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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."

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.

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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."

• CO-HEAD COACHES: Jim Schuld (2nd season) and Rob Jones (1st season).
• 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."

• HEAD COACH: Kim Carroll (12th season).
• 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."

• 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."

• 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."

• 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."

• 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."

• HEAD COACH: Dusty Corum (6th season).
• 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."

• HEAD COACH: Kelly Hook (2nd year).
• HOME COURSE: Valley View.
• RETURNING VARSITY PLAYERS: Kaylan Hook Jr.; Stevie Roth, Jr.; Erin Bell.
• 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."

• HEAD COACH: Ken Allender (first season with girls).
• HOME COURSE: Covered Bridge.
• 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."

• 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."

2016 Individual Season Statistics (Boys)

Player Rds. (9-hole) Average Low Score Course
Luke Davidson 24 39.8 34 Hidden Creek (Links) GC
Conner Furnish 22 42.5 39 Champions Pointe GC
Mason Edwards 20 43.9 40 Champions Pointe GC
Clayton Fields 22 48.0 40 Hidden Creek (Links) GC
Kris Glass 20 50.4 44 Wooded View GC
Brant Badger 10 53.5 48 Hidden Creek (Links) GC


2016 Season (Boys)


NTSPY Finalist - Boys' Golf
6/16/2016 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)

Although arguments could have been made for a couple other golfers to make the NTSPY finalist list, there's little question that Jeffersonville's Jay Williams, Providence's Kevin Crone and reigning Golfer of the Year Addison Greenwell of New Albany were among the best all season.

Now the question becomes which is the best. The three have nearly identical resumés, making the NTSPY Committee's job very difficult.

An independent panel chose 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 Team of the Year last Friday. The Boys’ Golfer of the Year award recipient will be announced at the NTSPY Awards ceremony on Tuesday, June 21 at Eastside Christian Church in Jeffersonville.

The Providence senior had a strong final campaign and came on strong when it counted. Crone improved his score by 12 strokes at Covered Bridge in one week to help the Pioneers win their first sectional championship in 18 years. A week after a round of 84 at the Legends of Indiana, Crone shot an even-par 72 at the sectional. At the regional at Champions Pointe, Crone's 76 again led Providence.

The New Albany senior and reigning Player of the Year advanced to the state finals for the first time in his career. Greenwell shot a 1-over par 73 at last week's Providence Regional at Champions Pointe to take one of the five state finals positions designated for individual players. He finished 13th in the state with a 4-over par at the state finals to earn All-State honors.

Williams had a stellar sophomore season and topped it off with the medalist honor at the Providence Sectional at Covered Bridge. The Jeffersonville sophomore was the only player to go below par with a 1-under 71. His birdie on the 13th hole helped give him a one-stroke victory over Providence's Kevin Crone. At last Thursday's regional at Champions Pointe, Williams carded an 86.

FIRST TEAM: Kevin Crone, Providence senior; Luke Davidson, Henryville senior; Addison Greenwell, New Albany senior; Jay Williams, Jeffersonville sophomore; Dylan Zink, Floyd Central sophomore

SECOND TEAM: Kamden Hurst, Borden senior; Nolan Keeler, New Albany freshman; Jack Lilly, Floyd Central sophomore; Max Leist, Providence senior; David Shepherd, Floyd Central senior

HONORABLE MENTION: Jacob Balz, Silver Creek; Allen Crews, Jeffersonville; Reilly Gray, Borden; Jacob Harper, Silver Creek; Ethan Hunter, New Albany; Carter Hurst, Borden; Kyle Oelker, Providence; Joey Steinert, New Albany; Cameron Walters, New Albany.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Ken Allender, Providence


Hornets finishes fourth at Madison
6/6/2016 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)

MADISON — Henryville finished a gut-wrenching fourth at Monday's Madison Sectional at Sunrise Golf Course.

The top three teams advance to Thursday's Providence Regional at the Hornets' home course of Champions Pointe.

"We were right there again," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "Similar to last season, we struggled on the front then played well on the back. We've had another good season, winning another conference title, another Hauser Invitational title and setting the school scoring record for 18 holes. However, we're disappointed by not claiming one of the top three sectional spots and advancing to the regional. Yet, it's good to have four returning players, that with a real commitment, will have a chance to challenge for a regional spot next season."

Henryville's Luke Davidson finished sixth overall and was the first golfer on a non-advancing team. That will put Davidson in the regional as an individual for the third time.

We're very happy for Luke," Embry said. "Like the rest, he struggled on the front. However, he carded the best second nine of the sectional. He's the first [boys'] golfer we've had to advance to three IHSAA regionals. He's played solid all season and is looking forward to his opportunity on Thursday."

Madison won the sectional by taking the top four individual scores. Austin Mahoney was the sectional champion with a par-72. Scottsburg and Jennings County were the other teams to advance. The Panthers finished 13 shots ahead of Henryville.

Rock Creek's Max Vogen shot an 88. New Washington finished 11th and Charlestown 12. New Wash senior John Barger led the Mustangs with a round of 98.

MADISON SECTIONAL: Madison 298, Scottsburg 330, Jennings County 332, Henryville 345 (Davidson 79, Furnish 86, Edwards 87, Fields 93, Glass 101), Rising Sun 360, Switzerland County 365, Southwestern 371, Austin 402, South Ripley 425, New Washington 442, Charlestown 526, Rock Creek Academy NTS, Shawe NTS.


Dragons edge Braves for West Clark title
6/3/2016 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)

HENRYVILLE — In the eighth-annual West Clark Shootout, Silver Creek edged Borden with a fifth-player tiebreaker to take the title.

Silver Creek's fifth-place finisher Garrett Perronie beat Borden's Josh Nunn by three points in the modified Stableford scoring system.

Defending champion Henryville finished third. The West Clark championship was the third for the Dragons and their first since 2012.

Borden's Kamden Hurst won his third straight individual title with a score of 18. The system awards eight points for a double eagle, six for an eagle, four for a birdie, two for par, zero for a bogey, minus-1 for a doublle bogey, minus-2 for a triple boys and minus-3 for any other score.

Henryville's Luke Davidson was second with a 16. Cody Zimmerman led the Dragons with a 14. Teammates Jacob Balz scored a nine and Bryce Crutcher a seven to help Creek to the team crown.

Silver Creek 35: Zimmerman 14, Balz 9, Crutcher 7, Harper 5, Perronie -4.
Borden 35: K. Hurst 18, C. Hurst 12, Gray 8, Lee -3, Nunn -7, Sowders -16.
Henryville 34: Davidson 16, Furnish 8, Edwards 6, Glass 4, Fields 3, Badger -7.


Henryville boys' golf second in 4-way meet
6/1/2016 by Staff (News & Tribune)

 HENRYVILLE — Henryville was second in a 4-way meet at Champions Pointe on Wednesday. 

Trinity Lutheran took the top spot and Austin’s Case Carter was the medalist with a par-36.

The Hornets were led by Luke Davidson’s 36 and Conner Furnish’s 40.

“Our first two spots have been fairly consistent,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “However, we continue to struggle a bit at the third and fourth spot. Hopefully, we can reduce those a few strokes and I think we’ll be OK.”

Max Vogen led Rock Creek with a round of 45.

Trinity Lutheran 166: Cd. Stuckwisch 39, Stahl 42, Cy. Stuckwisch 42, Jc. Keith 43, Jn. Keith 44, Royalty 47.
Henryville 172: Davidson 38, Furnish 40, Edwards 46, Glass 48, Fields 50, Badger 60.
Austin 197: Carter 36, Love 53, T. Johnson 54, P. Adams 54, C. Adams 59, C. Johnson 63.
Rock Creek NTS: Vogen 45, Dethy 66, Floyd 70.


Hilltoppers golfers 3rd at tri-meet
5/25/2016 by Staff (Madison Courier)

Shawe Memorial finished third in a three-way match at Sunrise Golf Course on Wednesday.

Henryville shot a 171 to win the match while Jennings County had a 184 and Shawe a 243.

Schuyler Edwards led Shawe with a 51 while Zach Stewart had a 59, Daniel Carrillo carded a 61 and Joe Lee shot a 72.

Henryville’s Luke Davidson was the low-medalist with a two-over 38. Conner Furnish had a 40, Mason Edwards and a 45 and Clayton Fields a 48 to round out the Hornets’ scoring. Brant Badger had a 49 and Kristopher Glass had a 57 in non-scoring rounds.

Bailey Wilder led Jennings County with a 40, Austin Risloe had a 44, Samson Miller a 49 and Briar Davis and Bryce Kirchner each had 51. Keegan Beal shot a non-scoring 55.

Henryville 171: Davidson 38, Furnish 40, Edwards 45, Fields 48, Badger 49, Glass 57
Jennings County 184: Wilder 40, Risloe 44, Miller 49, Davis 51, Kirchner 51, Beal 55
Shawe 243: Edwards 51, Stewart 59, Carrillo 61, Lee 72


Henryville nabs SAC title at Champions Pointe
5/21/2016 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)

 HENRYVILLE — With a strong back-nine performances by Henryville, the Hornets took home the Southern Athletic Conference Championship at Champions Pointe Golf Club on Saturday. 

Henryville has dominated the SAC, winning the last five championships and 11 of the last 12.

Henryville outlasted Borden 371-381 to take home the team prize. Crothersville finished third with a score of 468, Lanesville shot a 498 and New Washington finished with a 507.

"The course played very difficult today," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "It was a challenge. We were fortunate to win. We accepted the conditions, kept a good attitude and simply shot the lowest score we could on each hole. We're hoping for drier courses and sunny skies for the last couple weeks of our season."

The Braves led Henryville by three strokes after the first nine holes, but the top four Hornets all shot 52 or better on the back nine to clinch the win.

Davidson finished with a round of 79, including birdies on the sixth and 12th holes. Davidson has made the All-SAC squad all four years of competition. Other All-Conference Hornets were Conner Furnish and Mason Edwards. Borden's Kamdem Hurst, Riley Gray and Carter Hurst also earned the honor.

Henryville 371: Davidson 79, Furnish 89, Edwards 97, Fields 106.
Borden 381: K Hurst 83, Gray 83, C Hurst 100, Lee 115.
Crothersville 488: Ludeman 105, Elliot 115, Amick 122, Riley 146.
Lanesville 498: Wernert 111, Kaake 119, Walker 129, Winstead 139.
New Washington 507: Barger 111, Meadors 122, Swoboda 122, Ranyer 152.


Dragons Win 3-Way
5/19/2016 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)

SCOTTSBURG — Silver Creek knocked off both Henryville and Austin at Westwood on Thursday.

Despite finishing in third, Austin’s Case Carter was the round’s medalist with a score of 35.

Silver Creek was led by Garrett Perronie and Jacob Biaz, who both shot a 37.

Henryville’s Luke Davidson finished with a score of 38 in the Hornets’ runner-up finish.

“We struggled a bit with the elevated greens,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “However, we were still able to post a good score. We’ll put in some practice tomorrow and hopefully post some good scores Saturday.”

Silver Creek 156: Perronie 37, Biaz 37, Zimmerman 40, Harper 42.
Henryville 166: Davidson 38, Edwards 40, Furnish 44, Glass 50.
Austin 174: Carter 35, Love 44, Johnson 47, Beck 58.


Hornets Win 4-Way Meet
5/18/2016 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)

SELLERSBURG — Luke Davidson shot a 1-under par 34 to lead Henryville to a four-way meet victory over Lanesville, Charlestown and Rock Creek at Hidden Creek.

Conner Furnish shot a 39 and Clayton Fields a 40 to help the Hornets to a 45-stroke victory over runner-up Lanesville.

"We played well today," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "I'm happy the players are seeing results from their practice. I'm looking forward to seeing how we finish the season."

Charlestown and Rock Creek fielded incomplete teams. The Lions were led by Max Vogen's 37. John Watson carded a 56 to lead the Pirates.

Henryville 159: Davidson 34, Furnish 39, Fields 40, Glass 46, Badger 48.
Lanesville 204: Wernert 47, Kaake 48, Winstead 52, Walker 57, Jolley 63.
Charlestown NTS: Watson 56, Carr 57, Barrett 63.
Rock Creek NTS: Vogen 37, Dethy 54, Floyd 68.


Hornets Take Down Lanesville
5/13/2016 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)

HENRYVILLE — Henryville earned a 182-253 win over conference-rival Lanesville at Champions Pointe.

Luke Davidson led the Hornets with a round of 38. He finished strong down the stretch, getting par on four of his last five holes.

“Luke carded a very good score considering the conditions,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “ With all the rain, the course was wet and the rough was tall and thick. It was a challenge to say the least. With the conditions and us missing one of our top players, I’m pleased with our score. We’ll keep working to get better.”

Henryville 182: Davidson 38, Furnish 44, Fields 45, Badger 55, Glass 61.
Lanesville 253: Walker 60, Werner 61, Winstead 64, Jooley 68, Kaake 69.


Hornets Take Hauser Invite
5/7/2016 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)

HOPE — Henryville put together a solid round at Clifty Creek on Saturday and beat out six other teams to claim the Hauser Invitational.

The Hornets were led by Luke Davidson, who was the tournaments medalist with an 18-hole round of 76.

HAUSER INVITATIONAL: Henryville 332 (Davidson 76, Edwards 81, Furnish 82, Fields 96, Glass 93), Trinity Lutheran 335, Triton Central 377, Hauser 382, Morristown 402, Edinburgh 421.


Rebels Edge Braves n 4-Way
5/5/2016 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)

ELIZABETH — Southern Athletic Conference rivals Borden and South Central tied with 179-apiece in a four-way meet at Chariot Run. The Rebels took the win by benefit of a better fifth score.

Borden’s Kamden Hurst took the medalist honor with a round of 1-over-par 37. Henryville, which finished third with a 185, was led by Conner Furnish’s 43.

South Central 179: Hentrup 42, Stopinski 43, Day 45, Lewis 49, Johnson 52.
Borden 179: K. Hurst 37, Grey 42, C. Hurst 46, Sowders 54, Lee 56, Nunn 62.
Henryville 185: Furnish 43, Edwards 44, Davidson 47, Fields 51.
Crothersville NTS: Amick 63, James 66, Riley 72, Pearce DQ.


Henryville Tops Jennings County at Champions Pointe
4/28/2016 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)

HENRYVILLE — Luke Davidson led the way for Henryville in its 167-179 win over Jennings County at Champions Pointe Golf Club on Thursday.

Davidson shot a 36 to earn medalist honors

Henryville 167: Davidson 36, Fields 43, Edwards 44, Furnish 44, Glass 51, Badger 52.
Jennings County 179: Simmons 41, Day 45, Kirchaer 45, Wilder 48, Kelley 48, Roscoe 52.


Red Devils Win Wooded View Invite
4/23/2016 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)

CLARKSVILLE — Led by medalist Jay Williams, Jeffersonville won the Wooded View Invitational on Saturday. Williams shot 74 in the victory. 

Luke Davidson led the Hornets and Henryville came in third place in the invitational.

"Overall, we played better than we had the past couple of matches," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "However, we remain a bit inconsistent. We'll keep working."

New Albany finished fourth, paced by Kameron Guess and his round of 88.

Jeffersonville 324, Scottsburg 335, Henryville 352 (Davidson 84, Edwards 85, Furnish 87, Glass 96, Fields 96) , New Albany 379, Salem 391, Christian Academy 398, Charlestown 532, Rock Creek NTS, Clarksville NTS.


Cougars Beat Henryville
4/16/2016 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)

SEYMOUR — Host Trinity Lutheran shot a 164 to beat Henryville by 22 strokes in a dual meet Monday at Shadowood Golf Course.

Luke Davidson and Mason Edwards each shot a 43 to pace the Hornets. Cory Stuckwisch and Drew Royalty shared medalist honors with rounds of 40 for the Cougars.

"We've struggled the past couple of matches," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "Both courses exposed our short-game deficiencies and we're not getting a competitive score from our last few spots. Fortunately, we have the week to practice and prepare for this Saturday."

Trinity Lutheran 164: Cy. Stuckwisch 40, Royalty 40, Cd. Stuckwisch 41, Ja. Keith 43, Stahl 45, Jo. Keith 50.
Henryville 186: Davidson 43, Edwards 43, Furnish 46, Glass 54, Badger 56, Fields 56.


Hornets Finish Fifth at Crawford
4/16/2016 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)

MARENGO— Henryville didn't play as well as it would have liked at the Early Bird Invitational at the Lucus Oil Golf Course in Marengo on Saturday.

The Hornets finished fifth but were only nine shots from second place. Luke Davidson had a great round with a 39 to lead Henryville.

"We expect four scores below 45," Henryville caoch Robin Embry said. "We only had one, so obviously, it was a disappointing morning. However, we have a lot of golf in front of us. At this point we're inconsistent. We'll continue to work to improve in all phases."

EARLY BIRD TOURNAMENT (Lucus Oil Golf Course , Marengo)
Perry Central 167, Crawford County Orange 175, South Central 178, Paoli 182, Henryville 184 (Davidson 39, Furnish 47, Edwards 48, Badger 50, Fields 52), Lanesville 226, Rock Creek INC, Crawford County Brown INC.


Henryville Wins 4-Way
4/13/2016 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)

HENRYVILLE — Henryville edged Southern Athletic Conference-rival Borden in a four-way meet at Champion Pointe on Wednesday.

Luke Davidson led the Hornets with a four-over par 40. He was tied for meet-best honors by Borden’s Carter Hurst. Conner Furnish shot a 41 and Mason Edwards for a 43 for Henryville.

“Our play is a bit inconsistent, not our best this evening.” Hornets coach Robin Embry said. ‘However, we’re making the necessary changes to allow us to score our best in late May and early June. I’m pleased with the improvements we’re making.”

Henryville 171: Davidson 40, Furnish 41, Edwards 43, Fields 47, Glass 50, Badger 59.
Borden 180: c. Hurst 40, K. Hurst 41, Gray 44, Nunn 55, Lee 59, Sowders 63.
Crothersville 262: Luedeman 49, Amick 70, Riley 71, James 72.
Charlestown 281: Hodges 68, Watson 70, Carr 71, Barrett 72.


Hornets Win 3-Way Match
4/12/2016 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)

HENRYVILLE — Led by Connor Furnish, Henryville beat both Eastern and Madison Shawe in a three-way match at Champions Pointe on Tuesday.

Furnish won medalist honors with a round of 39. Luke Davidson was just one shot off of the leader.

"I'm pleased with the scores we shot," Hornets' coach Robin Embry said. "The players are working on some necessary changes, so our scores will be a bit inconsistent for a while. I really like their attitude and effort, We're off to a good start."

Henryville 171: Furnish 39, Davidson 40, Edwards 45, Glass 47, Fields 52.
Eastern 237: Emmert 45, Marshall 55, Hoke 67, Starrett 70.
Shawe 238: Stewart 55, Edwards 57, J. Carillo 62, D. Carillo 64, Lee 69.


Boys Golf Season Preview
4/12/2016 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)

NEW ALBANY — During his high school career at New Albany, Addison Greenwell has performed below his personal expectations in the postseason.

The Bulldog senior has advanced as an individual to the Providence Regional just once, which was last season, and not reached his ultimate destination of the state finals.

In his final prep campaign in 2016, Greenwell hopes this is the year where he can walk away from a postseason effort a proud young man by reaching state.

“I think that’s the only goal he’s got left,” New Albany head coach Rick Belcher said. “As an individual, I know that’s probably the one thing that if he does it, then he’ll think his high school career is complete.”

Greenwell shot a 93 in his freshman year at sectional as he was 17 strokes shy of being one of the top three individuals on non-advancing teams to qualify for regional.

In his sophomore season, he fired a good enough round to advance to regional with a 75. But he was disqualified on a unique ruling.

Greenwell thought he lost his ball in a hazard and he took a one-stroke penalty by taking a drop with a second ball. However, he found his original ball while making his drop and went ahead played that ball. That was against the rules as he needed to play the ball he dropped. As a result, he earned a disqualification.

Greenwell finally advanced to the regional as a junior in the 2015 sectional. He finished ninth overall with a 75, which was the second-lowest score for an individual on a non-qualifying team.

But Greenwell came up short of advancing to state at the Providence Regional. He carded a 78, which was four shots behind the final individual qualifier in Columbus North’s Spencer Fairbanks.

Greenwell has been taught one significant thing about postseason tournaments.

“You learn to take every single shot as it matters because one bad hole or one high number takes you out of it,” he said.

Greenwell says he got some instruction from Champion Pointe Golf Club head golf pro Scott Ivey during the offseason to help him make a potential run at state.

“I’ve been trying to hone in on the little things, specifically working on chipping and putting and getting closer to the hole,” Greenwell said. “My expectations are to make it further [in the postseason] than I did last year. I think I have a pretty good shot at finishing very, very high at state.”

Greenwell looked ready to compete at state during the 2015 regular season. His biggest accomplishment last season was earning medalist honors at the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament at Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus with a 75.

That victory helped increase Greenwell’s self-esteem a lot.

“That was huge because our conference is strong,” Belcher said. “To play a tough golf course — and a famous Indiana golf course — and win it I think was huge for him.”

Greenwell also fared well in three other 18-hole invitationals in 2015. He finished second at the Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational at Covered Bridge Golf Club in Sellersburg with a 74. He also was the runner-up at the Floyd Central Invitational at Champions Pointe Golf Club in Henryville with 73.

Greenwell shot a 75 to place third at the Bud Bennett Memorial Invitational at Old Capital Golf Club in Corydon.

Those top-three finishes enabled Greenwell to earn the 2015 News and Tribune Player of the Year award.

“I just tried to stay calm and know that every shot is not going to be a good one,” Greenwell said. “I tried to get to the hole as fast as possible in the lowest amount of strokes as possible.”

Belcher said Greenwell has come a long way since he was a freshman.

“Considering where we started his freshman year, [Ivey] started tearing his swing apart. Normally during the season, you don’t mess with a kid’s swing. You just kind of get through it, then in the offseason, we’ll work on it. But I didn’t want to wait,” Belcher said. “It worked out great because his ball striking is unbelievable.

“He had a good homemade swing that he had [as a freshman], but he’s so much better. He understands his golf swing now.”

Another goal Greenwell has this season is leading the entire New Albany team to a regional berth, which has not happened in his high school career. The Bulldogs’ last trip to regional was in 2011.

“That is a very big goal,” Greenwell said.

Greenwell has signed a letter of intent to play golf next season at Marian University, an NAIA school in Indianapolis. He plans on studying business at Marian.

• CO-HEAD COACHES: Ben Pine (first season at Borden and overall), Jim Schuld (first season at Borden and overall).
• HOME COURSES: Champions Pointe, Elk Run.
• LAST SEASON: Third at Southern Athletic Conference meet, ninth at Providence Sectional.
• KEY LOSSES: Elijah Franklin.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Kamden Hurst, Sr.; Reilly Gray, Sr.; Carter Hurst, Jr.; Logan Lee, Sr.
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Josh Nunn, Jr.; Nick Sowders, Sr.; Devin Morrow, Sr.
• 2016 OUTLOOK: Kamden Hurst is the Braves’ leader as he has qualified for regional the past two seasons. Pine says his No. 1 golfer has his sights set on qualifying for the IHSAA State Finals this season. Gray will attempt to join the elder Hurst at regional as an individual qualifier. Pine expects big things from his current No. 3 golfer, Carter Hurst.
• PINE SAYS: “We’ll have some good competition this season. But to be honest, I’m not concerned about any of our competition this year. That may be a cliché, but if we play our game the way I know we can, our competition can worry about us. I truly believe we should be in the conversation as a main contender to win our conference and sectional. Our coaching staff’s golf experience is deep, and if our guys work hard, we have high expectations.”

• HEAD COACH: Adam Tolliver (fifth season at Charlestown and overall).
• HOME COURSE: Hidden Creek.
• LAST SEASON: Incomplete teams at Mid-Southern Conference meet and Madison Sectional.
• KEY LOSSES: Brady Christman.
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Matthew Carr, Fr.; Brian Hodges, Fr.; Ryan Barrett, Sr.
• 2016 OUTLOOK: The Pirates have only four players on their roster with three of them having limited varsity experience. Tolliver looks for improvement from each of his players throughout the season. He expects Corydon Central and Scottsburg to be the main contenders for the MSC title and Madison to be the favorite at the Madison Sectional.
• TOLLIVER SAYS: “I know we won’t compete for any titles and will struggle in most, if not all, matches. But you can’t improve unless you’re out here playing, so I am happy with the guys that I have out and their willingness to work at it. I look for them to continue to work hard and improve their games to their personal potential, even if that level isn’t up to some of the other teams around.”

• HEAD COACH: Scott Limeberry (second season at Christian Academy and overall).
• HOME COURSE: Champions Pointe.
• LAST SEASON: 12th at the Providence Sectional.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Sam Limeberry, So.; Kevin Wang, So.; Zach Hampton, So.
• 2016 OUTLOOK: Coach Limeberry is encouraged by the improvement he has seen from Wang, Hampton and Sam Limeberry since last season. The Warriors’ boss says Hope has the potential to be a solid player. After playing just eight regular-season matches last season against mainly junior varsity teams, Christian Academy currently has 13 regular-season meets on its schedule this season. Coach Limeberry thinks Corydon and South Central will be the Warriors’ toughest opponents.
• COACH LIMEBERRY SAYS: “We have a great group of players this year, which [includes] one freshman, five sophomores and three seniors. I am very optimistic about our upcoming season. We had our first match against North Harrison and Charlestown [last Tuesday] and I am happy to announce our first win for the 2016 golf season, so we’re off to a great start.”

• HEAD COACH: Nick Murrell (first season at Clarksville and overall).
• HOME COURSE: Wooded View.
• LAST SEASON: Incomplete team at MSC meet, did not compete in a sectional.
• KEY LOSSES: Charlie Lauffer, Luis Disoso.
• 2016 OUTLOOK: Hagan and Allred are the only two players on the Generals’ roster. The main thing Murrell wants both players to do this season is enjoy themselves on the course. Former Clarksville standout Nick Cappola is an assistant coach for the Generals.
• MURRELL SAYS: “All we expect this year from Gavin and Keegan is to have fun. We don't have enough players to field a team entry score, but I expect them to do their best and be competitive. Seeing some of the golfers from other schools will pose a mental issue for our team. But I think by the end we will come out a better golf team then how we started.”

• HEAD COACH: Mike Cason (16th season at Floyd Central and overall).
• HOME COURSE: Valley View.
• LAST SEASON: Third at Hoosier Hills Conference meet, first at Providence Sectional, third at Providence Regional, 15th at state finals.
• KEY LOSSES: Clayton Crum, Billy Sleight.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: David Shepard, Sr.; Jack Lilly, So.; Dylan Zink, So.
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Matt Stoppert, Fr.; Konnor Isenberg, Fr.
• 2016 OUTLOOK: The Highlanders have a young squad for the second season in a row. However, their main goal remains the same, which is to return to the state finals. A difficult regular-season schedule should prepare Floyd Central for the postseason. Cason thinks the Highlanders must contend with Bedford North Lawrence, Columbus East, Madison and New Albany to win this year’s HHC meet, which will be at Valley View. Floyd expects challenges from Providence and the host Bulldogs at the Providence Sectional.
• CASON SAYS: “We will be a young team again this year, so I expect a lot of ups and downs. We have some talented players, so I feel we will be good at the end of the season, and our goal is play and do well in the state tournament [Prairie View Golf Club) at Carmel.”

• HEAD COACH: Robin Embry (17th season at Henryville and overall).
• HOME COURSE: Champions Pointe.
• LAST SEASON: First at SAC meet, fourth at Madison Sectional.
• KEY LOSSES: Charlie Lefevbre, Bailey Reister.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Luke Davidson, Sr.; Mason Edwards, Sr.; Conner Furnish, So.
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Kris Glass, So.; Brant Badger, So.; Clayton Fields, Fr.
• 2016 OUTLOOK: The Hornets have their sights set on finishing in the top three spots of the Madison Sectional and qualifying for the Providence Regional. Henryville was seven strokes behind third-place Scottsburg for the final regional spot at last year’s sectional. Davidson has qualified for regional as an individual the past two seasons. Embry is expecting Davidson and Edwards to provide the Hornets plenty of leadership this season.
• EMBRY SAYS: “Our numbers are down from last season. However, the six we have are pretty good players. We'll have good competition within the team this season. I've enjoyed watching the improvement they have already made. Hopefully, individually and as a team, we'll put in the time to continue to improve throughout the season. If we do, we can have a very good season.”

• HEAD COACH: Dusty Corum (sixth season at Jeff and overall).
• LAST SEASON: Eighth at HHC meet, seventh at Providence Sectional.
• KEY LOSSES: Evan Craig, Nick Rasdon, Andrew Baldwin.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Jay Williams, So.; Blake Berry, Jr.; Jordan Blackwell, Sr.; Zach Brinkley, Sr.; Allen Crews, Jr.
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Bryce Morrow, Sr.; Bradley Cross, Jr.
• 2016 OUTLOOK: With several returning players on their roster, the Red Devils have high hopes this season. They expect to be a contender for the HHC championship and think they can make it out of the Providence Sectional. If Jeff does not reach the Providence Regional, then Corum thinks Williams, Crews and Berry can qualify as individuals. Corum says the Red Devils will have to contend with Floyd, Columbus East and Madison if they are to win the HHC title.
• CORUM SAYS: “Our team will be the strongest it has been in years. We expect to finish at the top [of the HHC], giving Floyd Central, Columbus East, and Madison Consolidated a run for their money. Jay Williams, Allen Crews, and Blake Berry should all make it out of sectionals on their own, if not as a team.”

• HEAD COACH: Rick Belcher (12th season at New Albany and overall).
• HOME COURSE: Valley View.
• LAST SEASON: Fourth at HHC meet, fifth at Providence Sectional.
• KEY LOSSES: Kunal Bhanushali.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Addison Greenwell, Sr.; Cameron Walters, Sr.; Ethan Hunter, Sr.; Joey Steinert, So.; Adam Rivera, Jr.; Matt Joyce, So.
• 2016 OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs have high expectations for this season. They have four of their top five players back, and Belcher hopes that experience will result in his team advancing to the Providence Regional for the first time since 2011. New Albany should be tested by a tough regular-season schedule that includes tournaments hosted by Brownsburg and Bloomington North and four teams currently ranked in the top 16 in the state. Belcher thinks the teams his players will have to contend with at the Providence Sectional are Floyd Central, Jeff and the host Pioneers.
• BELCHER SAYS: “I have high expectations for this year. I only lost one senior last year, and I’m returning four of my top five. Addison, Cameron and Ethan should provide the leadership for my youth. If we can just put it together on the same day, [the Bulldogs can be pretty good]. It’s the toughest schedule we’ve had since I’ve been coaching.”

• HEAD COACH: Ken Allender (sixth season at Providence and overall).
• HOME COURSE: Covered Bridge.
• LAST SEASON: Second at Providence Sectional, eighth at Providence Regional.
• KEY LOSSES: Mitchell Allender, Evan Wilson, Ben Arnson.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Kevin Crone, Sr.; Max Leist, Sr.; Jarrett Rowe, So.
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Kyle Oelker, Sr.; Shawn Fitzpatrick, So.; Trey Beatty, So.; Will Kaiser, So.
• 2016 OUTLOOK: The Pioneers’ inexperienced roster will be led by Crone, who is one of the most talented players in the Clark-Floyd area. Providence is currently without Leist because of an injury. Allender hopes to have Leist back in the lineup by May. The Pioneers will have a tough slate to contend with along with being a fairly inexperienced team. But Allender believes his team can stun some people come sectional time.
• ALLENDER SAYS: “Providence is in a bit of a rebuild due to graduation and injuries. I have some hard working kids with which to build on. By season’s end, we could be a pleasant surprise. Our schedule is one of the toughest in the state.”

• HEAD COACH: Kaleb Lay (third season at Rock Creek and overall).
• LAST SEASON: 11th at Madison Sectional.
• KEY LOSSES: Torin Jenkins, Ben Hill, Luke Thompson, Blake Joseph, Will Brown.
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Trenton Darby, Jr.; Alex Floyd, Jr.; Cole Davis, So.
• 2016 OUTLOOK: The Lions have several inexperienced players so they are expected to find out how tough the varsity level is in 2016. Lay has high hopes for Vogen, who is Rock Creek’s No. 1 golfer and will be relied upon for leadership.
• LAY SAYS: “My expectation is to see steady improvement each day from the newcomers and a desire to work hard and get better. As for Max, I expect him to build upon the foundation he already has, and to focus on keeping himself in the moment with the right state of mind. He certainly has the tools to do well this season, and if he puts in the work, he will be very successful.”

• HEAD COACH: Jeff Harrell (first season at Silver Creek, eighth season overall).
• HOME COURSE: Hidden Creek.
• LAST SEASON: Fourth at Mid-Southern Conference meet, sixth at Providence Sectional.
• KEY LOSSES: Sam Garr.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Cody Zimmerman, Sr.; Jared Cecil, Jr.; Jacob Balz, Jr.; Jacob Harper, Jr.
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Hunter Popp, So.; Calan Daniel, So.; Tucker Everitt, So.; Garrad Perronie, So.; Zach Sullivan, So.; Bryce Crutcher, Fr.; Cooper Smith, Fr.; Jackson Thomas, Fr.
• 2016 OUTLOOK: Harrell, who is the Silver Creek athletic director, became the full-time head coach Sunday as longtime Dragons’ boss Joe Ledbetter is currently recovering from hip replacement surgery and will be out the entire season. Harrell coached golf at Christian Academy for seven seasons. So far, Harrell likes the work ethic his players have shown in practice and matches. He expects Corydon to be tough to beat in the MSC Tournament and Floyd Central, New Albany and Jeff to be formidable foes at the Providence Sectional.
• HARRELL SAYS: “We’ve got a great group of kids. They work really hard. I expect us to do well. I told them that we have to work hard and we will see what happens in the next six to seven weeks, then take it from there.”

NOTE: Information on New Washington was unavailable at press time.


Hornets, Mustangs Battle Weather at Champions Pointe
4/8/2016 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)

HENRYVILLE — Despite awful conditions, Henryville put together a solid match at Champions Pointe. The Hornets got their season off to a good start and topped New Washington, 167-213.

"We were anxious to get the season started," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "We're excited to see how good we can get."

The Hornets' Mason Edwards was the lead man and his round of 40 earned him medalist honors.

"Considering the conditions, I was very pleased with the scores we posted," Embry said of his team. "It was windy and cold, brutal golf conditions. Both squads showed mental toughness in battling the elements and completing the match."

New Washington's Will Meaders turned in the Mustangs' top scorecard with a 51.

Henryville 167: Edwards 40, Furnish 41, Davidson 43, Fields 43, Glass 51
New Washington 213: Meadors 51, Barger 52, Raney 54, Swoboda 56, Goedeker 58