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April 1, 2014

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ GOLF PREVIEW: Providence eyes return to state

Allender, Crone to lead young Pioneers



• COACH: Ken Allender, fifth season.

• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Mitchell Allender, Jr.; Kevin Crone, So.; Max Leist, So.

• KEY NEWCOMERS: Evan Wilson, Jr.; Erich Day, Sr.; Austin Happel, Sr.; Ben Arnson, Fr.

• OUTLOOK: The Pioneers have the potential to earn a berth in the IHSAA State Finals. But they must find a reliable No. 4 golfer to achieve that goal. Providence also looks to give Floyd Central, which has won 11 consecutive sectional titles, a run for its money in the Providence Sectional this season.

• COACH ALLENDER SAYS: “From a class standpoint, we’re a little younger than in the past. Our potential is going to be really, really good. If we can develop, we could get back to state.”



• COACH: Tony Wagoner, eighth season.

• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Tony Wagoner III, Sr.; TJ Fraley, Sr.; Elijah Franklin, Jr.; Reilly Gray, So.; Kamden Hurst, So.; Niko Frascella, So.

• KEY NEWCOMERS: Carte Hurst, Fr.; Josh Nunn, Fr.

• OUTLOOK: The Braves’ primary goal is to win the Southern Athletic Conference championship for the first time in program history. They definitely have the experience to do that with six returning letterwinners. Coach Wagoner hopes his players can build off shooting their lowest team score of the season at last year’s sectional.

• COACH WAGONER SAYS: “I believe we will be more competitive against other teams this year with Henryville, Silver Creek, North Harrison and Scottsburg being some of our tougher opponents. How well we play in the invitational at Wooded View [Golf Course on Saturday, April 12] and against those teams will be a gauge for us heading into conference and sectional.”


• COACH: Adam Tolliver.

• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Chris Ison, Sr.; Brady Christman, Jr.; John Watson, So.

• KEY NEWCOMERS: Chris Shanks, Sr.; Brevin Stubbins, So.; Wyatt Payne, Fr.

• OUTLOOK: Tolliver is looking for Ison and Christman to each shoot in the mid 40s or lower in nine-hole matches on a consistent basis. The Pirates’ coach likes the improvement Watson has shown in his game. Former Charlestown standout Jake Atkins has returned to the team as an assistant coach.

• TOLLIVER SAYS: “Right now, we are still struggling with a shot or two per hole that aren’t being hit solid. If we can eliminate these, then all the guys have room to drop quite a few strokes from their rounds. All the guys are good kids so it will be an enjoyable season watching these guys improve their games as we move on.”

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