With only two weeks left in our regular season, my teammates and I are looking to make one final push — something we’ve been able to do for the past three years. We’ve overcome so many challenges so far this year with bad weather and shortened matches, so we’re excited and ready for whatever these last two weeks throw at us.
One major challenge we’ve yet to overcome in my Trinity golf career is bouncing back from losses. In my first three years we went 100-2. My freshman year we only lost once, sophomore year we didn’t lose at all and last year we lost once.
This year is different though.
In our last match we went 4-2, something none of us have ever experienced before. We fought hard through the wind and rain, but fell just short of East Pennsboro and Palmyra. However, my teammates and I won’t let this stop us from continuing our great run and we believe we’ll be able to bounce back this week.
This week is crucial for us. With Palmyra chasing us in second, our matches this week could give us some separation or just make the race for a division championship even tighter.
My teammates and I worked hard during this off-week to prepare for the final stretch of the season and we believe we’ll be able to get the job done.
After a month of hard work and dedication, the final week of golf’s regular season is here.
We’ve had success so far this season and we’re hoping to finish it off this week. It’s been a total team effort up to this point, and for us to finish off the season right we need everyone to play their roles again.
After a perfect 12-0 week last week we’ve put ourselves in great position to win our fourth consecutive Mid-Penn Capital Championship. With only two matches left we’re in first place, four wins ahead of Palmyra.
We didn’t get here with just our starting lineup though. We’ve had contributions from every member of the team this year. Our starting lineup has been solid all year. The experienced members of the team have been great leaders and role models for our younger kids and I believe that is why we’ve had so much success this year, considering two starters from last year graduated.
However, it hasn’t only been our starting lineup. The rest of our team, even the members who haven’t cracked the starting lineup yet, have contributed just as much as the starters. In our practices the starters are playing to maintain the starting spots, while the other members of the team are playing to take a starting spot.
When the other members of the team play well, it forces our starters to try and play even better. I believe this is the reason for our success. Without every member of the team, we wouldn’t be in the position that we are now.
The postseason is finally here! On Monday the top golfers in the Mid-Penn Conference will tee it up in the Mid-Penn Tournament at Dauphin Highlands Golf Course. Some individuals will be playing to give their team a chance to advance to districts, some individuals will be playing to advance to districts individually, and some will be playing to do both.
For me and three of my teammates, we will be playing to advance to districts individually. Since we’re Class 2A, and the only other 2A golf schools in the Mid-Penn are in our division, we automatically qualified for team districts after we won our division last week.
I am hoping to give my teammates some comfort heading into tomorrow. I have had experience before in the Mid-Penn tournament. However, my teammates — Jack Penwell, Luke Stoey and Michael Brown — are making their first appearances in this tournament. Even though I want to win and qualify for individual districts, I also want my teammates to succeed and move on to districts as well. They’ve worked hard all season for our team, and they deserve it.
My teammates and I feel very prepared for this tournament. We played practice rounds at Dauphin Highlands this weekend to get used to the course. The course is in great shape, maybe the best I’ve ever seen it in. It’s set up for us to play well and, hopefully, we’ll all be able to do that.
As Mid-Penn week comes to a close, district week begins. Golfers moving on to the District 3 Championships are thinking about their rounds from the Mid-Penn tournament. They’re pulling out the positives to bring along to districts, and they’re also pulling out the negatives to figure out what they need to work on.
I personally thought I had a very successful Mid-Penn Tournament. According to my coach, my second place finish was the best finish Trinity has ever had in the Mid-Penn Tournament.
My game really came together last week. I thought my putting was what really kept me in contention. I made most (if not all) of my putts inside five feet, and I also knocked down a few from outside that range, including two birdies.
I also hit my driver better than I have all year. Hitting eleven out of fourteen fairways allowed me to put myself in position to hit greens and get inside that five foot range that I was comfortable with. It’s very easy to hit errant shots from the rough, so being able to drive the ball straight was a major key to my round.
As I look ahead to this week I’m hoping to just keep hitting the ball how I have been. The district course (Briarwood) is a little longer than Dauphin Highlands, so I believe if I can hit solid shots and knock down a few putts, I’ll be able to put together two more rounds that will be good enough to move on to regionals. The competition will only get better and better from here on out, so there’s no room to make mistakes.
This past week’s district tournament was by far my best one in my four years, both from a team and individual standpoint.
Starting on Wednesday, my team and I headed down to Briarwood knowing we had a shot this year. We knew that if we all played to our potential, we could come back home with a district championship. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to pull it together. However, we were proud of our performance. Our fourth place finish was the best finish we’ve had as a team in my high school career. Our main goal was to improve individually and that’s exactly what we did.
After a day of light practice on Thursday, four of my teammates and I got back in the van to head back down to Briarwood on Friday for the individual tournament. None of us really played that well and I was the only one to make the cut. I was happy that I made the cut, but I also wanted my teammates to join me on Saturday, so I was bummed out that they didn’t make it.
Saturday was a completely different day. With winds at a constant 10-15 miles per hour, I knew scores would be higher and that a round in the high 70’s would be good enough to move on to regionals. I was able to play through the wind and take advantage of the downwind holes to shoot 74 and finish in second place.
Looking ahead to regionals at Golden Oaks next Monday, I believe I have a good chance to play well. My game started to come together nicely this past weekend and I’ll need to keep that up to move on to states. I haven’t made it this far before, so I’m excited for what’s coming. After a practice round sometime next weekend, I think I’ll be ready to get myself into one of those top 14 spots and continue on into states.
Looking back, four years ago feels like a long time, when it’s actually only 26 regular-season matches. Coming into my freshman year I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know how good I would be compared to my teammates and the competition. I didn’t know if I would ever be good enough to play in the starting lineup. I didn’t know if I would ever be good enough to play in the postseason.
I’ve come a long way since then. Every year I made my goals and my expectations higher than the previous year. Looking back at this year, I think I definitely reached my goals coming in, but fell just short of my goal in the end.
Initially, I wanted to at least contend for a spot in the top eight in districts to move on to regionals, so finishing second in the district was a huge accomplishment for me. I was very proud of the way I played, but I knew that I still had more in me.
When talking to other players and coaches about regionals, I knew I had a really good chance to play well. I knew I could finish in the top 14 and move onto states. So now I had a new goal: contending for the top 14.
Unfortunately, my performance at regionals wasn’t as good as it needed to be. Cold and windy conditions made it tough for many players in the field, and I happened to be one of them. It was tough to strike the ball consistently, and it was even tougher to stay focused mentally.
I was really disappointed with my finish, but still proud of the season and career I had: four Mid-Penn Class 2A titles with one overall runner-up, four District 3 2A appearances with one runner-up, and an Class 2A Regional appearance.
I want to thank my teammates, coaches, friends and parents for being there throughout my career and pushing to me to accomplish what I did.
As the golf season comes to a close, a new season opens up. The cold, wet weather brings everyone inside for another basketball season. It’s time to put the clubs in the basement and lace up to hit the floor.
My experience on the Trinity basketball team has been great. We’ve had three great years of fun, close teams and outstanding accomplishments. This year we’re hoping to keep that going. We’re out to set a new school record this year: most consecutive district championships. We’ve already won four straight twice, but now it’s time to make it five.
We lost some key seniors last year. They were all great on both sides of the ball, making us tough to beat. However, I think we’re all ready to step up and fill those roles.
I believe we have a good shot at going out and getting a fifth consecutive district championship this year. We’ve been working really hard this offseason, both in the gym and in the weight room. We’re very close on and off the floor and I think this chemistry and bond between us will push us forward to go out and have the success that we’ve had in recent years.
We had a very good summer league and we’ve been playing well in the scrimmages that we’ve had so far. The anticipation for early December is building and it couldn’t come soon enough.
At every level of every sport there are fans. It doesn’t matter if it’s golf, football or tennis, and it doesn’t matter if it’s youth, high school, college or professional — every level of every sport has fans.
As I sit here watching an intense football game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, I wonder why all the people at this game are so into their team. I am confused as to why I’m even intrigued by this game, since I don’t like either one of these teams.
At Trinity basketball and football games, there are many fans who cheer for us even though they didn’t go to Trinity or don’t have any relatives who go to or play for Trinity. Why are they so into the game and the team?
I’ve played in many games and I’ve also attended many games. There are certain teams that I love and there are certain teams that I strongly dislike. I believe the real reason we love sports is because of the impact it has on people. It brings fans together to support the team they love. No matter how old they are or what they’re like, it brings people together. It unites the fans with the team and is an important part of why teams play.
At Trinity we love our fans and we feed off their support and energy in every game we play. We give all we have every time we play and we know our fans will be behind us, no matter the outcome.