Our ninth annual All-Press Golf team is marked by our first pick from a local girls golf team - St. Paul freshman Natalie Millerick, who helped lead the way for the newly-minted team in its first varsity season.
Millerick was team medalist in seven of its 11 matches this season and tied for third in individual honors at the NVL tournament.
“This young Falcon is hard working and is a pleasure to coach,” St. Paul boys and girls head coach John Odell said.
The team also includes five boys from the city’s three teams, two of them repeat selections. The selections include Bristol Central seniors Cameron Reed - a repeat pick - and Ryan Suiter, along with St. Paul sophomore Ryne Salius, the other repeat pick, St. Paul freshman Mike Dolce and Bristol Eastern senior Jake Rodjenski.
“I can’t say enough about Cameron’s leadership,” Rams coach Tim Barrette said of Reed, a two-year captain and five-time medalist this year. He was also the individual champion for the city meet this year.
“Cam’s pretty much going to shoot the same score every time out. It makes it a nice luxury for a coach to have,” Barrette said.
Suiter, on the other hand, was a first-year golfer this year after playing on the school’s baseball team for his first three years at Bristol Central.
“For him to earn this honor tells you how far he came from the beginning to the end of this season,” Barrette said.
Suiter’s best six scores came in the last six matches of the year, he noted.
“You always look for improvement,” Barrette said. “[Suiter is] the player we wish we had had for four years.”
Rodjenski has been a three-year varsity letter winner for the Lancers, competing in more than 40 varsity matches. This past year was his best, as he averaged in the mid- to high-40s, coming in some of the worst weather in recent history.
“Jake was always early to practice, stayed late and was genuinely interested in his fellow teammates,” Bristol Eastern coach Greg Boulanger said. “On the road he was respectful and has played the number one spot for almost two years.
“When considering what the attributes might be of a Bristol All-Press Team,” he continued, “I would imagine in addition to a good athlete you would like good citizens of Bristol. It is in my estimation that Jake is one of these student-athletes. He also has been a good student at Bristol Eastern.”
Salius was a Division IV All-State and an All-NVL Team selection. He was St. Paul’s team medalist or co-medalist in 14 of 16 matches and overall medalist or co-medalist in 11 of those matches. He was 11-2-3 in head-to-head matches playing in the No. 1 position.
Dolce had the Falcons’ third-lowest par rating. He was the medalist in a key win over a division rival. A focused player during practice, he was St. Paul’s “Rookie of the Year.”
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