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The Hornets will have their hands full trying to fill the void left by Evan Embry, who qualified for state last season. Henryville has two seniors in Mitchell Fields and Cameron Furnish, a pair of sophomores in Bailey Reister and Charlie LeFevere and five freshmen.
“Our goals, individually and as a team, are to be competitive in all events, win our conference, and advance in the state tournament,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “However, my main goal each season for each player is to commit themselves, develop a great work ethic, and to play with integrity and character. When we do this, the other stuff takes care of itself.”
Coach Dusty Corum welcomes back three players to his top five in seniors Jordan Lacy and Dalton Naiser and junior Dillon Willis. Junior Blayze Damron and sophomore Evan Craig move up into the top five, and Corum expects contributions from freshman Jake Mellon and Zach Brinkly.
“We’ve got a lot of guys and they’ve shown improvement from last year. As for overall performance, we’re looking to be better than we were last year,” Corum said. “Dalton Naiser and Jordan Lacy will be the two key players to carry the team forward.”
The Bulldogs have four veteran players back in seniors Garrett Arnold and Dustin Miller and juniors Jonny Smith and Bret Walts. New Albany coach Rick Belcher also says freshman Addison Greenwell has lots of potential.
“We’re fairly good. We’ve got a lot of upperclassmen,” Belcher said. “Bret has really worked on his game. Addison is going to be on the golf course every day. Those young kids are going to get better and probably push those top kids to get better, I hope.”
The Mustangs’ top two players are sophomores Matthew Wilson and Jake Zimmerman, while senior Wesley Napier returns to the team after a two-year hiatus. New Washington has three sophomore newcomers who have never played golf before in Collin Schindler, Nolan Burton and Caleb Griffith.
“Our No. 1 and 2 golfers have room to improve, no doubt,” new Mustangs’ coach Bret James said. “But I think we can get them where they need to be.”