School Name: Caesar Rodney
Head coach: John Newman
2013 record: 15-1
Key returning impact players: Matt Rosal, Michael Clavier, Jack Dixon, Kyle Hoover, John Jerome Mangubat, Jordan Shuba
Key newcomers: Garrett Dixon, Brady Klecan, Devin Sanders, Kyle Satterfield, Ross Smith, Kamren Tinsley
Season outlook: The Caesar Rodney Riders’ golf team has become a perennial powerhouse thanks to a deep and talented roster. Entering the 2014 season, the Riders come in as defending Henlopen Conference and State champions with aspirations of keeping both crowns. The Riders topped every school in the state in last year’s state championships, led by strong group many of whom are returning to the fold this year. While CR will lose graduate Samantha Leite who placed third overall in last year’s states, the Riders have plenty of returning talent. Jerome Mangubat who placed fifth overall in states and Matt Rosal who placed ninth both return as the unquestioned leaders in 2014. With the return of Michael Clavier, Jack Dixon, Kyle Hoover and Jordan Shuba along with the addition of senior Garrett Dixon, junior Kamren Tinsely, sophomore Ross Smith and freshmen Brady Klecan, Devin Sanders, and Kyle Satterfield, the Riders will once again find themselves in the state championship conversation.
School Name: Dover
Head coach: Robert Clark
2013 record: 11-3
Key returning impact players: Brandon Hennessy, Scott Purcell, James Barker, Ryan Rodriguez
Key newcomers: Will Seymore, Wyatt Thurman, Brady Stoops, Andrew Glasser, Kyle Potter
Season outlook: After an impressive 11-3 season last year, the Dover Senators’ golf squad looks to build on their success with a nice mixture of seniors and up and coming underclassmen. The Senators lose graduate Bradley Glascock who shot a 177 at last year’s state championships, but Dover has plenty of golfers ready to fill his shoes. Senior Brandon Hennessy is just one of the golfers looking to build off a strong 2013 season after shooting a 183 in last year’s state championship. Along with Hennessy, the Senators have a total of five seniors on the club this season including James Barker, Scott Purcell, Ryan Rodriguez, and newcomer Will Seymore. With some strong senior leadership, the Senators are hoping it can rub off on some of the new talent joining the fold. While the Senators may see it as a rebuilding year of sorts, they should compete with Caesar Rodney for the Henlopen crown and have enough fire-power to make some noise in the state championships.
Coach’s quote: “Dover is in a bit of a rebuilding year but we have some good young talent that I look forward to working with over the next four years. As always, Dover is looking to be competitive in the Henlopen Conference and qualify for States.”
School Name: Polytech
Head coach: Steve Yiengst
2013 record: 13-2
Key returning impact players: Cameron Glanden
Key newcomers: Matthew Cecchett, Dylan Handley, Daniel Godwin, John Riggins
Season outlook: After posting a 13-2 record last season, the Polytech Panthers’ golf team enters the 2014 season with a much smaller and youthful group of golfers. Polytech will be without James Hamner and Jacob Hosfelt who were both top finishers in last year’s state championships. The Panthers will be led by returning junior Cameron Glanden, and a host of newcomers. Juniors Dylan Handley and Daniel Godwin, along with sophomores Matthew Cecchett and John Riggins hope to make some noise for Polytech in their first year with the squad. While the Panthers don’t have the kind of experience a Caesar Rodney or Dover may have, they should be able to compete with the top teams in the conference this season.
Coach’s quote: “We look to be competitive and have fun. I am just looking for improvement from every player this year.”
School Name: Lake Forest
Head coach: Michael Sipes
2013 record: 1-11
Key returning impact players: Zackery Powell, Frank Kent
Key newcomers: Kyle Longnany, Pierce Clifton
Season outlook: After a tough 1-11 season last year, the Lake Forest Spartans are looking to bounce back and get their golf program back on the right track in 2014. The Spartans fielded a fairly young squad last season but enter this season with a large group of seniors hoping to lead the way to some success this season. Senior returnees Zackery Powell and Frank Kent will lead the way for the Spartans alongside fellow seniors Kevin Forry, Dakota Wilds, and Sebastian Wolford. The Spartans also boast a deeper group of underclassmen this season and are hoping to see some contributions from sophomores Kyle Longnany and Pierce Clifton. While it’s not likely that the Spartans will challenge the top teams in the conference like Caesar Rodney or Dover, the goal this season may be to grow their younger talent for the future.
Coach’s quote: “(We) have a lot of senior leadership and experience, hoping to turn that into a few more wins this season. Also, hoping to get experience for our younger players to groom them for the future.”
School Name: St. Thomas More
Head coach: Dave Lonchar
2013 record: 2-11
Key returning impact players: Hayden Maupin, Ezra Rudinoff
Key newcomers: Tyler Allen, Tevin Brown, Daniel Garzarella, Katarina Ibach, Luc LeBlanc, Naomi Ortiz, Earl Schandelmeier, Patrick Stancliff
Season outlook: After a 2-11 season last year the St. Thomas More Ravens enter the 2014 season with a lot of changes. The Ravens return just two golfers from last year’s squad, standouts Hayden Maupin and Ezra Rudinoff. St. Thomas More will be a young team this season, featuring just two seniors, Maupin and newcomer Luc LeBlanc. Other newcomers include juniors Tyler Allen, Tevin Brown, Daniel Garzarella, Earl Schandelmeier and Patrick Stancliff. The Ravens will look to groom their younger underclassmen that are new to the fold in Katarina Ibach and Naomi Ortiz. While there is bound to be some growing pains for this young team, the Ravens have plenty of young talent whose games can grow over this season.