Fall Sports Preview: St. Croix Central golfers leaning heavily on seniors
Having nine returning players, including five seniors, gives the St. Croix Central girls golf team good reason to be optimistic for the 2017 season.
The Panthers tied for fourth place in the Middle Border Conference team standings in 2016. The girls on the team expressed that improving on that fourth place finish was their goal for this season.
The two top players from the 2016 Panther lineup return. Seniors Audra Scott and Abby Edelman both ranked among the top 20 players in the conference a year ago.
Logan Kimberly takes over as head coach this season after Chance Langeness became Central’s middle school athletic director. Kimberly said he is leaning heavily on his seniors at the start of the season.
“It really is a great group of girls. I’m NHS supervisor and they’re all in NHS,” Kimberly said.
He said the positive attitude of the seniors and their work with the younger girls on the team has quickly been established as one of the team’s strengths.
Along with Scott and Edelman, the Panthers also return seniors Mikaelyn Fry, Jessie Kinney and Brianna Rolling. Also returning are juniors Sierra Rollings and Hanna Wehausen and sophomores Parker Chladek and Brooklyn Mishler. Nearly all of them got a taste of varsity time last season.
The girls were also quick to say that the Panther junior varsity team tied for second place in the conference standings. So there should be solid competition among the top nine girls for the five varsity positions.
There are also five freshmen out for the Panthers this season. Kimberly said they all have limited golf experience, but they’ve quickly shown to be very coachable girls who are learning the game quickly.
In the team’s first competition of the season, the Panthers tied for sixth place among 13 teams competing in the small school division at the Barron Scramble last Friday. Scott, Edelman, Chladek, Wehausen and Mishler were the Panthers’ varsity performers at Barron.