Eagles off to 7-5 start after two matches

By on August 26, 2015

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The high school golf season kicked off with a Section One/Section Two match Friday at Foxchase. And members of both host schools, Ephrata and Cocalico, made their marks on opening day.

Ephrata’s Matt Kreider got his season off to a blazing start when he fired an even par round of 72 to win low medalist honors for the day in the Section One match. His teammate Mitchel Storb joined Kreider in the 70s as he shot seven-over to end up at 79.

For the day, Ephrata finished with a team total of 331 strokes to go 2-4 on the day. Hempfield (315) was a perfect 6-0, edging Manheim Township (317). Penn Manor was third with 319, followed by Cedar Crest (331), Ephrata, Conestoga Valley (332) and Warwick (344).

“We are a really solid team,” Ephrata Coach Ed Gambler said when asked about the Mounts’ finish. “It’s just that Section One is so good this year. Every team got better. It’s really just so strong this year.”

As for the Mounts’ top man Kreider, who bested runner-up Evan Dissinger (76) of Cedar Crest by four strokes, Gambler said his hard work is starting to pay off.

“Matt is just playing really, really well,” he said. “He’s worked so hard on his game the last few years and is really seeing the results right now. He’s made it clear that he’s obsessed with golf, and he makes no bones about it. He has really worked on it and is really playing well.”

In addition to Kreider and Storb, Chase Weik and Lauren Moyer rounded out the Ephrata lineup with scores of 88 and 92 respectively.

“Mitchel’s been right around 80 pretty much every round he’s played,” Gambler said. “He’s improved steadily every year and seems to be very consistent this year. Chase has made big strides since last year. He’s not quite as consistent as the other two but he has good rounds in him. There is no doubt about that. And Lauren is just steady as can be. She’s very consistent, right around 90.”

Playing in a section with the likes of powerhouses Hempfield and Township, the Mounts will need continued good play in order to make a climb in the standings.

Gambler was asked his expectations for this season.

“I’d like to see us average better than last year, which means we would have improved as a team,” he said. “I’d like to get several kids into Districts again this year, which we hadn’t done for a while until last year. We got two boys and a girl in last year and hopefully this year we can do at least that well. And the other good measuring stick for us as a team is the league tournament. Last year I think we finished fifth in the league, which is basically where we finished in the section. The league tournament is where you can really stack yourself up against everybody, and I always look forward to that match to see where we stand.”

While Ephrata turned in a pretty solid day on the links Friday, in the Section Two match, Cocalico had three of its top four golfers finish in the 80s. Dan Fieger led the way with an 80, while Drew Sawyer (84) and Colby Martin (87) also broke 90 for the Eagles.

Cocalico went 4-2 on the day in the Section Two match, finishing with a team score of 347. Lampeter-Strasburg was a perfect 6-0 with a team score of 344, edging Solanco (346), which placed just above the Eagles, who won a tiebreaker for third with E-town (347). Garden Spot (390), Manheim Central (401) and Lebanon rounded out the bottom

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