TENNIS: Four state veterans will pace Trojans on the links

Coach Scott O?Hare feels he has at least a 67 percent chance to make this season a success.

Coming off a very successful season, the Hillsboro High School golf team returns two-thirds of last year?s six-member varsity team which won the league, the regional meet and finished fourth at state.

Ryan Bina and Joe Woods, his top guns from last year, are gone. The Trojans? leading returner will be their only senior, Grant Wiens.

?I look for Grant to be the leader of this team,? O?Hare said. ?He?s played for three years now.?

Joining Wiens from last season?s team are juniors Chuck Bina and Phillip Thiessen and sophomore Adam Woods.

Expected to step up is junior Jordan Plett, who O?Hare said will give the team depth and could place among the top four scores in some meets this season.

At most meets, the top four scores are taken from each team of six golfers.

With 16 hopefuls on the team this season, O?Hare has added Darrel Kohlman to his staff as an assistant coach to help bring along the younger players.

?It will be nice to have another person out there,? O?Hare said. ?Right now, I?ve been spending a lot of time with some of the younger players to help get them started, but then I don?t spend as much time as I need to with the varsity. This is going to benefit the whole team. Everyone will get more attention.?

The Trojans team includes one senior, four juniors and 11 freshmen and sophomores. O?Hare will also be looking for an underclassman to fill a varsity role this season.

?Right now, it?s wide open,? he said. ?But I want to see somebody step in there and do well for us.?

O?Hare said Hillsboro will again compete in a tough league.

?Collegiate will be right up there again,? he said. ?We beat them at regionals last year, but they came back and won the state tournament. They are going to be tough.?

O?Hare also cited Lyons, Ellinwood and Hesston as being top MCAA foes this season.

?But I also think we will be right there with those teams,? he said. ?We have a good core of players back. I think we will remain competitive if we get consistent play from our top four or five golfers.?

The Trojans have a tough schedule this season with meets at Hidden Lakes golf course hosted by Wichita Collegiate and at Cherry Oaks golf course hosted by Cheney.

Hillsboro travels to Ellinwood May 8 for the MCAA league meet, but will host a regional tournament.

?I think I?m being very realistic when I say that this will probably be the toughest regional in the state,? O?Hare said. ?We have Hesston, Collegiate, Medicine Lodge and Cheney.

?All of those teams are going to be very solid,? he added. ?Those are all good teams, so it?s going to be tough.?

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