The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


August 14, 2013

2013 Area Girls Golf Preview: The eyes have it

Area competitors focused on having a successful 2013 campaign

The 2013 girls golf season kicked off much like it has for the past several seasons — with the Geneva Eagles standing above the rest of the area competition.

Coach Rob DiPofi’s Eagles won the Karl Pearson Invitational for the fourth-straight season and appear to be a cut above the rest of the competition in the Star Beacon’s coverage area.

But, there are plenty of other teams in the area who are looking to put together strong seasons with youthful rosters and look to get stronger as the season progresses.

The following is a breakdown of each team and how their coach feels about the upcoming season.


The Spartans will have an extremely young team as J.C. Lenk returns for his fifth season as coach.

The only two returning lettermen for Conneaut are Jenna Porfilio (junior) and Lauren Kardohely (sophomore).

Lack of experience is certainly Lenk’s biggest focus going into the year.

“With two years of experience between the five players, we are focusing on learning the game of golf and our fundamentals,” he said. “I am hoping to build on our confidence and consistency as the season progresses.”

Also looking to contribute to this year’s squad are Mikayla Herb (junior), Morgan Holtzman (sophomore) and Sam Clark (freshmen).

Conneaut doesn’t have a conference to compete in but is a part of the NEOGGCA (Northeast Ohio Girls Golf Coaches Association).

Lenk said he sees plenty of talent among the teams in that group.

“Geneva is definitely the front runner again this year and not too many seniors from the league were lost from last year, so I see every team improving from the previous season,” he said. “It should be a fun and competitive year for all the teams in the NEOGGCA.”


Entering her first year as coach of the Warriors, Stacy Harryman will have a few returners to work with in addition to a crop of young, less experienced players.

Back are senior lettermen Emily Petro and Mercedes Burns, as well as Bailey Anderson (junior) and Lauren Hodges (sophomores).

Looking to contribute, as well, are junior Jenna Harryman, sophomores Taylor Fitchet, Adri Snyder and freshmen Gabby Brown and Ja’Lyn Pollard.

“I’m expecting some leadership from my returning letterwinners,” Harryman said. “A lot of the girls lack experience, but I have already seen improvements over the summer.”

This will mark the final season Edgewood doesn’t have a conference to compete in as the Warriors will join the All-American Conference in the spring of 2014.

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  • Scholastic Schedule:


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    Madison at Euclid (4:30)
    Madison at Edgewood (4:30)
    Geneva at Mentor (10, DH)
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    Grand Valley at Maplewood (4:30)
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    Mathews at PV (4:30)
    Fairport at Perry (7:30)
    West Geauga at Madison (4:30)
    Harvey at Riverside (4:30)
    Jefferson at Harding (5)

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