Coach expecting big season from 'Horns


  By Rebecca Pierson
  Assistant Sports Editor
  rpierson@starhq.com
  The Johnson County Longhorn golf team worked hard all summer preparing for a season. The 'Horns have four returning players from last season along with four freshmen on the team.
  Senior Matt Stout and sophomore Jesse Gilbert hope to make a trip to the regionals like they did last season. Senior Scotty Cornett and junior Gary Evans round out the veteran players.
  Coach Steve Arnold said that the freshmen are extremely talented. Josh Cornett, Nevin Snyder, Caleb Howard and Andrew Hensley round out the new half of the team.
  Arnold is also looking forward in the future to add seventh-grader Michael Freeman, who is still to young to play, but will be a talented addition to the team.
  "Every player I've got has the potential to chip in the low to mid 40s," Arnold said. "I will be surprised and disappointed if the team doesn't make it at least to the regionals."
  The team does most of its practicing at the Roan Valley Golf course.
  "We are very fortunate to have what we have and to be able to use it when we want," he said. "One disadvantage is that we don't have a driving range. Most of the other schools have one close by."
  "We have practiced all summer at 7 o'clock in the morning. Hopefully we will be ready to go. We have the potential. This is probably one of the best teams I have had top to bottom."
  University High and Elizabethton have been giving the Longhorns some tough competition over the past few years and Sullivan Central is another team which has made a strong showing over the past two years.
  "I am not sure what [Central] is bringing back from last year," Arnold said. "One of our goals is to get as close to beating Elizabethton as possible."
  "We have had a real good program the past 10 years," he said. The Longhorns shared in 22 victories last season.