Senior Jacob Pierce is the lone returnee to the Northville boys golf starting lineup.

Senior Jacob Pierce is the lone returnee to the Northville boys golf starting lineup.


Head coach: Mike Anderson, third season.

Home course: Cattails G.C.

League affiliation: Catholic League (Central Division).

Last year’s finish: First, Division Catholic League; MHSAA Division 1 district champ; MHSAA Division 1 state and regional runner-up.

Notable losses to graduation: Domenic Mancinelli (honorable mention all-state), Dan Ault, Jimmy Ryan.

Leading returnees: James Piot, Soph. (all-state dream team); Glenn Piot, Sr. captain (first team all-state); Ben Smith, Soph.; Max Palmer, Jr.

Promising newcomer: JoJo Mancinelli, Jr.; Nazir Jairazbhoy, Sr.; Will Coffman, Sr. captain.

Anderson’s 2015 outlook: “We come into this season with high expectations. We have three guys who are really solid players and then we’re going to have six or seven guys battling for two spots. We got 20 guys on varsity, but realistically there’s only another seven or eight guys at the most that will be able to contend for the top five. One of things we do at Catholic Central is take two, sometimes three and in some cases four teams, so that we have all 20 guys, or at least 15 guys, playing in as many events as possible. We had 68 kids try out for the program, so it’s a pretty deep well to choose from. We felt last year like we were the best team in the state Very happy for Swartz Creek and what they were able to accomplish. They beat us and we just played poorly. They just played better. Our fifth-man scores that we threw out at the state finals were two 76s and they threw out a 91 and 93 that day, I think. They’re top four guys played well for them.”


Head coach: Jeff Balagna, fifth season.

Home course: Northville Hills G.C.

League affiliation: KLAA Kensington Conference (Central Division).

Last year’s finish: Second, KLAA Central Division (4-1); fifth, KLAA pre-tourney and KLAA Association; sixth, MHSAA Division 1 regional.

Notable losses to graduation: Andrew Sarokin, Brad Minniear, Andrew Stevens, Matt Robinet.

Leading returnees: Jacob Pierce, Sr.

Promising newcomers: Daniel McKee, Soph.; Abhi Alluri, Fr.; Jimmy Dales, Fr.

Balagna’s 2015 outlook: “We graduated four of our top five players from last year’s team that qualified for regionals. Our biggest challenge to start the year is finding out who is going to take those spots. We have about 10 kids who can step up and fill those voids; it’s just a matter of finding which ones at the right time. In addition, we lack varsity experience. Jacob Pierce is the only player on the team with true varsity experience. This is the first time in a while we will have all new faces in the varsity lineup. Jacob Pierce started in the five spot for us all year. He had his score count in over half of the events we played in. He’ll be the number one player on this year’s team and should have a big year.”


Head coach: Brad Huss, 18th season.

Home course: Walnut Creek C.C.

League affiliation: KLAA Kensington Conference (Central Division).

Last year’s finish: First, KLAA pre-tourney and KLAA Central Division (5-0); fourth, MHSAA Division 1 district; seventh, KLAA Association tourney; ninth, MHSAA Division 1 regional.

Notable losses to graduation: Garrett Buckley (honorable mention all-state; Loyola, Ill.).

Leading returnees: Bryan Fegert, Sr.; Ryan Welch, Soph.; Erik Czekaj, Sr.; Billy Ulle, Sr.

Promising newcomers: Mike Ulle, Soph.; Brendan Campbell, Jr.

Huss’ 2015 outlook: “I think we have an outstanding team because, realistically, the tournaments mean everything. Dual meets are nice and help set you up for championships, but the reality is they don’t mean a whole lot in the sport. To me, it’s like playing a half football game. It’s an 18-hole sport. I think we have a very good 18-hole team, but we’re going to have to rely on our top four guys. And I truly believe those other guys are going to sneak in there, maybe somebody is still a sleeper right now that will come in with a score and can help us. I believe we can play with anybody in an 18-hole tournament.”


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