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Morrell prepares for state, while Brown will start anew in college

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Junior Bryson Morrell has qualified for the state golf tournament after shooting a 71 in regionals last week.

Morrell will compete Tuesday and Wednesday at Willowbrook Golf Course in Manchester with the rest of the state field.

Morrell has been a prospect since the beginning of his high school career. He credits that to his hard work ethic.

“Lots of practice,” Morrell said. “Practicing from 10 o’clock to 5 o’clock on the weekends, and practicing after school.”

Morrell shot a “gritty” 71 on Tuesday to move on to state, according to head coach Tyler Lane.

“I fully expect Bryson to play well [at state], and represent us,” Coach Lane said. “I know he will play hard.”

Coach Lane doesn’t believe that age will matter in this case.

“He has done a good job of competing against older people his whole life,” Coach Lane said. “He finds a way to get it done. I think he will have a good opportunity to go out there and beat those guys.”

Coach Lane is familiar with Willowbrook and is working with Morrell on how to best approach the course.

Unfortunately, senior Emma Brown missed the state cut by a single stroke.

“Emma played well,” Coach Lane said. “She hung in there, and gave herself a chance.”

Brown finished in the top seven of every event this year. She recently committed to further her career at Milligan College.

“She’ll be missed,” Coach Lane said. “We’ll miss not having her positive personality on the team.”