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A possible girls golf state title at WRV?Posted Monday, July 7, 2008, at 2:08 PM
Thanks to the Shakamak Laker baseball team, there has only been three official state championship squads from Greene County. Congrats to the Lakers, who can never be compared to the Buffalo Bills again.
It was 1910 that Linton was the track state champion. It is a fact that the Miners accomplished that feat, but I was once told that team was filled with mature athletes that would have been ineligible by today's standards set forth by the Indiana High School Athletic Association.
They edged Kokomo by .5 points to win the championship at Ingalls Field in Crawfordsville. Still a state title is a state title.
The Bloomfield girls basketball team won the Class A championship back in 1997-98, the first season of class sports. Coach Paula Fettig's squad dominated their opponents that season, winning 26 of 28 games.
Historians would argue that the undefeated 1926 Jasonville High School football team was another. JHS was named the mythological state champions some 82 years ago as they won eight games, shutting out half of their opponents, including some from Bloomington and Terre Haute and almost all from much bigger schools.
In the past decade, we have also seen the boys basketball teams from Bloomfield and Union (Dugger), as well as a girls hoop team from White River Valley, and a handful of Laker baseball teams make it to the state title game.
A team that never was -- the White River Valley girls golf -- was another that could have went to state.
What in the hell is he talking about?, you may ask.
There has never been a girls golf team at WRV High School. But it doesn't take much of a stretch to conjure up the idea of one.
Ashley Parrott, who will be a senior this fall at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, golfed solo for WRV back in the fall of 2001 as a freshman. She even played on the boys team in the spring of 2002.
Ashley Wynn Parrott and parents Bill and Sandra Parrott lived in Greene County for about a year because of Bill's job. But they moved back to Tennessee, where Ashley was an All-State selection and recorded the fifth lowest round in girls TSSAA AAA tournament history.
She played No. 1 on the University School's boys team in 2004 in Tennessee. She was part of two undefeated teams in high school.
She has golfed in the top five for UNCG the past three seasons, including placing fifth at the Southern Conference Championships in 2007.
If Parrott, a recreation and parks major, had stayed at WRV, she could have been joined by Kara Waggoner, who lived in the WRV school district before ending up at South Knox.
Waggoner, who will be a junior this fall at the University of Southern Indiana, was a three-time regional qualifier and four-time MVP at South Knox.
Waggoner, a two-time Academic All-Great Lakes Valley Conference performer, had a season-best of 81 in three different tournaments this year.
Waggoner has a lot of ties to Greene County. She was born in the Lyons area before her family moved when Kara was still in elementary school.
Her dad and stepmother, Brent and Susan Waggoner, live north of Sandborn on State Road 59, her paternal grandparents Larry and Patsy Waggoner live in Lyons, her great grandmother Nora Shepherd lives in Lyons, and her maternal grandparents, Gary and Karen Shepherd live in Vincennes but are from Lyons.
The WRV trio could have been completed by Rachel Pruett, one year younger than Waggoner and two years younger than Parrott.
The sophomore at Ball State, who recently finished eighth in the Indiana Open, has lived in the White River Valley-Lyons school district for the past decade, but her parents Chris and Deb Pruett paid tuition for her to attend Linton-Stockton schools because of convenience.
Pruett, who qualified three times for the high school state finals for the Lady Miners, was a fixture in the BSU line-up as a freshman.
If my math serves me correctly, Parrott, Waggoner and Pruett would have played two seasons together at WRV. If they could have found anyone decent for a fourth, who knows how good they could have been.
Certainly they would could have contended for sectional and regional team titles and might have made a run at a state championship.
But that is something that we will never know, just like how the course of fate would have been changed if Hymera natives J.T. and Clark Golish would have attended North Central instead of Union (Dugger).
B.J. Hargis is sports editor for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812)0 847-4487, ext 12 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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