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Eagles hit the ground swinging in new golf season


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by Joshua Spaulding
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TIM RYAN is one of the key returning players for the Kennett golf team this fall. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
August 25, 2014
NORTH CONWAY — The Kennett golf team enters the new season without much experience, but the Eagles have been working hard in anticipation of the first match of the season.

Coach Joe Soraghan points out that he has 14 kids out for the program, including a number of younger players without the varsity experience. Although they don't have that experience, he is happy to see them coming out for the team.

"It's great for golf," he said. "It's nice to see young kids out there."

The most experienced of the Eagles are seniors Matt Hill and juniors John DeVito and Tim Ryan. All three saw significant time on the course for Kennett last year and they will be expected to lead the charge to open the season, with their experience giving them an edge over the newer kids.

Both Chris Burton and Nick Farinella saw time on the course last year and will be expected to pick up more time this season as they enter with a little experience under their collective belts. Soraghan noted that Farinella's scores continue to get better as the preseason goes along.

Additionally, senior Josh Kondrat is out for the team for the first time. The hockey team's top goalie brings an athletic approach to the team and Soraghan is excited to see what he can do.

The Eagle mentor also has a couple of freshman who will be seeing some action. Josh Rivers has been putting up some good scores in the preseason rounds and Soraghan is optimistic about what he can do once the season gets started. Zach Phaneuf has also looked solid in the preseason and could see some time on the links for the Eagles in the regular season.

"We're looking forward to the first match," Soraghan said.

He once again praised North Conway Country Club for their help in preparing the team for the season and for hosting the two home matches the Eagles have on the schedule.

"They've been super," he said. "I really can't say enough about them."

He noted that NCCC has invited the teams to come upstairs in the clubhouse after their match to enjoy the standard post-match refreshments. Varsity Beverage also donated drinks for the first match and Soraghan offered his thanks to the company for its generosity.

"The kids have been practicing well," Soraghan stated. "We got some time on the range and we've played some holes. We're trying to get as many holes in as possible."

The Eagles actually opened the season after deadline on their home course at North Conway Country Club Wednesday, with Kingswood, Plymouth and Pembroke joining them.

The other home match will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 9, with Lebanon and Sanborn on the schedule. The Eagle schedule also includes matches hosted by St. Thomas, Bishop Brady, Coe-Brown, Kingswood, Oyster River, John Stark and Portsmouth.

On Tuesday, Sept. 2, the team is at a match hosted by St. Thomas and on Thursday, Sept. 4, they are at a match hosted by Bishop Brady, with start times for both at 3:30 p.m.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or sportsgsn@salmonpress.com

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