|Schnipke’s Wildcats going through links growing pains|
|Thursday, August 15, 2013 12:12 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
KALIDA — Ken Schnipke’s Kalida golf unit grabbed the Putnam County League title last fall with a 5-0 mark in his 17th season at the helm.
With the departure of three key cogs due to graduation, including Division III State qualifier Neil Recker, along with Cody Mathew and Austin Horstman, Schnipke knows he has some holes to fill as the season goes along in 2013.
As well, a couple of other expected players did not go out for various reasons.
“We are young; we have no seniors. We have two lettermen to build around in junior Zach Erhart and junior Brady Mathew but no other experienced golfers,” the coach said.
However, he does have a number of candidates to try and take the place of his departures, among them four sophomores: Nathan Meyers, Nathan Nordhaus, Evan Recker and Kage Bockrath; and a handful of ninth-graders: Jeff Knueve, Collin Nartker, Trent Siebeneck, Noah Lambert and Derek Buss.
“We are going to be so young, I don’t know yet. I’ll know more after we complete a couple weeks of the season,” the coach added. “Still, I feel we can surprise some teams and be competitive by the end of the season.
“I think our league is going to be more competitive all the way through. There isn’t a clear-cut favorite.”
Kalida, after competing in its own invitational Wednesday, will seek to find more answers to Schnipke’s questions at today’s Paulding Panther Invitational held at Auglaize Country Club, the site of the Division III Sectional in September.