By Chris Villani Sports Reporter/Columnist
Allen had to work the day of the 18- hole stroke play tournament at Acushnet Valley Golf Club.
He was in a meeting at school, admittedly not paying as much attention as he should, when a text came in from one of his seniors, Tyler White.
“Champs!” it read.
“I hit my desk in the room we were in,” Allen said. “I was yelling ‘state voke champs and the rest of the team leaders were clapping. Then Tyler texts, ‘I think.’”
Athletic Director Mike Denise confirmed the victory moments later, and the celebration could begin in earnest. Four Beavers posted consistent scores as the team outlasted the rest of the field to take home the large school vocational championship.
White shot an 81. Fellow seniors Chase Levasseur and Cam Raymond shot 80 and 82, respectively, and freshman Connor Griffin added an 83.
“One of the seniors said they were not feeling too confident heading out there and I said ‘guys, believe in yourselves,’” Allen said. “Those guys have been my most consistent all season. Every now and then one of them might have an off day but someone else would pick them up.”
Allen said the depth has been one of Valley Tech’s strengths all season.
“This is a great group of kids,” he said. “It’s been fun to not have to rely on just a certain number of kids to score in a match, we have always had someone to pick up the slack.”
BVT was slated to play in the Colonial Athletic League tournament this week and has the district tournament scheduled for next week. The Beavers have been strong throughout the dual meet slate, with losses to Advanced Math and Science Academy. Allen said AMSA and Bay Path will be the team’s toughest competition during the league meet.
Allen said he is bringing his five seniors to the league tournament.
“All of these kids have been playing against each other for a few years,” he said. “They have grown up together through golf.”
No matter what happens the rest of the way, winning the state voke is a huge accomplishment for the program and the players, Allen said.
“They were so jazzed,” he said. “I am very fortunate to be in that position because a lot of these kids come to school and play golf. I am a very lucky man.”