Girls’ golf preview

Andover

2012 finish: fourth place in NWSC, fourth place at section meet, missed state by three strokes.

Coach: Wade Johnson

Key returning players: Juniors Sierra Langlie (all-conference, state entrant), Lauren Peterson and McKenzie Skurat, sophomore Haley Tollette (all-conference) and ninth grader Lindsey Peterson.

Outlook: Junior Sierra Langlie hopes to make it four state meet appearances this June after tying for 10th place in Class AAA in 2012. Tollette was close to earning her first trip to state, but fell a bit short of the top-10 individual cut-off to make state. Andover is coming off a record-setting best season and returns a lot of its firepower this spring. Johnson expects the team to compete for the Northwest Suburban Conference title and section team title as well. “Individual expectations are for every girl to work on improving every aspect of their game resulting in lower scores allowing for our team to be successful,” he said.

Huskies junior Sierra Langlie looks to make another return to the state meet at Bunker Hills. File photo

Huskies junior Sierra Langlie looks to make another return to the state meet at Bunker Hills. File photo

Anoka

Coach: Scott Boline

Outlook: No information was provided.

Blaine

2012 finish: Section 5AAA team champions return five scorers from the team which placed second to Elk River in the Northwest Suburban Conference standings. The team also earned Academic All-State honors with an unweighted 3.87 GPA. Senior Hannah Andrews tied for 45th place, Leah Swanson (50th) and Caroline Andrews (53rd), Karie Francen (73rd) and Jenna Francen (85th) at the state meet.

Coach: Bill Davids and Maribeth Suter

Key returning players: Senior captains include Hannah Andrews and Leah Swanson with junior captain Rylee Slotsve. Sophomores Caroline Andrews and Jenna Francen return from the section squad.

Blaine's Hannah Andrews

Blaine’s Hannah Andrews

Coon Rapids

2012 finish: Ninth in the NWSC and Section 5AAA.

Coach: Chad Kuehne.

Key returning players: Senior and lone all-conference selection Megan Bratland returns along with classmates Kelsey Patricelli, Kelsey Hedman and Amber Ammann plus junior Amanda Craft.

Outlook: Kuehne has the Cardinals penciled in among the middle of the pack in what should be a strong Northwest Suburban Conference and Section 5AAA line up with teams like Elk River and Blaine. “We have the potential to go further and the team unity and character is at a very high level,” he said. “[We have] no opportunities for dissapointment. We will take dead-aim and learn what we can from the game.”

Legacy Christian

2012 finish: Fourth place at Class A State meet, graduate Rachel Gray won Class A state championship by five strokes.

Coach: Dan Nelson

Return players: Sophomore Jillian Johnson placed 44th at state; eighth grader Kayla Ruf placed 48th; sophomore Anna Cleveland placed 67th; sophomore Lindsey McAlpine placed 70th.

Outlook: No information was provided.

Spring Lake Park

Coach: Tom Benson

Outlook: No information was provided.

St. Francis

2012 finish: Saints finished third in the North Suburban Conference and didn’t qualify anyone for state.

Coach: Brent Swaggert, second year at St. Francis

Key returners: The team returns senior all-conference honorees Emily Larson and Paige Berg along with honorable mention golfers Makenzie Belisle and Alex Hillesheim.

Outlook: The Saints finished third in the conference without a senior, so odds are the experience from the rest of the summer will carry over to this spring. The JV squad won the conference meet with a mix of eighth graders and underclassmen. Larson will continue to play at Jamestown College in North Dakota next season.

Jason Olson is at jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

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