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NHS golfers gear up for new season

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Northview's Mandy Thomlinson readies to fire from the first hole at Forest Park Golf Course.
One year removed from a trip to the state finals, a quick look at the Northview High School girls' golf squad might make one believe that the 2007 campaign would be a rebuilding one.

But not in the eyes of first-year head coach Josh Trout.

In fact, last year's assistant coach, who replaced long-time coach Teresa Akers, has got a sectional title in his eyes.

"I think we're capable of it," Trout said Tuesday, "if we keep working hard and improving."

The Knights graduated Millie Akers, Madison Kirschner, Abby Smith and Kayla Cooper from last year's team, a squad that advanced to the state finals.

"It's definitely tough when you graduate that much experience at once," Trout said.

This year will feature 10 players, including one senior, five juniors three sophomores and one freshman.

The senior, however, has a familiar name and has been around for quite some time.

Back for her third year as the squad's No. 1 golfer is Mary Beth Tribble.

"She's definitely the captain and leader," Trout said. "Her goal is to make it to state. She's been a great role model for the rest of the team."

Also on the squad this year include juniors Allie Melega, Ali Rentschler, Sarah Bunch, Sunny Shaw and Savanah Purcell, sophomores Alli Trout, Olivia Oehler and Mandy Thomlinson and freshman Shelby French.

"With the exception of Mary Beth, we pretty much have a whole new varsity squad," Trout said. "But our numbers are pretty high. That was kind of a concern."

The Knights have already competed on the links this season and continue again today. Although the season has already started, Trout admitted his roster is not set in stone.

"At the moment, we really don't have a set varsity," he said. "But we have a number of girls capable of filling those spots.

"They've been working real hard. We're just trying to get into the swing of things. It's a lot of back to the basics and fundamentals."

Despite all the losses, however, Trout said he believes the team will grow into its own as the season progresses.

In fact, he said NHS is capable of competing for a top three spot in the sectional, which will take place at Forest Park this year and will feature only 10 teams rather than 15.

He said some of the teams that are no longer in the sectional field include state contender Jasper.

"I think we can have a successful year," he said.

NHS opens its home portion of the season Aug. 10 agtainst Jasper and Washington.

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