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8/21/2013 10:10:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
High school golf preview
Four solid scores, a little help will propel LHS
LAWRENCEVILLE - Four scores of 40 or better usually means success for a high school golf team.

Fifth-year Lawrenceville High School coach Dave Berry feels like he has a core of players who are capable of posting such numbers, plus a host of younger players who may be able to help.

Senior Hoa Bobe is back, as are juniors Austin DeLoriea and Jeffrey Baxter. Senior Jeffery Metz has also returned to the team, completing a foursome that shot 159 in a practice round earlier this week.

"Our top four are pretty interchangeable," said Berry, "They all work hard. They're dedicated and want to play."

Freshmen Seth Hatfield and Chase Shick are expected to challenge for one of the other two varsity spots. Three more freshmen, Seth Croslow, Oliver Large and Hunter Stallings, also hope to make an impact as does sophomore Alfonso Palazzolo, who has cut about 20 strokes off his score from a year ago.

Two girls, junior Elizabeth Theriac and freshman Madison Bobe, round out the team. Berry says they'll play only against other girls in the regular season, with the emphasis being on preparing for the Little Illini Conference tournament and the regional at the end of the season.

Berry says the Indians' main competition will be themselves, along with the golf courses they play.

"I think with our top four golfers, I'd like to get to where we're shooting 153 to 155 as a team," he said. "If we can get there, we have a shot to win the Little Illini (tournament) and qualify out of the regional as a team."

The coach stresses that if the team consistently shoots in the mid-150s, he will consider the season a success.

"If we can shoot that well, things will take care of themselves," said Berry, who noted that a score of 162 was last season's best. "If some other school shots 154 and we shoot 155, I can live with that."

The Indians will open the season Thursday, when they'll travel with Red Hill to play Flora on the course at Charley Brown Park.


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