Golfers to know

Aubri Braecklein, So., Jefferson Academy: Following a breakout season in 2018, she will look to place higher than the sixth-place finish in 3A she posted as a freshman.

Madison Cantwell, Jr., Erie: She was 34th in 4A as a sophomore last season and has her sights setting on an even higher finish this spring.

Halie Ostrom, So., Niwot: After placing 36th in 4A last spring, she'll look to follow that up with a top-20 placement in 2019.

Hailey Schalk, Jr., Holy Family: The two-time 3A state champion is going to have a new classification to conquer with the Tigers moving up to Class 4A this spring.

Trinity Stewart, Jr., Jefferson Academy: With a 15th-place finish under her belt from 2018, she is one of the top player on a Jaguars squad that could be sneaky good.

Meghan Vogt, Jr., Broomfield: She placed third in 5A as a sophomore last season and appears to be one of the early contenders for the individual title this season.

Postseason information

Class 5A regional tournaments - The tournaments will take place at Foothills, Kennedy, Tiara Rado and Aurora Hills during the week of May 6. Conference finish will dictate which teams will go to which locations.

Class 5A state tournament - May 20-21, Harmony


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Class 4A Region 3 tournament - Local teams: Erie, Centaurus, Frederick, Holy Family, Mead, Niwot, Silver Creek, Skyline. Date & location: May 6 at Fox Hil.

Class 4A state tournament - May 20-21, Pelican Lakes

Class 3A Region 3 tournament - Local teams: Jefferson Academy, Peak to Peak. Date & location: May 6 at Common Ground.

Class 3A state tournament - May 20-21, Eagle Ranch

BOULDER PANTHERS

Coach: Ryan Bishop (Seventh season)

2018 finish: Did not place at state

Returning state qualifiers: None

Others to watch: Eva Fouts-Person (Sr.), Lia Leath(Jr.), Maya Lekarczyk (Jr)

Outlook: With only one senior on the roster, the Panthers will be young and have many golfers who are new to the sport. All the Panthers girls will be looking to learn the game while competing at a high level. After finishing seventh in the Front Range League last spring, this Panthers squad will look to build on the success of the last few seasons.

BROOMFIELD EAGLES

Coach: Tony Ferraro (fifth season)

2018 finish: Placed 10th at 5A state

Returning state qualifiers: Nicole Fatovic (So., 69th), Meghan Vogt (Jr., 3rd)

Others to watch: Ana Cole (Sr.)

Outlook: The Eagles finished second in the Front Range League last spring and graduated two seniors who went to state. Broomfield has a solid group returning and is adding a large of hardworking freshmen. Their expectations are to improve on last year, which contending for the league championship and placing top five at state.

CENTAURUS WARRIORS

Coach: Tim DeBerry (third season)

Last year: Did not place at state

Returning state qualifiers: None

Others to watch: Molly Grant (So.), Julia Mischke (So.), Masani Salazar (Jr.)

Outlook: The Warriors did not have a state qualifier last season but with a number of girls who were young but got plenty of experience last spring and feel like they have a shot at sending someone to the state tournament this season. "We are young and we have some young talent coming up and that's really exciting," DeBerry said. "I think we can turn the corner here in the next year and get a state qualifier or two."

ERIE TIGERS

Coach: Brandon Bird (second season)

2018 finish: Did not place at state

Returning state qualifiers: Madison Cantwell (Jr., 34th), Mara Wissman (Jr., 43rd)

Others to watch: April Fabre (So.), Katie Jennings (Jr.), Madison Martinez (Jr.)

Outlook: Last year, the Tigers had three sophomores - Cantwell, Wissman, Jennings - finish in the top 25 of the Tri-Valley League and believe they can qualify a team for state if we can get their third and fourth players clicking by regionals. The team's goal is to finish second in the Tri-Valley. Also with a solid group of exciting freshmen, the Tigers also hope that this season is a foundational campaign for this program that leads to success for years to come.

FAIRVIEW KNIGHTS

Coach: John Zerwin (ninth season)

Last year: Did not place at state

Returning state qualifiers: None

Others to watch: Anna Bergman (Jr.)

Outlook: With Kelsey Webster graduating and moving on to the University of Colorado, the Knights' young players have big shoes to fill. After finishing fourth in the Front Range League last season, the Knights hope to remain in the top half of the league while their young players find their way. "We have a very young team this year full of new golfers," Zerwin said. "We have plenty of room to grow."

FREDERICK WARRIORS

Coach: Chris DeSantis (second season)

2018 finish: Placed 12th at 4A State.

Returning state qualifiers: Olivia Fauerbach (So., 40th), Payton Wallace (Sr., 66th)

Others to watch: Jenna Frenzel (Sr.)

Outlook: Last season's Tri-Valley League runners-up, the Warriors' goal is a return to state as a team for the third time in the program's short four-year history. Frederick is led by senior Payton Wallace, a two-time state qualifier, who is looking to finish her career with a third trip to state. The Warriors came up with the mantra "#56320yardstostate," which is the distance from FHS to Pelican Lakes Golf Course.

HOLY FAMILY TIGERS

Coach: Matt Schalk (third season)

2018 finish: Did not place at state

Returning state qualifiers: Hailey Schalk (Jr., 1st)

Others to watch: Hannah Dick-Hodgson (Jr.), Brynn Hanson (So.), Jessica Mason (Jr.)

Outlook: Holy Family was second in the Tri-Valley League and third at regionals last season, and moved up to Class 4A this spring. With the return of two-time state champion Hailey Schalk, regional qualifier Brynn Hansen, transfer Hannah Dick-Hodgson, and freshman Jessica Mason, the Tigers are looking to compete for the title in the Tri Valley League and at state.

JEFFERSON ACADEMY JAGUARS

Coach: Missy Schreiner (first season)

2018 finish: Placed fourth at 3A state

Returning state qualifiers: Lauren Alberts (Sr., 42nd), Aubri Braecklein (So., 6th), Trinity Stewart (Jr., 15th)

Others to watch: Ellie Hausmann (Sr.)

Outlook: The Jaguars have a new head coach in Schreiner, who spent the last eight years as head coach of nearby Peak to Peak. Schreiner inherits a strong squad led by sophomore Aubri Breacklein, who placed sixth in 3A at the end of a breakout 2018 season. The Jaguars are looking to capitalize on the experience their players gained last spring and a deep lineup of returning players like senior Ellie Hausmann, who missed the 2018 season while recovering from ACL surgery.

LEGACY LIGHTNING

Coach: Matthew Slott (first season)

2018 finish: Did not place at state

Returning state qualifiers: Mia Blackard (So., 63rd)

Others to watch: Jillian McKevitt (Jr.), Tara Reid (Jr.)

Outlook: First-year head coach Matthew Slott plans to leverage the leadership of a few key returning upperclassmen to support the raw talent of the underclassmen. The Lightning hope to qualify multiple players for state and begin to grow a more competitive program for the future.

MONARCH COYOTES

Coach: Geoff Findley (first season)

2018 finish: Did not place at state

Returning state qualifiers: Yulim Kim (Jr., 75th)

Others to watch: Hanna Spracklin (Sr.), Jamie Thompson (Sr.)

Outlook: The 2019 season will be a year for the Coyotes to continue to develop and build upon last year's solid foundation. The Coyotes will be led by a large contingent of veteran players with a large group of upperclassmen and four-year players. The Coyotes also have an exciting group of younger players who will look to continue improving as they prepare to take over for the soon to be departing upperclassmen.

MEAD MAVERICKS

Coach: Mary Durkin (second season)

2018 finish: Did not place at state

Returning state qualifiers: None

Others to watch: Timbre Shehee (Fr.), Emily Stewart (So.)

Outlook: The Mavericks will continue to work towards becoming one of the top teams in the Tri-Valley League after a respectable inaugural season. They graduated eight seniors after last spring so the Mavericks will also be looking for younger players to take a leadership role on the team this season. With their returning golfers and several incoming freshmen with solid experience, Mead is hoping to be a contender in the league and possibly qualify one or two players for the state tournament.

NIWOT COUGARS

Coach: Ed Weaver (third season)

2018 finish: Placed ninth at 4A state

Returning state qualifiers: Halie Ostrom (Jr., 36th), Julia Solem (Jr., 49th)

Others to watch: Laure Bourgin (Sr.), Sydney Rothstein (Fr.)

Outlook: The Cougars are a more experienced and balanced team this year after qualifying a three-girl team and eventually placing ninth at last year's 4A state tournament. They return two state qualifiers and head coach Ed Weaver expects to send a team to state for the second year in a row.

PEAK TO PEAK PUMAS

Coach: Michael Ventimiglia (first season)

2018 finish: Did not place at state

Returning state qualifiers: None

Others to watch: Ella Junker (So.), Izzy Leutenberg (Jr.), Lexi Regan (Jr.), Mattie Stevens (Fr.)

Outlook: The Pumas have four returning players and an incoming freshman that will make their team competitive this year. Junker and Leutenberg were close to qualifying for state last year and could be poised to break through this spring. With the offseason work and commitment from their veterans, Peak to Peak believes it has a an opportunity to make it to state as a team.

SILVER CREEK RAPTORS

Coach: Bill Kipp (second season)

2018 finish: Did not place at state

Returning state qualifiers: None

Others to watch: None

Outlook: This year's Silver Creek team will have eight players and all of them are new to the squad, and several are new to golf. The Raptors will be a young group of mostly freshmen and juniors, and will focus on developing basic skills and the ability to compete with an eye toward the 2020 season.

SKYLINE FALCONS

Coach: Kendra Versoi (second year)

2018 finish: Did not place at state

Returning state qualifiers: Lexi Ekern (Sr., 58th)

Others to watch: Michelle Tran (Sr.)

Outlook: The Falcons are another young team in the area with many girls arriving at tryouts having never held a golf club before. With that in mind, head coach Kendra Versoi's goal is to teach the rules of golf and develop appropriate skills to make it a lifelong sport for her golfers.

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