Looking at this golf season from an outside perspective, one might think that the prevailing thoughts about it would be Districts and the other tournaments.
If they had talked to juniors Steven Hixson, Daniel Hixson and Collin Linnabary, however, the words they remembered might be "swing plane." The reason for that, and the takeaway from talking to any member of the golf team, is that most of them seem more concerned with playing well than with winning tournaments.
That's not to say that the team didn't have success. They finished the season with a record of 19-5 in the MVL, coming in second.
They also won the MVL tournament and placed fourth in sectionals, allowing them to advance to districts. "Making the district for the first time in three years was definitely a team goal we had set so we were glad to achieve that for sure," explains coach Chad Orecchio.
Individually, senior Connor Reinbeau was named MVL Player of the Year for the third year in a row. At Districts, the Muskies finished 10th on a rainy day in tough conditions. Some golfers, such as Linnabary, were a little disappointed that Districts didn't go better, "We kinda fell short of our expectations and didn't play our best when the pressure was on."
During the two previous tournaments, however, the Muskies far from choked, "We shot our two best team scores of the season," points out Orecchio.
"We started strong and finished strong... everyone had a good year," affirms sophomore Michael Magyar.
Even with their successes, the golfers still see room for improvement and are already thinking about how they hope to improve next year. Magyar wants to "change my putting up some because my putting was just ghastly at the end of the season."
Steven Hixson plans to "practice more in the early months of the season. Linnabary's hopes for next season are a little bit stranger, "Maybe a student gallery?"
Whatever it is they plan to accomplish, or how they plan to accomplish it, the golfers are always looking forward with their game. It paid off this year with a great season and a win at the MVL tournament.
The season may be over now, but their dedication to golf marches on as strong as ever.