32 • The Beacon October 15 , 2020
Junior high golf team features wide range of ages
By Josie Sellers
Because it ’ s a club sport , River View ’ s junior high golf team doesn ’ t have to limit itself to just seventh- and eighth-graders . This year the Black Bears are being represented by kindergarten through eighth grade .
“ You have to make it fun ,” said Chad Gress , who coaches the junior high team and the boys team at the high school . “ The golf ball doesn ’ t know their age . They all have to start somewhere .”
Opening the team up to younger students will help River View have more prepared athletes by the time they get to high school . As a team they ’ ve already been very competitive this year .
“ Our top-three kids all played during the summer , and the younger ones have filled in and learned from them ,” Gress said . “ We also had two girls who competed during the summer .”
Another aspect helping the team is that their families are behind them . “ It ’ s a drive out here for our kids ( to Hickory Flats Golf Course ),” Gress said . “ It ’ s a big commitment for the family .”
Three of his children are part of the team .
“ I ’ ve played with them for five years ,” Gavin Gress said . “ I started when I was 7 . It ’ s really fun . I like it when I can hit one out there a long way .”
Gavin Gress and his brother Colton often trade for top spots on the team .
“ It ’ s fun to be with different age ranges ,” Gavin Gress said . “ I like to chat with the Tri-Valley kids .”
Their sister Makayla Gress started golfing
River View ’ s junior high golf team ranges in age from 6-13 and includes one eighth-grader , one seventh-grader , two sixth-graders , one fifth-grader , two fourth-graders , two third-graders , one first-grader and one kindergartner .
when she was 2 or 3 , and she is now 6 . “ I like it when I hit a good shot ,” she said .
This is Makayla Gress ’ first year competing with
the team . “ I like playing with my friends ,” she said .
Also on the team are sisters , Brynn and Taylor Harstine .
“ We like it because it is something we can do for a long time and it ’ s fun ,” said Brynn Harstine , who is in the sixth grade .
“ It ’ s just you against the course , not other people .”
Taylor Harstine , who is in the third grade , agreed with her sister . “ We really like it ,” she said . “ You are outside , and it ’ s a fun sport .”
Rylan Everhart said family members taught him to golf . “ My grandpa really inspired me ,” he said .
This is Everhart ’ s first year with the team . “ I like playing with my friends ,” he said . “ If you hit a bad shot , they encourage you that the next one is going to be better .”
The team ranges in age from 6-13 and includes one eighth-grader , one seventh-grader , two sixthgraders , one fifth-grader , two fourth-graders , two third-graders , one firstgrader and one kindergartner .
River View recently competed against John Glenn and Tri-Valley . Leading for the Black Bears in the boys round was Gavin Gress , 32 ; Colton Gress , 38 ; Caleb Kline , 51 ; Payton Everhart , 54 ; Rylan Everhart , 55 ; and Clark Frischen , 61 . The girls were led by Brynn Harstine , 52 ; Taylor Harstine , 58 ; and Makayla Gress , 62 .
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