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August 13, 2013

2013 Area Boys Golf Preview: Back in the swing of things

Area boys golf teams are ready for strong season



The Eagles return a very young squad under the direction of sixth-year coach Brad Ellis.

Coming off a 9-5 season, in which it finished third in the Premier Athletic Conference with a record of 8-4, Geneva looks to be led by senior returning lettermen Ryan Nappi and Brandon Kovach.

Also back are juniors Shaun Doerge and Jacob Huang.

Ellis said improving on their scoring range (100 yards and in) will be the key to the Eagles success this season.

“(We) must improve from 100 yards and in,” he said. “(We also) need to be more consistent with our scoring.”

Others looking to contribute this season are seniors Jim Lucas, Justin Adams, Jacob Piotrowski, junior Nick Cararo, sophomores Tim Bowling, Eric Doerge, Eddie Hughes and freshmen Simon Casey and Matt Wagner.

As far as Geneva’s chances in the PAC are concerned, Ellis admits it’ll be tough.

“Tough conference — a lot of very good teams,” he said.

Grand Valley

Under the direction of Jason McConnell, in his eighth season with the Mustangs, GV should be strong in spots one through four.

Back are seniors Kurt Kassay, Chandler Verhas LeeAnn Maruna and junior Jaimin McGraw.

McConnell likes what he’s seen from that group.

“The top four spots will be solid,” he said. “We need spots five and six to make a contribution to be successful, and to pick up the four returning letterman.”

Battling it out for those final spots are sophomore Joe Starcovic, freshmen Matt Callahan and Brett Whitely.

As far as the NAC is concerned, McConnell said there’s no question who the Mustangs are looking to defeat.

“PV will be the team to beat,” he said. “Us, Badger and Bristol will also have an outside shot with solid play from returning starters. An unknown will be new league members Windham as they qualified as a team in 2012 for districts in Divison III.”

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