Senior heavy Eagles ready to soar


EATON — Eaton golf coach Randy Titkemeyer is expecting his senior dominated team to be competitive in the Southwestern Buckeye League’s Southwestern Division race this season and make a run in the postseason.

The Eagles have four seniors among its top seven players, including the defending Division II girls’ state champion, Sarah Willis.

Joining Willis are seniors Sean Hodges, Seth Bristow and Kasey Wilken.

“When we have Sarah we’ll be very competitive. Any time you’ve got a state champion it makes everybody else’s job a little bit easier,” Titkemeyer, who begin his 15th season as the head coach, said. “When it comes to the end of the season and (she’s playing in the girls tournament) we’re still going to be fairly solid. Besides Sarah, our seniors of Sean Hodges, I believe is going to have a very good year. Kasey Wilken and Seth Bristow are solid players. After that we have some juniors and freshmen I hope will pitch in.”

Titkemeyer said he also counting on juniors Andrew Collins and Adam Webb, as well as freshmen Travis Pittman and Felix Durham to make up the team’s top eight players.

“I think we’re going to be very competitive in the SWBL and our goal is always to get out of sectional and into the district. That’s kind of how we judge ourselves a little bit,” he said. “We’re pretty top heavy with several seniors, but that’s usually a good thing.”

Willis — a two-time state qualifier — has committed to play her college golf at Penn State and will be looking to get back to state for a third time.

“As good as she is, it’s always very difficult to repeat. But she obviously can. If she gets back it will be three out of four years that she’s made it to state. She’s had a very competitive and successful summer. She’s ready to go. The recruiting thing is out of the way with the commitment to Penn State,” Titkemeyer said. “So she should be able to relax and really enjoy her high school senior year.

Hodges has played varsity since his freshman season and Titkemeyer is looking for good things from him this season as well.

Eaton opened the season last week by winning the Preble County Tournament.

The Eagles were scheduled to play at Bellbrook on Monday, Aug. 14 and are scheduled to play The Miami Valley School on Thursday, Aug. 17, at Yankee Trace Golf Course.

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Eaton senior Sean Hodges is expected to play a key role for the Eagles’ golf team this fall. Hodges finished second at the Preble County Tournament last week.
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By Eddie Mowen Jr.

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