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SHS golfers hope to change their playoff fortunes

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

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E.C. Atchison
SIKESTON - The Sikeston golf team is gearing up for another state-bound team.

With three players returning off the sixth place state team, their goal might not be far out of reach.

Going into the season the Bulldogs are noteworthy at state and one of the favored teams in the district with their finish last year.

"I'm excited about this year's team. We have three returning off the state team last season and only one of them is a senior," said Sikeston head coach Rick Oetting. "This week will prove to be a test for us as we face Cape and Bluff. These teams aren't in our district but are in our conference, and both have a very strong and talented team."

Along with these matchups there is also another battle on the team. There is still one spot to fill on the varsity team. Darris Butler just filled the fifth spot with his drive to progress his level of playing.

"We have a lot of first year people coming out for the team, and this is very good to see. It shows that the have the drive it takes to make a winning successful team," Oetting said.

The Bulldogs' top five golfers going into the season are senior Matt Bain, junior E.C. Atchison, Darris Butler, junior Martin Schaefer and senior Jason Deere.

With this Bulldog team comes a lot of respect and pride in their game.

"We have one of the best reputations for honesty in the state. There were some things that happened at state we could have just let slide, but the boys didn't let it. That shows the heart these kids have for the game," Oetting explained.

The Bulldogs opened the season Monday with a win over New Madrid County Central, and will host Cape Central today at 4 p.m.