According to ninth-year coach Bryan Erickson, there is a lot of excitement and potential for both the boys and girls golf teams at Seneca for the upcoming season as each team will have a solid mix of veteran players as well as promising underclassmen.
The Irish will be led by seniors Brody McNabb, Dylan Leasure, Ryan Sadness and Lane Weber. Erickson will also be looking to junior Mark Lehochko, sophomores Brett Yegge and Alex Stiegler and freshman Holden Flynn to shoot low scores this season, which begins at the Sandwich Invitational this coming Tuesday at Edgebrook.
"McNabb, Leasure and Yeggie are three returning varsity players, and we will expect them to be counters every single match," Erickson said. "From there we will rely on Sadness and Weber, and right now Flynn is in the No. 3 spot after our first two days of practice."
Erickson said Seneca will also have a junior varsity team — made up of sophomores Landon Bruss-Saager, Brock Bauer and Dillon Conroy, as well as freshman Gage Cryder, A.J. Stiegler, Austin Marshall, Carter Feiner and Jacob Elliott — and feels any one of those players could see time on varsity depending on their play.
"I'm seeing three, four, five of those guys pushing for the sixth spot on varsity," Erickson said. "It may be a revolving door with whoever is hot or playing well getting moved up. We'll just see how things go. Competition is a good thing, and I think that is what we have up and down our roster this season."
For the Lady Irish, senior Taylor Vroman and junior Faith Hacker return after fine seasons a year ago. Vroman earned mention on The Times Honor Roll, while Hacker advanced to sectionals and earned a spot on The Times Honor Roll. Seniors McKenna Coffey and Raegan Babcock, junior Krista Eikelberry and sophomore Monica Groth will round out a squad that Erickson hopes can keep improving from meet to meet, beginning play Monday with a triangular at Plano.
"We are returning everyone from last season, and Taylor and Faith will be our No. 1 and No. 2, both will be counted on to lead the way," Erickson said. "They know they are in the top spots, but I also think they will help the other four girls improve and hopefully push them along to work hard and get their scores low as well."