Girls’ Golf Preview
Coach: Wade Johnson
Outlook:Anchored by three-time state entrant Sierra Langlie, who is only a sophomore, look for the Huskies to rally around its top golfer who is coming off a 14th-place finish in the state Class AAA meet last June on her home course of Bunker Hills.
Joining Langlie at the top of what is a very young but competitive roster will be Haley Tollette. The Huskies finished fifth in the Northwest Suburban Conference and sixth in the section meet.
Johnson said the characteristics of the squad seem to be willing to put in the time and effort to improve. “They’re coachable and fun to be around and hopefully we can compete with [conference and section favorite Elk River],” he said.
Coach: Bill Davids
Outlook:The Bengals return a veteran group highlighted by two-time state meet participant Hannah Andrews, a junior captain. Senior captains include Karie Francen and Morgan Wolfe.
Coach: Chad Kuehne (eighth year with the team, seventh as head coach)
Outlook: The Cardinals look to build on last season’s ninth-place finish in the Northwest Suburban Conference and eight place in the Section 5AA team tournament. They had one golfer in a four-way playoff for the final spot to advance to state.
Coon Rapids returns junior captain Megan Bratland (98 scoring average) with classmates Kelsey Patricelli (121 average) and Amber Ammann (125 average).
Kuehne said the team needs to learn how to score lower in order to have a chance as it graduated talent but “retained quality of character. If the MSHSL decides to send a team [to state] for sportsmanship, we have got a shot,” he said.
Spring Lake Park
Coach: Tom Benson
Outlook: The much earlier start to the season has helped the Panthers get a jump on hitting balls outside at Victory Links in Blaine and even get in a round or two at least three weeks earlier than last season.
Spring Lake Park returns senior state entrant Miranda Olson at the top of the line-up followed by three-year varsity golfer Katie DeBoer, but from there the roster gets a little less clear as four or five ninth-graders have a chance to make the varsity line-up, including Allie Guzy, Ali Schultz, Rochelle Perzel and Annie McKenzie.
Coach: Brent Swaggert, new coach
Outlook: The Saints return juniors Paige Berg and Emily Larsen after finishing second in the North Suburban Conference and graduated four. “But have an experienced core group returning with no seniors,” Swaggert said.
Anoka and Legacy Christian didn’t reply for this preview.
Compiled by Jason Olson