Golf preview: Trojans’ streak may be seriously challenged

For years, Chambersburg’s opponents in the Mid Penn Colonial Division haven’t had much of a chance against its golf juggernaut.

Mark Yost

Coach Mark Yost

Except for a huge scare in one match that the Trojans won on a technicality, most matches have been won handily.

And that has translated into a 294-match win streak for Chambersburg. The last time the Trojans were defeated came in 2010 against Gettysburg.

But the other Colonial teams, especially Waynesboro, may believe that streak could come to a halt in the 2019 season. Chambersburg graduated its top four players, including District 3 champion and PIAA runner-up Mary Kate Norcross, plus Karsen Rush, Grayson Hopple and Spencer Rajtik.

The first Colonial match of the season is Monday at Waynesboro Country Club.

“We do have some good younger players ready to take their turn,” Trojan coach Mark Yost said. “You could say we’re rebuilding, or that it’s time for the younger players.”

There is some experience in the lineup.

Junior Jacob Carlin played in all the matches last year and averaged 89.6 strokes. Junior Owen Reichelderfer played in a majority of matches and averaged 92.8. Sophomore Heather Sanbower qualified for the District 3 tournament.

Jacob Carlin

Jacob Carlin

Yost said he expects those three players to be the team’s No. 1, 2 and 3 players in some order.

The next three are expected to be seniors Spencer Bodner and Elijah Snyder and freshman Teegan Humelsine in some order. Bodner was not on the team last year, but did play as a sophomore.

“I think the rest of the pack will be playing for the seventh spot to be playing in the tournaments,” Yost said. “I think we have a good core. Jacob and Owen played last year and Heather (and junior Megan Brandt) made it to districts.”

Waynesboro is expected to be the Trojans’ main challenger.

Yost said, “I think they might be the favorite, based on the fact that they were solid last year and had some good summer performances. But I still like our chances.”

Heather Sanbower

Heather Sanbower

This will be the final year of Chambersburg playing in the Colonial Division. The Mid Penn has been using divisions based on geography for quite a few years in golf, but starting next year, the Trojans will be competing against the bigger schools it faces in other sports.

“Whether the streak stops this year or not, with the realignment next year, it’ll be a different story,” Yost said.

NOTES: Yost said this season will mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Kacy Straub, a state title contender for the Trojans who died in an auto accident in October during her senior season … Chambersburg has four seniors, five juniors, three sophomores and a freshman on the team … The Trojans were 42-0 last year.