No sophomore slump for Iceton on the course

By Jacob Flatley, Contributing Writer

After tearing through the Mountain East Conference golf scene as a freshman, West Liberty sophomore Matt Iceton is at it again this season.

“After a successful freshman season, I felt some added pressure to perform well in my sophomore year. To be honest, I have been struggling a little bit with my game lately but it all came together at the MEC Fall Championship,” Iceton said.

Coming from Whitby, Ontario, Canada, Iceton won the MEC Fall Classic as a freshman and posted a top five finish in the MEC Championship. Iceton is halfway to repeating those accomplishments this season. Iceton shot a two day total of 147 (72-75) to win medalist honors at the MEC Fall Classic that helped West Liberty win the tournament as a team. Iceton was awarded the MEC Player of the Week award for his performance at Stonewater. “I am thrilled with the team win. This was Coach Ricci’s first team title since taking over the Hilltopper golf program and it was pretty special to share the experience with him. We are a very young team and to have this kind of success early in the season bolds well for us in the future,” Iceton said. Mike Ricci is in his seventh season as Hilltoppers menʼs golf team and is turning this program into a conference powerhouse.

Ricci said Iceton is a great leader to this young team. “Matt was steady throughout the MEC Fall Classic as he always is. He is a fierce competitor and is extremely confident is his own abilities. Matt won this very same tournament last season as a freshman and was determined to repeat as individual champion. Even with being a sophomore, Iceton is one of the veterans on this squad. The Hilltopper menʼs tennis team features four freshman.”

“The future is very bright as long as we can keep this group together and keep our goals in mind. They are pushed by other members of the team in qualifiers and practice and this fact only makes them more prepared to do battle in competitive situations,” Ricci said. Even with being so young, Iceton is very confident that this team can be very dangerous this fall and into the spring season. “Currently my teammates and I have our sights set on the MEC Conference championships. We are a definite contender for the team title. Our four freshman have played well early in the season and have gained valuable experience heading into the event. A strong finish will position us well for an invite into next springʼs NCAA Regional Championship with an ultimate goal of qualifying for Nationals.”

Iceton and the Hilltoppers competed in the MEC Championship after the Trumpet went to print.

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