MEAD — One of the fastest growing schools in northern Colorado, Mead High School is adding another athletic program to its lineup in 2017.

The latest addition to Mead will be boys golf. With a number of the school's athletic programs experiencing breakout success in the past several years and enrollment on the rise, the Mavericks are excited about jumping right into the chance to compete in a new sport.

"One big thing is that our schools is just growing so much and I wanted to look for more opportunities for our kids to participate in athletics," athletic director Chad Eisentrager said. "We also just had so many kids who were golfing at other district schools so we wanted to give them a chance to represent Mead High School rather than being spread all over the place."

Last season, students enrolled at Mead play for Silver Creek, Longmont, Skyline, Erie and Frederick. With the addition of boys golf, the Mavericks will be able to skip the probationary period and start right away for the 2016 season.

Eisentrager said the Mavericks' latest addition will play in Class 4A and be a member of the Tri-Valley League like the rest of the school's sports. Making the announcement less than 30 days before the first day of official practices begin, the Mavericks have some logistical considerations to take care of before they can hit the links.


"We've kind of had this in the works during the end of the school year so most of the boys have all the information and they're not too surprised," Eisentrager said. "That still doesn't change the fact that we've had to get uniforms and bags ordered, and secure the course, things like that. But luckily we've got some kids who've been through the process so they know the ropes."

The Mavericks will call Saddleback Golf Course home, along with the Frederick team that already plays there. Former Mead girls basketball coach and current Mead science teacher Mike Ward will coach the boys golf team in its first season.

The Mavericks program will get an immediate boost from having junior TJ Shehee atop its lineup in its first season. Shehee, who played at Silver Creek last year, tied for 24th at the Class 4A state championships last season. Shehee also finished in a tie for 13th at the Colorado Junior PGA Championship on June 14 and 28th at the Colorado Junior Amateur Championships on July 12. He is currently competing in U.S. Junior Amateur golf tournament at Flint Hills National Golf Club in Andover, Kan.

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