2018-06-21 / Sports

Hursey headlines Track/Golf Dream Team

by Grant McPherson
of the Enterprise staff

Leelanau County is full of talented golfers and runners, but these eight athletes shined this year for their respective teams.

Thomas Hursey led Suttons Bay with a strong senior season, and possibly the best round of golf on day one of the state finals. Suttons Bay finished in sixth place overall as a team.

“My senior season went the way I wanted it to go,” he said. “The level of competitiveness on the team was really great. It really kept me enjoying being on the team.”

Parker LaPointe transferred to Suttons Bay and was able to contend at the top near Hursey. With only one year on the team, LaPointe still made an impact on the team said his teammates pushed him to be his best.

“This season was a real success,” Hursey said. “We were hoping to do a little better at states, but a lot of the guys on the team grew.”

Nate Ball led the way for Leland, as they also made the trip to state finals. Leland finished in the top 10 at finals.

“They (Suttons Bay) played really well this year,” Ball said. “I was happy to see them do so well this year.”

Peyton McDonough and Glen Lake golf missed out on the finals, but still had a strong season behind him.

McDonough led the Lakers in nearly every match, and was someone that head coach Lee Houtteman said he really enjoyed having on the team.

“He’s been my captain for the past few years,” Houtteman said. “He set the tone for the team, and always took time thank everyone after, which was really great to see in my leader for the team.”

Savannah Peplinski and Sam Garvin helped the Glen Lake girls track team send the most Glen Lake runners overall to states. Peplinski said her season was a real success, and was able to accomplish her set goals. Garvin was a big help in the relay teams, and ran in the 100 meter race during the season as well.

Peplinski competed in the 200 meter, 400 meter and a few relay races, and Garvin competed on the relay teams with Peplinski. Garvin also competed in the 100 meter race.

“My season went really well,” Savannah Peplinski said. “I placed well in my 400, and I was proud with what I did overall.”

Josh Sterzer performed very well all season, and helped Glen Lake to a strong finish in the state meet.

Sterzer competed in the 200 meter race, and was part of several relay teams. He had a strong season for the Lakers, as he finished off his senior campaign with a strong year.

Hanna Grant, who ran for Suttons Bay but attended St. Mary, was the lone Norse to qualify for the state meet. Grant competed in the 1600 meter and the 3200 meter races.

She traveled to the state meet with her coaches and her parents, and was able to perform really well for Suttons Bay in her events.

Head coach Jim Harrelson said that Grant had one of the strongest work ethics for a runner, both in athletics and the classroom.

“She does things just the way they are supposed to be done,” Harrelson said. “She is a strong individual, both in academics and athletics.”

Nate Ball

Team: Leland
Grade: Junior
Sport: Golfer
Parents: Lilia and Clayton Ball
Rival: Suttons Bay

Memorable moment: Winning the conference-championship match

By the numbers: Ball has finished in the top 10 overall as an individual more and more each this year. He finished in third place overall at the Northwest Conference Championship match, as he shot a 73.

Coach’s comment: (Nate Sneed) “Nate Ball is only scratching the surface in terms of his potential. The most physically gifted golfer I’ve ever been around, including my brother Joel.”

Sam Garvin

Team: Glen Lake
Grade: Sophomore
Sport: Track
Parents: Perry and Rhonda Garvin
Rival: Benzie

Memorable moment: Going down to the state meet, great competition.

By the numbers: Four first place finishes in the 100 meters in seven races, all five 200 meter races finished in the top five, all seven 4x100 meter relay teams that Garvin was apart of finished in the top five, four of the seven 4x400 meter relays finished in first.

Coach’s comment: (Donna King)“Sam struggled with shin splints most of the season but she didn’t let that stop her. She is an amazing athlete and hard worker to succeed in whatever she put her mind to. Looking forward to see her complete the next two season.”

Hanna Grant

Team: Suttons Bay
Grade: Senior
Sport: Track
Parents: Steve and Becky Grant
Rival: Peyton Brooks (Runner that Grant competed against in Cross Country and Track)

Memorable moment: Going down to the state meet, great competition.

By the numbers: In the nine times running the 1600 meters, Grant finished in second overall five times and set her season record at finals. In the 3200 meters, eight out of nine races were top five finishes and set a personal record at finals.

Coach’s comment: (Jim Harrelson) “Her work ethic and focus really dictate the kind of athlete and person she is.”

Thomas Hursey

Team: Suttons Bay
Grade: Senior
Sport: Golf
Parents: Todd and Nichele Hursey
Rival: Leland

Memorable moment: Winning Regionals

By the numbers: Hursey shot a 67 at finals, in what most people at Suttons Bay would argue was the best round of golf in Norsemen history.

Coach’s comment: (Todd Hursey) “Starting with his runner up finish at state finals, he’s been a big part of our team for the last four years, and it was great.”

Parker LaPointe

Team: Suttons Bay
Grade: Senior
Sport: Golf
Parents: Andrew and Tammie LaPointe
Rival: My teammates, we pushed each other to be
our best

Memorable moment: How we played at Regionals.

By the numbers: Parker struggled at state, but placed right behind Thomas Hursey in almost every match this year. LaPointe shot a 79 at regionals, finishing in second place behind Hursey’s 75. LaPointe grew over the year and continued to get better.

Coach’s comment: (Todd Hursey) “Parker was a great addition to our team, brought consistency that we needed.”

Peyton McDonough

Team: Glen Lake
Grade: Senior
Sport: Golf
Parents: Todd and Julie McDonough
Rival: Frankfort

Memorable moment: Shooting my 76 in Onekama, everything was really clicking and I was able to control where everything was going.

By the numbers: Peyton has consistently finished in the top 10 for Glen Lake. The senior shot a 76 at the Heathlands.

Coach’s comment: (Lee Houtteman) “He’s a good athlete, he could see golf as something he could do really well. Because of his natural athletic ability, he really improved. One of the top golfers in our conference. Really smart kid and just worked hard.”

Savannah Peplinski

Team: Glen Lake
Grade: Senior
Sport: Track
Parents: Dawn Newman, Roger Peplinski
Rival: Kingsley

Memorable moment: Going to states running three events.

By the numbers: All 200 meter finishes in the top five, eight out of 11 first place finishes all season in the 400 meter, five out of seven 4X400 relay team finishes in the top five that Peplinski ran in, 4x200 relay team made the top five in five out of the six races that Peplinski ran in.

Coach’s comment: (Donna King) “Right from the start Savannah set goals she wanted to achieve in her last season of high school track. She was a great leader at practices and meets. She was the only one last year that qualified for the state meet this year there were 7 athletes. We will miss her next season.”

Josh Sterzer

Team: Glen Lake
Grade: Senior
Sport: Track
Parents: Dawn T.J and Elissa Sterzer
Rival(s): Frankfort and Kingsley

Memorable moment: Placing 6th in our 4x100 at state.

By the numbers: In the 200 meters, Sterzer placed first or second nine out of 11 times he ran it. He also set a personal at the Record Eagle meet. All nine times in the 4x100 relay for Sterzer ended in a top six finish. The team finished first six times. Eight out of the nine times the 4x200 meter relay team finished in the top three when Sterzer ran in it. Seven out of the nine times Sterzer ran on the 4x400 meter relay team, they finished in the top three.

Coach’s comment: (Jason Bradford) “Not many athletes have the work ethic he has, he treats track like his job and continues to work hard. He ended his senior really well, and was very coachable.”

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