WYOMING – The Cowboys golf team at Wyoming High School has won two of the last three Cincinnati Hills League titles, but finished second last season to Madeira.
Coach Rod Crider’s squad was 4-2 in the CHL an d7-4 overall.
“With multiple spots in the line-up due to graduation, this year’s team will likely provide a chance for younger players to seize the opportunity,” Crider said.
Senior Sam Marty is a three-year letterman for the Cowboys and was CHL first team and second team all-city. Junior Cooper Hausfeld has two varsity letters and was also CHL first team. Other returning players are senior Brendan Madden and junior Jack Fischer.
“The Cowboys are focused on returning to the top of the full season CHL standings and toward making a deep run in the postseason,” Crider said.
After the Oakwood Invitational Aug. 11, Wyoming takes on Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Aug. 13.
Princeton High School’s boys golf team will have a tall task replacing five starters from last season’s 15-5 team. The lone returning starter is senior James Boyle, a three-year varsity player, who’ll captain the Vikings this season.
“I think (Boyle) was a medalist in three or four matches last season,” said fourth-year head coach Bruce Bagley. “Out of all the kids I had last year, he has the most potential being a good golfer, he just has to get his game together.”
After Boyle, it will be up to junior left-hander Jared Foster to provide a scoring boost. “He (Foster) has a lot of potential … I’m hoping it’s his year,” said Bagley.
Outside of Boyle and Foster, Bagley needs some of his newer players to step up and play well.
“We need four scores every match to win matches,” Bagley said. “Because we’re so young it makes for a little more enthusiasm. The group I have now is basically the top two kids and the next 8-10 are trying to get those four spots. It’s gonna be real competitive.”
After a year with the slogan, “Why Not Us?”, the Moeller High School golf team may go with “Why Not Again?” for 2015.
The Crusaders’ 28th consecutive winning season under coach Rick Bohne resulted in a Division I state championship at Ohio State last October. Moeller had qualified for the state tourney 12 times in the last 13 seasons, but the championship was a first.
“I guess if you do it long enough, you win,” Bohne said last fall. “It’s their accomplishment, not mine at all. It was fun to see their smiles.”
From that team, the Crusaders return Jake Fox and Michael O’Brien. Fox was was All-State, Greater Catholic League Co-Player of the Year with teammate O’Brien and Enquirer Co-Player of the Year. Bohne was league Coach of the Year.
Both Fox and O’Brien are college-level players, with Fox already committed to the University of Cincinnati.
“I like our work ethic and team unity despite overall lack of experience,” Bohne said. “With two starters returning from last year’s state championship team, we will be young, but a hard working group.”
Up ahead for the Crusaders is the Kenwood Invitational Aug. 19 at Kenwood Country Club and the Moeller Invitational Aug. 22 at Walden Pond.
It would be foolish to overlook St. Xavier High School’s golf team. Year in and out, St. X proves its grit on the golf course. This year’s no exception. The Bombers return all their starters from last season, a year in which they won their second straight district champions and made another run at state.
St. Xavier sixth year head coach Alex Kepley said “everyone’s back and more.” Returning for Kepley, from what he calls the “championship group,” or the Bombers’ top group are senior and three-year varsity starter Domenic Maricocchi, senior four-year varsity starter Kirran Magowan, junior Joey McCarthy, senior three-year starter Paul Maricocchi and sophomore Cameron Frazier.
It’s a lineup with a remarkable amount of experience. Magowan was first-team All-GCL South last season, while Frazier, McCarthy and Domenic were second team selections. They’re a solid core on a roster highlighted by its depth.
“It’s exciting, but also a challenge in that there are literally 12 guys who could contend for our championship group,” said Kepley, adding there are six sophomores and a freshman who are in contention because of their strong play.
The Bombers also have senior David Haney, juniors Alex Wolf and Zachary Pavlin who are capable of scoring low.
“Anyone (on our team) can beat anyone on any given day,” said Kepley. “My challenge is hopefully instilling the confidence and picking people who are gonna be able to get it done.
Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy returns a chunk of its lineup from last season including Sean Eslick and Connor Olson.
The pair made first-team all-Miami Valley Conference and qualified for the Division II district meet as individuals, with Eslick narrowly missing out on state. The team missed the District tournament at Weatherwax by one shot.
Eslick is also the reigning MVC player of the year.
“Sean is the No. 7 golfer in the city. He’s got one more year to make up those three shots to state, and I’ve got all the faith in the world that he’ll do that,” Eagles boys’ coach Mark Kadnar told the Enquirer. “Connor made giant leaps from the previous year, and I would expect him to do the same thing next year.”
Matthew Kadnar, the coach’s son and an all-MVC second-team pick, returns as well.
Players to watch
Sam Marty and Cooper Hausfeld, Wyoming. Both were CHL first team a year ago.
Jake Fox and Michael O’Brien, Moeller. Co-Players of the Year in the GCL-South and members of the Crusaders’ Division I state championship team.