All Times Leader golf team named

Another season of prep golf wrapped up this weekend with the Ohio State Championships.

Locally, it was another strong season as several area players had impressive campaigns.

Today, The Times Leader Golf Team is announced. The team is chosen by the Times Leader sports staff with the help of area golf coaches.

The captain for the squad is St. Clairsville’s Seth Vannoy, who enjoyed a strong senior season.

Here’s a capsule look at the honorees:

SETH VANNOY, St. Clairsville – This Red Devils’ senior had a brilliant final campaign for coaches Melanie Eaton and Joe Jeffries.

A solid contributor for the Red Devils’ 2012 state tournament team, Vannoy was the leader for the Devils this season. He averaged 37.9 per 9 hole round and had a season-best round of 32 at Belmont Hills Country Club, which is a school record for the par 36 course. He was a medalist in seven matches, including winning the Buckeye 8.

Vannoy won a playoff for runner-up medalist at the OVAC 4A Tournament and qualified to the district as an individual.

“Seth performed like the number one player we had hoped he would be,” said Eaton. “He proved his leadership abilities during the season. He has the talent and work ethic to play at the next level.”

JOHN DIETRICH, Beallsville – This senior had a slow start to his season, but he turned it on late and it paid dividends.

Dietrich had a strong month of September. He earned a spot on the all-OVAC squad by posting a low round of 74 in Class 1A at Oglebay Park’s Crispin Course. He then qualified for his first trip to the Division III District Tournament after firing a round of 82 in the sectional.

All told, Dietrich posted an average score of 40 for 9 holes and was the Blue Devils’ leader.

“Over the course of the last couple of weeks of the season, John’s game began to come around,” said Beallsville head coach Jerry Brown. “I think he’s pretty satisified with how his season ended.”

TRISTAN BRUCE, Union Local – This Jets’ senior was a true number one player for Coach Mark Hissrich’s squad this fall.

Bruce carded an average score of 39.74 en route to earning his second letter. He really turned it on toward the end of the season when he qualified for the Division II district as an individual with the low score of the round for individuals at 74 at the sectional.

Bruce was also a member of the all Buckeye 8 and all-OVGL squads.

“Tristan was our (low) scorer in all but two matches,” Hissrich said. “He took over the leadership role on the team and really stepped up his game. He took four strokes per nine holes off his average this season. What’s really amazing is he accomplished what he did and he didn’t play golf until his junior season.”

JARRET CAUSBY, Union Local – This junior standout was the solid second man for the Jets’ squad this season.

Causby owned a 44.74 average for nine holes and was an honorable mentione selection for the all Buckeye 8 team.

“Jarret will be called upon to lead the team next season,” Hissrich said. “Jarret worked hard to improve his game over the past year and he had a late-season slump, which hurt his average. I expect him to be one of the better senior golfers in the area next season.”

JASON MILLER, River – This senior shined all season for the Pilots despite battling a wrist injury.

Miller averaged 44.7 strokes per round this season. He turned it on late in the campaign and earned a spot on the all-PVC squad as well as posted the sixth best score in the OVAC Class 2A Tournament. His OVAC score came up one stroke shy of earning all-OVAC.

During his prep career, Miller was a part of 224 victories by the Pilots.

NATE TEATER, St. Clairsville – This Red Devils’ standout was a solid contributor for St. C. this fall.

Teater averaged 43.9 for 9 holes and was a medalist during a match. He fired rounds of 83 and 88 in the Buckeye 8 to earn second-team all-league honors. He also had a solid Division II sectional, narrowly missing a trip to the district by two shots.

“Nate came into the season with something to prove,” said Eaton. “He knew he had the talent to play competitive high school golf and he proved that consistently throughout the season.”

JAKE GREGAN, Shadyside – This Tigers’ junior had an up-and-down season, but played some of his better golf later in the season for Coach Mike Beck’s squad.

Gregan finished the campaign with an average of 45 strokes per nine holes. He fired a round of 79 at Oglebay’s Crispin Course to earn a spot on the all-OVAC squad for Class 2A.

“We’re expecting big things from Jake next year with a solid summer of working on his game,” Beck said. “He was our captain and did a good job of helping out the team anyway he could. He came up big at the OVAC.”

AUSTIN KOWALSKI, Harrison Central – This junior standout had a fine season for Coach Todd Dunlap’s Huskies.

This season, Kowalski averaged 42 shots per nine holes. He was also the Huskies’ leader in birdies.

He was the individual runnerup at the Buckeye 8 tournament, earning all-league.

“In just three years of competitive golf, Austin has taken seven strokes off his average,” Dunlap said. “Austin’s competitiveness is what sets him apart from many high school golfers and high school athletes in general. He has continued to improve and will be looking to take the next step during his senior season. His leadership has been a great asset and will be important if the team wants to succeed.”

JOEL SHANE, Martins Ferry – This Purple Riders’ standout was the unquestioned leader for Coach Stacy Bliss’ squad this season.

Shane finished the season with a 9-hole average of 41 and earned all-OVGL and all-Buckeye 8 honors in the process.

“Joel emerged as a leader,” Bliss said.

“He practices as hard as he plays and by continuing to compete during the off-season, Joel will continue to improve.”

ZACH HERINK, Bridgeport – This junior continued to shave strokes off his average score in just his third year of playing the game.

Herink posted an average score of 38 for 9 holes during the season and enjoyed two fine 18-hole outings. He shot a 79 at Crispin to earn a spot on the all-OVAC squad and the following week he fired a 77 at Moundsville Country Club, which was good enough for third overall in the Ohio Valley Golf League Championship.

“Zach has made incredible strides since a hip replacement as a freshman,” said Coach Mike Muklewicz. “His great play this year comes directly from work ethic over the summer to better himself. He played in many tournaments and has really sharpened his overall game, allowing him to reach many of his goals he set for himself at the beginning of the season.”

RAENAH NORRIS, Barnesville – The lone female on the squad, this sophomore had a strong season for the Lady Shamrocks’ squad.

Norris averaged 54.4 for the Barnesville team, which was in its inaugural season. She led the team in pars and was a member of the Ohio Valley Girls Golf Invitational all-tourney team.

“Raenah was a key member of our team,” said Barnesville head coach Jerry Robinson. “She showed steady improvement this season and was a very consistent scorer. With two more years to develop, she has the potential to be an exceptional golfer.”

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