Locals look good in D-II
>Milford aims for more success after reaching state tourney
In Division II high school golf, watch out for the locals.
First, Hollis Brookline lost just one senior and gained some new talent. "We look to start the season strong and make a great run to the state tournament," Cavs third-year coach James Turner, the Sky Meadow PGA professional said.
Keep an eye, too, on Milford, which made the state tourney a year ago for the first time since 2003. Spartans coach Bill Soubosky has several players back, including senior Evan Ryan, the team’s top overall player the last couple of seasons. Hanover has dominated the division of late.
"Being older and more experienced, we hope to move up in the playoff standings this year," Soubosky said.
Souhegan had a down season in 2015, but second-year Sabers coach Lisanne Schmidt hopes the appreciation of the game will help her team out.
"This team embodies what it means to love the sport, and their results show that," Schmidt said. "I’m excited to see what this year’s team will bring home."
In Division I, the Bishop Guertin High School golf team begins its quest once again for the state title, and you can’t blame the Cardinals if they feel they have a point to prove.
The last two seasons they’ve finished runnerup to Bedford in the state tournament by a combined three shots – one stroke in 2014 and two shots back a year ago.
Is this the year the Cards can get over the hump?
First thing’s first, Guertin coach Paul Rousseau says. He’s got two top golfers, last year’s indivudual Division I state champion Tom Ethier, a senior, and junior Graham Diack. After that, the Cards will try to develop the depth needed.
"Once you’re in the states, anything can happen," Rousseau said. "We’ll need some of our younger players to step up, but also very anxious to (see) Tom and Graham play and have very good seasons."
Of course, the other player to watch locally is Brandon Gillis, a Souhegan Woods Golf Club member, who has also been a bridesmaid the last couple of seasons, finishing second by a whisker both in 2014 and 2015 after winning the title as a freshman in 2013. Gillis will try to help Nashua North improve on its 12th place finish in last year’s team tourney.
"It’s a great group of kids," North coach Scott Anderson said. "Brandon again will be a player to watch."
Elsewhere locally in Divison I, Alvirne finished with 13 wins and was 10th in the tourney, and head coach Bob Lund thinks it will be even tougher this season despite some key talent back. Merrimack and Nashua South hope to improve on sub-.500 years.
Campbell in Divison III starts the season a week later than the other local teams and preview information was not available as tryouts have just begun.
Here’s a look at the area teams:
COACH: Bob Lind (ninth year)
LAST SEASON: 13-7, 10th in state tourney.
RETURNING STARTERS: Jack Brown, sr.; Austin Gill, sr.; Dan Malizia, sr.; Jess Lortie, jr.; Tyler Lizotte, so.
RETURNING LETTER WINNERS: None.
PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Ryan Santos, so.; Chri Murphy, sr.; Jeff Piantaggini, jr.; Jackson Dowd, so.
KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL SEASON: "We have a good group of returning players," Lind said. "We do have a tough schedule, playing some top teams multiple times. In order to come close to last year’s record, we’ll definitely have to up our game."
COACH: Paul Rousseau (12th year)
LAST SEASON: 15-5, second in state tourney.
RETURNING STARTERS: Tom Ethier, sr.; Graham Diack, jr.; Jacob Bue, sr.; ric Loconto, sr.
RETURNING LETTER WINNERS: Jasmine Javanbakht, so.; Alex Koutsos, so.; Brad Dubay, so.; Alex Bozek, jr.
PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Tom McLendon, jr.; Brett Daniel, fr.; Elizabeth Janiak, fr.; Joshua Prasad, fr.; Aaron Pratt, fr.; William Scanlon, fr.; Aiden Wilkie, fr.; Ben Young, fr.; Nick Ayotte, fr.; Matt Field, fr.
KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL SEASON: "Our main goal is to improve as the season goes on and make the state tournament," Rousseau said. "For us to reach this goal we need some of our young players to really step up."
COACH: Don Chisholm (second year).
LAST SEASON: 6-12, did not qualify for state tourney.
RETURNING STARTERS/ LETTER WINNERS: Jon Dinsmore, sr.; Nick Edgeworth, jr.; Owen Ploss, jr.; Travis Brody, jr.; Ryan Carey, so.; Kegan Whalen, sr..
PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Adam Gosselin, fr.; T.J. Vadney, fr.; Max Fasano, sr.
KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL SEASON: "We lost three of our top five last year," Chiholm said. "We’re looking for the younger kids to step up for us this year."
COACH: Scott Anderson (11th year).
LAST SEASON: 11-9, 12th in state tourney.
RETURNING STARTERS: Brandon Gillis, sr.; Jeremiah Latham, sr.; Brendan Martin, sr.; Sam Martin, sr.
RETURNING LETTER WINNERS: Ben Pelletier, sr.; Geroge Trabucchi, sr.
PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Jack Gauthier, so.; Nathan Kumar, jr.; Andrew Teris, jr.
KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL SEASON: "We have a strong group of seniors leading the way," Anderson said. "Brandon Gillis will again be a player to watch. Every practice will be a compettion of these 10 to see who will make the top eight for the next match."
COACH: Steve Lane (13th year).
LAST SEASON: 6-10.
RETURNING STARTERS/ LETTER WINNERS: Luke Anzel, sr.; Tony Columbus, sr.; Mke Fournier, sr.; C.J. Mellen, sr.; Spencer Durand, jr.; Adam Keliher, jr.; T.J. Gillis, so.; Landon Johnson, so.
PROMISING NEWCOMERS: N/A.
KEYS TO A SUCCSSFUL SEASON: "We’re looking to improve on last season’s experience," Lane said. "Our goal is to qualify for states in October."
COACH: James Turner (third year)
LAST SEASON: 14-10, eighth in state tourney.
RETURNING STARTERS: Kris Johnson, sr.; Jack McCloud, sr.; Josh Farmer, sr.; Pat MacDonald, jr.; Chris Cadman, jr.; Ian Mauch jr.
RETURNING LETTER WINNERS: Alex Meager, so.; Timmy Giacona, so.
PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Noah Kempton, jr.; Brennen Korsek, so.; Brendan Ouziel, so.Nik DiRenzo, so.
KEYS TO A SUCCESFUL SEASON: "This year’s season looks very promising, with some strong talent up front,"Turner said.
COACH: Bill Soubosky (ninth year).
LAST SEASON: 13-15, 13th in state tourney.
RETURNING STARTERS/LETTER WINNERS: Evan Ryan, sr.; Weston Pare, sr.; Nick Cauley, sr.; Nick Guterson, sr.; Mitch Lepine, sr.; Hunter Hoffman, jr.; Ben Lopez, jr.; Jamie Pare, jr.; Gran Bonczar, jr.; Colton Benjamin,jr.
PROMISING NEWCOMERS: N/A.
KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL SEASON: "Being older and more experienced, we hope to move up in the playoff standings this year," Soubosky said.
COACH: Lisanne Schmidt (second year).
LAST SEASON: N/A, did not qualify for state tourney.
RETURNING STARTERS: Ryan Stankiewicz, sr; Liam King, sr.; Nick Jordan, so.; John Natale, so.
RETURNING LETTER WINNERS: Zack Bolduc, so.; Kevin Fredette, sr.; Jack Hopey, sr.; Michael Zaccaria, so.; John Henzel, so.
PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Jeff Boehm, so., Quade Bell, fr.
KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL SEASON: "The key to this year’s success will be consistency and a positive attitude," Schmidt said. "This year’s team has such a great attitude on the golf course and they truly enjoy the game."