EHS golfers set sights on state

Photo by Kim Lamb First year senior golfer Tim Gilbert launches a ball toward the first tee during practice at the Alpine Meadows Golf Course in Enterprise. Teammates James Huffman (left) and Kelsey Lukens give moral support as they stay dry beneath their umbrellas.

The Enterprise boys golf program should be in the hunt for a state title this season according to EHS coach Mike Crawford. "We have 14 boys turning out this year, 11 of which are returning from last season," Crawford said. "We have good depth that will create competition and better players," he added.

This will be the fifth year that EHS has competed at the 2A level in golf. The Red and Black have won the district title at 2A for the past four year and have captured the 2A state championship for three years, 1999-2001.

Four returning players have varsity experience from last years squad. Seniors Grady Rawls and Kevin Gomes plus juniors Nathan Slinker and Derek Huff should supply strength and leadership to the team. Other returning golfers for Enterprise include, seniors Kelsey Lukens, Wayne Polumski, Marcus Bridges and James Huffman. Senior Tim Gilbert will also hit the fairway for his first year of team play. Sophomores Jake Thompson and Andy Marcum played on the JV squad last season and should add valuable experience. Rounding out the team are freshmen Payton Steinbeck, Cole Phinney and Jake Vanderzanden.

Three girls will return with varsity experience for the Enterprise girls. Senior Tera Phinney and sophomores Kayla Miller and Kayla Stoffel will head up a seven girl roster for EHS. Stoffel also had state experience last year. "As far as our district is concerned, we are the team to beat," Crawford said. Senior Lacey Nobles and freshmen Jessica Marcum, Anna Beaudoin and Alysha Huffman make up the remainder of the EHS squad.

Wallowa coach Marvin Gibbs wasn't sure of the Cougars lineup at press time but should have a better idea after spring break.

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