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8/15/2012 10:10:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
RHHS golfers under direction of new coach
BRIDGEPORT - New Red Hill High School golf coach Ryan Cox says that despite having no seniors on the roster, the Salukis will have "a nice mix" of players for the upcoming season.

The roster features two girls and seven boys, including four juniors, three sophomores and a pair of freshmen.

"We have a couple of key players who took part in some tournaments this summer and did great," Cox said. "We have a few players returning to the program, some who haven't played since their freshman year, but have improved with age and practice. And we have a few who are playing for the first time and we need to see how they develop."

Cox has big expectations for freshman Zach Breault, who will likely be the team's No. 1 player.

"He has a good chance (to advance in post-season), and he's just a freshman," said the coach. "If he doesn't do it this year, then he will the following year. He's going to have a really good career."

Likewise, sophomore Morgan Tewell returns after qualifying for the sectional meet last year. She'll be a key player for the RHHS boys team during the regular season, before competing against girls at the Little Illini Conference meet and during the post-season.

"I see her doing nothing but getting better," said Cox. "She's got a very competitive attitude and puts her best foot forward every time she goes out on the course. I expect great things from her the next three years."

Junior Taylor Heath is the other girl player for the Salukis. Andrew Buchanan, Trey Aguirre and Matthew Paddick are juniors on the boys squad, all of whom are expected to compete for a varsity spot.

Sophomores out for the squad are returnees Austin Hawkins and Jacob Abell, while freshman Jacob Tabler also hopes to contribute.

"Basically, we're working on fundamentals and consistency," Cox said of the preseason practices. "We have a couple who can really go for big things this season, but for most of them - like everything in golf - we're trying to get them to do it consistently."

Now a third-year social studies teacher at the school, Cox is happy to lead the program after being a player for former coach Kent Ingrum.

As coach, he says, there's only one main goal.

"I want everyone's scores to go down," he said. "That's the main thing."

The Salukis were slated to host Casey in a dual Tuesday at Lawrence County Country Club. However, since the greens at LCCC are being aerated, the course will be closed. Therefore, the Salukis will be traveling to Casey for the competition. They will travel to Flora Thursday, along with Lawrenceville.



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