Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Dragons young, but talented

After graduating five seniors, the first order of business for the Lakeside boys’ golf team this fall is putting together a starting lineup.

The good news for head coach Cooper McMannes is the Dragons have plenty of young talent on the roster.

“We are a young team with so much potential,” McMannes said. “We are all excited to tap into that and see where this season takes us.”

Returning starters Anthony Fusco, Baretta Morales, Hayden Kelner and Trevor Rexrode certainly enable the Dragons to mix in young talent while also keeping veteran golfers on the course.

But, McMannes does expect a few bogeys along the way.

“Ultimately, my expectation with this team is growth,” he said. “Our team has a philosophy that we are always striving to do better. If you had a great day yesterday, you should have a better day today. In order to achieve that goal our players need to value hard work, commitment and patience.”

Fusco and Morales are seniors with limited experience but they will be counted on to perform well and provide leadership.

“Anthony is relatively new to the game with the 2019-2020 school year being his second year on the team. Anthony is a natural team leader who is always helping out with keeping the team organized. Anthony’s strengths include his short game and ability to stay in the moment. I’m excited to see how he progresses his final year at Lakeside,” McMannes said. “Baretta is a second-year golfer who has a genuine fondness for the game and a passion to better himself. Baretta’s strengths include his long game, game off the tee and a natural ability to keep the ball in the fairway. Baretta is a vital member of our team and I can’t wait to see where this year takes him.”

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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