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Jase Bauer discusses what including Arland Bruce IV means for Ankeny’s offense
Jase Bauer discusses what including Arland Bruce IV means for Ankeny’s offense.
For the primary time because the faculties break up into two in 2013, each Ankeny Excessive and Ankeny Centennial boys’ golf groups clashed within the state match.
Ankeny positioned fifth within the meet, taking pictures 638 for the weekend. Centennial, competing in back-to-back state meets, tied for tenth with 675 strokes.
“That is the primary time we’ve made it again to state as a group,” Ankeny head coach Mike Weddingfeld stated. “We’ve had people through the years because the break up from Ankeny into Ankeny Excessive and Ankeny Centennial. This type of provides us a stepping stone to the place we’re getting again to the place we have been earlier than the break up.”
Ankeny senior Hunter Johnson positioned fourth on the Des Moines Golf and Nation Membership, the very best end individually from both faculty within the 2020 meet. Johnson shot a 76 on Oct. 9 and a 74 on Oct. 10.
Johnson, in addition to the remainder of the golfers from all faculties, battled a windy first day of competitors. Moreover, the golfers maneuvered quick greens — one thing Ankeny isn’t used to, in accordance with Weddingfeld.
However regardless of the obstacles, Johnson succeeded, which didn’t come as a shock to his coach.
“Hunter’s a kind of guys the place he at all times works exhausting,” Weddingfeld stated. “He’s been enjoying aggressive golf for a lot of years now and performed in different tournaments over the summer time, so he’s used to the stress. Certainly one of his large objectives was to try to win a state match individually and for the group. Going on the market figuring out that is your final shot, it places a variety of stress on you… You need to keep in and maintain battling. That’s one factor that each one my guys did, however particularly Hunter. He doesn’t hand over.”
Ankeny senior Ty Roghair (160) tied for twentieth, senior Dylan Taylor (164) tied for twenty ninth, senior Corbin Walker (166) tied for thirty sixth, senior Joey Newton (170) tied for forty seventh, and sophomore Karson Wehde (175) tied for 62nd.
In the meantime, Centennial’s Jack Winkel paced the Jaguars. The junior tied for twenty ninth with a 164 on the weekend.
Lawson Hachmeister adopted shut behind, tying for thirty second together with his 165. Junior Kellen Welsch (172) tied for fifty fifth after enhancing by six strokes on day two, and senior Jack Benkufsky and junior Ethan King each tied for 66th, taking pictures 177. Senior Jonathan Saddoris (179) rounded out Centennial’s scoring, tying for 73rd.
There’s loads of optimism surrounding the Jaguar program, as 4 of the six golfers from state return. Mix Centennial’s stable end to finish the 12 months with its deep returning group, and a 3rd straight state match berth isn’t out of the query.
Ankeny Excessive is a little bit of a distinct story, although, because the Hawks return simply Wehde from the six golfers that competed within the state match. The opposite 5 graduate within the spring.
The senior group, arguably the strongest Ankeny’s had since the highschool break up in 2013, confirmed the underclassmen what it takes to compete at a excessive degree. Weddingfeld stated there have been loads of practices the place he had a tough time getting the seniors to go residence from the golf course, and he hopes the underclassmen took notes.
“I feel it provides us a very good tradition to construct on for the years going ahead with our younger children, seeing how exhausting they work at follow day in and time out,” Weddingfeld stated. “What it actually takes to achieve success in 4A golf is you want a very stable group, not only one or two good gamers.”
Adam Hensley is a contract journalist who writes our sports activities notebooks for the Ankeny Press Citizen, the Altoona Press Herald, and the Indianola Report Herald. For extra content material, you’ll be able to comply with him on Twitter @A_Hens83.