Olivetathletics.com is counting down the top 10 Olivet High School sports stories of 2015-16. Here is No. 2…
In one of the biggest surprises of the year, the Olivet High School boys’ golf team won its first league championship in 14 years when it led the seven-school Greater Lansing Activities Conference from start to finish this spring.
Then, to top things off, the Eagles finished second in their district tournament at Hastings Country Club on May 25 en route to a berth in the regional meet.
As a result, Coach Eddie Collins’ linksters have been selected as the No. 2 OHS sports story of 2015-16.
“This team’s success can be attributed to finding the perfect balance between caring and not caring too much,” Collins said “They cared enough to dial in when they needed to but not enough to put too much pressure on themselves.
“We jumped out to an early GLAC lead by winning the first two jamborees and never looked back…and then really put Olivet golf on the radar with a 336 in districts.”
Olivet finished with 336 strokes at the district tourney, eight off the pace set by Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian. Drake Norton led the Eagles with a sizzling 77, which ranked him second individually behind Portland’s Rhet Schrauben (76). Other Olivet scores were Jake Andrews (85), Kam Porter (86), Levi Burgett (88) and Chase Collins (88).
Norton (4th), Collins (5th), Andrews (7th) received All-GLAC first-team honors as a result of their individual GLAC rankings, which considered the league meet and all of the jamborees. Burgett was a second-team selection, while Daniel Higgins earned honorable mention status.
Coach Collins is very optimistic about next season, especially since his entire roster is returning.
“Next year could be special,” he said. “I’ve never had a team that had four players who could break 80 on the same day, but next year could be that year. Now, I just need to convince them that ‘could be’ won’t get it done. They need to get better this summer.”