6 players to watch

TAYLOR DORANS, Jr., Broomfield: Last year's Northern League player of the year took sixth at state and is the leader of a state-contending Eagles group.

KELLY MORAN, Jr., Fairview: Placed in the top 30 at state last year for a Knights squad that was sixth as a team at state.

SARAH HANKINS, So., Legacy: After taking 19th place at 5A state last year, the sophomore figures to make waves atop the Front Range League.

ELISE KINNEY, Jr., Monarch: Maybe the top candidate to lead the Coyotes on a team that lost six seniors to graduation.

LINNEA DANIELSON, Jr., Peak to Peak: Won multiple league meets last year and could be ready for a breakthrough after a middle-of-the-pack finish at state.

DANIELLE MERCURE, Skyline: The Falcons program is loaded with tradition. The question is who will carry the torch this year. Mercure is the top returner.

Postseason information

5A NORTHERN REGIONAL -- May 9 at Riverdale Knolls. Local teams: Boulder, Fairview, Legacy, Monarch, Skyline.

5A STATE TOURNAMENT -- May 21-22 at Aurora Hills, Aurora.

4A METRO-WEST REGIONAL -- May 7 at Westwoods Golf Course. Local teams: Centaurus, Peak to Peak.


4A NORTHERN REGIONAL -- May 8 at Broadlands Golf Course. Local team: Broomfield.

4A STATE TOURNAMENT -- May 21-22 at Boomerang Golf Course, Greeley.

Boulder Panthers

Coach: Becky Clark (3rd year).

Last Year: Placed 10th at regionals.

Returning state qualifiers: None.

Others to watch: Lucille Van Vooren (Sr.), Danielle Picard (Fr.), Aly Beeman (So.).

Outlook: Van Vooren is the team leader, but it's a promising group of six sophomores and one freshman making the Panthers feel like they've got plenty of potential heading into the season.

Broomfield Eagles

Coach: John Ferraro (9th year).

Last year: Won regionals; placed second at 4A state meet.

Returning state qualifiers: Taylor Dorans (Jr., 6th place), Alex Briggs (Sr., 10th place), Danielle Dorans (Sr., 12th place).

Others to watch: Samantha Bartle (Sr.), Rachael Mostek (Sr.) Katie Meyers (Sr.)

Outlook: With all three qualifiers returning from last year's runner-up squad, including Northern League player of the year Taylor Dorans, the Eagles feel as though they're primed for a state title run.

Centaurus Warriors

Coach: Jeff Jackson (4th year).

Last year: Placed 11th at regionals.

Returning state qualifiers: Halle Peterson (Sr., 40th place).

Others to watch: Jordan Keller (Jr.), Katy Johnson (Jr.), Lexi Buening (Jr.) Casey Visscher (So.)

Outlook: Peterson will be called upon to help groom some of the younger players as the Warriors continue trying to build a base of experience and improve through the year.

Fairview Knights

Coach: John Zerwin (1st year).

Last year: Placed second at regionals; tied for sixth at 5A state meet.

Returning state qualifiers: Kelly Moran (Jr., 28th place), Megan McCambridge (Jr., t39th place), Jordan Sunset (Jr., t43rd place).

Others to watch: Shannon Burke (Sr.).

Outlook: Zerwin takes over for Cathy Stypula after serving as an assistant last year. He returns thee of four state qualifiers from a group that left state feeling as though it still had something to prove. Burke has the top early shot at the fourth spot in the lineup, while some sophomores will also challenge.

Legacy Lightning

Coach: Matt Kroupa (3rd year).

Last year: Placed third at regionals.

Returning state qualifiers: Sarah Hankins (So., 19th place).

Others to watch: Morgan Stacks, Morgan Hoos.

Outlook: Hankins has the talent to challenge for the individual Front Range League crown. But the Lightning are also gunning to contend as a team and qualify the whole group for the state meet this season.

Monarch Coyotes

Coach: Michael Riley (14th year).

Last year: Placed eighth at regionals.

Returning state qualifiers: None.

Others to watch: Kelsey Barlowe (Sr.), Ashlyn Stull (Sr.), Madisson Mullen (Sr.), Elise Kinney (Jr.), Elizabeth Johnson (Jr.).

Outlook: Coyotes are green after graduating six seniors, including two state qualifiers. But junior Elise Kinney figures to bring a solid game to the top of the lineup, and seniors Barlowe, Stull and Mullen are ready for their shots.

Peak to Peak Pumas

Coach: Missy Schreiner (2nd year).

Returning state qualifiers: Linnea Danielson (Jr.).

Others to watch: Tara Gomer (So.), Yaejin Lee (Jr.), Emily Long (Fr.), MacKenzie Murphy (Fr.).

Outlook: Seven new players, including six freshmen, join the team this year. Many of them bring along plenty of playing experience, leaving the Pumas feeling excited not only for this season but for years to come.

Skyline Falcons

Coach: Meredith Bender (1st year).

Last year: Placed fourth at regionals.

Returning state qualifiers: None.

Others to watch: Danielle Mercure.

Outlook: With three of four varsity players, including standouts Mikayla Tatman and Gina Larson, there is plenty to shake out in team tryouts as the proud program tries to keep its run of success going.