The Archbold golf team has had a very successful run recently. They have won Northwest Ohio Athletic League titles in each of the past three seasons, and last season they added a district title and an eighth place finish at state.
The Bluestreaks have five returning letter winners to help carry on the winning tradition in 2018.
“With so many returning from last season I think we have a chance to repeat the success from last year,” said seventh-year head coach Mike Rosebrook. “I know this is a hardworking group, can’t wait to see it unfold.”
Back for the Streaks are AJ Mahnke (honorable mention All-NWOAL), Mitch Grosjean (first team All-NWOAL), Kreighton Sims (honorable mention All-NWOAL), Kade Kern (second team All-NWOAL, honorable mention all-district) and Reese Knapp.
They will be looking to replace the production left behind by Brandon Miller (NWOAL POY, first team all-district) and Trevor Rupp (first team All-NWOAL, first team all-district).
“The experience we gained in the postseason the last two years should be a big factor,” said Rosebrook. “We have a bunch of guys who learned how to rise to the occasion. Their work ethic is high too.”
The Streaks have some newcomers who will add to an already deep team.
“Drew Mccarty is a junior who has been working very hard. Putting up good numbers early this season,” said Rosebrook of the newcomers. “Kobe Kennedy, (a) sophomore, will be playing frequently, has a great swing, and is good with a wedge.”
But, as with any team, there is always room for improvement. The Streaks are no different says Rosebrook.
“I saw a few things last year that I knew I should focus on as far as coaching goes,” he said. “Missing the green with wedges and club selection mainly. Short holes where precision is more important than a long drive is something we need to focus on.”
Along with his team, he sees two other suitors vying for the league crown. “I remember watching the Patrick Henry team last year and thinking they would be solid this coming season. Bryan: Case Hartman could shoot par any day leading them to (a) good chance too,” said Rosebrook of the NWOAL race.
Strong numbers for Archbold girls
Archbold is fielding a girls golf team for the second straight season.
“We have 10 girls this year after our inaugural season last year when we had four,” said girls coach Kevin Miller. “We could have someone different playing every week depending on who is hitting it well at the time.”
Returning for the Streaks are Andee Grime, Josee Grime, and Erika Wyse. They also have newcomers Gabby Cox, a transfer from Montpelier; Kennedy Miller; and Lucia Rodriguez.
In just the program’s second year of existence, experience is something that will need to be gained with this group. “We are trying hard to get as many matches in as possible,” explained Miller.
If the girls do gain the necessary experience, coach Miller looks for them to improve dramatically by season’s end.
“I expect this team to drop scores quickly just by being out there every day,” he said. “By sectionals I think they will be pretty sharp.”
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010