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2017 Individual Season Statistics (Boys)


Player Rds. (9-hole) Average Low Score Course
Conner Furnish 20 42.4 38 Champions Pointe GC
Clayton Fields 20 47.0 39 Sunrise GC
Brant Badger 18 47.2 40 Sunrise GC
Kris Glass 20 47.5 40 Champions Pointe GC
Cameron Miller 15 63.3 53 Hidden Creek (Links) GC
Kevin Hollis 18 63.3 54 Hidden Creek (Links) GC

 

2017 Season (Boys)

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
*denotes All-SAC

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
CHARLESTOWN
• 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."

CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
• 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."

FLOYD CENTRAL
• 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."

HENRYVILLE
• 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!"

JEFFERSONVILLE
• 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."

NEW ALBANY
• 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."

NEW WASHINGTON
• 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."

PROVIDENCE
• 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."

ROCK CREEK
• 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."

SILVER CREEK
• 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.

2016 Individual Season Statistics (Girls)


Player Rds. (9-hole) Average Low Score Course
Kennedy Easton 17 45.8 42 Champions Pointe GC
Darian Nipper 17 49.5 47 Westwood GC
Hannah Guernsey 17 51.8 45 Hidden Creek (Links) GC
Allison Horn 13 55.8 48 Champions Pointe GC
Olivia Guernsey 17 61.9 57 Hidden Creek (Links) GC
Riley Dieterlen 14 65.7 59 Hidden Creek (Links) GC

 

2016 Season (Girls)

  

NTSPY Finalists: Girls' Golf
11/2/2016 Justin Maskulinski (News & Tribune)

Two members of a local golf power and an impressive individual have been nominated for the Girls' Golf Player of the Year award.

Floyd Central seniors Lauren Decker and Sydney LaDuke filled the shoes of two of last year's nominee's — Jessica Ingram and Megan Striegel — and led the Highlanders to their fourth sectional title. Decker and LaDuke were always at the top of the Floyd Central scorecard and kept the Highlanders toward the top of the standings every time they hit the links.

The third NTSPY finalist often found herself at the bottom of the score sheets, but not because of her score. Borden senior Makenzie Smith is one of two golfers at her school, so she was not able to score in team events. Smith had to earn her way through each postseason round as an individual. She could not rely on a team score to advance. Her determination landed her a spot in the state meet for the first time.

The winner will be announced at the News and Tribune Sports Performance Yearly (NTSPY) Awards ceremony in June 2017.

LAUREN DECKER, FLOYD CENTRAL - Decker was Floyd's fourth golfer a year ago behind Ingram, Striegel and LaDuke.

After the Highlanders missed the 2015 state meet by one stroke, Decker went into the offseason determined to improve.

"I worked really hard over the summer and through the golf season," she said. "As sectionals came around, I was able to break my lowest score. It proves to me that hard work really pays off."

Decker placed second overall at the Hoosier Hills Conference meet and emerged as the medalist at the Corydon Sectional with her plus-1 score.

"I was so close to shooting even, but I'll still take one over," she said. "It was still fantastic."

She worked very hard over the summer and it showed during the 2016 campaign. Decker says winning the NATSPY would be a great reward for the hard work she's put in to the sport.

"It would mean a lot to me," she said. "I haven't been playing golf that long, but I've worked my butt off for the couple years that I have been playing. It would be really cool if I won."

SYDNEY LaDUKE, FLOYD CENTRAL - Sydney LaDuke came into the season with accolades already piled up. She was the medalist at the 2015 Corydon Sectional and she had proven herself as one of the area's top golfers.

She also had her commitment to IUPUI out of the way, which made it easier to focus on enjoying the sport.

"One of my goals for this year was to put off the message to have fun while you're playing," she said. "Scores count and the way you play matters, but in the long run nothing matters if you're not having fun while you're playing."

Having fun may have been toward the top of the list, but LaDuke still helped the Highlanders continue their success on the course. She placed third overall at the Hoosier Hills meet and the Corydon Central Sectional. Her score helped Floyd win the its fourth straight sectional.

"There's always pressure whenever things start to get down to the line," she said, referring to the postseason. "We came in pretty confident this year and I'm glad we were able to live up to our past seasons."

LaDuke's high-school golf accomplishments began even earlier than 2015. She was a NTSPY finalist in 2014.

"I was nominated two years ago as a sophomore," she said. "[Winning] would mean the world to me. I've played this game practically my entire life, so it would be a great accomplishment."

MAKENZIE SMITH, BORDEN - Makenzie Smith entered her senior season with confidence. She advanced to the regional as an individual for the first time in 2015. In 2016, Smith took it one step further.

She had three birdies and an eagle at the Washington Regional, allowing her to punch a ticket to the state meet for the first time.

"It was incredible," she said. "I played the best round of my life at regionals and it ended up sending me to state. I didn't play to my full advantage at state but it was definitely an experience and one of the coolest things I've been able to do."

Smith placed 76th at state. The journey that she took to get there was impressive. Teams have the opportunity to advance based on combined scores in the postseason. In the sectional and regional, Smith was all on her own.

"It puts a huge amount of pressure on your shoulders. It's a huge weight," Smith said. "You don't really have anybody else that can come in with a better score than you, so it's all up to you. It's definitely a lot of pressure."

Smith hopes her golf success can drum up some interest at Borden and potentially form the first full team since her freshman year. Winning a NTSPY would likely help that cause.

"I'm extremely overwhelmed to be nominated," she said. "It would be a huge accomplishment and it would mean the world to me if I was chosen as winner."

GIRLS' GOLF ALL-AREA TEAM
FIRST TEAM - Lauren Decker, Floyd Central; Kennedy Easton, Henryville; Sydney LaDuke, Floyd Central; Makenzie Smith, Borden; Alexa Wilson, Providence

SECOND TEAM - Emma Hausz, Floyd Central; Kaylan Hook, New Albany; Darian Nipper, Henryville; Stevie Roth, New Albany; Liv Schmidt, Silver Creek

HONORABLE MENTION - Shea Caylor, Providence; Ashton Crutcher, Silver Creek; Hannah Guernsey, Henryville; Morgan Spanapoulos, Floyd Central

COACH OF THE YEAR - Robin Embry, Henryville

  

Hornets 16th in Indy
9/24/2016 Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)

INDIANAPOLIS — Shorthanded Henryville, which advanced to the regional for the fourth time in program history, placed 16th at Saturday's Roncalli Regional at Smock Golf Club in Indianapolis.

Without Allison Horn, the Hornets shot a 425 in their final round of a successful season.

"We knew our team score would be a bit inflated," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "Overall, we were pleased to have another regional appearance and the girls handled themselves well.

The Hornets were led by Darian Nipper's 94 and Kennedy Easton's 103. The rest of the team — Hannah Guernsey, Olivia Guernsey and Riley Dieterlen — all had career-best 18-hole rounds.

"Darian led us today with a very consistent round and carded a career-low as well," Embry said. "Although Kennedy has had a really good season, she struggled a bit today. She just had a few holes get away from her. Sometimes that happens.

"We had a good season and I was pleased with the improvement of each of the players. I'm hopeful they'll continue to practice and play between now and next season. If so, with everybody back, our expectations will be to earn another regional appearance and compete for the sectional title [in 2017]."

Defending state runner-up Westfield easily won the regional. The Shamrocks' 297 was 18 strokes ahead of Carmel. Westfield's Cailyn Henderson shot an incredible 64 to win medalist honors by nine strokes over teammate Margaret Wentz.

RONCALLI REGIONAL (Smock G.C., Indianapolis, par 72):
Team scores: Westfield 297, Carmel 315, Zionsville 326, Plainfield 330, Brownsburg 337, Ben Davis 340, Center Grove 343, Terre Haute North 343, Perry Meridian 352, Lebanon 354, Terre Haute South 360, Whiteland 367, Madison Shawe 391, Madison 404, Western Boone 412, Henryville 425 (Nipper 94, Easton 103, H. Guernsey 105, O. Guernsey 123, Dieterlen 124), North Montgomery 432, Greencastle 459.


TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS: Cailyn Henderson (W) 64, Margaret Wentz (W) 73, Angie Kavanaugh (Car) 76, Abby Kody (Br) 77, Kayla Benge (Pl) 77.
ADVANCING INDIVIDUALS: Cody (Br) 77, Benge (Pl) 77, Danielle Fishbum (BD) 79, Tory Treash (Pl) 81, Alexandria Maris (THS) 81.

  

Henryville Advances to Girls' Golf Regional
9/17/2016 John Boyle (News & Tribune)

MADISON — Henryville finished second overall with a score of 404 at the Madison Sectional on Saturday.

The performance secured the Hornets a spot at the Roncalli Regional next weekend at Smock Golf Club in Indianapolis.

Kennedy Easton led Henryville with a 91 and finished fourth overall. Darian Nipper was not far behind at 97. Hannah Guernsey and Allison Horn topped off the Hornets' score with 105 and 111, respectively. Madison Shawe won the sectional crown by 25 strokes over the Hornets. Madison also advanced.

"Our main goal was to get in the top three and advance to regional, but we knew we were capable of winning," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "We were just a few strokes behind at the turn. However, we struggled a bit on the back and couldn't keep pace."

Despite falling short of the championship, Embry said he felt happy to advance.

"All the girls have improved throughout the season and I'm happy they'll be able to experience playing in the regional," he said. "We'll put in a good week of practice and look forward to representing our school and sectional next Saturday."

Madison's Emma Beasley and Shawe's Meg Hensler tied for medalist honors with rounds of 84.

MADISON SECTIONAL (At Sunrise G.C., Madison, par 72):
Shawe 379: Hensler 84, Hambrick 88, Pawlak 101, Hertz 106, Pennington 151.
Henryville 404: Easton 91, Nipper 97, H. Guernsey 105, Horn 111, O. Guernsey 126.
Madison 411: Beasley 84, Ehlers 105, Huff 107, White 115, Sadler 119.
Jennings County 422: Whitehead 94, Clark 106, Campbell 109, Sigmund 113.
South Dearborn 462: Teaney 98, Fortner 112, Halbig 119, Socks 133, Hoskins 166.
Lawrenceburg 478: Heine 112, Johnson 113, Smart 114, Getz 139, Kellard 195.
Switzerland County 490: King 104, Parr 108, Edwards 128, Christman 150.
Scottsburg NTS: Bottorff 102, Sanders 119, Gabbard 161.
Southwestern NTS: Consley 137, Davis 148, Brown 166.

Photos from MadisonCourier.com

  

Easton, Hornets Win 5-Way
9/14/2016 Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)

JEFFERSONVILLE — Kennedy Easton beat Borden's Makenzie Smith by a stroke for medalist honors and her Henryville team won a 5-way meet at Jeffersonville on Wednesday.

Easton shot a plus-9 45 and Henryville carded a team 197. That was 38 strokes ahead of runner-up South Central. Teammate Darian Nipper was two strokes back at 47, tied for third overall with Silver Creek's Ashton Crutcher.

"It's been another good week for us, and hopefully, we can make it a great week on Saturday," said Henryville coach Robin Embry, whose team competes in the Madison Sectional this weekend. "This was a good tune-up for us. With five teams, this match had an invitational feel, which was good for the girls. We'll put in a couple of good practice sessions and look forward to the sectional."

Consistent Jeffersonville was led by Kristen Porter's 57. The other three Devils were between 62 and 64.

Henryville 197: Easton 45, Nipper 47, H. Guernsey 51, Horn 54, O. Guernsey 64, Dieterlen 69.
South Central 235: Woertz 51, Avis 61, Cook 61, G. Riley 62, M. Riley 66.
Jeffersonville 245: Porter 57, Bundy 62, Kaur 62, Squier 64.
Silver Creek NTS: Crutcher 47, Schmidt 48, O'Neil 68.
Borden NTS: Smith 46, Zakrzewski 62.

  

Henryville Golf Edged by Shawe in Madison
9/9/2016 John Boyle (News & Tribune)

MADISON — Henryville was defeated for only the third time this season after an impressive performance by Madison Shawe in a 190-200 victory at Sunrise on Friday.

Out of the three Hornets losses, two have come at the hands of the Hilltoppers.

"We played well, but we couldn't keep pace with Shawe's top two players," Henryville coach Robin Embry said.

Kennedy Easton shot a 47 to lead the Hornets. Hannah Guernsey and Darian Nipper finished with 50. Shawe's Megg Hensler was the medalist with a 40.

The loss came with a silver lining. After shooting 213 at Sunrise earlier in the season, the Hornets were able to shave their total down to 200.

"It was good to play on the sectional course," Embry said. "Hopefully, we can improve our short game enough to make a solid run next weekend in the Madison Sectional at Sunrise."

Shawe 190: Hensler 40, Hambrick 43, Hurtz 53, Pawlak 54, Pennington 69.
Henryville 200: Easton 47, H. Guernsey 50, Nipper 50, Horn 53, O. Guernsey 61, Dieterlen 65.

  

Hornets Stay Hot, Win 3-way
9/7/2016 Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)

ELIZABETH — Henryville continued its hot play with a 3-way victory Wednesday at Chariot Run.

The Hornets shot a 204, which was 16 shots better than host South Central and 58 ahead of Jeffersonville.

Kennedy Easton led Henryville with a 47. Teammate Darian Nipper was one shot back.

“The course was in great shape,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “However, the speed of it’s greens took a toll on us. From tee to green, we played fairly well, but we struggled a bit around the greens. We’ll keep working to get better.”

Jeff was led by Kristen Porter’s 62. Sydney Cook’s 53 paced the Rebels.

Henryville 204: Easton 47, Nipper 48, H. Guernsey 54, Horn 55, O. Guernsey 58, Dieterlen 64.
South Central 220: Cook 53, Wentz 54, G. Riley 56, Avis 57, M. Riley 68.
Jeffersonville 262: Porter 62, Bundy 64, Kaur 67, Roach 69.

  

Hornets, Borden's Smith Win at Champions Pointe
9/6/2016 Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)

HENRYVILLE — Henryville won the team race and Borden's Makenzie Smith was the individual medalist at Tuesday's 3-way match at Champions Pointe.

Smith shot a match-best 42, three shots ahead of Henryville's Kennedy Easton. The Hornets shot a 206, beating Charlestown by 69 strokes.

"Our score was a bit inflated today. However, we had one of our top 4 players drop out after 6 holes," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "Had she finished, we would have probably broken 190. Each of the girls continue to improve. Hopefully, each girl can trim a few strokes over these last two weeks of the season."

Charlestown was led by Lexi Eblen's 63.

Henryville 206: Easton 45, H. Guernsey 47, Nipper 51, O. Guernsey 63, Dieterlen 68.
Charlestown 275: Eblen 63, Smith 69, Tharp 71, McCutcheon 72, Watson 72.
Borden NTS: Smith 42, Zakrzewski 72.

  

Hornets Win 3-Way
9/2/2016 Staff (News & Tribune)

HENRYVILLE — Host Henryville defeated Clarksville and Borden in a 3-way meet at Champions Pointe.

Borden's Mackenzie Smith was the medalist with a plus-4 on the par-36 course. Henryville had four players at 51 or under, led by Kennedy Easton's 46.

"We had a beautiful evening and the course is in great shape," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "It's been another week of improvement for us. We've had good practice sessions and scored well in both of our matches. I'm looking forward to watching our improvement over these last couple weeks of our season."

Abby Martin and Mary Roberts had co-team-best scores of 64 for the Generals.

Henryville 194: Easton 46, Horn 48, H. Guernsey 49, Nipper 51, O. Guernsey 63, Dieterlen 68.
Clarksville 267: Martin 64, Roberts 64, Slack 68, Henning 71.
Borden: Smith 40, Genevieve Zakrzewski 65.

  

Easton Paces Hornets
8/29/2016 Justin Maskulinski (News & Tribune)

HENRYVILLE — Henryville's Kennedy Easton led the Hornets to second place finish in a three-way Monday at Champions Pointe Golf Club.

Easton shot a 42 — 7-over par — and placed second over all behind Madison Shawe's Megg Hensler.

Shawe edged Henryville by one stroke — 191-192.

"We continue to improve. Kennedy had another very nice round today," Henryville head coach Robin Embry said. "We're really close to posting four scores in the 40s. We'll keep putting in the time to get better."

South Central also participated Monday and shot a team score of 243.

Madison Shawe 191: Hensler 41, Hambrick 45, Pawlak 52, Hurtz 53, Pennington 70.
Henryville 192: Easton 42, Nipper 49, Horn 50, H. Guernsey 51, O. Guernsey 63, Dieterlen 64.
South Central 243: G. Riley 56, Cook 61, Avis 62, Woertz 64, M. Riley 67.

  

Hornets Dominate 3-Way
8/26/2016 Staff (News & Tribune)

SCOTTSBURG — Henryville had three golfers at 50 or under in a dominating performance at Westwood Golf Club in Scottsburg.

Kenndy Easton was the medalist with a 7-over 42. Darian Nipper added a 47 and Hannah Guernsey a 50 as the Hornets shot a 193 and defeated the host Warriors by 29 strokes and Trinity Lutheran by 41.

"It was nice to be south of 200," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "We feel like that's where we need to be and we're wanting to get down around 180. It's been another good week for us. We had a couple of good matches and put in some good practice time. Hopefully, our commitment level stays high and we continue to put in the time to improve."

Henryville 193: Easton 42, Nipper 47, H. Guernsey 50, Horn 54, O. Guernsey 61, Dieterlen 69.
Scottsburg 222: Bottorf 45, Sanders 56, Gabbard 60, Bryant 61.
Trinity Lutheran 234: Taylor 53, Gabbard 54, Oakes 59, Benter 68, Hildreth 70.

  

Hornets beat Generals
8/23/2016 Justin Maskulinski (News & Tribune)

HENRYVILLE — Henryville shot a team score of 209 en route to a win over visiting Clarksville on Tuesday.

Henryville’s Kennedy Easton was the medalist at 12-over par at Champions Pointe. Henryville cruised to victory, notching the top four individual scores.

“It’s great to see the girls continue to improve,” Henryvlle head coach Robin Embry said. “Hopefully, we’ll stay dedicated and keep putting the time in to continue that improvement.”

Clarksville’s lowest score was recorded by Abby Martin, who shot a 66.

Southwestern also participated but did not have enough players to field a team.

Henryville 209: Easton 48, Nipper 50, H. Guernsey 53, Horn 58, O. Guernsey 65, Dieterlen 67.
Clarksville 275: Martin 66, Slack 67, Roberts 70, Henning 72.
Southwestern NTS: Brown 65, Consley 69, Davis 70.

  

Hornets golf blows out Trinity in dual meet
8/19/2016 Staff (News & Tribune)

SEYMOUR — Henryville shot a team round of 206 to defeat host Trinity Lutheran 206-257 in a dual meet Friday at Shadowood Golf Course.

Kennedy Easton shot a 46 for medalist honors and Hannah Guernsey, Darian Nipper, Allison Horn and Olivia Guernsey all shot in the 50’s.

“It’s been another good week for us. Today wasn’t our best but it was pretty good,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “All three juniors have improved on their average from last season and the three freshmen are miles ahead of where they were a few weeks ago. Hopefully, we’ll stay committed and continue to improve throughout the season.”

Macy Taylor’s 55 was a team-best for the Cougars.

Henryville 206 - Easton 46, Nipper 50, H. Guernsey 53, Horn 57, O. Guernsey 58, Dieterlen 66
Trinity Lutheran 257 - Taylor 55, Gabbard 59, Benter 71, Hildreth 72

  

Henryville Wins 3-Way With Devils, Dogs
8/16/2016 Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)

HENRYVILLE — On a soggy Champions Pointe course, Henryville out-shot Hoosier Hills Conference foes Jeffersonville and New Albany for a 3-way meet victory.

The Hornets shot a 214, which was 57 shots better than the Devils. The Bulldogs played without a full team.

“Due to the weather we’ve had the past several days, the course played long and difficult,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said.

Henryville’s Kennedy Easton edged New Albany’s Kaylan Hook by a stroke with a 43.

“Considering the conditions, Kennedy and Kaylyn posted good scores,” Embry said. “We’ll keep working to get a few more scores in the 40s.”

Henryville 214: Easton 43, Nipper 52, O. Guernsey 59, H. Guernsey 60, Dieterlen 69.
Jeffersonville 271: Porter 63, Bundy 68, Squire 68, Kaur 72.
New Albany NTS: Hook 44, Bell 52, Roth 55.

  

Lady Cub Golfers Defeat Henryville
8/11/2016 Staff (Madison Courier)

Madison’s girls golf team fielded a full team for the first time this season and picked up a 200-213 dual match win over Henryville at Sunrise Golf Course on Thursday.

Emma Beasley led the Lady Cubs with a two-over 38 while Hannah Huff carded a 52, Keegan Ehlers shot a 54 and Destinee Sadler had a 56.

“I’m proud of the girls. We’re young and I was secretly hoping to break 200. We nearly accomplished that, so I’m really pleased,” Madison coach Jake Shockley said. “I think the girls have a lot of potential and if they continue to work hard, they can do some good things. Hannah and Keegan are starting to come around; you can see it in their swing and in their demeanor. This was Destinee’s first ever competitive match and she handled her nerves well and hit some very good shots.”

The match was to originally include Jeffersonville but the Red Devils withdrew due to hot weather.

The Cubs had traveled to Aurora on Wednesday for a tri-match with South Dearborn and Shawe Memorial. However, play was halted midway through the round due to thunder and lightning — Madison’s second match this season lost to weather conditions.

Beasley had been one-over after six holes Wednesday while Ehlers was 12-over after five and Huff was 12-over after four with Madison not fielding a fourth player.

Madison 200 - Beasley 38, Huff 52, Ehlers 54, Sadler 56
Henryville 213 - Easton 45, H. Guernsey 52, Nipper 55, O. Guernsey 61, Horn 65

  

Hornets Top West-Clark Rival Silver Creek
8/9/2016 Staff (News & Tribune)

SELLERSBURG — Henryville shot a team score of 191 to defeat West Clark-rival Silver Creek at Hidden Creek Golf Club on Tuesday.

Kennedy Easton had the low score for Henryville with a plus-8 on the par-34 Hidden Creek. She birdied two holes. Hannah Guernsey was close behind at plus-11 and Darian Nipper shot a plus-14.

"The course was in very good condition and it's one of the shorter courses we'll play and it resulted in lower scores," Henryville head coach Robin Embry said. "Overall, the past two days have been a good start to our season. We'll keep working and improving."

Silver Creek's Liv Schmidt shot a plus-5 to lead the pack. Ashton Crutcher was second for the Dragons at plus-12. Silver Creek shot a 214.

Henryville had six of the top eight scores on Tuesday.

Henryville 191: Easton 42, H. Guernsey 45, Nipper 48, Horn 56, O. Guernsey 57, Dieterlen 59.
Silver Creek 216: Schmidt 39, Crutcher 46, Walker 63, Sorg 66, O'Neil 68.

  

Henryville's Easton Wins Three-way Match
8/8/2016 Staff (News & Tribune)

HENRYVILLE — Henryville's Kennedy Easton's plus-10 46 was the lowest score from the 13 golfers at Monday's 3-way match at Champions Pointe in Henryville.

Eastern and Trinity Lutheran were the other two teams at the 9-hole match.

Henryville had three of the best five scores Monday. Darian Nipper tied for second place with a plus-15 on the par-36 front nine at Champions Pointe. Hannah Guerney shot a plus-19.

"It was good to get the season started," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "Our scores weren't quite where we want them, however, we'll get better. We're looking forward to a good season."

Eastern's Taylor Drury led her team with a plus-15 and Macy Taylor was the low shooter for Trinity at plus-19. Drury eagled the first hole of the day, a par-4 hole.

Henryville's average score was 57. Eastern averaged 60 and Trinity Lutheran averaged 62.

Henryville 216 - Easton 46, Nipper 51, H. Guernsey 55, Horn 64, O. Guernsey 68, Dieterlen 68
Trinity Lutheran 246 - Taylor 55, Oakes 59, Gabbard 63, Benter 69
Eastern (Pekin) NTS - Drury 51, Gilstrap 62, Jones 66


  

GIRLS' GOLF SEASON PREVIEW: Floyd Central aiming for state after last year's close call
8/5/2016 by Justin Maskulinski (News & Tribune)

FLOYDS KNOBS — Floyd Central will aim for its third straight sectional championship this season behind the senior leadership of Sydney LaDuke and Lauren Decker.

The Highlanders also hope they can out-drive the goal of sectional champion and end up at the state meet for the first time since 2011, when they placed 11th. They missed the state meet by one stroke last year.

"We want to get through sectional and get up to regional," LaDuke said. "Then hopefully we can send some girls to state and see how far we can go there. We're pretty young this year but we want to keep the team unity going and make sure that we're competing to our optimum level."

Decker says she wants to lead her teammates by example.

"I want to show the girls that hard work and dedication does pay off," Decker said. "Golf is golf. You have bad days. I don't want to be that senior who pouts after a bad day. Attitude is really important in golf."

LaDuke and Decker — 2015 News and Tribune All-Area first teamers — stayed sharp in the summer with tournament play.

"In the summer you're playing girls from different states, cities and areas," LaDuke said. "I like summer because it gives me a feel of the northern schools that we play in tournament season."

Both Highlander seniors plan to golf in college. LaDuke has committed IUPUI and Decker says she wants to go somewhere in the south.

Floyd coach Kara Collier has coached Decker and LaDuke since middle school and says she had enjoyed watching them grow.

"These are two great leaders," Collier said of her seniors. "They're really caring about how their team gets along. They care about being leaders on the course and off the course. They're two of the best seniors I could ask for, I'm so proud of them."

Decker and LaDuke will be replacing last year's seniors — Jessica Ingram and Megan Striegel — who were both All-Area first teamers and nominees for the NTSPY Girls' Golfer of the Year. One junior, three sophomores and three freshman round out this year's squad.

Collier says the approach this year will be to focus on the little things, right down to each swing of the club.

"We learned last year at regional that every putt counts — we missed it by one stroke," the third-year coach said. "Every single stroke counts. That's our focus and we're just going to keep working hard to get where we want to go."

GIRLS' GOLF PREVIEW CAPSULES
BORDEN
• CO-HEAD COACHES: Jim Schuld (2nd season) and Rob Jones (1st season).
• KEY LOSSES: None.
• RETURNING VARSITY PLAYERS: Makenzie Smith, Sr.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Genevieve Zakrzewski, Fr.
• OUTLOOK: Smith reached the regional last season and missed state by one stroke, so Schuld expects her to succeed in 2016. Schuld hopes to mold Zakrzewski into a leader.
• SCHULD SAYS: "Our main goal this year is to have a player make it to state. We believe we have a great chance to do so with Makenzie Smith."

CHARLESTOWN
• HEAD COACH: Kim Carroll (12th season).
• HOME COURSE: Elk Run.
• KEY LOSSES: None.
• RETURNING VARSITY PLAYERS: Brianna McCutcheon, So.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Brooke Watson, Sr; Christina Gabbard, Jr.; Maddisen Smith, So.; Lexi Eblen, So.; Addison Harden, Fr.; Emmaly Rose, Fr.; Raley Potter, Fr.; Grace Igleheart, Fr.; Kylan Burke, Fr.; Korree Tharp, Fr.; Chloe Fellows, Fr.
• OUTLOOK: Carrol expects her young squad to become better golfers by the end of the season. Gaining experience will be the key for the Pirates.
• CARROLL SAYS: "I am overwhelmed with the turn out this season. Our goal this season is for each golfer to improve their skills, learn the game and lower their scores. I hope the girls can enjoy the game of golf."

CLARKSVILLE
• HEAD COACH: Tosha Embry (3rd season).
• HOME COURSE: Wooded View.
• KEY LOSS: Georgia Page.
• RETURNING VARSITY PLAYERS: Abby Martin, Jr.; Heather Slack, Jr.; Mary Roberts, So.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Trinitee Henning, Fr.
• OUTLOOK: The team is still young, but with three players have a year under their belt. Embry says they're looking to improve on last year.
• EMBRY SAYS: "We are a young and inexperienced team. My returning players have played for one year, so we will still be learning and trying to improve on last years scores. The girls are dedicated to getting better and hopefully our scores will continuously get lower as the season goes on."

EASTERN
• CO-HEAD COACHES: Mike McBride (3rd season) and Carissa Embry (2nd season).
• HOME COURSE: Western Hills and Champions Pointe.
• RETURNING VARSITY PLAYERS: Taylor Drury, Sr.; Samantha Gilstrap, Jr.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Cora Jones, Fr..
• OUTLOOK: Gilstrap was a regional qualifier in 2015, so she will look to get back. McBride says he will stress the importance of the short game.
• MCBRIDE SAYS: "Have fun and improve daily."

FLOYD CENTRAL
• HEAD COACH: Kara Collier (3rd season).
• HOME COURSE: Valley View.
• KEY LOSSES: Megan Striegel, Tristan Barnes, Jessica Ingram.
• RETURNING VARSITY PLAYERS: Sydney LaDuke, Sr.; Lauren Decker, Sr.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Jillian Moorefield, Jr.; Emma Hausz, So.; Morgan Spanopoulos, So.; Sydney Palmer, So.; Francesca Hartlage, Fr.; Sydney Juliot, Fr.; Courtney Kessinger, Fr.
• OUTLOOK: The Highlanders lost two great seniors in Striegel and Ingram (both were News and Tribune Player of the Year finalists), but they have reloaded with Decker and LaDuke. After missing state by one stroke last season, Floyd Central's goal is to get to state this year.
• COLLIER SAYS: "This is a wonderful team this year and I am very proud of all of their hard work to get where they currently are. I am impressed by the work ethic and desire I've seen from the girls so far. If they all continue to work hard, the sky is the limit for this team."

HENRYVILLE
• HEAD COACH: Robin Embry (13th season).
• HOME COURSE: Champions Pointe.
• KEY LOSS: Emma Hendricks.
• RETURNING VARSITY PLAYERS: Kennedy Easton, Jr.; Hannah Guernsey, Jr.; Darian Nipper, Jr.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Allison Horn, Fr.; Olivia Guernsey, Fr.; Riley Dieterlen, Fr.
• OUTLOOK: Embry says with an update schedule, he hopes practices and matches can allow Henryville to be very competitive at the Madison Sectional.
• EMBRY SAYS: "Our three juniors, who began playing as freshmen, have improved each season and we expect improvement again this season. In addition, we have three freshmen with the potential to contribute this season. With commitment and dedication, we can compete for a regional spot and maybe even a sectional championship. We're looking forward to getting started."


JEFFERSONVILLE
• HEAD COACH: Dusty Corum (6th season).
• HOME COURSE: Elk Run.
• KEY LOSSES: None.
• RETURNING VARSITY PLAYERS: Lucy Sandoval, Sr.; Sydney Squire, Sr.; Kaitlyn Witten, Sr.; Whitney Bundy, Jr.; Kiran Kaur.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Corum said there are 16 newcomers.
• OUTLOOK: Corum said while the team has improved, they are not yet at the level of other conference teams.
• CORUM SAYS: "We will have a great year and will strive to improve upon our golf skills and techniques."

NEW ALBANY
• HEAD COACH: Kelly Hook (2nd year).
• HOME COURSE: Valley View.
• KEY LOSSES: None.
• RETURNING VARSITY PLAYERS: Kaylan Hook Jr.; Stevie Roth, Jr.; Erin Bell.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: None.
• OUTLOOK: With just three players, New Albany will look to advance as individuals this season. Hook reached regionals last year and will aim to do so again.
• HOOK SAYS: "I have high expectations for our three players. ... I'm hoping at least two of my players can make it to regionals."

PROVIDENCE
• HEAD COACH: Ken Allender (first season with girls).
• HOME COURSE: Covered Bridge.
• KEY LOSSES: None.
• RETURNING VARSITY PLAYERS: Alexa Wilson, Sr.; Shea Caylor, Jr.; Ellie Mayberry, Jr.; Alex Henderson, Jr.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Taylor Raymond, Sr.; Kennedy Allender, Fr.
• OUTLOOK: Allender expects Wilson to be on of the best players on the young team and in the region.
• ALLENDER SAYS: "We have a hardworking group of girls with good attitudes. My experience has been that this type of team progresses quickly. Should make a nice showing in the post season."

SILVER CREEK
• HEAD COACH: Matt Graston (first season).
• HOME COURSE: Hidden Creek.
• KEY LOSSES: Charlotte Seaton, Lily Smith, Kaela Roberts.
• RETURNING VARSITY PLAYERS: Liv Schmidt, Sr.; Ashton Crutcher, Sr.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Savannah O’Neil, Sr.; Sydni Sorg, So.; Abby Walker, Fr.
• OUTLOOK: This is Graston's first year with Silver Creek, but he coach Providence boys' golf from 1996-2005. He expects the season to start off shaky, but improve as the season moves on. The Dragons advanced to regionals last year with NTSPY Golfer of the Year Charlotte Seaton. They return two from that team, but will miss Seaton, Smith and Roberts. Hanna Warren will not play due to injury.
• GRASTON SAYS: "We only have two players returning from last year’s team. Fortunately, they both have plenty of tournament experience and I expect them to post some strong rounds this year. [Schmidt] and [Crutcher] are both long off the tee so once they get their short game dialed in I think they will be tough to handle. We have a few newcomers that we’ll get going into the mix and hopefully by year’s end we’ll post some solid team scores."