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Raiders return with experience, new division

Posted 8/28/12

By Jim Lewis Press and Journal Staff Experience and a new division – and new, easier courses to play on the road – could make this season a more successful one for the Middletown golf team. The Blue Raiders return six players with varsity …

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Raiders return with experience, new division

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By Jim Lewis
Press and Journal Staff


Experience and a new division – and new, easier courses to play on the road – could make this season a more successful one for the Middletown golf team.

The Blue Raiders return six players with varsity experience, and a couple promising new players make Coach Charlie Bowen optimistic.

“The kids have improved in the off-season,’’ said Bowen. “And the courses, I know, aren’t as tough as the ones we’ve played on.’’ Still, the season “is a big question mark,’’ he said.

100 1615 webMiddletown, which has won just one match in each of the past two seasons, moves from the Mid-Penn Conference’s Keystone Divison to the Capital Division, with new rivals Bishop McDevitt, Trinity, East Pennsboro, Boiling Springs and Big Spring.

A new PIAA rule this year limits teams to six players, down from seven.

The Raiders will be led by top player Dylan Bower, a senior whose brother, Jon, is a pro bowler.

“I expect pretty good things out of him,’’ said Bowen. “Hopefully he can put up some pretty good scores for us.’’

Seniors Jacob Burger and Tyler Dintiman and juniors Dylan Danilowicz,  Doug Kennedy and Brad Phillips return from last year, giving Middletown an experienced lineup.

Freshman Cole Kautz is talented, and could make an impact. “I think Cole is going to be one of the top prospects of the future,’’ said Bowen.

Senior Jake Leggore and freshman Tyler Whitfield could also contribute, said Bowen.