Experience gives Panthers high hopes

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

TYLER SIECH, senior, is the Panthers’ top returning golfer from last season when he was named the EWC’s Player of the Year. Siech is a twotime state golfer. — Review fifile photo TYLER SIECH, senior, is the Panthers’ top returning golfer from last season when he was named the EWC’s Player of the Year. Siech is a twotime state golfer. — Review fifile photo PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers are aiming for another strong boys golf season as they return four players from last year’s squad that won a Division 1 regional championship and was the Eastern Wisconsin Conference overall runnerup.

“We are very optimistic. We have four returning seniors that all played varsity last season,” said Panther head coach Dan Knaus.

Heading the senior group is Tyler Siech, the EWC’s Player of the Year and an 18th-place finisher (out of 104 golfers) in the Division 1 state tournament last season. Siech was an All- EWC first-team player and a fourth-place sectional finisher in 2012.

The other seniors back are Tony Arnold, Matt Gannon and Sam Potrykus. The returning letter winners include the aforementioned seniors and junior Brandon Steiner.

“Tyler Siech will be our leader. He is the returning Player of the Year in the conference and has played at state the last two years,” Knaus noted.

“Tony Arnold and Matt Gannon both are going to be looked at to round out our top three and need to play with confidence and consistency.”

Arnold and Siech played on the Panthers’ fourth-place D-2 state team in 2011. PHS narrowly missed earning a state berth last year after capturing third in sectional play. The top-two teams in Plymouth’s sectional qualified for state.

“We have good balance but the key will be that our good balance is of the quality type. We have probably 7-8 golfers who are all good players but need to become more consistent,” the coach said.

Knaus said experience is the team’s top strength. His main concern is to have more consistency each meet.

Because the team wasn’t able to practice prior to this week due to the inclement weather this spring, Knaus said he hasn’t been able determine if any newcomers have impressed him.

“Finding a solid No. 5 player and consistent play from our varsity players all season,” said Knaus, referring to the keys for his team to have a successful season.

Knaus sees Sheboygan Falls and PHS as the top EWC title contenders.

“Sheboygan Falls has to be the favorite but we like to think we can knock them off,” the coach said.

Falls ended the Panthers’ amazing run of eight consecutive overall EWC titles (determined by mini-meets and 18-hole tourney) last season. The Falcons won the conference tourney and PHS was second.

Knaus said his top goals for the season are to win the overall EWC championship and qualify the team for the state meet.

The PHS roster was unavailable at press time because final cuts hadn’t been made yet due to the lack of practice.

April 10 – Sheb. North Invite, @ Blackwolf Run, ppd.
April 15 – Sheboygan Falls, @ The
Bull, ppd.
April 19 – @ Campbellsport, ppd.
April 19 – @ Kewaskum, ppd.
April 23 – New Holstein & Kiel, @ NH
April 29 – Plymouth, here
May 2 – FRVC Invite, @ Fox Hills
May 3 – Wiese Invitational, here
May 4 – Kohler Invite, @ Whistling
May 6 – @ Waupun
May 7 – @ Branch River Invite
May 11 – County Meet, @ The Bull
May 13 – Two Rivers, @ Fox Hills
May 16 – EWC Tourney, @ Whispering
Springs (FDL)
May 22 – Regional, here
* Home meets at Quit Qui Oc in
Elkhart Lake. Each EWC team hosts
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