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Old Fort Golf

September 1, 2013
The Advertiser-Tribune

Coach: Matt Combs, eighth season

2012: 8th in MAL

Returning Lettewinners: Seniors Brad Heilman, Maison Steyer and Rob Root. Juniors Adam Alexander Austin Castro and Jon Lotycz.

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Old?Fort Golf:?(front, left)?Adrianna Stock, Jordan Magers, Caylie Menkhoff, Payton?Miller (middle) Jacob?Vandergriff, Trey Hossler, Noah Henry, Adam Alexander, Austin Castro (back) Matt Combs, Hunter Davidson, Brad Bannister, Brad Heilman, Maison?Steyer, Rob?Rott, Jon Lotycz

Others: Senior Brad Bannister. Junior Adrianna Stock. Sophomore Jacob Vandergriff. Freshmen Trey Hossler, Noah Henry, Brennen Withrow, Hunter Davidson, Jordan Magers, Peyton Miller and Caylie Menkhoff

Outlook: Combs is confident with the group he brings back, the Stockaders will improve on their eighth-place finish in the Midland Athletic League last year.

A combination of the talent returning to Old Fort, and the talent departing last year's MAL top players has Combs excited about his teams' prospects.

"I expect us to move up this year," he said. "A lot of the front runners lost a big portion of their varsity teams. Hopewell has a real solid top three and are probably the league favorites. I definitely think we're a better team this year than we were last year. We have no real front runner, but four to five solid kids who all can break 90 on a consistent basis by the end of the year."

Combs lists Heilman, Bannister, Steyer and Alexander as his top four with some good competition for the final varsity spots. He expects Root, Lotycz and Castro to compete for them, along with Hossler, whom Combs labels as a promising freshman.

Hossler spent time with the team last year as an eighth-grader, and has already broken 100 during early season qualifying.

Combs also sees a lot of potential in the four girls he has on his roster this season, some of whom he says are shooting in the mid-to-low 50s.

Although the girls also compete on the volleyball team, Combs said he could get them into a few girls matches later in the year, but the primary focus will be getting them experience in the game before moving forward next year.

"We're using this year as a learning process for them, get their feet wet," Combs said. "They're going to go ahead and play sectionals, and we'll try to get them a few matches, then get more serious next year after another summer of work."



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