Harrison County golf teams enter season with different team dynamics

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By Mike Aldridge

Mike Aldridge,
Sports Writer

The Harrison County teams enter the 2017 season with completely opposite situations.  The Breds feature one player, Junior Anthony Vascotto, with any tournament experience, while the girls have four of their top five back from last year.  
The teams lost serious contributors, many of whom had played for coach Jason Crisp since the sixth grade.   Reese Asher, Cody Barrett, Peyton Browning, and Jake Jones have graduated from the Thorobreds and Sarah Holland graduated from the Fillies.  
Asher will be playing golf at Georgetown College, Browning at Berea and Holland at Cincinnati Christian so a great deal of talent left the Hilltop last May with graduation.  
Jake Jones could have played golf in college as well but is in a high profile educational program at the University of Louisville.
The Fillies return juniors Morgan Hollar, Kenzie Jones, and Gracie Roberts along with eighth-grader Lainey Vaughn.  All have the ability to compete at this level with Vaughn’s youth being the only drawback.  
Coach Crisp feels like these four can compete for a top region spot if they continue to work hard.  Junior Evie Barker is also out for the first time and could work her way into a position to contribute before the season ends.  
Scott County looms as the team to beat in the region with George Rogers Clark next followed by Bourbon County and a few other teams including the Fillies.  
The region tournament is being held at the Northern Kentucky Golf Course which could put Pendleton County in the mix, however the Lady Cats are having trouble getting a full team together.  
The Thorobreds have Anthony Vascotto and his younger brother Jacob, both of whom have been playing extensively in Kentucky Junior PGA tournaments this summer.  
Jacob is an eighth-grader who has played a lot of golf and could very well be the number two man for Crisp.  
Coach Crisp feels like Anthony should compete for a state tournament slot.  Two seniors are on the roster in Lucas Sullivan and Spencer Lemmings.  Sullivan is in his second year of golf and is showing some promise.  
Freshman Ian Boland and seventh-grader Tristan Mitchell make up the remainder of the top six from which the tournament teams will come.  
Inexperience is a huge problem for the Breds.  Crisp also has first-year players in freshman Dalton Elligston and eighth-grader Tanner Eckler and will work with them to bring them experience for the coming years.  
“We will have some growing pains this year with the boys,” Crisp said.  “We will work hard and see what we can make of this group.”
Highlands, Grant County, Mason County and Bourbon County are among the teams that Crisp sees as contenders for the region title.  The region will be played at Houston Oaks which gives the Colonels an advantage but likely not enough to overcome the Bluebirds, Braves or the Royals.