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Gibault golf will look to retool and rebuild

By on August 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm
Gibault golf 2012

Pictured are members of the Gibault 2012 golf team. They are, from left, Sam Range, Austin Doerr, Nick McBride, Ethan Kipping, Jason Merz, Coach Scott Ruppel. Not pictured is Collin Kruse.

By MARK HODAPP – Sports Editor 

The graduation of 11 seniors and the return of the only two letter winners for the Gibault High School boy’s golf team can only mean one thing.

It is going to be an interesting year for the Hawks.

Scott Ruppel has only two players back from last year’s senior-loaded team.

The coach is only returning sophomore Sam Range, who advanced to state a year ago, and senior Ethan Kipping.

Junior Nick McBride has also rejoined the team.

McBride had earlier played golf during his freshman year at Gibault, but he did not come out last fall.

This fall, McBride is expected to be Gibault’s No. 3 player.

“He has gotten a lot stronger since his freshman year,” Ruppel said.

After that, Gibault’s line up is pretty open.

Austin Doerr, Jason Mertz and Collin Kruse are expected to round out the Hawks’ roster.

“It’s going to be a challenge this year,” Ruppel said.

With all of that being said, the coach is really excited about Range, who is hitting the ball 30 to 40 yards farther than he did last year.

“Sam is every coach’s dream,” Ruppel said.

Teryn Schaefer

Teryn was born and raised in Waterloo, growing up watching local sports and Mon-Clair baseball. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School and loves cheering on her Tigers any chance she gets.