2015 high school golf preview

2015 high school golf preview


2015 high school golf preview


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



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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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