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Gazette Premium Content Girls' golf capsules

By Brent W. New preps@gazette.com - Published: March 3, 2014

CLASS 5A

Doherty

Coach: John Carricato (fifth year)

Key athletes: Kim Riveria, sr; Alexia Gowing, jr.; Christa Schlichting, jr.

Outlook: The Spartans are a young team coming off three consecutive second-place finishes in the Colorado Springs Metro League. Riveria, Gowing and Schlichting will have to make big strides if Doherty wants to be in the mix in the CSML this season.

 

Fountain-Fort Carson

Coach: Brent Bloyd/Matt Sutter

Key athletes: Kylee Blount, sr.; Bri Stegman, sr.; Kyleigh Bloyd, jr.; Karry Knight, jr.; Haley Smith, soph.

Outlook: The Trojans bring no year-round golfers to the tee box in 2014. Second-year varsity golfers Blount and Stegman have the best shots at making any noise in the CSML.

 

Liberty

Coach: Brett Courter

Key athletes: Summer White, sr.; Hannah Ashton, sr.

Outlook: With a new home course (Pine Creek Golf Club), Courter hopes White - who is a college softball signee - can lead the Lancers and add a trip to the state golf tournament to her memory bank.

 

Palmer

Coach: Jason Kohl (ninth year)

Key athletes: Amanda Kosley, sr.; Karlye Enkler, sr.

Outlook: Returning seniors Kosley and Enkler have big shoes to fill with Tori King out of the picture. King, who qualified for state and finished 74th in the state field last season for the Terrors, moved to Arizona at the end of last school year.

 

Pine Creek

Coach: Shane Brown (second season)

Key athletes: Mary Kate Nelson, sr.; Victoria Thompson, jr.; Dana Rial, jr.; Bethany Salgado, sr.

Outlook: Pine Creek looks to be in good shape to bring home its third consecutive CSML title in girls' golf. Better than good actually. Led by Nelson, who will play golf at Navy next year, along with three other varsity golfers who can shoot in the 70s and 80s, the Eagles should be one of the best teams in the area.

 

Rampart

Coach: Brad Keating (first year)

Key athletes: Jessi Molitor, jr.

Outlook: PGA professional and former CSCS boys' golf coach Keating takes over Rampart, which fields a young team in 2014. Lone veteran Molitor, meanwhile, will try to qualify for state for the second consecutive season.

 

CLASS 4A

Air Academy

Coach: Judy Bogard (ninth year)

Key athletes: Kelsey McKenna, soph.; Rachel Schlater, sr.; Jessica Ainsworth, jr.

Outlook: Air Academy has its lowest turnout in nearly a decade, boasting only five players on its team. After losing four seniors last year, McKenna, who finished fourth in the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference, will have to lead a small and somewhat inexperienced Kadets team. To where? Only time will tell.

 

Cheyenne Mountain

Coach: Bill Paulson (32nd year)

Key athletes: Kylee Sullivan, jr.; Samantha Weber, jr.; Kelly Kruse, sr.

Outlook: On paper, Cheyenne Mountain should run away with the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference. Two-time Gazette Golfer of the Year, Sullivan, leads the Indians and will look to improve on her sixth-place finish at state from a year ago. And state qualifiers Weber and Kruse, who should both be in line for their second consecutive first-team all-PPAC recognition, will look to boost the Indians as high as they can go in 4A.

 

The Classical Academy

Coach: Bob Gravelle 

Key athletes: Sarah Weber, sr.; Rachel Weber, sr.

Outlook: Twin sisters Sarah and Rachel bring the Titans' only real varsity experience. Both are hoping to qualify for the state tournament this season.

Hannah Carter, in her second season, is hoping to make an impact. Three freshmen round out the young squad. 

 

Coronado

Coach: Kelly Hodge (first year)

Key athletes: Kitty Paton-Isle, jr.; Grace Wilson, jr.; Allie Garcia, soph.

Outlook: Under the first-year coach, Coronado boasts its biggest team ever with 16 girls coming out for golf. Paton-Isle, Wilson and Garcia have the best shots at making the state tournament in May.

 

Lewis-Palmer

Coach: Nate Strycker (fourth year)

Outlook: Yes, Lewis-Palmer has been affected by all the golf course closings. The Rangers move from Gleneagle Golf Club (closed) to Monument Hill Country Club.

 

Manitou Springs

Coach: Ken Vecchio (10th year)

Key athletes: Mattie Schwall, sr.; Zoe Weiz, McKenzie Petrick

Outlook: Just like it was in girls' swimming, Manitou Springs is stacked in girls' golf. Vecchio's bunch returns nine girls with varsity experience returning and adds four new girls who also have golf experience. Schwall leads them all. The three-time state qualifier could make some noise at her fourth state tournament.

 

Mesa Ridge

Coach: Monte Fetters (second season)

Key athletes: Savannah Richardson, sr; Arian Perez, jr.; Kelsey Rodrique, fr.

Outlook: Richardson and Perez are the only returning golfers for Mesa Ridge. So no, the Grizzlies probably don't have enough depth to compete for the top spot in the PPAC, but a year of growth for the second-year program would be a big step in the right direction.

 

St. Mary's

Coach: John Krause

Key athletes: Kathleen Resman, soph.

Outlook: Resman is the only returning golfer for the Pirates - but her talent isn't alone on St. Mary's. Freshmen Sydney Ballweber, Sarah Hwang and Erica Gonzales are all year-round golfers and can help the Pirates with depth.

 

The Classical Academy

Coach: Bob Gravelle (sixth year)

Outlook: The Titans will pay green fees at Eisenhower Golf Course to practice this season. Gravelle, meanwhile, said his team is young and inexperienced.

 

Sand Creek

Coach: Loren Lutz

Key athletes: Faith Watson, sr; Cianna Olson, sr.

Outlook: Fourth-year varsity players Watson and Olson will lead the Scorpions in 2014.

 

Schools not reporting: Discovery Canyon, Harrison, Mitchell, Falcon, Palmer Ridge, Vista Ridge, Florence

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