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October 5, 2012

Triton's top golfer

Seward has team in state tourney early in season

It’s the first week of October, and the Triton golf team has already punched its ticket to the state tournament.

A big part of that success for the 10-3 Vikings has been the play of their lead scorer and sophomore co-captain Jon Seward.

“He’s been our leading scorer in over half the matches, but that only tells a piece of it,” Vikings coach Rich Dube says of Seward. “He’s just a super kid. He gets it, he’s competitive, but he always does the right thing out there.”

To throw out a few scores, Seward scored 36 points against Manchester Essex, 34 against Lynnfield and 33 against Amesbury in the course of three matches last week. He also started his freshman year with back-to-back 32-point rounds against Newburyport and North Reading last season. But perhaps Seward’s most interesting stat is that, even as a mere sophomore, he has played in four state tournaments between golf and hockey.

“This is his third year playing for us,” says Dube. “He’s been in the varsity lineup ever since eighth grade. He was thought so much of by his peers that he was elected a captain in his sophomore year. That is the first time that has ever happened in my tenure, and Triton has had some good captains over the years as well.”

A three-sport athlete, Seward made the Triton varsity hockey team in his eighth grade year as well, going to the tournament twice. He also played in the postseason with Dube’s golf squad for the past two years, and will be making another appearance with them again later this month.

All this success might send a typical sophomore’s head spinning, but Seward has poise.

“I feel relieved because we’re already in the tournament, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop trying,” says Seward. “It was one of my goals this year, to get off to a good start and hopefully maintain that throughout the year. But more importantly, I want my teammates to do as well, to keep going and never stop.”

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