Over the next couple of months we will be highlighting teams in Western Kansas as the American Implement Team of the Week on their lost seasons this spring due to the Coronavirus. On this weeks edition we go to Dodge City, Kansas to catch up with their boys golf team.
Coach Name & School: Jim Mapel, Dodge City High School
Years at School: 36
Records Last Year: 4th in the WAC conference, 2nd at regional, 11th at state
Returning Starters: Ethan Goertzan, Davan Smith, Cooper Scheck and Stone Wilson
What has this entire cancellation of season been like for you?
It is what it is. I feel really sad for our senior Ethan having to miss his final season, as well as all the other seniors across the state. I miss practice and will miss the tournaments as those dates slide by on the calendar.
What were some key things you were really looking forward to in the 2020 season?
I felt like we had the potential to develop a decent team with the four returning players with varsity experience. We had a great schedule with competition and golf courses that would have challenged our players. We also had 8 new players out for the team and I looked forward to them improving their games.
Our program will move forward. Hopefully the players will have the opportunity to play some tournaments this summer.
As a teacher what has this been like with school?
There are adjustments to be made but overall I think we’re off to a great start. We need to keep in touch with all of our students so they can be successful with their classes this fourth quarter. I miss the seeing the students and having face to face discussions.
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