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High School Golf - Week 5 Summary
Millersburg is 2014 TVAA Champ

Millersburg's Tyler Ashberry eyes up his shot on Hole No. 8. (Sentinel photo by Christina Zeiders)

Millersburg golf Head Coach Joel Smith said he has seen this year’s group of seniors mature leaps and bounds in the past four seasons.

The four seniors on this team – Tyler Ashberry, Nick Krakowski, Austin White and Theo Prince – were part of a squad that won six matches their freshman season.

This year, they have led the Indians to a 22-1 record (through action Sept. 13) and enabled Millersburg to  clinch the Tri-Valley Athletic Association championship for 2014.

“Getting to this point has shown how much they have improved over the four years. I have seen them play the course instead of just the ‘grip it and rip it’ attitude most younger players have,” he said. “Instead of making eights and nines, they are making fours and fives, thus improving their overall score.”

The Indians suffered their first loss of the season Sept. 9 when Lancaster Country Day posted a 178 to the Tribes’ 180 at Lost Creek Golf Course near McAlisterville.

They bounced back in a big way Sept. 11 – making it a day team members always will remember for capturing the league crown – by playing their best golf of the season, Smith said.

The Indians blistered their home course, Lykens Valley, with a 167. LCD and East Juniata tied for second 22 strokes back with a 189. Newport had 219 for the nine-hole match.

While the seniors have been leading the team, freshman Garrett Fox was the low round of the tournament with a one-over-par 37. Mike Prime and Ashberry both had 42 and Prince added 46.

“I’m really proud of these kids, not just the starters but for the whole team. It is well deserved for all the effort that they put in,” Smith said. “This was a big day for them, clinching the league.”

In the Sept. 9 match, Krakowski led the team with 43. Prime had 45, Fox 46 and White 46.

The league crown qualifies the Indians for the District 3 team championships Tuesday, Sept. 30. Selection for the individual event will not be determined until after the final match of the season Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. at Lancaster Country Day’s home course.

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