Jennings County (350), Southwestern (352), Scottsburg (354), South Decatur (370), Henryville (371), Shawe (NTS)
Henryville - Davidson 83, Edwards 92, Lefebvre 94, Reister 102.
Trinity Lutheran wins at Shadowood
Trinity Lutheran (179): Terry 41, Cy Stuckwisch 45, Criswell 46, Cd Stuckwisch 47, Pottschmidt 50, Stahl 55.
Henryville (NTS): Lefebvre 46, Edwards 49, Davidson 50.
Henryville wins Tri-match
4/16/2014 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
Henryville coach Robin Embry: “Luke carded another good round battling the cold windy conditions. Charlie had a rough start but held on to shoot a decent score. Mason moved down in the 40s and Cole is improving. With dedication, this group will continue to get better.”
Henryville (182): Davidson 39, Lefebvre 46, Edwards 46, Grimm 51.
Borden (195): K. Hurst 44, Gray 45, Wagoner 49, Franklin 57, C. Hurst 63, Franscella 64.
Charlestown (241): Christman 54, Ison 56, Watson 62, Payne 69, Stubbins 70.
Henryville Defeats Eastern
4/14/2014 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
Henryville coach Robin Embry: “Considering the cool and wet conditions, Luke and Charlie posted good scores. If it hadn’t been for a couple of holes, Mason and Cole would have been in the 40s. We need to continue working and improving.”
Henryville (188): Davidson 40, Lefebvre 42, Edwards 52, Grimm 54.
Eastern (234): Emmert 46, Young 59, Shaffer 59, Hoke 70.
Wooded View Invitational
4/12/2014 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
Team scores: Scottsburg 325, Silver Creek 354, North Harrison 357, Borden 369, Jeffersonville 373, Henryville 405, Salem 414, Rock Creek 451, New Washington 467, Charlestown 478, Clarksville 501, Austin Inc.
Medalist: Sam Garr (SC) 76.
Silver Creek: Garr 76, Zimmerman 84, Harper 101, Cecil 108, Polston 93.
Borden: Wagoner 93, Gray 80, Hurst 91, Franklin 105, Frascella 114.
Jeffersonville: Baldwin 88, Damron 91, Craig 96, Melin 98, Rasdon 102.
Henryville: Davidson 87, Lefebvre 96, Edwards 106, Grimm 116.
Rock Creek: Kastetler 85, Vogen 98, Hill 140, Jenkins 128.
New Washington: Wilson 131, Schindler 116, Crews 128, Barger 92, Powell 170.
Charlestown: Ison 117, Christman 126, Watson 118, Stubbins 117, Payne 146.
Clarksville: Potter 118, Lauffer 116, Fetz 127, Bruner 140.
Henryville Edges Crothersville
4/8/2014 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)
Henryville picked up a tough win against Crothersville on Tuesday.
Henryville was able to squeeze by Crothersville by one stroke, in large part due to the performances of Luke Davidson and Charlie Lefebvre.
Davidson led the field with a 39, and Lefebvre was right behind him shooting a 41. Mason Edwards shot a 53 and Cole Grimm shot a 55 to round the evening off for the Hornets.
Henryville (188): Davidson 39, Lefebvre 41, Edwards 53, Grimm 55.
Crothersville (189): Money 45, Luedeman 45, Doyle 49, Weddle 50, Petty 51, Adams 64.
Golf Preview: Providence eyes return to State
4/1/2014 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
SOUTHERN INDIANA — Entering his fifth season as the Providence boys’ golf coach, Ken Allender will lead one of the youngest teams in his Pioneer tenure.
But he also has one of the most talented squads in his career.
Allender hopes that talent will continue to develop this season and result in a return trip to the IHSAA State Finals June 17-18 at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin.
“From a class standpoint, we’re a little younger than in the past,” said Allender, whose team came up short of reaching state last season after making five consecutive trips to Legends from 2008-2012. “Our potential is going to be really, really good. If we can develop, we could get back to state.”
The Pioneers’ top three players should be their foundation. Providence will be led by its No. 1 player, junior Mitchell Allender.
The coach’s son has been to state the past two seasons, qualifying last year as an individual. Mitchell Allender finished 24th at state last season with a two-round score of 147 (3-over-par).
The Pioneers’ other two returning letterwinners are sophomores Kevin Crone and Max Leist. Crone showed his potential several times last season, which included a fourth-place finish in the Providence Sectional at Covered Bridge Golf Club with a 2-over 74.
Coach Allender says a big factor in his team getting back to state is finding a No. 4 golfer who can consistently shoot in the low to mid 70s. He will look to three players to try to be that fourth scorer in seniors Erich Day and Austin Happel and junior Evan Wilson. Freshman Ben Arnson, who is currently injured, could play into the No. 4 mix once he gets healthy.
Coach Allender thinks his team must shoot a team score between 302 and 306 at the Providence Regional on Thursday, June 12 at Champions Pointe Golf Club in Memphis to have a chance to qualify for state. The top three teams at regional will advance to state.
“A lot will depend on our No. 4 golfer,” Ken Allender said. “Our top scorers must go lower than they did in the past. Mitchell and Kevin must get around even-par. If we put up a 306, I’ll take our chances. But I would feel better with a 302 or 303.”
A challenging regular-season schedule should prepare Providence for the postseason.
The 18th-ranked Pioneers will compete in nine 18-hole invitational tournaments with some of them featuring several top-20 teams. Those tournaments include the Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational next Saturday at Champions Pointe, the Legends Spring Preview on Saturday, April 19 and the New Castle Invitational on Saturday, May 24.
Providence’s most important regular-season tourney will be its own tournament, which is the Legends of Providence Invitational on Saturday, May 31 at Champions Pointe.
“It could be one of the best invitationals in the state. We have a lot of college scouts who come to watch our invitational,” Ken Allender said. “We’ve tried to increase the level of competition in our schedule.”
• COACH: Ken Allender, fifth season.
• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Mitchell Allender, Jr.; Kevin Crone, So.; Max Leist, So.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Evan Wilson, Jr.; Erich Day, Sr.; Austin Happel, Sr.; Ben Arnson, Fr.
• OUTLOOK: The Pioneers have the potential to earn a berth in the IHSAA State Finals. But they must find a reliable No. 4 golfer to achieve that goal. Providence also looks to give Floyd Central, which has won 11 consecutive sectional titles, a run for its money in the Providence Sectional this season.
• COACH ALLENDER SAYS: “From a class standpoint, we’re a little younger than in the past. Our potential is going to be really, really good. If we can develop, we could get back to state.”
REST OF THE AREA TEAMS
• COACH: Tony Wagoner, eighth season.
• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Tony Wagoner III, Sr.; TJ Fraley, Sr.; Elijah Franklin, Jr.; Reilly Gray, So.; Kamden Hurst, So.; Niko Frascella, So.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Carte Hurst, Fr.; Josh Nunn, Fr.
• OUTLOOK: The Braves’ primary goal is to win the Southern Athletic Conference championship for the first time in program history. They definitely have the experience to do that with six returning letterwinners. Coach Wagoner hopes his players can build off shooting their lowest team score of the season at last year’s sectional.
• COACH WAGONER SAYS: “I believe we will be more competitive against other teams this year with Henryville, Silver Creek, North Harrison and Scottsburg being some of our tougher opponents. How well we play in the invitational at Wooded View [Golf Course on Saturday, April 12] and against those teams will be a gauge for us heading into conference and sectional.”
• COACH: Adam Tolliver.
• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Chris Ison, Sr.; Brady Christman, Jr.; John Watson, So.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Chris Shanks, Sr.; Brevin Stubbins, So.; Wyatt Payne, Fr.
• OUTLOOK: Tolliver is looking for Ison and Christman to each shoot in the mid 40s or lower in nine-hole matches on a consistent basis. The Pirates’ coach likes the improvement Watson has shown in his game. Former Charlestown standout Jake Atkins has returned to the team as an assistant coach.
• TOLLIVER SAYS: “Right now, we are still struggling with a shot or two per hole that aren’t being hit solid. If we can eliminate these, then all the guys have room to drop quite a few strokes from their rounds. All the guys are good kids so it will be an enjoyable season watching these guys improve their games as we move on.”
• COACH: Scott Schermerhorn, first season.
• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Charlie Lauffer, Jr.; Brent Potter, Jr.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Keigan Fetz, Sr.; Cody Brunner, Fr.
• OUTLOOK: Lauffer is the only player back from last season’s team. Potter returns to the Generals this season after sitting out last year. Fetz is a transfer from Charlestown.
• SCHERMERHORN SAYS: “We’re going to go out there and try to have a good time. We hope to get better as the season goes on.”
• COACH: Jason Nelson, second season.
• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Nick Emmert, So.; Evin Young, Jr.
• OUTLOOK: The Musketeers lack numbers as Nelson is trying to convince more kids to come out for the team. He said three freshmen might join his squad. If Nelson adds more players to his players, he will rely on Emmert and Young to provide them leadership.
• NELSON SAYS: “Evin and Nick are pretty solid players. We’re just trying to learn the game and learn how to compete.”
• COACH: Mike Cason, 14th season.
• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jack Sparrow, Sr.; Connor Welch, Sr.; Eric Lamm, Jr.; Clayton Crum, Jr.; Billy Sleight, Jr.; Logan Minzenberger, Jr.; David Shepard, So.
• OUTLOOK: The expectations remain the same for the Highlanders. Their goals are to win the Hoosier Hills Conference, the Providence Sectional and the Providence Regional and make a serious run at the state championship. Sparrow, Welch and Lamm provide Floyd Central lots of experience. But Cason says the production from the bottom part of his lineup will be critical this season. As always, the Highlanders will play a difficult schedule that will take them all over the state to face several ranked teams.
• CASON SAYS: “By the end of the season, I think we’ll be really good. Our three experienced guys got better over the summer. They have improved tremendously. Finding reliable fourth, fifth and sixth guys are going to be the key to our season.”
• COACH: Robin Embry, 15th season.
• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Luke Davidson, So.; Charlie Lefebvre, Jr.; Mason Edwards, So.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Cole Grimm, So.; Collin Scott, Fr.
• OUTLOOK: Embry thinks his top three golfers are pretty solid in Davidson, Lefebvre and Edwards. The question for the Hornets is who will step up to be a sound fourth golfer. Embry says Borden is the favorite to win the SAC.
• EMBRY SAYS: “The three players who are returning are greatly improved. I think we have three solid scores. We’ve just got to come up with a fourth.”
• COACH: Dusty Corum, third season.
• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Dillon Willis, Sr.; Blaze Damron, Sr.; Nick Rasdon, Jr.; Jake Melin, So.; Andrew Baldwin, Jr.; Evan Craig, Jr.; Zack Brinkley, So.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Jordan Blackwell, So.
• OUTLOOK: The Red Devils expect to be more competitive this season with several veteran players back. But Corum says his players still have some room for improvement. The third-year coach thinks his team can finish in the middle of the pack at the HHC meet.
• CORUM SAYS: “Basically with the returning players we’ve got, we’re going to be more competitive. As for the rest of the players, we’ve got them for the future years. This will be a building year for us.”
• COACH: Rick Belcher, 10th season.
• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Addisson Greenwell, So..; Jonny Smith, Sr.; Bret Walts, Sr.; Kunal Bhanushali, Jr.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Cameron Walter, So.; Ethan Hunter, So.
• OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs look to return to the Providence Regional after not qualifying for it the past couple of seasons. Belcher has high expectations for his four returning lettermen, who he expects to lead New Albany back to regional. Belcher thinks Madison, Bedford North Lawrence and Columbus East each have a shot of contending with Floyd Central for the HHC championship.
• BELCHER SAYS: “I’m going to expect a lot from those top four players. I think they are pumped up, but we have to see what happens.”
• COACH: Bret James, second season.
• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Matthew Wilson, Jr.; Collin Schindler, Jr.; Caleb Griffith, Jr.; Dakota Dieterlen, Sr.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Seth Holloway, Fr.; Andrew Wilson, So.; Aaron Powell, So.; John Barger, So.; Isaac Smith; Michael Curry, Jr.; Allen Crews, Fr.
• OUTLOOK: Matthew Wilson is the leader of the Mustangs, who is comprised primarily of inexperienced players. James plans on playing Schindler at the No. 2 spot. Dieterlen played on the team his freshman year, but did not play as a sophomore or junior.
• JAMES SAYS: “Matt Wilson has some potential to be a nice little golfer. We have a bunch of kids on the golf team that want to play and want to learn. We’ve got good hard-working kids.”
• COACH: Kaleb Lay, first season.
• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Brett Kastetler, Sr.; Jeremiah Wilkinson, Sr.; Ben Hill, Jr.; Torin Jenkins, Jr.; Luke Thompson, Jr.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Max Vogen, Fr.; Evan Popp, Jr.
• OUTLOOK: Kastetler qualified for the Providence Regional last year after firing an 81 at the Madison Sectional. Kastetler has his sights set on returning to regional this year. Lay, a Silver Creek graduate, thinks Vogen and Wilkinson have a chance of making it out of sectional this season.
• LAY SAYS: “I’m expecting our No. 1 to do well and build on last year’s sectional. Our goal is to eventually make it out of the sectional as a team.”
• COACH: Joe Ledbetter, 23rd season.
• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Sam Garr, Jr.; Ryan Baker, So.; Cody Zimmerman, So.; Cam Carder, Jr.; Dylan Dean, Jr.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Phil Polston, Sr.
• OUTLOOK: Garr, who helped the Dragons’ boys’ basketball team win the Class 3A North Harrison Sectional last month, advanced to last season’s Providence Regional by shooting 76 at the sectional. He hopes to duplicate that feat this season. Ledbetter expects the Dragons to compete against Corydon Central and Scottsburg for this season’s Mid-Southern Conference title.
• LEDBETTER SAYS: “[Garr] is done with basketball now, so he can concentrate on golf. I don’t know how we stack up in the conference. Our sectional is still tough.”