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Sports

Eustice takes over as Putnam County golf coach

The fall sports season is underway at Putnam County High School.

Volleyball was switched to next spring due to the coronavirus pandemic. PC is not fielding a girls golf or cross county team this year, so there will no girls competing in fall sports this year.

There will be boys golf and cross country.

Former St. Bede standout Sydney Eustice is taking over as the PC golf coach. She was a state qualifier at St. Bede and golfed at Clarke University.

Chuck McConnell returns for his 22nd season as cross country coach.

Boys golf

Head coach: Sydney Eustice (first season).

Key returnees: Chris Uzella (Jr.), Lucas Wiesbrock (Jr.).

Key newcomers: Bryce Smith (Fr.), Logan Cuesee (Fr.), Miles Walder (Fr.).

Season outlook: Eustice, a state qualifier as a junior at St. Bede in 2013, takes over a team that took a heavy hit by graduation as the Panthers lost four-time state qualifier Ian Roach and three-time state qualifier Ben Cyr. Eustice is counting on Uzella and Wiesbrock to step into leadership roles for a young team made up mostly of freshmen and sophomores. “Last year they had a couple state qualifiers and they graduated, so coming in this year we’re going to be very young,” Eustice said. “The majority of our team are freshmen and sophomores with a couple juniors. I think the biggest thing is someone taking that leadership role and being the No. 1 and No. 2 golfers. I think Chris and Lucas are going to fit into those roles perfectly. It’s going to be a matter of getting experience with some of them.”

Cross country

Head coach: Chuck McConnell (22nd season).

Key returnees: Joey Twardowski (Jr.), Wyatt Grimshaw (So.), Wes Grimshaw (Sr.).

Key newcomers: Roman Mack (Fr.).

Season outlook: Wyatt Grimshaw returns to lead the way after a promising start to his prep career last fall. He grabbed the last individual sectional qualifying spot out of the Class 1A Seneca Regional by placing 27th in 19:43. Wes Grimshaw is back for his fourth season, while Twardowski provides experience as well. Mack, classmate Azeal Vargas and senior Matt Haage round out the roster. “We will be focusing on reducing our personal times from last year. Due to current events, that is our main focus. They are a solid group and will definitely put in the time to excel at being the best time-wise for themselves,” McConnell said.

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