Does East have ‘the best golfer in Cincy no one knows about?’
Mark Schmetzer reports:
Four of the top five players from the Moeller team that led area schools with a seventh-place finish at last year’s Division I state tournament have graduated.Junior Quinn Sullivan is the lone returning Crusader from that quintet, but experience tells coach Rick Bohne that rebuilding doesn’t have to be lengthy and painful.
“Twenty oh-seven,” he said when asked if he’d ever faced a similar situation. “We had one starter back. We ended up finishing second in the state, so you just never know.”
Bohne hopes that this year’s Crusaders can put together a similar run with a mix of golfers that includes senior Mitch Lamping, juniors Sullivan, Ben Sattler and Nick Gruber, and sophomores Michael O’Brien and Jake Fox.
“It’s going to be interesting around here,” said Bohne, last year’s Enquirer Division I Coach of the Year. “It’s going to be an interesting year.”
Mason coach Tim Lambert knows how Bohne feels. The Comets also lost four of their top five players from the team that finished 10th in the state. Junior Scott Purvis is the only returning player for Mason, which captured the school’s first-ever district championship last season.
Moeller and Mason can expect a strong challenge from St. Xavier, which has what coach Alex Kepley describes as a “solid mixture of experienced veterans with fresh, motivated younger guys moving up.”
Leading the way is sophomore Kirran Magowan, a Enquirer first-team all-star last year. Seniors Brendan Keating, who’s in his third year on varsity, Matt Schiller and Ryan Ellis also turned in solid seasons last year but could be pushed by junior Johnny Popken and sophomore Ben Wright.
Mason also earned the school’s first Greater Miami Conference championship last year, but the Comets will have to hold off Oak Hills and Lakota East if they want to defend. The Highlanders have four seniors among their top five returning players, led by senior Sam Meek. The Thunderhawks are led by 6-foot-3 James Leisinger, a baseball pitcher described as “the best golfer in Cincy that no one knows about” by coach Jeffrey Combs.
“We have great depth and will be playing five guys that saw a great deal of tourney action last season,” Combs said. “Any one player could be our No. 1 on any given day.” (more…)