PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College men's golf team will be bolstered by the addition of five incoming student-athletes when the Storm reports to campus in a few weeks. Head Coach Milt Johnson recently announced his 2012 recruiting class which will look to make an impact on the conference race this year.
"We are very excited about this group of guys coming in," Johnson said. "They can all really play and will push our returning guys for a chance to be part of that regular rotation."
The recruiting class includes a pair of state qualifiers in Derek Hastings (Johnstown, Ohio/Johnstown Monroe) and Jimmy Wild (Sagamore Hills, Ohio/Trinity) and a total of four district qualifiers. All five players are from within the state of Ohio, including four from the northeast corner of the Buckeye State.
"The level of competition in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is very high, which is something we've seen firsthand the past two seasons," said Johnson. "To be able to compete we need to build depth in our program by increasing our talent level each and every year. With this group coming in, we have done just that."
In addition to Hastings and Wild, the class also includes newcomers Nick Bubon (Warren, Ohio/Howland), Nick Stranman (Jefferson, Ohio/Jefferson) and Bart Wyss (Salem, Ohio/Salem).
Those five will team up with five returners led by seniors Mike Guarino (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and Troy Hunter (Aurora, Ohio/Crestwood). The Storm opens its season Sept 7-8 in Marquette, Mich. at the Northern Michigan University Match Play event.
Below is a complete listing of the 2012 men's golf recruiting class.
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Earned two varsity letters at Howland High School… was a two-time all-conference selection and also served as team captain his junior and senior years.
PERSONAL: Born May 25, 1993… plans to major in accounting… parents are Jerry and Kim Bubon.
Johnstown, Ohio/Johnstown Monroe
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Earned four varsity letters at Johnstown Monroe High School… helped lead Johnnies to a pair of conference titles… individually, was named first-team All-Mid Buckeye Conference three times and was twice a second-team All-Central District pick… qualified for state tournament in Division II as a junior and was the individual medalist at the MBC meet as a senior… received team's Sportsmanship Award and was Academic All-Ohio in 2012… also earned a letter in baseball.
PERSONAL: Born Sept. 10, 1993… plans to major in psychology… parents are Tod and Chareese Hastings.
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Was a four-year letterwinner on the golf team at Jefferson High School… twice earned All-Ashtabula County honors and was also a first-team All-American Conference pick… earned a sectional championship and qualified for districts… served as a team captain two years… also lettered three times in baseball as a catcher.
PERSONAL: Born May 10, 1994… plans to major in political science… son of Douglas and Sharon Stranman.
Sagamore Hills, Ohio/Trinity
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year letterman at Trinity High School… became school's first individual district and state qualifier and was a first-team All-North Coast League selection… two-time team most valuable golfer… served as a team captain for two years… helped lead team to school's only league golf championship in 2010… also lettered twice in baseball and played two years of basketball.
PERSONAL: Born Sept. 27, 1994… undecided on a major… son of Dave and Kathy Wild.
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Was a four-year letterwinner and district qualifier at Salem High School… served as a team captain for three years and was the team's most valuable golfer three times… selected first-team All-Northeastern Buckeye Conference four times and set three school records…. also lettered twice in track and field.
PERSONAL: Born July 9, 1993… plans to major in marketing… son of Bart and Margie Wyss.