Spring Sports Preview: AuSable Valley Patriots

John Hickey is the defending Section VII golf champion.

John Hickey is the defending Section VII golf champion. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

Patriot golf

The roster:

The Patriots golf team will be led by senior Section VII champion John Hickey, along with classmates Jacquie Hoey and Colin Pope; junior Nate Casey and Ridge Perkett; freshmen Ian Rennie, Riley Taylor, Dillon Drolette, Tyler Rivers and Dustin Drake; eighth graders Cole Baer, Harrison Blaise, Nate Devins, Lucas Finnegan, Alex Knapp, Chris Hickey and Noah Martineau; along with seventh graders Chris Yaeger, Austin Smith and Edwin Hetfield.

What the coach says:

“For the past three years Au Sable Valley golf had a record of 24 wins and only six losses. Half of the team responsible for that record graduated last year, and now the Patriots will have to rely on some young players to step up. The team does have two players left who had a hand in all those victories, led by senior John Hickey. Hickey is a three-time state qualifier, and the defending sectional champion. Senior Jacquie Hoey who has been in the top eight since seventh grade, and compiled a 7-3 match record last year will hold down a starting spot. Competing for the other four starting spots will be returning players Colin Pope (12), Nate Casey (11), Ian Rennie (9), Riley Tayler (9), Nate Devins (8), and Chris Hickey (8). Newcomer, Ridge Perkett (11) is also competing for a top spot.

“This year’s team has a wide range of talent and each individual will set personal goals to try to attain by the end of the season. It is hoped that all golfers will improve to make us a better team come sectionals. Unlike the last few years when the team competed with front runners PHS and Saranac Lake,(who should again be the top teams), this team’s goal will be to try to finish above .500 and improve for future success.” - head coach Chris Dubay.

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