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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

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Pymatuning Valley

The Lakers have dominated the NAC for years, but they will look to do it with another young group.

Back as returning lettermen are seniors Tim Baker, Mitchell Dick and Chase Thurber (junior).

The rest of the roster for coach Jeff Compan, in his 12th year at PV, is underclassmen.

“The key for us this year will be consistent play from the four to six men,” Compan. “We have a solid group that can win a lot of matches, if we avoid the big numbers. As always we want to play well at home and win our share of away matches.”

Also returning as lettermen are sophomores Hunter Hayslip, Mitchell Inman, Adam Silvers, Jeremy Frederick and Brenton Dick.

While many consider PV a favorite to win the NAC until it drops the title, Compan believes the conference is anyone’s for the taking.

“The conference is wide open,” he said. “PV, GV, and Windham are strong and every team is solid on their home course. The team that does the best on the road will win the conference.”

Riverside

Coming off a 10-2 season in which the Beavers won the PAC with a 10-2 record, coach Steve Siko has a team that has the majority of its lineup from last year back.

Returning are seniors Nathaniel Thomas, Jake Poyar and juniors Matt Thomas, Eric Seddy and Brian Irism.

“The key to success is patience, team work, confidence, experience and knowledge,” Siko said.

Also looking to contribute for the Beavers are seniors John Licis, Jeremy Radovanic, junior Stephen Dolan, sophomores Anthony Julius, Nate Kuhar, Aley Thomas, Jacob Banker and freshmen Matt Tagg, Brennan Griffin and Cameron Dodick.

The defending champs in the PAC, Siko believes the Beavers are part of a group that are capable of winning the conference.

“Should be a competitive PAC conference as always,” he said. “With multiple teams competing for the title, and districts.”

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