Scouting the 2011 IHSAA girls golf season

2011-07-30T22:00:00Z 2013-08-03T17:42:11Z Scouting the 2011 IHSAA girls golf season nwitimes.com
July 30, 2011 10:00 pm

Duneland Athletic Conference

CHESTERTON

Players to watch: Kelly Grassel, Jr.; Marissa Kroeger, Jr.; Stephanie Drake, Sr.

Outlook: With eight returning varsity players, the Trojans have plenty of experience and high expectations entering the season. Grassel is one of the top golfers in the area, but her teammates are no slouches either.

Quote: "Our kids worked hard in the offseason and are very confident. We're looking forward to a good year." -- coach Dale Hewitt

CROWN POINT

Players to watch: Christina Hall, Sr.; Kaylie Slosson, Sr.; Lucia Bracco, Jr.; Zoie Matthews, Jr.

Outlook: New coach Jon Haas takes over for the departed Mike Cronkhite. Crown Point's girls have played well in many summer tournaments and should be expected to be one of the top teams in the region.

Quote: "I expect a solid season this year in the DAC. By the time sectionals roll around, I think we will be ready to put up a solid title defense." -- Haas

LAKE CENTRAL

Players to watch: Jamie Hintz, Jr.; Kiana Jongsma, So.; Tori Balicki, Sr.; Megan Falat, Sr.; Kylie Shoemach, Fr.

Outlook: Scores have improved solidly and consistently from each player, and a top three DAC finish is feasible.

Quote: "A few girls have really stepped up to the plate and set a precedent for offseason workouts." -- coach Chris Rossiano

LAPORTE

Players to watch: Taylor Thompson, So.; Delanie Alcorn, So.

Outlook: Coach Mark Wilson doesn't have any seniors on his squad, but with Thompson and Alcorn coming back for the second year, Wilson is confident the sophomores will provide the necessary leadership to be successful.

Quote: "If you graduate a bunch of seniors the year before, than you worry about leadership. We only had one last season and our returning girls have all played the courses. They know what is expected of them." -- coach Wilson

MERRILLVILLE

Outlook: The Pirates shot a 434 at last season's Bishop Noll Sectional, good for fifth place. Merrillville will look to break into the top three and advance to the LaPorte Regional.

MICHIGAN CITY

Players to watch: Paige Mellen, Sr.

Outlook: Much like last season, Mellen played a considerable amount on the NIJGA tour this summer and the senior brings back a wealth of experience for coach Kathy Gushrowski's squad.

PORTAGE

Players to watch: Kenzie Barcelli, Jr.; Lauren Murray, Jr.; Jessica Morris, Sr.

Outlook: First-year coach Bryan Tyman takes over a program that is stocked with freshmen and sophomores. Tyman is new to coaching, but expects to make great strides with the Indians over the next several years.

Quote: "The future looks very bright for Portage golf. This is a great opportunity for me and I'm looking forward to getting started." -- coach Tyman

VALPARAISO

Players to watch: Harley Dubsky, So.; Ellie Gorski, Sr.; Jennifer Gough, Fr; Brooke Fullenkamp, Fr.

Outlook: The Vikings add more youthful talent this season with the additions of Gough and Fullenkamp, but the depth took a hit when junior Susan Friedlander moved to Indianapolis this summer. Dubsky returns as one of the top two golfers in the area.

Quote: "Losing Susan hurts a bit, but we're still going to be very solid. We're looking to compete for the conference, sectional, regional and hopefully a trip down to state." -- coach Bill Miller

Greater South Shore Conference

BISHOP NOLL

Outlook: The Warriors finished eighth at their own sectional last season, so improving upon that should be a priority.

NORTH NEWTON

Outlook: The Spartans hope to rebound from last season's eighth place finish in the Kankakee Valley Sectional.

WHEELER

Players to watch: Tijana Raketic, Sr.; Sarah Becker, Sr.; Alexx Sanchez, Jr.; Erin Mitten, Jr.

Outlook: Wheeler coach Mark Becker has seen his numbers explode over the past several years and should have 12 golfers on the roster this season. The competition for course time will only aid the Bearcats as the team is looking at improving throughout the year.

Quote: "Right now the field is kind of open as to who will be playing. This is going to be a growing and developing year. I'm pleased to see how we're developing so far." -- coach Becker

Great Lakes Athletic Conference

CLARK

Players to watch: Maria Caberlas, Sr.; Karina Alcala, Sr.; Colleen Cassody, So.; Irma Hernandez, So.; Sarahi Oroczo, So.

Outlook: Clark has a mix of youth and experience, as the seniors have played for all four years. Caberlas has a goal of going to regional in her final year.

Quote: "The girls practice hard and are learning the game very well." -- coach Randy Chavez

GAVIT

Outlook: Gavit finished last at the Bishop Noll Sectional last season among teams who had enough players to place. The Gladiators expect to improve upon that.

Northwest Crossroads Conference

ANDREAN

Outlook: Andrean didn't field a whole team last season, so they were unable to place at the Bishop Noll Sectional. Individually, the 59ers lost a solid golfer to graduation in Katie Derek.

GRIFFITH

Players to watch: Rachel Solar, Sr.; Ann Ficht, Jr.; Christy Anzur, So.; Kathryn Baum, So.

Outlook: The Panthers have room for improvement after finishing sixth in the Bishop Noll Sectional at Lost Marsh last season. Griffith will field a team mixed with experienced upperclassmen and youth.

Quote: "(We have) a larger amount of girls wanting to get better and working at getting better." -- coach Mike Worosz

HIGHLAND

Players to watch: Allison Banasiak, Sr.

Outlook: Highland lost arguably the best female golfer in school history when Brianne Torrenga graduated after last season. Banasiak will likely step in as the No. 1 to provide both low scores and good leadership.

Quote: "We're trying to just fill the void left by Brianne. I'm cautiously optimistic." -- coach Tom Brankin

HOBART

Players to watch: Allison Smith, Sr.; Aimee Pope, Jr.; Marina Tipold, Sr.

Outlook: Hobart expects to be a little more competitive this season with a strong core back. The Brickies finished second at last season's NCC meet, so the potential is there.

Quote: "I know I've seen a lot of work out of them. They've been practicing out of season." -- coach Matt Frankowski

KANKAKEE VALLEY

Players to watch: Madison Wireman, So.; Bethany Jansma, So.; Emily Tucker, Jr.; Tara Berry, Fr.; Syd Robinson, Sr.

Outlook: The Kougars could be a force to be reckoned with in the future, but this year should be used to gain more experience. K.V. is expecting some growing pains, but a decent finish as the season rolls along.

Quote: "The team is very young and inexperienced, but very hard working and dedicated." -- coach Ron Stanton

LOWELL

Outlook: The Red Devils lost their entire top four to graduation last season, so this will likely be a rebuilding year. Boys golf coach John Harris will take the reins from John Becker this season.

MUNSTER

Players to watch: Sarah Kinser, Sr.; Hailey Estes, Jr.

Outlook: By Munster standards, this could be a bit of a rebuilding year. Kinser and Estes are the returning experienced varsity players and will be looked upon to help bring along a squad of six freshmen newcomers.

Quote: "It's encouraging to see some of the young talent we have out there." -- coach Bill Smitka

Porter County Conference

HANOVER CENTRAL

Players to watch: Hannah Green, Jr.; Jamie Frost, Jr.; Elizabeth Price, Jr.; Allison Kubiak, Jr.

Outlook: The Wildcats will start their season with four 18-hole matches, so they'll know right away what they can do this season. Many of the girls have been playing in the NIJGA for two summers now, so there is reason for optimism.

Quote: "They've got a little fire on their minds. They want to advance out of sectionals." -- coach Jerry Kienzle

Others

BOONE GROVE

Players to watch: Elizabeth Buth, Sr.

Outlook: Coach Bob Lukas takes over a program that is in the midst of rebuilding. Buth brings experience as one of the top upperclassmen on the roster.

RENSSELAER

Outlook: The Bombers finished second in last season's Kankakee Valley Sectional and advance to the LaPorte Regional. They'll hope to repeat that performance this season.

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