Prep girls golf capsules for 5A, 4A, 3A

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5A

Doherty

Coach: John Laxson (first season)

Key players: Page Weil, Kortnay Jaworski and Athena Hunsucker.

Outlook: Laxson is the Spartans' third coach in three years. He says he's focused on improving his players' course management and short game. Weil, Jaworski and Hunsucker are returning varsity players.

Fountain-Fort Carson

Coach: Brent Bloyd (fourth season)

Key players: Teandra Omans, soph.; Jordan Johnson, soph.; Kaitlyn Paulson, sr.; Zion Levister, sr.

Outlook: Bloyd says his team's strength lies in its perseverance and character as all five of his potential varsity players come from military families. The goal for the Trojans is simple: improve throughout the year.

Palmer

Coach: Christopher Rego (first season)

Key players: Charlotte Cliatt, soph.

Outlook: Cliatt, who took 76th at the 5A state tournament a year ago, returns as the team's only state qualifier this season. With a new coach, Rego, Cliatt and the Terrors will focus on improving their approach.

Rampart

Coach: Brad Keating (fourth season)

Key players: Arielle Keating, jr.; Alex Hill, soph.; Julia Garcia, soph.; Lily Noteboom, jr.; Rebekah Gilman, soph.; Ashlyn Wilmot, jr.; and Sarah Alta-Nevarez, jr.

Outlook: Keating tied for 13th last season and could be on the verge of something even bigger this year. Her dad and coach, Brad, said the Florida Atlantic University verbal commit shot a 65 at the Colorado Springs Country Club last week. He also expects Hill to make some noise on the 5A scene as well. 

 

4A

Canon City

Coach: Jeff Perkins (first season)

Key players: Courtney Crossman, sr.

Outlook: Crossman is the Tigers' best chance of getting someone to the state tournament this season. Perkins will look to guide her in his first season in charge.

Cheyenne Mountain

Coach: John Carricato (second season)

Key players: Casey Fetters, sr.; and Maxine Choi, jr.

Outlook: Choi and Fetters, who respectively finished 24th and 41st at the 4A state tournament, are back after they helped the Indians finish second as a team a year ago. The Indians will need to find some depth in their younger players this season to make noise once again.

Coronado

Coach: Kelly Hodge (third season)

Key players: Madi Eurich, jr.; and Kate Griffin, fr.

Outlook: The Cougars have talent and a new classification to work with in 2017. Eurich is back after qualifying for state in both of her first two years, and Griffin will make her debut as a touted freshman who won a middle school city championship.

Falcon

Coach: Amber Villani (seventh season)

Key players: Jessica Yost, sr.; and Olivia Elderedge, soph.

Outlook: Villani called last season a rebuilding year for the Falcons, who didn't qualify anybody into the state tournament. She hopes her team can find growth this season and compete on a higher level.

Liberty

Coach: Brett Courter (fourth season)

Key players: Sarah MacDonald, sr.; Molly Fackelman, sr.; Aubrey Montreal, jr.; and Jenna Smith, soph.

Outlook: In something of a trend across the area, the Lancers have a smaller team than they did last season. MacDonald will lead the way after she qualified for the 5A tournament last year. Courter says he hopes she has company in the 4A tournament.

Mesa Ridge

Coach: Monte Fetters (fifth season)

Key players: MaKenzie Andert, sr.; and Elena Reed, soph.

Outlook: The Grizzlies are coming off their best season in program history after they finished third at regionals and qualified two into the state tournament. Andert will lead Mesa Ridge this season as the team's only returning qualifier.

Palmer Ridge

Coach: Gary Long

Key players: Kellsey Sample, sr. Ashlee Sample, soph.

Outlook: The Sample sisters could make a run at top-10 finishes this season -- or higher. Kellsey tied for 10th at the state tournament last year, while Ashlee tied for 18th as a freshman.

 

3A

St. Mary's

Coach: Grady Castle (second season)

Key players: Sarah Hwang, sr.; Sydney Ballweber, sr.; and Mary Piedad, sr.

Outlook: The Pirates are looking to win the Tri-Peaks League after they were disqualified from contention over what Castle says was "a miscommunication" last season. Hwang is looking to have her best year yet after she tied for 18th in 4A a year ago.

The Classical Academy

Coach: Bob Gravelle (sixth season)

Key players: Kenzie Fontana, soph.; Anna Connell, jr.; and Caitlin Solano, jr.

Outlook: Girls' golf moved to three classifications and the Titans moved into 3A. Fontana leads the way after she finished 43rd at 4A state a year ago. The sophomore will split time between golf and lacrosse during the season.