Coach Gustafson has left the Bureau Valley Storm golf program, but another coach Gustafson has taken over.
Jack Gustafson succeeds his son, Dan, as the Storm’s new head coach. They worked together for six years with Jack as the assistant to his son, quite the unique situation.
“I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed the past six years working with Dan. I am looking forward to being the head coach this year and will miss sharing a golf cart with Dan.
While father knows best in television, Jack said he learned a lot from his son, who departed the BV District to teach fourth grade at Waltham in North Utica.
“I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to coach with him, and I hope to carry on his hard work with the Bureau Valley golf program,” Gustafson said.
The new Storm coach will find a cast of familiar faces as BV returns all of its golfers from last year. In all, BV has 18 boys competing for spots on JV and varsity, so it should be very competitive, Gustafson said.
“Coach Dave Lind and I have met with our kids a few times this summer making sure they get a little playing time in before the season begins. We return all our golfers from last year which has us excited with the experience we bring into this season,” Gustafson said.
Senior Spencer Marquez was an All-BCR First Team pick, leading the Storm last year with a 42 average. Classmates Colton Novotny, Ian Carl and Garret Pistole all return as team leaders. They will be joined by two juniors, Corbin Walsh and Allen Kerber, along with sophomore Trent DeVenney, who also put in some time on varsity last year.
Senior Ben Jackson and Kolton Church, junior Elijah Lind and sophomore Reider Pistole also return with freshmen Jackson Lind, Jonathon Peters, Dane DeSplinter, Nickolas Bosch and Jonah Johnson rounding out the squad.
The Storm will face host Hall at Spring Creek in Spring Valley Wednesday for their first match.
The Red Devils are going to have some growing pains at Hall this year, having lost four seniors to graduation with no incoming seniors to replace them.
“We are a very young team with lots of room to grow. This is definitely a ‘rebuilding year’ for us,” second year coach Mason Kimberley said.
Junior Chance Resetich, who also plays basketball and baseball, takes over at as the No. 1 golfer in just his second year on the links. Kimberley said even though has only been playing golf for one year, “his athleticism and ability to be a quick learner has helped him develop his golf skills at a very rapid rate.”
Resetich will be joined on the varsity roster by classmates Wyatt Clepper, Conner Ripka and Conner Flanagan, sophomore Nathaniel Mrowicki and freshman Christian Brockman.
Underclassmen include sophomore Nathaniel Mrowicki, Bobby Groleau and Luke Volkert.
The Red Devils head to the Baker Park links in Kewanee Monday.
The Tigers return four of their Top 7 players, while bringing in a strong freshmen class of eight golfers. They will have a new No. 1 golfer as two-time BCR Golfer of the Year Colby Robbins has graduated.
Top returners are seniors Conner Alter (45.1 in 2016), Dillon Wright (46.7), Billy Carr (47.6) and Ian Legner (47.1 in 2016).
Top newcomers are Keaton Burress, a senior transfer, sophomore Caleb Alter, and freshmen Dylan Gross and Trent Kloepping.
Rounding out the squad are juniors Austyn Briddick, Michael Kramer and Braden Murfin, sophomores Jordan Eggers, Quinten White and Zachery White, and freshmen Andrew Bartolucci, Nolan Doran, Chase Foster, Branden Reed, Nolan Scot and Eli Strawn.
Coach Will Gross said he’s been very happy with the team’s progression and competitiveness in the preseason.
“The boys have come into the season much improved from a year ago and are focused on improving each and every day,” he said. “That is what it will take for us to be an even stronger competitive team from top to bottom, and I look forward to putting them into action. We have a solid group of seniors to lead and share experiences with all of the new faces to the team this season.”
The Tigers will tee off the season at Edgewood Park Golf Club in McNabb Monday against host PC and make their home debut Tuesday vs. Newman.
The Bruins are blessed with two returning First Team All-BCR golfers in senior Peyton Pyszka (42) and junior John Potthoff (41). Pyszka is a three-time sectional qualifier.
The Bruins’ line-up rounds out with senior Rory Dirks, who has two-year varsity experience, freshman Nathan Potthoff and juniors Seth Ludford and Dylan Grammer.
Remaining squad members include junior Jack Line, sophomores Eric Dudek and Ben Morrow, and freshmen Nathan Carlson, Owen Espel, Fredrick Fess, Nicholas Pearse and Matthew Rich.
The Bruins will take on rival L-P at Spring Creek Tuesday.
Numbers are up in the Clippers camp after only fielding five last year. Top returner is Caleb Sarff, a senior from LaMoille, who missed advancing to state by two shots last year. He was also first team all conference and placed fifth in the conference tournament.
The Clippers travel to Mt. Morris Tuesday.
The Panthers placed seventh in the IHSA 1A State Golf Meet last year and bring back their top two state scorers in senior Caleb Dzierzynski and sophomore Ian Roach. Ryan Harvey has taken over as interim coach following the resignation of Josh Nauman as head coach.
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