JAMIE BAKER / The Courier
UPPER SANDUSKYS Brett Montgomery watches his tee shot at last years Northern 10 Conference golf tournament at Valley View Golf Course. Montgomery, a two-time N10 player of the year and returning state qualifier, leads a solid Rams team that should contend for the N10 title.

Every year a team from Wyandot County has won at least a share of the Northern 10 Conference boys golf championship.

Mohawk (2014-16) and Carey (2017) have won titles.

Now, maybe, it’s Upper Sandusky’s turn.

Graham Treadway begins his 12th season in charge of the golf program at Upper Sandusky with a solid returning cast of players.

The Rams also boast one of the top players in the region in junior Brett Montgomery. A two-time N10 Player of the Year, Montgomery was eighth in the Division II state tournament a year away. The return of seniors Trevor Clifford (42.0 average) and Isaiah Washburn (47.0) and junior Evan Young (43.0) give Upper Sandusky a solid four players at the top of its lineup.

Kalida, meanwhile, is hoping to pick up where it left off last season.

The Wildcats were seventh at state as a team in the 2017 Division III state tournament and returns all but one golfer, Josh Klausing, who graduated last spring.

Senior Christian Nartker is back after finishing 16th at state individually and is coming off a medalist performance at Tuesday’s 19-team Allen East Invitational.

Juniors Alec Edelbrock, David Peck, Josh Recker and Grace Miller also return for Kalida.

Lakota is also looking to defend a league title.

Coach Ty Ray’s Raiders won the first league golf championship in school history last season when they captured the Sandusky Bay Conference River Division title.

They will be solid again with sophomore SBC Player of the Year and Division II girls all-Ohioan Kyleigh Dull (38.0 average) back. Juniors Colt Dible (43.0) and Marshall Minich (45.0) and sophomores Connor Hill (46.0) and Jayden Bonnell (48.0) are also back for Lakota.

There was two change of coaches this season at Fostoria as George Scott Jr. takes over as head coach from Brian Oestreich and Paul Dunn is Mohawk’s new head coach as he took charge of the program after longtime coach Dave Myers stepped down at the end of last year.


Ada

  • HEAD COACH: Jason Campbell (6th year).
  • 2017 DUAL MATCH RECORD/LEAGUE FINISH: 0-16/9th in Northwest Conference.
  • HOME COURSE: Bluffton Golf Club.
  • RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Austin Amburgey, sr.; Alex Morgan, jr.; Brevin Sizemore, soph.; Ethan Hull, jr.; Jacob Colwell, sr.; Rob Allison, sr.
  • TOP PROSPECTS: Not available.
  • NOTABLE: All six returnees are multi-letterwinners for Ada. With a wealth of experience, expect the Bulldogs to be much more competitive this season.

Bluffton

  • HEAD COACH: Nick Rackley (4th year, 32-28).
  • 2017 DUAL MATCH RECORD/LEAGUE FINISH: 15-4 overall/4th in Northwest Conference.
  • HOME COURSE: Bluffton Golf Club.
  • RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jordan Siefer, sr.; Drew Wilson, jr.; Carson Krupp, jr.; Sebastian Baker, jr.
  • TOP PROSPECTS: Cole Koenig, fr.; Kenny Lovett, fr.; Micah Minnig, fr.
  • NOTABLE: The Pirates have a solid group of four golfers back and the addition of three solid freshman to keep the program at Bluffton moving forward. There are some big shoes for the Pirates to fill though as state individual qualifier Aaron Belcher graduated last spring.

Carey

  • HEAD COACH: Martin Baker (10th year, 78-46).
  • 2017 DUAL MATCH RECORD/LEAGUE FINISH: 14-0/Northern 10 Conference champs.
  • HOME COURSE: Bob’s Countryside Golf.
  • RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Kole Phillips, jr.; Ethan Tanner, jr., 45.56 average; McKain Miller, jr.; Dylan Grothaus, sr.
  • TOP PROSPECTS: Logan Moyers, sr.; Dustin Souaysanga, sr.; Peyton Young, jr.; Brayden Miller, jr.; Carter Frederick, soph.; Gavon Baker, soph.; Elyse Lortz, fr.
  • NOTABLE: The Blue Devils lost two of the best golfers in the program’s history to graduation in Trey Bame and Marcus Miller. But four letterwinners return, including junior Ethan Tanner, who averaged a 45 last year, as Carey’s golf program tries to continue its upward trajectory.

Columbus Grove

  • HEAD COACH: Travis Gallmaier (11th year).
  • 2017 DUAL MATCH RECORD/LEAGUE FINISH: 16-21/7th in Northwest Conference; 2nd in Putnam County League.
  • HOME COURSE: Country Acres Golf Course.
  • RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jacob Oglesbee, sr.; Owen Macke, jr.; Zac Roberts, jr.; Gabe Verhoff, sr.; Austin Macke, jr., Justin Flanders, soph.
  • TOP PROSPECTS: Kurt Griffith, sr.; Bryce King, sr.; Kyle Schroeder, sr.; Brady Clymer, soph.; Bowan Brubaker, soph.; Nick Wolverton, fr.; Brayden Keck, fr.; Noah Macke, fr.
  • NOTABLE: Looked for a marked improvement for the Bulldogs as Gallmaier returns his top six golfers from last season.

Elmwood

  • HEAD COACH: Eric Poffenbaugh (2nd year).
  • 2017 DUAL MATCH RECORD/LEAGUE FINISH: 5th, Northern Buckeye Conference.
  • HOME COURSE: Birch Run Golf Club.
  • RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Carter Taft, sr., 53.0 average; Mason Greene, sr., 54.0; Austin Minich, sr., 54.0; Paul Meyer, sr., 56.0.
  • TOP PROSPECTS: Not available.
  • NOTABLE: Taft was Elmwood’s No. 4 man in last year’s NBC tournament and is the Royals top returning player from a team that placed fifth in the league tournament. The Royals graduated three all-NBC players from that team, first-teamer Aaron Smith and honorable mention selections Kaeleb Borner and Braden Dauterman.

Fort Jennings

  • HEAD COACH: Todd Hoehn (20th year).
  • 2017 DUAL MATCH RECORD/LEAGUE FINISH: 6th Putnam County League.
  • HOME COURSE: Delphos Country Club.
  • RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Simon Smith, sr.; Lexi Stant, sr.; Colin Young, sr.; Logan Schimmoeller, jr.
  • TOP PROSPECTS: Nick Fields, sr.; Zach Piasecki, sr.; Noah Wittler, jr.; Gavin Schimmoeller, fr.; Joe Klir, fr..
  • NOTABLE: Fort Jennings finished a distant sixth in the PCL tournament a year ago, but will be looking to make a significant jump in the standings with one of the more veteran teams in the league. The Musketeers return their top two players in Smith and Logan Schimmoeller, Young was the No. 6 man on the staff and Stant posted the team’s third-best score in the PCL tournament.

Fostoria

  • HEAD COACH: George Scott Jr. (1st year).
  • 2017 DUAL MATCH RECORD/LEAGUE FINISH: Not available/8th in Northern Buckeye Conference.
  • HOME COURSE: Lakeland Golf Club.
  • RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Trey Groves, sr.; Jacob Counts, sr.
  • TOP PROSPECTS: Blaine Groves, fr.
  • NOTABLE: Scott has taken over a Fostoria program that started last season without enough players for team scoring purposes. The Redmen will be in that situation again with just three golfers to start the season. Trey Groves and Counts do have varsity experience, though.

Kalida

  • HEAD COACH: Ken Schnipke (23rd year).
  • 2017 DUAL MATCH RECORD/LEAGUE FINISH: Not available/Putnam County League champs.
  • HOME COURSE: Country Acres Golf Club.
  • RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Christian Nartker, sr.; Josh Recker, jr.; Alec Edelbrock, jr.; David Peck, jr.; Grace Miller, jr.
  • TOP PROSPECTS: Tyler Unverferth, soph.; Ryan Klausing, fr.; Justin Siebeneck, fr.; Brandt Brinkman, fr.
  • NOTABLE: The Wildcats are coming off a seventh-place showing in last year’s Division III state tournament. Nartker was 16th individually at state last season. Recker and Edelbrock also have state tournament experience.

Lakota

  • HEAD COACH: Ty Ray (4th year).
  • 2017 DUAL MATCH RECORD/LEAGUE FINISH: 13-4/Sandusky Bay Conference River Division champs.
  • HOME COURSE: Sycamore Hills Golf Course.
  • RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Kyleigh Dull, soph., 38.0 average; Colt Dible, jr., 43; Marshall Minnich, jr., 45; Connor Hill, soph., 46; Jayden Bonnell, soph., 48.
  • TOP PROSPECTS: Not available.
  • NOTABLE: The Raiders have a solid core of returning golfers that won the school’s first league title a year ago. Dull was the SBC Player of the year and a first-team all-Ohio selection in the OHSAA girls tournament. Dible and Minnich were second-team all-SBC selections as sophomores.

Miller City

  • HEAD COACH: Todd Pester (2nd year, 13-4).
  • 2017 DUAL MATCH RECORD/LEAGUE FINISH: 13-4/3rd in Putnam County League.
  • HOME COURSE: Pike Run Golf Course.
  • RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Luke Lammers, sr., 39.4 average; Boyd Vance III, sr., 45.0; Stevan Stechschulte, sr., 47.8; T.J. Michel, soph., 52.6; Reid Carr, sr., 60.5.
  • TOP PROSPECTS: Connor Niese, jr.; Lucas Wank, sr.; Dillon Peck, fr.; Brian Wank, fr.
  • NOTABLE: Lammers, an all-district selection last season, should be primed for a strong senior year for the Wildcats. With a solid top three, Miller City will need a couple of other golfers to step up to continue last year’s success.

Mohawk

  • HEAD COACH: Paul Dunn (1st year).
  • 2017 DUAL MATCH RECORD/LEAGUE FINISH: 4-4/5th in Northern 10 Conference.
  • HOME COURSE: Lincoln Hills Golf Course.
  • RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Logan Drum, sr., 46.0 average.
  • TOP PROSPECTS: Kaiden Hammer, sr.; Evan Kuenzli, soph.; Reese Hannam, fr.
  • NOTABLE: Drum ranked 11th in the Northern 10 Conference individual standings last season as Dunn takes the reins of the program from longtime coach Dave Myers.

New Riegel

  • HEAD COACH: Scott Hall (6th year).
  • 2017 DUAL MATCH RECORD/LEAGUE FINISH: 6-7/4th in Sandusky Bay Conference River Division.
  • HOME COURSE: Seneca Hills Golf Course.
  • RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jacob Theis, jr., 48.0 average; Eric Theis, jr., 54.0; Chris Acree, jr., 50.0; Dalton Reinhart, jr., 57.0; Devin Nye jr., 57.0.
  • TOP PROSPECTS: Brandon Seifert, soph.; Ethan Pahl, soph.; Cole Miller, fr.; Carson Whipple, fr.; Sam Whipple, fr.
  • NOTABLE: Hall has five experienced players back, but thinks he has a pair of sophomores and three freshmen that will push his returning juniors for varsity spots. There are no seniors on this year’s roster at New Riegel.

Old Fort

  • HEAD COACH: Matt Combs (12th year).
  • 2017 DUAL MATCH RECORD/LEAGUE FINISH: Not available/5th in Sandusky Bay Conference River Division.
  • HOME COURSE: Green Hills Golf Course.
  • RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Brandon Swartz, sr.; Jarett Woodall, sr.; Carson Steyer, jr.; Kaleb Wilkinson, jr.
  • TOP PROSPECTS: Jack DeRan, jr.; Dre Toy, soph.; Andrew Combs, fr.; Colin Nutter, fr.; Dylan Baker, fr.; Casey Clouse, fr.; Alec King, fr.
  • NOTABLE: Look for two or more freshmen to crack the lineup for the Stockaders this season.

Ottoville

  • HEAD COACH: Jim Brown (15th year, 180-90-1).
  • 2017 DUAL MATCH RECORD/LEAGUE FINISH: 12-13-1/4th in Putnam County League.
  • HOME COURSE: Delphos Country Club.
  • RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Dylan Kemper, sr., 49.0 average; Ethan Geise, sr., 52.0; Zack Knippen, sr., 55.0; Tyler Birr, sr., 61.0; Evan Turnwald, jr., 54.0; Jack Langhals, soph., 61.0.
  • TOP PROSPECTS: Logan Heuerman, soph.; Dru Hilvers, fr.; Carter Schnipke, fr.; Trevor Horstman, jr.
  • NOTABLE: Kemper and Geise help to make a core of four returning seniors for the Big Green this season. Both were second-team all-PCL selections a year ago.

Patrick Henry

  • HEAD COACH: Joe Pennington (4th year, 28-23).
  • 2017 DUAL MATCH RECORD/LEAGUE FINISH: 11-5/4th in Northwest Ohio Athletic League.
  • HOME COURSE: Pike Run Golf Course.
  • RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Kaiden McGraw, sr., district qualifier; James Gerken, sr.; Kenton Shoemaker, sr.; Clay Schwiebert, sr.; David Baden, sr.
  • TOP PROSPECTS: Aidan Breece, jr.; Trey Woods, soph.
  • NOTABLE: McGraw is back as the Patriots’ No. 1 golfer and should be able to compete with the best golfers in the region this season. Gerken was honorable mention all-NWOAL last season and should help to give PH a solid core to be competitive.

Tiffin Calvert

  • HEAD COACH: Joel Ardner (2nd year).
  • 2017 DUAL MATCH RECORD/LEAGUE FINISH: Not available/2nd in Sandusky Bay Conference River Division.
  • HOME COURSE: Seneca Hills Golf Course.
  • RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Dominic Mangiola, sr., 44.0 average; Brayden Thomas, sr., 43; Maddy Brown, sr., 46; Jacob Kin, sr., 48; Will Klepper, sr., 49.
  • TOP PROSPECTS: None.
  • NOTABLE: Tiffin Calvert has just five players, all seniors, but all of them are solid golfers. Brayden Thomas returns after averaging 43.0 strokes per nine holes last season. Brown is a two-time district qualifier in the girls tournament and Ardner thinks she has a shot at qualifying for state in her final try.

Upper Sandusky

  • HEAD COACH: Graham Treadway (12th year, 108-22).
  • 2017 DUAL MATCH RECORD/LEAGUE FINISH: 10-2/3rd in Northern 10 Conference.
  • HOME COURSE: Lincoln Hills Golf Course.
  • RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Trevor Clifford, sr., 42.0 average; Isaiah Washburn, sr., 47.0; Brett Montgomery, jr., 36; Evan Young, jr., 43.
  • TOP PROSPECTS: Benjamin Latham, soph.; Owen Knapp, fr.; Gavin Carey, soph.; Myles Magnusson, soph.; Marshal Magnusson, fr.; Matthew Homburg, fr.; Cameron Vince, fr.
  • NOTABLE: Upper Sandusky looks to be one of the teams to beat in the Northern 10 Conference this season. The Rams have a solid top four players. Montgomery was the N10 Player of the Year as he posted a 36.0 average and finished eighth in the Division II state tournament. Clifford and Young made the all-N10 second team and honorable mention lists a year ago.

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