Metro high school girls golf preview capsules
Coach: Lisa Schwinden (second season)
Last season: ninth at state
Who's gone: Anna Davison
Key returners: Ava Olson, Fr.; Rylee Fitzgerald, Jr.; Payton Asche, Jr.; Kate Osowski, Jr.; Kaytlin Tesch, So.; Liv Karnik, Fr.; Lauren Lamp, Fr.; Kya Benson, Fr.; Quinn Benson, seventh grade.
Coach's comments: "Don't be surprised when this young team competes like veterans. All six players will be competitive and a variety of different lineups are expected. A combination of experience and hard work during the offseason will pay dividends during the season."
Coach: Chad Christensen (sixth season)
Last season: seventh at the Eastern Dakota Conference meet
Who's gone: Taylee Jenson and Ana Solberg.
Key returners: Tonya Berg, So.; Maddy England, Sr.; Sam Weston, Sr.; Sophie Cody, Sr.
Coach's comments: "The Spartans are returning a lot of good players from last year's team. The majority of our girls had an opportunity to play at the varsity level at some point last season, so hopefully we will build on that experience. We have a really great group of girls that have set goals of preparing themselves to compete at every event."
Coach: Don Johnson (31st season)
Last season: tied for 10th at state meet
Who's gone: Cassie Johnson
Key returners: Julia Wold, Sr.; Greta McArthur, So.; Anna Graveline, Jr.
Coach's comments: "We hope to improve ourselves a little bit. If we can end up in the middle of the pack I'll be satisfied. We're young. It's kind of a rebuilding. Always takes awhile in golf to get going. They have to start young."
Coach: Sarah Storandt (third season)
Last season: fourth at Eastern Dakota Conference meet
Who's gone: Olivia Koskela
Key returners: Laura Bolgrean, Sr.; Adie Wagner, Fr.; Taylor Struck, Fr.; Ellie Wilcox, So.; Dayna Wiley, So.; Isabelle Osland, So.; Miriam Duncan, Jr.
Coach's comments: "I am excited to have several girls back from last year's team as well as a few new girls that are coming out for the first time. Last year, we showed great improvement and were extremely fortunate to qualify for the state tournament. We will miss our senior Olivia Koskela greatly, however, we have several other girls who have had lots of varsity golf experience that are returning. We are anxious to take what we learned from the state tournament last year and use it to return to state again this year."
Coach: Paula Pierson (second season)
Last season: Jesse Price qualified for state
Who's gone: Jesse Price and Harli Dragt.
Key returners: Ashley Johnson, Jr.; Anna Wohl, Jr.
Coach's comments: "If we can keep those younger middle school girls interested in the game then they can encourage their friends to come out and give it a try. There's a group that can build our program. We have to keep on them and hope they have a great experience and keep coming back and bring one or two extra players with them."
West Fargo Sheyenne
Coach: Dan Wolf (fourth season)
Last season: eighth at state meet
Who's gone: Ashley Peterson and Alison Ault.
Key returners: Maggie Manson (third at state last season), Sr.; Allison Schmidt, Sr.; Jessica Koerselman, Sr.; Mollie Gast, Sr.
Coach's comments: "We have girls that can play very well, but the key to success in golf is playing well and maintaining that and not bouncing around with those scores. We'll lean heavily on four seniors and two newer players that will have their first taste of varsity experience. Our goal is to play our best at the end of the year. Hopefully it'll be good enough to take home some hardware."