2015 high school golf preview

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West High's Allye Boardman practices with teammates at the Brown Deer Golf Club in Coralville on Monday, April 6, 2015. David Scrivner / Iowa City Press-Citizen

West High’s Allye Boardman practices with teammates at the Brown Deer Golf Club in Coralville on Monday, April 6, 2015. David Scrivner / Iowa City Press-Citizen

GIRLS

CITY HIGH

Coach: Jerry Hora (15th year)

Returning letterwinners: Emmalie Bohnsack, Sr.; Lillie Christopherson, Sr.; Lexi Wichmann, Sr.; Sarah Overton, Jr.

Newcomers to watch: Autumn Moen, Jr.; Rose Sadawasser, Soph.; Lexi Shield, Fr.

Headliner: Junior Sarah Overton was a first team all-state and all-conference selection last season for the Little Hawks.

Keep an eye on: Senior Lillie Christopherson was a second team-all-conference pick last year and returns for her final prep campaign.

Circle the date: West High, Solon at City, May 5.

Outlook: Overton leads a group of returning starters that could make a dent in the standings for City.

WEST HIGH

Coach: Mary Goodfellow (17th year)

Returning letterwinners: Allye Boardman, Sr.; Avery Kout, Jr.; Mackenzi Marsh, Jr.; Jordan Amelon, Soph.

Headliner: Junior Mackenzi Marsh played the best of any returning player at the state tournament last season.

Keep an eye on: An experienced team, Allye Boardman is the lone returning senior letterwinner for the Women of Troy.

Circle the date: Cedar Rapids Xavier at West, April 7.

Outlook: The Women of Troy have a core in place that could very well lead them back to the state tournament, and perhaps even a top-three finish after placing fifth last season. The season opener against Xavier — Class 4A defending state champions — will be an early test.

West girls’ golf aiming for return to state

REGINA

Coach: Dave Coffin (37th year)

Returning letterwinners: Tori Brennan, Sr.; Johana Hoffman, Sr.; Haley McGlaughlin, Sr.; Ashlyn Mutcahey, Sr.; Abby Sheehan, Sr.; Audrey Streitz, Sr.; Mackenzie Finger, Jr.

Headliner: The Regals have an experienced group with senior Tori Brennan as the likely kingpin entering the season.

Keep an eye on: Any other Regina senior.

Circle the date: Mid-Prairie at Regina, April 20.

Outlook: Near his fourth decade in coaching, Coffin carries a veteran Regina roster that could contend consistently.

CLEAR CREEK AMANA

Coach: Brandon Stockman (first year)

Returning letterwinners: Nicole Davis, Sr.; Sarah McGrath, Sr.; Haley Mougin, Sr.

Headliner: Senior Sarah McGrath has the lowest nine-hole average of any returnee.

Keep an eye on: Nicole Davis and Haley Mougin, two other veterans for the Clippers.

Circle the date: Solon at Clear Creek Amana, April 30.

Outlook: Clear Creek Amana will be establishing itself this season despite three returning letterwinners. Preseason practice rounds will help rookie coach Brandon Stockman establish a starting lineup.

LONE TREE

Coach: Courtney Sorensen (first year)

Returning letterwinners: Allison Chewning, Sr.; Liz Griffin, Sr.

Headliner: Lone Tree returns its best golfer in senior Liz Griffin, who by far averaged the best score for both nine and 18 holes in 2014.

Keep an eye on: Fellow senior Allison Chewning.

Circle the date: Winfield-Mt. Union at Lone Tree, April 13.

Outlook: Lone Tree has two of the best returning letterwinners in the area in Griffin and Chewning, but then the line is drawn — for now. Sorensen’s club will feature at least four players that are new to not only golf at the prep level but the sport itself.

MID-PRAIRIE

Coach: Tracy McArtor (eighth year)

Returning letterwinners: Allyson Wertz, Jr.; Olivia Nisly, Soph.

Newcomers to watch: Tiffany Fisher, Soph.; Paige Slabaugh, Fr.

Headliner: Mid-Prairie’s team medalist 11 times last season, junior Allyson Wertz is the clear table-setter for the Golden Hawks.

Keep an eye on: Sophomore Olivia Nisly is the team’s second returning letterwinner after the Golden Hawks lost four players to graduation from 2014.

Circle the date: West Liberty at Mid-Prairie, April 6.

Outlook: Mid-Prairie appears to be top-heavy with Wertz and Nisly as key returnees, but the Golden Hawks also have Cassidy Bender and Lindsey Palmer in the fold from 2014.

SOLON

Coach: Kelsey Dircks (first year)

Returning letterwinners: Erika Bailey, Sr.; Allegra Johnson, Sr.; Reed McCarty, Sr.; Jenna Roskopf, Jr.; Dani Carter, Soph.; Julia DeValk, Soph.; Katie Feldkamp, Soph.

Headliner: Senior Reed McCarty averaged a sub-52 nine-hole total in 2014.

Keep an eye on: Sophomore Dani Carter was third on the team in scoring as a freshman last season for the Spartans.

Circle the date: Western Dubuque Epworth at Solon, April 13.

Outlook: Like other schools in the area, Solon also has a first-year coach this season in Dircks. But Solon has a veteran roster that could compete deep into the spring.

WEST BRANCH

Coach: Jan O’Neil (17th year)

Returning letterwinners: Jenna Bower, Jr.; Jenae Murray, Jr.; Claire Bridges, Soph.; Sydney Lamont, Soph.; Molly Robertson, Soph.

Newcomers to watch: Haley Mullinix, Soph.; Allie Waterman, Soph.; McKenna Walsh, Fr.

Headliner: Junior Jenae Murray is set to pace the Bears again this season after averaging the third-best score last year.

Keep an eye on: Junior Jenna Bower, another junior returner besides Murray.

Circle the date: Mid-Prairie at West Branch, April 27.

Outlook: West Branch’s starting lineup won’t consist of any seniors, but there is experience on the score sheet and potential newcomers who will also contribute.

BOYS

REGINA

Coach: Jared Galpin (second year)

Returning letterwinners: Luke Gallagher, Sr.; Grant Hogan, Sr.; Michael Sueppel, Jr.; Noah Felderman, Soph.

Headliner: Senior Grant Hogan fired a team-leading nine-hole average of 38.17 to pace the Regals in 2014.

Keep an eye on: Senior Luke Gallagher will try and build upon a strong season last year.

Circle the date: West Liberty at Regina, May 4.

Outlook: Two starting spots are up for grabs, but Regina has experience returning, including Hogan, who qualified for state as a freshman.

CLEAR CREEK AMANA

Coach: Sean Patrick (second year)

Returning letterwinners: Zak Caldwell, Sr.; Killian Walters, Sr.; Dylan Wolfe, Sr.; Cal Miller, Jr.; Nolan Navarra, Jr.; Coltyn Schulte, Jr.

Headliner: Senior Nolan Navarra led the pack in both nine and 18-hole averages last season.

Keep an eye on: Seniors Zak Caldwell and Dylan Wolfe and junior Cal Miller all shot similar scores last season.

Circle the date: Independence at Clear Creek Amana, April 13.

Outlook: A mix of seniors and juniors will help the Clippers compete for a conference title and possibly more this spring.

IMS

Coach: Steve Nelson (third year)

Returning letterwinners: Roman Slabach, Soph.

Newcomers to watch: Drake Brezina, Soph.; Caleb Yoder, Soph.; Mark Ecklor, Fr.; Palmer Thomas, Fr.

Headliner: Sophomore Roman Slabach had the best 18-hole average last season for Iowa Mennonite School.

Keep an eye on: Playing mostly nine-hole meets in 2014, sophomore Drake Brezina will be on varsity full-time this season.

Circle the date: Mediapolis at IMS, April 28.

Outlook: No longer with a girls’ team, IMS’ boys will attempt to impress on the course.

MID-PRAIRIE

Coach: Kelby Bender (second year)

Returning letterwinners: Ethan Danner, Soph.; Seth Mann, Soph.; Zach Owens, Soph.

Newcomers to watch: Duncan McCain, Soph.; Michael Callahan, Fr.; Collin Gingerich, Fr.; Ryan Slaubaugh, Fr.

Headliner: The Golden Hawks will get a boost from sophomore Ethan Danner, who posted several low scores last season.

Keep an eye on: Sophomore Duncan McCain placed sixth at state wrestling this winter and has been a stalwart on the mat, but this his first time on varsity golf for Mid-Prairie.

Circle the date: Regina at Mid-Prairie, April 20.

Outlook: Mid-Prairie is young, young and young again. This team could evolve into a contender soon, however.

SOLON

Coach: Adam Stahle (eighth year)

Returning letterwinners: Jake Singkofer, Sr.; Marcus Martin, Soph.

Newcomers to watch: Jackson Rushek, Sr.; Noah Erickson, Soph.; Sterling McIlvary, Soph.; Tyler Linderbaum, Fr.; Spencer Wolfe, Fr.; Logan Yakish, Fr.

Headliner: Jake Singkofer is in a class by himself as the only returning senior with experience. The Spartans lost 10 seniors to graduation.

Keep an eye on: Sophomore Marcus Martin, who was in the top six as a freshman last season.

Circle the date: Mount Vernon at Solon, April 20.

Outlook: Despite losing 10 golfers, Solon still has depth, albeit inexperienced.

WEST BRANCH

Coach: Randy Sexton (19th year)

Retuning letterwinners: Adam Kirkey, Sr.; Matt McIlrath, Sr.; Lucas Lamont, Sr.; Sam McCrory, Sr.; Austin Perks, Sr.; Drew Finnegan, Jr.

Newcomers to watch: Cade Aspelmeier, Fr.; Trevor Thein, Fr.

Headliner: A first team all-conference selection in 2014, senior Matt McIlrath will once again anchor the West Branch lineup.

Keep an eye on: Junior Drew Finnegan has the fourth-best nine-hole average of any returnee and is tops for his class.

Circle the date: Mid-Prairie at West Branch, April 27.

Outlook: West Branch has perhaps the deepest team in the area. Deciding on the six golfers to put out there will be a nice problem to have for Sexton, who is in his 19th year at the helm of the Bears.

WEST LIBERTY

Coach: Jason Iske (sixth year)

Returning letterwinners: Ryan Alpen, Sr.; Kohlton Kober, Sr.; Austin Newton, Sr.; Brice Page, Jr.

Newcomers to watch: Jacob Dickey, Jr.; Braydon Smith, Jr.

Headliner: Senior Ryan Alpen leads a trio of seniors for the Comets.

Keep an eye on: Junior Brice Page enters upperclassman status after already being on varsity two years.

Circle the date: West Branch at West Liberty, April 20.

Outlook: West Liberty’s four returning letterwinners should provide a solid makeup for the Comets.

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