Berkley High’s Lucas Schodowski takes a swing during a recent tournament. The Bears are under new leadership this season with Brian Antioch taking over the program.

Berkley High’s Lucas Schodowski takes a swing during a recent tournament. The Bears are under new leadership this season with Brian Antioch taking over the program.

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Berkley High boys golf being led by new coach

By: Mark Vest | Woodward Talk | Published April 30, 2019

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BERKLEY — After being Berkley High’s boys golf JV coach for the past four seasons, Brian Antioch was “pretty certain” that he would inherit the varsity program after previous coach Scott Baltes opted to step away.

Antioch did indeed get the job, which has provided him with some fresh opportunities to be around the game that has played such a big role in his life.

“It’s really exciting,” Antioch said. “Just a really big fan of the game. … Looking forward to having an opportunity to make an impact and influence these kids in a great sport. … I love the game of golf so much, and it’s exciting to have an opportunity to help these kids out and share some experience with them in the sport that I love.”

Antioch’s familiarity with the program and working with Baltes have helped make his transition a “lot smoother.”

At press time, the Bears were 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division.

“It’s been a good start,” Antioch said. “I have a really good group of kids. They’re really close with each other. It’s a really good team environment to start off for my first season.”

Some of the golfers on Berkley’s squad include Jacob Schlussel, Sam Stone, Mitch Labe, David Laramee and Lucas Schodowski.

After graduating Jake Radom from last season’s team, the dynamics have changed for Berkley golf.

Radom qualified for the Division 1 state final last season.

“We kind (of) have a unique lineup,” Antioch said. “I don’t really have a true No. 1 player. My top four guys are all about the same score range. … With any of them clicking on any given day, we could potentially have some pretty good numbers out there.”

Labe said this year’s Bears team “has each other’s back,” and he would like for them to experience an OAA Blue title together.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to do in hockey and golf,” Labe said. “Sadly, in hockey I wasn’t able to do it, so (this) is my last chance to get a shot at it.”

Antioch discussed his favorite part about being Berkley’s golf coach.

“My favorite part is kind (of) watching the kids experiencing the highs and lows of the game, and the little intricacies of the game of golf that you really only experience playing competitively and playing for a long time,” Antioch said. “It’s cool watching them experience those things and being able to share some of the experiences from myself from playing the game competitively.”

After having 27 students try out, Berkley ended up with a total of 17 in its program. There are nine on JV and eight on varsity.

Those kinds of numbers have helped put Berkley’s program in a “great” place.

“Our JV team has really high numbers this year,” Antioch said. “So, (we) should be looking pretty good.”

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