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Panther golf readies up for 2020

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Mt. Pleasant’s Jake Moffett puts the ball during a meet last year.
Union file photo Mt. Pleasant’s Jake Moffett puts the ball during a meet last year.

MT. PLEASANT — If the currently-delayed high school spring sports season fires up anytime soon, the Mt. Pleasant golf teams will be ready to roll on both the boys and girls sides. Both teams lost a talented group of seniors from last year, but the Panthers are ready to reload to try and make a conference run in 2020.

The defending Southeast Conference champion Mt. Pleasant boys return half of their top six players from last season’s squad.

Mt. Pleasant’s senior-led team ended the year with a run to the state tournament in 2019, before having their state run cut short due to a rain out of day two of the tournament.

The Panthers return Jake Moffett, Brevin Wilson and Reece Kempker from the varsity six, and also Lane Wohlleber, a top junior varsity name from last year, will also be in the varsity mix.

Key newcomers for the 2020 squad include Nick Matheny, Ian Hake and Ben Meador.

Head coach Rob Zeglen says he expects the SEC to be very competitive. Zeglen says the boys race will come down to who has the most depth in the top six.

The Mt. Pleasant girls lost four seniors from last year’s team. The Panthers took second in the SEC last season.

Coming back for Mt. Pleasant are Elli Liechty, Ryann Davidson and Sami Wibben, all of which saw varsity time last year.

Head coach Kirby Booton says the key this year will be gaining experience with such a young team. He tabs Washington as the SEC favorites, saying they have a good shot to win the 3A state championship.

Both Panther teams look to hit the courses as soon as they can. The season is still currently postponed to mid-April.