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Team: Vernon Vikings Boys’ Golf

Coach: Joe Byrne

Season’s with the Team: 5 (2 as assistant coach, 3 as head coach, entering 6th season)

2019 Record: 15-5

Anticipated Varsity Players: Ayden Steinbach (11), Evan Steinbach (10), Lucas Brennan (10), Dan Dessart (10)

Players on the Rise: Ayden Steinbach (11), Evan Steinbach (10), Lucas Brennan (10), Dan Dessart (10)

Coach’s Outlook: After a strong 2019 season and even with losing three excellent golfers, we are returning
three varsity golfers (Ayden, Evan, and Lucas), two of which received accolades last year (Ayden 1st team all
herald, Evan 2nd team all herald) and have gained another (Dan) who also received accolades last year (2nd
team all herald). Our goals are to compete to be one of the best teams in the area and to compete as best we
can in the state tournament to try to advance to the TOC. Overall, we are looking to improve upon a successful
season last year.

Team: Vernon Vikings Girls’ Golf

Coach: Joe Byrne

Season’s with the Team: 5 (2 as assistant coach, 3 as head coach, entering 6th season)

2019 Record: 1-7

Anticipated Varsity Players: Emily Rhode (10), Tara Mullaney (11), Mia Annunziata (11), Julia Contino (11), Ana
Pallis (11), Antonia Tucci (11), Natalia Arroyo (9)

Players on the Rise: Emily Rhode (10)

Coach’s Outlook: Although we had a weak season in 2019, we are returning a number of varsity golfers who
are excited to play, learn, and improve their games. As group, the girls have great camaraderie and we are
hoping that helps us feel comfortable enough as a team when competing to take us to the next step and
improve upon last season.

George Muha has been covering high school sports since 2006. He feels high school scholar-athletes are the most important part of the community and highlighting their achievements on the field, in the classroom and within the community is his personal mission.

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