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Posted April 4, 2011
2011 prep golf: Teams to watch

BOYS

EAST BUCHANAN: The Bucs reached the Class 1A state meet last year for the first since placing fourth in 2008. Three golfers from last year’s state team were underclassmen. East Buch will try to win its sixth straight Tri-Rivers Conference title, according to the league’s website, led TRC champ Curt Cooksley, a junior who tied for 17th at state.

VALLEY COMMUNITY: Valley is the defending Upper Iowa Conference champions and are led by all-state golfer Ryan Johnson. The Tigers return four golfers, including Levi Fink and twin seniors Greg and Jeff Erickson. If some newcomers can contribute, Valley could develop depth.

WASHINGTON (IOWA): The Demons have one of the top golfing traditions around. Last year Washington placed fifth in the Class 3A state tournament. Only two of those state scorers were seniors and senior Joseph Harris and junior Alex Thode are two of the top performers from that 2010 squad.

WILLIAMSBURG:The Raiders reached the Class 3A state tournament for the first time last year. Even though the state meet didn’t go as well as hoped, they return five of those six starters including Corbin Blythe and Brad and Brent Klosterboer. The Raiders were also second at the Wamac Conference Super Meet.

GIRLS

CASCADE: Cascade has been one of the top teams in the Tri-Rivers, winning the conference tournament last year after two straight runner-up finishes. The Cougars return five of six golfers from last year’s team that placed sixth. All-district performers Mamie Meloy, Mackenzie Coyle and Bridget Merritt leading the way. Cascade has good experience, but needs to lower individual scores, according to coach Ginny Horsfield.

IOWA CITY WEST:The Women of Troy are coming off one of their most successful seasons in history. West won the MVC Mississippi Division and posted a 55-5 overall record, landing Mary Goodfellow divisional coach of the year honors. Goodfellow noted the team has lots of new faces, losing some strong talent to graduation. First-team all-conference senior  Madison Goodfellow, who placed eighth at the 2010 state meet, leads the way with returning letterwinner Alyssa Adamec.

LINN-MAR:The Lions were one of the better teams in the Mississippi Valley Conference last season. Linn-Mar returns five of their top six golfers from a team that was second only to Cedar Falls in the MVC Valley Division. Competition within the ranks should help power the Lions, as coach Steve Kahler noted eight to 10 golfers will contend for the six top spots. A large freshman class could add some depth to the squad.

WESTERN DUBUQUE:The Bobcats have some pretty big shoes to fill with the graduation of Ali Daly, who had been the leader of the squad the last few years. Five golfers who competed at the 2010 state tournament return, including sophomore Rochelle Beardsley, a second-team all-stater and first-team all-conference selection in the Wamac, and seniors Jill Snyder and Stephanie Then. The Bobcats will look to win their third straight Wamac Super Meet title.

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