High school boys' golf team capsules

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Doherty

Coach: Cheri Rogers (17th season)

Key golfers: Avery Henderson, jr.; Ryan Pierce, sr.; Sam Gonzales, sr.; Matt Allor, sr.

What to know: The Spartans lose Andrew Stroh and Riley Dunlop, both of whom qualified for state. Returning to the starting four is Henderson, who will look to qualify for the state tournament after missing the cut by two strokes a year ago, as well as Pierce. The Spartans lost six seniors from last year.

Fountain-Fort Carson

Coach: Matthew Sutter (second season)

Key golfers: Mitchell Stevens, sr.; Zach Nixon, jr. Hunter McCormick, jr. Ethan Capehart, fr.

What to know: Stevens, Nixon and McCormick are all returning to varsity, while freshman Capehart could also join the starting four. Second-year coach Sutter said the focus for his team will be the short game. The Trojans did not qualify a golfer to state last season.

Liberty

Coach: Stan Woodworth (18th season)

Key golfers: Brandon Bervig, jr.; Lucas Howell, jr.; Tyler Barcelon, jr.; Austin Shelton, sr.

What to know: Bervig was the team's lone qualifier at state a season ago. He shot a 19-over 161 over two days and finished tied for 49th. He'll lead a starting four that have all consistently played in tournaments over the summer. Longtime coach Woodworth said he wants his team to work on course management during the season.

Palmer

Coach: Tateum Bowers (first season)

Key golfers: Andrew Rush, sr.; Presley Greier, jr.; Finn Gilkes, fr.

What to know: The Terrors will field a varsity and junior varsity team with "eight or nine" players on rosters, says first-year coach Bowers. Returning senior Rush will lead the team after breaking into the 70s over the summer. Greier will also be vital as he has been shooting in the low 80s.

Not reporting: Rampart, Pine Creek and Coronado.

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Cheyenne Mountain

Coach: John Carricato (third season)

Key golfers: Keegan Sullivan; Grant Mondejar; Gabe Marmon; Aiden Clark.

What to know: Last year's state qualifiers Aiden Detlof and Everett Dwyer graduated, while 2016 varsity players Sullivan and Mondejar return. The Indians have a number of athletes who could contend for a starting spot this year, including Oklahoma transfer Keaton Hulen and freshman Connor Moberly.

Discovery Canyon

Coach: Mark Liggett (fifth season)

Key golfers: Luke Trujillo, sr.; Caleb Blackburn, sr.

What to know: The Thunder won their school's first team title by a wide margin last season. Trujillo, in his breakout tournament, led the way by winning the individual title in a playoff. This year, the Thunder will have to find a replacement for their third and fourth spots after seniors Owen Pasvogel and Hayden Fry graduated. As of last week, Liggett was unsure who the two replacements would be.

Falcon

Coach: Greg Morris (10th season)

Key golfers: Ryan Welsh, sr.; Kegan Hoang, jr.

What to know: Falcon tied for ninth at the state tournament last season. Welsh, the only returner from the team, led the way with a 17-over 161 at the tournament. Morris said his team is young, but he wants them to maintain a positive showing at all the tournaments they take part in this season.

Mesa Ridge

Coach: James Huerena (seventh season)

Key golfers: No golfers listed.

What to know: The Grizzlies have a young team this year that needs experience, says Huerena. The team's last state qualifiers were Braden Bentley and Logan Gorman in 2015.

Widefield

Coach: Chris Morrell (ninth season)

Key golfers: No golfers listed.

What to know: The Gladiators are again inexperienced. Morrell said learning the basics of golf will be the focus.

Not reporting: Sierra, Canon City, Lewis-Palmer, Sand Creek, Woodland Park, Air Academy, Palmer Ridge, Vista Ridge and Mitchell.

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Colorado Springs Christian

Coach: Michael Kuyper (first season)

Key golfers: No golfers listed.

What to know: Kuyper takes over the golf program at CSCS. The Lions did not qualify a golfer to the state tournament a season ago.

Manitou Springs

Coach: Ken Vecchio (15th season)

Key golfers: Jaeden Jones, sr.; Byron Baca, sr.

What to know: The Mustangs return state qualifiers and all-conference golfers Baca and Jones to the mix in 2017. Vecchio says those two have the most experience on the team, but he believes there are others on the roster who can develop into nice players.

The Classical Academy

Coach: Bob Gravelle (seventh season)

Key golfers: Liam O'Halloran, soph.; Connor Holien, sr.; Nick Aranez, sr.

What to know: O'Halloran finished sixth at the Class 3A state tournament last season, the highest finish by a TCA golfer in program history. As a sophomore, he should once again be one of the top golfers in the area and his classification. This season, Gravelle said he hopes O'Halloran will be joined by a team at the state tournament. Aranez, Ryan Beckman, Tyler Trogstad and Neil Baker will compete for the third and fourth spots on the team.

Not reporting: St. Mary's, James Irwin and Florence.