- SAC Champions (Boys) - 1979, 1982-84, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992-98, 2005-10, 2012-19
- 2017 IHSAA Madison Sectional Champions (Girls)
- Henryville Class A Invitational Champs (Boys) - 2008-09; Hauser Invitational Champs (Boys) - 2015-18
- IHSAA Regional Qualifier (Girls) - 2009-10, 2015-17; (Boys) 2017
- Undefeated Season (Girls) - 2006, 2007; Henryville Invitational Champions (Girls) - 2005-11
Henryville High School
2019 Individual Season Statistics (Girls)
|Player||Rds. (9-hole)||Average||Low Score||Course|
|Taytum Easton||16||47.8||44||Elk Run GC|
|Allison Horn||16||49.9||43||Sunrise GC|
|Olivia Guernsey||15||51.2||45||Sunrise GC|
|Sydney Kleinert||14||55.4||52||Champions Pointe GC|
|Annie Spicer||16||63.6||56||Sunrise GC|
|Alli Thompson||13||67.5||62||Champions Pointe GC|
2019 Season (Girls)
Horn Competes at Roncalli
9/27/2019 Craig Pearson (News & Tribune)
Henryville’s Allison Horn shot a 106 in the Roncalli Regional on Saturday, capping off the final competition of her career.“
Allison didn’t score quite like she wanted, but she represented herself, family, team, school, and community well. It was a unique experience as her group contained the past two individual state champions,” Hornets coach Robin Embry said. "She had a front row seat to a record setting round by Annabelle Pancake [who shot 8-under-par 64]. We were happy to share this day with Allison; we’ll miss her next season!"
Henryville's Horn advances to Regional
9/20/2019 Josh Cook (News & Tribune)
MADISON — Henryville senior Allison Horn earned a trip to the regional, but her team did not.
Horn shot a 96 at Sunrise Golf Course on Saturday to earn one of the three regional-qualifying spots for individuals on non-advancing teams at the Madison Sectional.
The host Cubs and Southwestern both shot 371, but Madison — led by medalist Keara Eder's 5-over-par 77 medalist round — won its eighth sectional title thanks to the score of its fifth player. Scottsburg took third with a 398 — 12 shots ahead of the Hornets.
"We didn’t play particularly well, or bad, on either side," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "At the turn, I think we were in third place by a couple of shots. However, as most teams did, we scored a bit higher on the back. We were all happy to see Allison advance! It’s a well-earned honor for her. Over the past decade or so, we’ve been fortunate to have Henryville, both girls and boys, represented at the regional with an individual or team most years. However, we are a bit frustrated at finishing fourth so often as a team."
Taytum Easton added a 99 while Olivia Guernsey, the team's other senior, shot 100 for the Hornets.
"It’s been a pleasure to have our two seniors for four years," Embry said. "They both played a part in our team advancing to the regional their freshman year and [our] sectional championship the following year. We’re looking forward to seeing Allison play next weekend and we’ll miss them both next season."
Horn will compete in the Roncalli Regional at Smock Golf Club on Saturday.
Saturday at Sunrise Golf Course, Madison; par-72
Team scores: Madison 371, Southwestern 371, Scottsburg 398, Henryville 410 (Horn 96; Easton 49-50—99; Guernsey 46-54—100; Kleinert 57-58—115; Spicer 64-57—121), Lawrenceburg 417, Jennings County 441, Switzerland County 489.
Medalist: Keara Eder (Madison) 40-37—77.
Top 3 individuals on non-advancing teams: Curry (Jennings County) 46-46—92; Horn (Henryville) 50-46—96; Schmidt (Lawrenceburg) 50-47—97.
Dog's Lee, Daniel tie for medalist honors in victory
9/17/2019 Craig Pearson (News & Tribune)
HENRYVILLE — New Albany took first in a 3-way meet Tuesday at Champions Pointe with a 9-hole score of 196 as Kennedy Lee and Maddie Daniel shared medalist honors with scores of 42.
Scottsburg was second with 200. Henryville was third with 202, led by a 47 from Taytum Easton.
Lee bounced back from a double bogey on No. 1 to notch three straight pars on the par-36 front nine.
@ Champions Pointe GC, Henryville; par-72
New Albany (196): Lee 42, Daniel 42, Bogon 58, Orr 57.
Scottsburg (200): Barger 45, Bottorff 44, McGannon 54, Gambrell 57, Johnson 59.
Hornets warm up for Sectional at Sunrise
9/13/2019 Josh Cook (News & Tribune)
MADISON — Henryville warmed up for the postseason by shooting a 399 in an 18-hole round at Sunrise Golf Course on Friday.
Katlyn Price, New Washington's only golfer, fired an 11-over-par 83 earn medalist honors. Taytum Easton topped the Hornets with a 92, while Allison Horn was one shot back.
"It was good to play 18 holes on the sectional course. On the back, we finally broke 200 for nine holes. We hope to be playing our best golf of the season this upcoming week," Henryville coach Robin Embry said.
@ Sunrise Golf Course, Madison; par-72
Henryville (208/191-399): Easton 47/45—92, Horn 50/43—93, Guernsey 55/46—101, Spicer 56/57—113, Thompson 68/66—134.
New Washington (NTS): Price 43/40—83
FC's Cook takes medalist at Elk Run
9/4/2019 Craig Pearson (News & Tribune)
Hornets Edge Red Devils
9/3/2019 Josh Cook (News & Tribune)
HENRYVILLE — Henryville held off Jeffersonville by six shots in a match Tuesday afternoon at Champions Pointe Golf Club.
Tigers top Hornets
8/19/2019 Josh Cook (News & Tribune)
MADISON — Led by medalist Grace Schmidt, Lawrenceburg clipped Henryville 204-218 in a dual match Monday afternoon at Sunrise Golf Course.
Cubs clip Hornets
8/15/2019 Josh Cook (News & Tribune)
Hornets clip Pirates, Generals
8/13/2019 Josh Cook (News & Tribune)
Girls Golf Preview: Fore! Season tees off
8/6/2019 Josh Cook (News & Tribune)
2019 Individual Season Statistics (Boys)
|Player||Rds. (9-hole)||Average||Low Score||Course|
|Westin Allen||19||38.6||35||Butler Falls GC|
|Sam Davidson||17||41.4||36||Butler Falls GC|
|Clayton Fields||11||43.8||40||Sunrise GC|
|Wade Curts||10||50.4||43||Wooded View GC|
|Cameron Miller||17||53.1||47||Wooded View GC|
2019 Season (Boys)
2019 News and Tribune All-Area Team (Boys' Golf)
6/15/2019 Staff (News & Tribune)
FIRST TEAM: Reece Compton, Floyd Central junior; Judson Dukes, Floyd Central sophomore; Harrison Eades, Floyd Central senior; Nolan Keeler, New Albany senior; Christian McIntosh, Floyd Central sophomore
SECOND TEAM: Westin Allen, Henryville sophomore; Bryce Crutcher, Silver Creek senior; Ben Howell, Floyd Central freshman; Caleb Popp, Providence senior; Caiden Walters, New Albany senior
THIRD TEAM: Ryan Crum, New Albany sophomore; Clayton Fields, Henryville senior; Harrison Paul, Jeffersonville senior; Carter Smith, Silver Creek freshman; Charley Williams, Jeffersonville sophomore
HONORABLE MENTION: Logan Bunch, New Albany; Frank Caylor, Providence; Sam Davidson, Henryville; Jeremy Harper, Silver Creek; Carson Kastensmidt, Christian Academy; Lukas Knoy, New Albany; Noah McCallister, Silver Creek; Hayden Smith, Borden; Braxton Troutman, Jeffersonville; Max Zoeller, Floyd Central.
Highlanders earn return trip to State Finals
6/6/2019 Craig Pearson (News & Tribune)
HENRYVILLE — Humid conditions, temperatures in the mid-80s and soft grounds, thanks to Wednesday evening's rains, made for a grueling day on the course for Thursday's Providence Regional at Champions Pointe Golf Club.
Floyd Central, seeking the seventh regional title in the proud history of the program, came up short in that quest but compiled a score of 301 — 10 shots behind victorious Center Grove — that was good enough for second place and a 19th overall trip to the IHSAA State Finals.
"That was our goal the whole year. We still have some goals we want to meet," said junior Reece Compton, who led the Highlanders with a 1-over-par 73 that tied for fifth on the overall individual leaderboard.
The eighth-ranked Highlanders are hoping to improve next week upon last year's 10th-place finish at state. Harrison Eades, the lone senior in the Floyd Central lineup, shot 74 for his best-ever round at Champions Pointe.
"I went double [bogey], bogey to start on 1 and 2," Eades said. "I kind of shot myself in the foot there."
But Eades birdied the par-3 fourth and the par-5 sixth to regain his footing.
"My putting was working well for me today. I just put myself in tough situations. The chipping could have been better today," he said.
Sophomore Christian McIntosh shot 77 and Floyd Central's fourth score came from Ben Howell. The freshman posted a 77 and was 2-over going into No. 16 before finishing with three straight bogeys.
"Ben Howell came up huge," Floyd coach Brett Eades said. "He shot 90 in his qualifying round. He and [fellow freshman] Max Zoeller had to compete [for the fifth spot]. It's the difference in us getting second or third place."
It was far from the best day for New Albany senior Nolan Keeler in what he hoped would not be his final round as a Bulldog.
Keeler was shooting for his first state-qualifying regional round, but saw his career — and stellar senior season — come to a close Thursday with a 78. Keeler was sitting at even-par through his first eight holes and 1-over following the back nine. However, he saw his fortunes take a sour turn.
"He's put a lot of time and effort into it and preparing for this round," New Albany coach Rick Belcher said. "It started with a lapse of focus on No. 1. He had a 15-foot birdie putt and three-putted. He missed it short, uphill. You're thinking birdie on No. 1 and he gets bogey."
Keeler then ended up with a double-bogey on the par-3 second.
"For him, it's a pretty short iron and it looked good [off the tee]," Belcher said. "He came up short and went in the bunker. It plugged into the lip just below and he had to take an unplayable out of there. He went from even-par to three holes later, 4-over par. From then on he's pressing. With seven holes to play, he gave a couple more back on those next couple holes trying to press."
Keeler will go on to play at Marian University next season.
"He's worked so hard. He's a great player. He's going to be fine. He's going to do well in college. I told him you've got four more years. It'll sting for a few days," Belcher said.
For Compton, he started with a 34 on the front nine and was in position to post one of the three lowest scores of the day before having some trouble at the finish.
The key to his round was the final four holes of the front nine.
"I had a two-putt birdie on the par-5 sixth. On [No.] 7, I get in some trouble and got up and down. On [Nos.] 8 and 9, I made a 12-footer and then an 18-footer for birdie. So I was 3-under on those holes," Compton said. "I hit in the water on 10 and managed a bogey on that. I birdied 16 to get to 2-under for the day and then struggled in. I doubled 17 and bogeyed 18, so it was a disappointing way to finish."
Providence senior Caleb Popp also saw his prep career come to a close with an 88 after recovering from a disastrous start.
"He takes a triple on the first hole and a 10 on three, so he's 8-over after three holes and still comes back and shoots a 45. On the backside, he gets some steam up," Providence coach Victor Beeler said. "It's a grueling day. I was proud of him. He didn't quit, kept on playing. He's been a great leader for our team all year. We're playing one senior, three sophomores and a couple freshmen. He's given our program someone to look up to."
Henryville's Westin Allen shot 78.
"Westin played 15 holes very well," Hornets coach Robin Embry said. "However, the doubles at three, five and nine really cost him. He’s a quality young man and had a solid season. There’s no question, he’s one of the top players in the area. But there’s room for improvement with him and his teammates. Hopefully, they’ll work to have a really good season next spring."
Teams: Center Grove 291, Floyd Central 301, Columbus North 303, Bloomington South 311, Bloomington North 320, BNL 331, Roncalli 332, New Albany 334, Columbus East 338, Madison 346, Jennings County 349, Jasper 349, Whiteland 352, Heritage Hills 353, North Harrison 354, Greensburg 358, Paoli 359, Southwestern (Hanover) 367
Medalist: Alex Heck (Center Grove) 69
Advancing Individuals: Damon Dickey (Franklin) 71, Ethan Stanley (BNL) 72, Joey Wiseman (Corydon) 72, Drew Todd (Bloomington South) 73, Evan Todd (Bloomington North) 74
Henryville's Allen Advances to Regional; Hornets Finish Fourth
6/3/2019 Josh Cook (News & Tribune)
MADISON — Henryville shot a 351 to take fourth place in the Madison Sectional at Sunrise Golf Course on Monday, needing a top-three finish to advance to Thursday's regional.
While Westin Allen shot 82 to advance as an individual, the team came up short by 16 strokes to Jennings County, which posted a 335. Madison won with a 319 and Southwestern was second with a 327.
"Placing fourth is getting old," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "We felt we had a chance at one of the top three, but didn’t score quite well enough. Everybody carded something near their average, which is good. However, to advance to the regional, we needed a bit better than average."
Allen shot 38 on the back nine after struggling on the front nine.
"We’re happy Westin advanced and look forward to him playing in the regional Thursday," Embry said. "We have a good group returning next season since we have only one senior. Yet, his scores will be a challenge for us to replace. Clayton’s been a pleasure to coach and he, and his teammates, have represented themselves, team, school and community very well."
Madison (319): Barron 74, Ommen 75, Jameison 80, Eblen 90, McDowell 97
Southwestern (Hanover) (327): Mefford 72, Hadley 75, Kramer 82, Ashby 98, Tingle 114
Jennings County (335): Kirchner 71, Kelley 85, Miller 86, Silvey 91, Bingham 92
Henryville (351): Allen 82, Fields 84, Davidson 86, Miller 99, Curts 106
Austin (351): Stamper 76, Campbell 88, Gabbard 90, Barton 97, Smith 109
Switzerland County (379): Demaree 86, Konkle 87, Wolf 94, Bladen 112, Gammons 129
Scottsburg (388): Rockey 80, Densford 94, Adams 103, Gaffney 111, Riley 117
Rising Sun (396): Webb 94, Bowne 98, Hoffman 100, Manifold 104, Koons 109
New Washington (417): Diaz 100, Swoboda 101, Wilson 102, Curry 114
Charlestown (436): Doty 100, Carr 104, Martens 114, Huntsinger 118
Shawe Memorial (NTS): Cole 87, Purvis 103, Grote 110
Cubs put 3 in 30s to win at Sunrise
5/22/2019 Staff (Madison Courier)
Just six days before the 2019 IHSAA boys golf sectional, Madison put three players in the 30s - including Trent Jamieson with an even-par 36 - to run away from Henryville by 20 strokes on the tournament track at Sunrise Golf Course on Tuesday.
Jamieson carded bogeys at the par-four second hole and the par-three sixth but he also shot a birdie two at the par-three fourth and a birdie four at the par-five seventh to play the front nine even as the low medalist on the day.
Drew Barron shot a 38 and Luke Ommen had a 39 for Madison while Landon McDowell rounded out the Cubs' scoring with a 45 and Dylan Eblen shot a non-scoring 48.
The Cubs defeated Henryville 158-178 while Charlestown brought just three players and did not post a team score.
Sam Davidson led the Hornets with a 41 while Westin Allen shot a 42 and Clayton Fields took a 43 including Henryville's lone birdie of the day at the par-four opening hole. Cameron Miller shot a 52 and Wade Curts a non-scoring 56.
Charlestown's top score was a 56 by Andrew Martens while Casey Huntsinger and Coaden Doty both carded 62s.
"We'll need to be better individually and as a team next Monday," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "Hopefully, we'll be able to play the course a time or two between now and then and increase our comfort level. I think we're capable of posting a real good score there."
Madison (158): Jameison 36, Barron 38, Ommen 39, McDowell 45, Eblen 48
Henryville (178): Davidson 41, Allen 42, Fields 43, Miller 52, Curts 56
Charlestown (NTS): Martens 56, Doty 62, Huntsinger 62
Shawe boys golf plays Henryville at Sunrise
5/22/2019 Staff (Madison Courier)
Shawe Memorial golf competed in a two-way match with Henryville at Sunrise Golf Course on Wednesday.
Henryville shot a 180 to win the match. Shawe only had three golfers and did not field a complete team.
Chandler Cole shot a 45 to lead the Hilltoppers while Trenton Purvis had a 53 and Jack Grote carded a 62.
Westin Allen fired a 39 to lead Henryville and claim low-medalist honors. Sam Davidson shot a 43, Clayton Fields a 47, Wade Curts a 51 and Cameron Miller a non-scoring 57.
Henryville (180): Allen 39, Davidson 43, Fields 47, Curts 51, Miller 57
Shawe (NTS): Cole 45, Purvis 53, Grote 62
Henryville Captures SAC Title
5/19/2019 Josh Cook (News & Tribune)
HENRYVILLE — Led by medalist Westin Allen, Henryville won the Southern Athletic Conference title Saturday at Champions Pointe Golf Club.
Behind Allen's 7-over-par 79, the Hornets carded a collective 352 — 44 shots ahead of runner-up South Central and 70 better than third-place Borden.
Clayton Fields, the individual runner-up, added an 84 and Sam Davidson, who finished fifth, fired a 90 for Henryville, was 18 shots better on the back nine than the front nine.
"I'm not sure what caused our poor play on the front, but it was remedied by the back," said Hornets coach Robin Embry, whose team carded a collective 184 on the front and 168 on the back. "We played very well on the back. With the wind and tough rough, Champions Pointe presented a difficult test. We only led by five after the front nine and then settled in to play well on the back. I'm really happy for Westin, Clayton, and Sam to earn a spot on the all-conference team. We'll keep working at it in hopes to play very well these last few weeks."
Allen, Fields and Davidson were joined on the All-SAC team by Lanesville's Griffen Reynolds (85), South Central's Bryce Lewis (89) and Borden's Hayden Smith (92). Embry, meanwhile, was awarded SAC Coach of the Year.
Henryville (352): Allen 79, Fields 84, Davidson 90, Curts 99, Miller 111
South Central (396): Lewis 89, Basham 95, Ca. Cunningham 106, Co. Cunningham 106
Borden (422): Smith 92, Franklin 105, Saylor 112, Holmes 113, Condon 119
Lanesville (446): Reynolds 85, Nolot 109, Lucas 111, Mersmann 141
New Washington (459): Swoboda 110, Wilson 115, Diaz 116, Curry 118, Gabbard 142
Crothersville (NTS): Amick 97
Hornets top Eagles, Generals
5/15/2019 Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)
HENRYVILLE — Led by Westin Allen and Sam Davidson, Henryville rolled to victory over Lanesville and Clarksville in a tri-match at Champions Pointe on Tuesday.
Allen and Davidson were co-medalists with 3-over-par 39s to lead the Hornets, who carded a collective 171. The Eagles fired 233 while the Generals fielded an incomplete team.
Also for Henryville, Clayton Fields fired a 42 and Wade Curtis a 51.
"We'd like to get a bit better score from each spot," Hornets coach Robin Embry said. "All-in-all, we played fairly well today. With cancellations we haven't played as many matches of late, so we are happy to have a nice evening to play. Champions Pointe is in great shape and provides a challenging test. Hopefully, we'll be a little better on Saturday."
Henryville (171): Allen 39, Davidson 39, Fields 42, Curts 51, Miller 54
Lanesville (233): Reynolds 48, Lucas 55, Nolot 62, Fisher 68, Mersmann 71
Clarksville (NTS): Craig 65, Pearl 69, Cunningham 69
Allen Earns Medalist Honors
4/23/2019 Josh Cook (News & Tribune)
HENRYVILLE — Henryville's Westin Allen earned medalist honors, but Madison edged the Hornets and Borden in a tri-match at Champions Pointe Golf Club on Monday afternoon.
Allen carded a one-birdie, one-bogey even-par round of 36. The Cubs, meanwhile, shot a collective 165 to beat Henryville by six shots and the Braves by 74.
Also for the Hornets, Sam Davidson fired a 42 and Clayton Fields a 43.
Micah Franklin and Cruz Martin each shot 56 to lead Borden.
Madison (165): Barron 37, Ommen 39, Jamison 40, Hamby 49, Eblen 53
Henryville (171): Allen 36, Davidson 42, Fields 43, Miller 50
Borden (239): Franklin 56, Martin 56, Smith 59, Holmes 68
Allen Earns Medalist Honors
4/16/2019 Josh Cook (News & Tribune)
SEYMOUR — Henryville's Westin Allen shot a 5-over-par 41 to claim medalist honors in the Hornets' match against Trinity Lutheran at Shadowood Golf Course.
Sam Davidson added a 42 and Cameron Miller a 55 for the Hornets, who didn't field a complete team.
"Everyone struggled a bit today," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "Our ball-striking wasn't great and our short game wasn't good enough to save the round. We'll keep working to improve and we'll have better days."
Trinity Lutheran carded a collective 182.
Trinity Lutheran (182): Sabotin 44, Keith 44, Shoemaker 45, Hill 49, Nierman 50, Foster 52
Henryville (NTS): Allen 41, Davidson 42, Miller 55
Allen shoots 1-under-par 70 for Henryville
4/14/2019 Josh Cook (News & Tribune)
HANOVER — Henryville's Westin Allen shot a 1-under-par 70 to earn medalist honors in an 18-hole match against New Washington at Butler Falls Golf Course n Saturday.
Allen's round featured five birdies, four bogeys and nine pars.
Teammate Sam Davidson carded a 5-over 76 for the Hornets, who only had three players.
"Westin and Sam carded good scores and Cameron [Miller] continues to improve," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "We had a bit less than desirable start, but played well on the back. It was good to play an 18-hole round."
New Washington was led by CJ Swoboda, who shot a 95
New Washington (445): Swoboda 95, Wilson 97, Curry 114, Gabbard 139
Henryville (NTS): Allen 70, Davidson 76, Miller 107
Allen Earns Medalist Honors
4/11/2019 Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)
HENRYVILLE — Henryville's Westin Allen carded a 1-over-par 37 to earn medalist honors in a four-way boys' golf match against Charlestown, Southwestern and South Central on Wednesday afternoon at Champions Pointe Golf Club.
Allen bogeyed the first hole and double-bogeyed the second, parred the next three, then eagled the par-5 sixth. He parred the final three holes. Allen's teammate, Sam Davidson, fired a 38 for the Hornets, who had just three players.
"Westin and Sam carded good scores today," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "Cameron [Miller] let a couple of holes get away from him, but other than those, he continues to improve. We're looking forward to getting our fourth eligible."
Southwestern carded a collective 175 while South Central was second with a 197 and Charlestown third with a 238.
Matt Carr paced the Pirates with a 53.
Southwestern (Hanover) (175): Medford 39, Kramer 44, Hadley 44, Asby 48
South Central (197): Basham 46, Lewis 47, Co. Cunningham 51, Ca. Cunningham 53
Charlestown (238): Carr 53, Martins 58, Doty 62, Ingram 65, Huntsinger 69
Henryville (NTS): Allen 37, Davidson 38, Miller 58
Allen Earns Medalist Honors
4/10/2019 Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)
HENRYVILLE — Henryville was unable to place in its match at Champions Pointe on Tuesday. Austin came away with the win after shooting 198 as a team. Eastern followed with a score of 237. Both Henryville and Madison Shawe didn't have enough players to post a score.
Regardless, Henryville's Westin Allen was the medalist with a score of 37. Also for the Hornets, Sam Davidson shot a 46 and Cameron Miller finished with a 55.
"All-in-all, we're playing well for the start of the season," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "Westin posted a nice score. Sam struggled a bit, but he'll bounce back. Cameron didn't have a good start, but hung in there and carded a respectable score. We're off to a good start."
Austin (198): Stamper 41, Campbell 49, Gabbert 50, Barton 58, Smith 60
Eastern (237): Jones 47, McKinley 58, Mosier 66, Beach 66, Balentine 69
Henryville (NTS): Allen 37, Davidson 46, Miller 55
Shawe (NTS): Cole 49, Grote 60, Purvis 64
Warriors top Mustangs, Hornets
4/6/2019 Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)
HENRYVILLE — Henryville sophomore Westin Allen shot a 3-over-par 39 to earn medalist honors in a tri-match against Scottsburg and New Washington on Friday afternoon at Champions Pointe Golf Course.
The Warriors won with a team score of 207, five shots ahead of the Mustangs. The Hornets, who had only three players, had an incomplete team score. Henryville's Sam Davidson finished one shot behind his teammate.
"It was very good to get our season started," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "Westin and Sam carded good scores considering the conditions. As we thought, Cameron [Miller] is much-improved and will continue to improve. We're looking forward to having everyone available and posting a team score in a couple of weeks."
New Washington was led by Garrett Wilson's 49. Fernando Diaz added a 51.
Scottsburg (207): Rocky 46, Grishes 47, Adams 52, Densford 62
New Washington (212): Wilson 49, Diaz 51, Swobobda 53, Curry 59
Henryville (NTS): Allen 39, Davidson 40, Miller 55
Boys' Golf Preview: Highlanders look to return to state
4/5/2019 Josh Cook (News & Tribune)
Golf season has teed off in Southern Indiana.
Teams throughout Clark and Floyd counties already have started hitting the links this week.
With that in mind, here are five — not fore! — big questions entering the season.
1. CAN FLOYD CENTRAL MAKE IT BACK TO STATE?
In a word, yes. The Highlanders return four of their top six players from a team that won its second straight sectional title, finished second in the regional and took 10th at the IHSAA State Finals.
“I have extremely high expectations,” second-year Floyd coach Brett Eades said. “We’ve got a good mix. We’ve got some experience and then we’ve got some young guys coming in.”
The Highlanders lost Dylan Zink and Jack Lilly to graduation, but return senior Harrison Eades, junior Reece Compton and sophomore Christian McIntosh from their state lineup. Also back is sophomore Judson Dukes, who was the team’s sixth man last year.
“They feel like they left some things on the table and they want an opportunity and a shot to show the state we’re a little bit better than we were last year,” said Eades, whose team was ranked No. 14 in the Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association preseason Top 20 poll.
Harrison Eades, the coach’s son, took third at the Providence Sectional last year with a 3-under-par 69.
“I’m looking for Harrison to be a great leader this year;” his father said. “He’s doing great so far; it’s starting out in practice being very competitive and challenging the younger guys.”
Brett Eades expects freshmen Ben Howell and Max Zoeller to contribute for the Highlanders, who will try for their third straight sectional title and their 16th in 17 years.
“That’s obviously one of our goals, we want to win another sectional championship and we want to compete again for a regional championship again this year,” Eades said. “But we obviously want to keep our priorities in line and win them as they come.”
Eades has strengthened his team's schedule in hopes of preparing it for a deep postseason run. It begins with Saturday’s Floyd Central Invitational. The field includes No. 2 Evansville North and No. 8 Castle.
“The experience of playing a much stronger schedule, we’re hoping it will benefit us in the long run,” Eades said.
2. FLOYD CENTRAL IS THE BEST TEAM IN THE AREA, SO WHO'S THE SECOND-BEST SQUAD?
Probably New Albany. The Bulldogs graduated two starters from a team that finished second — by 29 shots — to Floyd Central in the sectional. Returning to lead the way will be seniors Nolan Keeler and Caiden Walters along with sophomore Ryan Crum. Keeler carded a 75 and Crum a 79 in the sectional last year.
3. WHICH TEAMS ARE ON THE RISE?
Just based off the overall success of most of its athletic programs, we’ll go with Silver Creek as one. Coach Matt Graston lost three of his top five players from a team that finished fourth — nine shots behind Providence — in the sectional last season. The Dragons, though, do return senior Bryce Crutcher, an individual regional qualifier last season, and junior Jeremy Harper. With those two back, and some younger players coming up, the Dragons should contend for a regional berth.
Borden, which finished 10th at the Providence Sectional, should also be better. New coach Duane Potts has four players back from last year and four incoming freshmen.
New Washington, which returns its top four players from a team that took 10th at the Madison Sectional, should also be improved.
4. WHICH TEAM WAS HIT HARDEST BY GRADUATION?
Providence. The Pioneers lost four starters from a team that finished third in the sectional and ninth in the regional. Only senior Caleb Popp returns. Coach Victor Beeler is looking for several of his younger players to step up this season.
5. WHICH INDIVIDUALS COULD CONTEND FOR SPOTS IN THE REGIONAL?
In addition to any of those players already mentioned, if their teams don't advance, several could qualify for the regional if their squad does not.
Included among those are Henryville sophomore Westin Allen and New Washington junior Fernando Diaz, both of whom advanced to the regional as individuals last year. Jeffersonville senior Harrison Paul and sophomore Charley Williams could contend for spots too if the Red Devils don't make it out of the sectional.
• HEAD COACH: Duane Potts (first season).
• LAST YEAR: Finished 10th at the Providence Sectional.
• KEY DEPARTURES: None.
• KEY RETURNERS: Micah Franklin (Jr.); Hayden Smith (So.); Caleb Saylor (So.); Zane Bahan (So.).
• OUTLOOK: The Braves return four of their sectional players from last year and have added four freshmen to the team.
• POTTS SAYS: “I’m very optimistic that Borden golf will have a better year than last. While I still consider our program to be in a building year, I think that with the number of returning players we have accompanied with some incoming freshman that bring some talent, Borden has some good years of golf ahead of us. [We] just have to have our players continue to establish personal goals for themselves to meet in order to help our team continue to become more competitive in matches."
• HEAD COACH: Adam Tolliver (eighth season).
• LAST YEAR: Finished 11th at Madison Sectional.
• KEY DEPARTURES: None.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Matt Carr (Sr.); Caden Doty (Jr.); Andrew Martens (So.).
• OUTLOOK: The Pirates return three of their four players from last season. Carr will lead the way while Tolliver expects Doty and Martens to "show the gains they did last year." The Pirates have added a trio of newcomers in junior Casey Huntsinger, sophomore Ethan Ingram and freshman Trey Brison — "[they] are either completely new to golf or haven't played for years, so it will be a learning experience," Tolliver said.
• TOLLIVER SAYS: “Although this season might be rough with our inexperience we all have to start somewhere, so I'm glad we have the young guys out now and for Matt, a four-year player, to be able to help them.".
• HEAD COACH: Hayden Casey (first season).
• LAST YEAR: Finished ninth at Providence Sectional.
• KEY DEPARTURES: Hayden Hope, Kevin Wang, Dillon Kahl.
• KEY RETURNERS: Carson Kastensmidt (Sr.).
• OUTLOOK: The Warriors lost three of their top four players from last season, only Kastensmidt returns. Casey takes over a young team rife with inexperience.
• CASEY SAYS: “We look forward to instilling a love for the game of golf in our guys. We had a great turnout this year for the team, as we have 11 guys on our team, which is a lot for a 1-A boys' golf team. With that said, a lot of our guys either haven't picked up a club before or haven't played much at all, so we definitely are excited to see our guys get better throughout the year and turn into some players."
• HEAD COACH: Rodney Carver (second season).
• LAST YEAR: Finished 12th at Providence Sectional.
• KEY DEPARTURE: Keegan Allred.
• KEY RETURNER: Josh Matherly (Jr.)
• OUTLOOK: The Generals lost their top player from last year to graduation, but return Matherly, who was the team's No. 3 player at sectional last year.
• CARVER SAYS: “We are young and looking to compete.".
• HEAD COACH: Brett Eades (second season).
• LAST YEAR: Won Providence Sectional, finished second at regional and 10th at state.
• KEY DEPARTURES: Jack Lilly, Dylan Zink.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Harrison Eades (Sr.); Reece Compton (Jr.); Christian McIntosh (So.).
• OUTLOOK: The Highlanders return four of their top six players from last season, including Eades, Compton, McIntosh and sophomore Judson Dukes, the team's sixth man last year. Eades is also looking for contributions from freshmen Ben Howell and Max Zoeller.
• EADES SAYS: “I'm extremely excited and I do have high expectations and look forward to another great season."
• HEAD COACH: Robin Embry (20th season).
• LAST YEAR: Finished fourth at Madison Sectional.
• KEY DEPARTURES: Kris Glass, Conner Furnish, Brant Badger.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Clayton Fields (Sr.); Cameron Miller (Jr.); Westin Allen (So.); Sam Davidson (So.).
• OUTLOOK: The Hornets lost three of their top six players from last season, but return their Nos. 1-3 players from sectional in Allen, Davidson and Fields.
• EMBRY SAYS: “We're disappointed our numbers are down, we only have four players. However, the four we have will represent themselves, their families, the community and the school well. We expect Westin to continue as one of the top players in the area. In addition, Sam and Clayton are expected to post good scores. Also, we think Cameron Miller will have a much-improved season. Hopefully, we'll improve throughout the season and be competitive in all of our events. We'd like to get another player or two to join us, but regardless, we could be pretty good by season's end."
• HEAD COACH: Dusty Corum (ninth season).
• LAST YEAR: Finished fifth at Providence Sectional.
• KEY DEPARTURES: Jay Williams, Josiah Pohl.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Harrison Paul (Sr.); Braxton Troutman (Sr.); Charley Williams (So.).
• OUTLOOK: The Red Devils lost Williams, the NTSPY Player of the Year and an individual state qualifier, to graduation. They return their Nos. 2-4 players led by Paul, who shot an 82 at sectional last year.
• CORUM SAYS: “We need a good fourth and fifth man to round out a strong team. I look for our top three to advance [out of sectional] as individuals."
• HEAD COACH: Rick Belcher (14th season).
• LAST YEAR: Finished second at Providence Sectional, 11th at regional.
• KEY DEPARTURES: Joey Steinert, Kameron Guess.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Nolan Keeler (Sr.), Caiden Walters (Sr.); Ryan Crum (So.).
• OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs return three of their top five players from last season led by Keeler, who shot at 75 at sectional, as well as Walters and Crum, who played Nos. 3 and 4 respectively at sectional last year. Belcher will look to juniors Cameron Embry and Logan Bunch, sophomore Lukas Knoy and freshman Shota Shimomura to will the final two spots.
• BELCHER SAYS: “I think we will be competitive. We have a solid group at the top in Nolan, Caiden and Ryan. We just need to find some scoring and consistency at the 4 and 5 spots. We're going to need a couple of guys to step up, work hard and fill those spots."
• HEAD COACH: Bret James (eighth season).
• LAST YEAR: Finished 10th at Madison Sectional.
• KEY DEPARTURES: None.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: C.J. Swoboda (Sr.); Garrett Wilson (Jr.); Fernando Diaz (Jr.); Jacob Curry (So.).
• OUTLOOK: The Mustangs return their top four players from last season led by Diaz, who was the team's No. 3 player at sectional, but shot an 84 to qualify for regional. Freshman Christian Gabbard is a newcomer.
• JAMES SAYS: “New Wash should be better this year with our top four returning, I am hoping that we are consistently shooting much better than last year. But we will see as the weather gets a little warmer than what we have had so far this year — wet and cold weather is hard to get a good feel on where we are at this point."
• HEAD COACH: Victor S. Beeler (third season).
• LAST YEAR: Third at Providence Sectional, ninth at regional.
• KEY DEPARTURES: Shawn Fitzpatrick, Trey Beatty, Jarrett Rowe, Will Kaiser.
• RETURNING PLAYER: Caleb Popp (Sr.).
• OUTLOOK: The Pioneers lost their top four players from last season, but returns Popp. Beeler is looking for contributions from senior Frank Caylor, juniors Andrew Henderson and Austin Barnett, sophomores Victor Beeler and Carson Heldman and freshmen Jack Kaiser and Alex Barnett.
• BEELER SAYS: “We are looking to Caleb to show significant leadership this season as we are going to be playing several underclassmen throughout the season in expectation that the significant competition we play against will bring results in the sectional."
• HEAD COACH: Matt Graston (third season).
• LAST YEAR: Finished fourth at Providence Sectional.
• KEY DEPARTURES: Garred Perronie, Hunter Popp, Tucker Everett.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Bryce Crutcher (Sr.); Jeremy Harper (Jr.).
• OUTLOOK: The Dragons lost their Nos. 2, 3 and 5 players from a team that finished nine shots behind Providence at the sectional. "We lost a lot of experience and scoring from last year’s team, but we have several players that have put in a lot of time and effort and are ready to step in and fill spots," Graston says.
• GRASTON SAYS: “Our goals are to fire some good numbers by conference tournament and postseason play. As we get more experience throughout the year, we expect to be in that situation. We traditionally start the year slow but hopefully we’ll peak at the right time for those tournaments and fly in under the radar to surprise some teams."