Bucs fig­ure to have com­pany at the top

Cam­bridge-SD, Eas­ton, Queen Anne’s has a shot to knock out the cham­pi­ons

Record Observer - - Sports - By DAVID INSLEY dins­ley@star­dem.com

Kent Is­land High’s golf squad, which won the Bay­side Con­fer­ence ti­tle and qual­i­fied for states as a team in 2015, sent five play­ers to Col­lege Park last year, and re­turns much of that group, as well as young, new tal­ent.

But there is talk of strong play through­out the North Bay­side this year.

“I think Kent Is­land is go­ing to be very good,” Queen Anne’s head coach Brad Niesz said. “I think that a lot of teams are go­ing to have trouble with them. They have a lot of strong play­ers on the ros­ter . ... Eas­ton should be pretty good, and Cam­bridge-(South Dorch­ester), I think Phil (Fen­ster­maker) knows how to coach them, and they’ve got kids who know the game.”

“I think we’ve got some tal­ent,” said Kent Is­land’s Tony Lewis, who be­gins his sec­ond year in charge af­ter one sea­son as an as­sis­tant. “I think our top five golfers right now, av­er­aged out, shoot about a 41. The three be­hind them shoot 44s, so we’ve got some kids that can play.”

But Lewis noted 2014 North champ, Eas­ton, is out there as well.

“I think that, from what I un­der­stand, Eas­ton’s go­ing to be pretty good too, though,” Lewis said. “They got back a cou­ple of good play­ers, and they al­ways seem to have some tal­ent there.”

With fresh­man phe­nom Har­ri­son Smith walk­ing on and mak­ing the lineup as well, Lewis looks to start two se­niors, a ju­nior, a sopho­more, and a 9th-grader this fall.

Kent Is­land now aims to re­peat as champs, but will have to bat­tle the War­riors for the top honor. Cam­bridge-SD, tabbed a dark-horse for the di­vi­sion crown, along with North Caro­line and Queen Anne’s, have play­ers ca­pa­ble of lead­ing the pack in the weeks to come.

Queen Anne’s leads all con­tes­tants in turnout this year.

“We had 17 come out for golf this year,” said Niesz, the di­vi­sion’s most se­nior coach with 10 sea­sons un­der his belt. “We’re hop­ing to put to­gether a jayvee team for the first time. We think we’ve got some kids who are younger, and who have po­ten­tial, who, with coach­ing, can be­come re­ally good.

“We just want to get them to the point where they want to play golf year-round,” Niesz said. “There are some play­ers who do, and it shows.”

At the south­ern end of the di­vi­sion, Vik­ings sec­ond-year head coach Fen­ster­maker re­turns a lot of tal­ent. But he still thinks the top teams from the last sev­eral years may lead the stand­ings in the long run.

“I’d say at the top, fight­ing it out, will prob­a­bly be Kent [Is­land] and Eas­ton again,” Fen­ster­maker said. “They fought all last sea­son, and won about half the matches . ... But that could change. It all comes down to how ev­ery­body per­forms.”

Fen­ster­maker put the Vik­ings in the top three, slug­ging it out with Queen Anne’s County, which has hov­ered near the top for a num­ber of years. “We com­pleted with them a lot, and with them grad­u­at­ing one of the top kids, and with us hav­ing some ex­pe­ri­ence com­ing back... I’m pro­ject­ing us maybe as one of the top three.”

“I think a lot of teams have at least 1-2 good play­ers,” North Caro­line heads coach Nash Ire­land said. “Cam­bridge has a cou­ple, Kent Is­land, Eas­ton has some, we’ve got 1-2, Queen Anne’s will have 1-2. There are a lot of good golfers out there.”

While the num­ber of play­ers in the di­vi­sion as a whole has per­haps inched up a bit, one venue used dur­ing re­cent sea­sons is no more. Caro­line Coun­try Club, which hosted events for Colonel Richardson and North Caro­line, closed re­cently.

As a re­sult, Colonel’s home match will take place at River Marsh Golf Course, at the Hy­att Re­gency Ch­e­sa­peake Bay in Cam­bridge. North Caro­line’s home match will be held at Queen­stown Har­bor Golf Course, the same venue which Queen Anne’s calls home.

Here’s how the North Bay­side’s teams look with the first match sched­uled for Sept. 1. Cam­bridge-SD Seven of Fen­ster­maker’s 11 play­ers are se­niors, in­clud­ing his top four, all of whom are re­turn­ing starters from 2015. Jon Bro­hawn, Ian Pow­ley, Jar­rett Bromwell, and Mitchell McDon­ald are joined in the top five by class­mate Austin Wil­ley.

Tommy Crain, Matt King, Billy Hill, Eric Shorter, and new­com­ers Fred­die Kirsch and Katie Roberts round out the ros­ter. Eas­ton Head coach Paul Gan­casz’s squad re­turns ju­nior Nick Covey, who av­er­aged a 39.88 last sea­son; he’s joined by se­nior cap­tain Blake Sauls­bury, who av­er­aged a 46 last year. Sopho­more Nick Shaw, who av­er­aged 48 per-nine last sea­son, re­turns as well.

Round­ing out the ros­ter are sopho­more lefty Gar­ret Camp­bell in the No. 4 po­si­tion. Fresh­man Wil­liam Denny and sopho­more Bran­don Latham, will bat­tle for the fifth spot. Kent County The Tro­jans, who were rep­re­sented by 2016 grad James Ci­ganek in the state meet — the North’s only in­di­vid­ual male qual­i­fier — are led for the fifth straight year by head coach Steve Oat­ley, who has just four play­ers.

Ju­nior Brian Blackburn is at No. 1 and joined by sopho­more Bran­don Ari­gio, and fresh­men Mac Luhm and Ja­cob Kilby.

Kent County hosts the first match of the sea­son, at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 1 at Ch­ester River Yacht and Coun­try Club in Ch­ester­town. Kent Is­land Se­nior Cameron Jav­dan, left­handed ju­nior Tay­lor Judge, the North’s only fe­male state qual­i­fier in 2015, and se­nior Paul Jan­niche fill the top three spots in the lineup. Smith joins the team at No. 4, with sopho­more Holly Haber, who burst onto the scene as a fresh­man, tak­ing the five-spot.

Lu­cas Jan­niche, Jake Jonka, Pre­ston Wilder, Noah Smith, and an­other fresh­man, Carter Maisel, are also on the ros­ter. North Caro­line Ire­land is back for his sec­ond cam­paign as head coach of a sport he played at North Caro­line.

The Bull­dogs have just six play­ers com­ing into 2016. Dakota Kellmeyer will play No. 1, with Ben Bea­vans, lefty Austin Haught, and Ti­mothy Parks round­ing out the top four. Con­test­ing the fifth spot are ju­nior Justin Gray and sopho­more Will Smith. North Dorch­ester Dave Mor­ris­sette leads the Ea­gles for the sec­ond year, and like his county ri­val, re­turns four key play­ers. Se­nior Ja­cob Bialk, ju­nior Drew Walker, and sopho­mores Cole Mor­ris­sette and Lu­cas Thorpe round out the top four slots, all with a year un­der their belts.

Sopho­more Dal­ton Ad­shead, along with fresh­men Anna Tyler, Gar­rett Barnes, and Grant Walker (Drew’s younger brother) round out the ros­ter. Queen Anne’s Se­nior Ja­son Deal locks down the top spot in the lineup. Though Ethan MacGregor looks to be the fa­vorite for the two-slot, Eli An­ders, Emmy Wil­liams, Don­nie Cox, and Kyle Simp­son will vie for the 2-5 po­si­tions. St. Michaels Se­niors Will Re­ick and Pa­trick Fal­ter an­chor the top of sec­ond-year head coach Jor­dan Miller’s lineup.

The 3-5 spots are yet to be de­ter­mined, with ju­nior Jack Stevens, sopho­mores Jack Vener, Benny Rieck (Will’s younger brother), and Matt Dunn, fight­ing for those po­si­tions, along with fresh­men Sam Turner and Wilder Evans.

Ed­i­tor’s Note: In­for­ma­tion was not avail­able from Colonel Richardson.

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