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Team-by-team outlook

Class 5A
Boulder Panthers
Coach: Ryan Bishop
The Scorecard: With a large roster of over 40 girls that contains many golfers with varsity experience, the Panthers hope they’re competitive enough to finish top five in the Front Range League with senior Lia Leath, senior Maya Lekarczyk and sophomore Arden Williams leading the way. Many of the Boulder golfers are also brand new to golf, so there will also be a lot of opportunities for the coaches to teach the game’s basics. “We as a program will continue to grow and get better so that we can compete at a high level this year and in years to come,” Bishop said.

Broomfield's Meghan Vogt shot a 70 ...
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Broomifeld’s Meghan Vogt finished as 2019’s Class 5A state runner-up.

Broomfield Eagles
Coach: Tony Ferraro
The Scorecard: Front Range League runners-up a year ago, the Eagles return the big gun in senior Meghan Vogt, a three-time medalist who placed second just one stroke off the leader at the 2019 5A state championships. Broomfield also brings back junior Nicole Fatovic and sophomore Brooklyn Davis. So with three of their four regional players from last season, the Eagles are after the FRL title and have set their sights on qualifying and full team for the state championships.

Fairview Knights
Coach: John Zerwin
The Scorecard: This year’s Fairview group is another area squad with a lot of new golfers, including a large group of freshmen and sophomores who are learning the game. But the Knights entered last season in a similar situation and expect only continued growth and learning. Seniors Lanie Herbstreit, Ella Duncan and Alexandra Walls will be Fairview players to watch. After finishing ninth in the Front Range League last season, the Knights will look to improve on that standing this spring.

Legacy Lightning
Coach: Corey Heinz
The Scorecard: Lightning football coach Corey Heinz takes over the girls golf program this spring and inherits a young team with some tournament experience. Junior Mia Blackard leads the way after tying for 49th place at state last season and is joined by a pair of promising sophomores in Raven Dukane and Peyton McLeese. Given what he has seen so far from the mix of talent at Legacy, Heinz said the Lightning hopes to double its state qualifiers this year.

Monarch Coyotes
Coach: Geoff Findley
The Scorecard: The 2020 season is shaping up to be a productive one for the Coyotes, who have 10-plus players with at least three years of high school golf experience. The Coyotes will look to upperclassmen like seniors Yulim Kim and MaKenna Denny, and junior Adair Tueton, for guidance and to help foster the continued development of their younger players. With the experience they have coming back, the Monarch girls feel they are poised to put it all together and make a run at qualifying several golfers for the state championships at the end of the season.

Class 4A
Centaurus Warriors
Coach: Tim DeBerry
The Scorecard: Last season was a big step forward for the Centaurus girls and they have no intention of following it up with a step back. Led by junior Julia Mischke, senior Masani Salazar and sophomore Morgan Hoffman, the Warriors finished third in the Northern League in 2019 and are viewing that as the new standard heading into this spring. “That’s the highest we’ve finished in a long time in our league,” DeBerry said. “Our goal is to do that or better and try and send one of them to state this year.”

Erie Tigers
Coach: Brandon Bird
The Scorecard: The Tigers, who ended up third in the Tri-Valley League last season, return a pair of two-time state qualifiers in seniors Madison Cantwell and Mara Wissman. They also have senior Katie Jennings, who just missed out on the state tournament in a qualifying playoff last spring. With a fourth senior who narrowly missed last year’s state cut in Madison Martinez, the Tigers believe they have the experience they need to send a full team to state for the first time in school history. The 4A state tournament just so happens to be Colorado National, the Tigers’ home course, so they’ve got plenty to look forward to.

Frederick Warriors
Coach: Chris DeSantis
The Scorecard: This year’s Warriors are led by junior Olivia Fauerbach, who will look to build on her early state tournament experience with a third straight trip to state. Fauerbach is also the Warriors’ lone upperclassman, so apart from her the Warriors are a young team. Sophomore Jordan Rhodes will play a big role, as will freshmen Lucy Ragnes and Ella Hoople, while the Warriors endeavor to compete in the Tri-Valley League this spring.

Holy Family Tigers
Coach: Matt Schalk
The Scorecard: The Tigers returning three-time state champion and University of Colorado signee Hailey Schalk, as well as last spring’s fifth-place 4A finisher in sophomore Jessica Mason. Adding to that one-two punch, the Tigers have plenty of depth including freshman Ashley Schnelle and junior Brynn Hanson, and that’s giving them a ton of confidence heading into the season. “Our goal is to win state as a team and anything less than that would be a disappointment,” head coach Matt Schalk said. “This team is deeper than ever and we will work extremely hard to bring the title to Holy Family.”

Longmont Trojans
Coach: Kailee Bauer
The Scorecard: Longmont joins the ranks of prep girls golf in Colorado for the first time and does so with Kailee Bauer as its inaugural head coach and a mixture of players with different levels of experience. “We are a young team made up of talented multi-sport athletes,” Bauer said. “The girls are excited to compete and positively represent Longmont on the course this season.”

Mead Mavericks
Coach: Mary Durkin
The Scorecard: Mead is led by sophomore Timbre Shehee, who tied for ninth place in all of Class 4A as a freshman. But the Mavericks have also been bitten by the injury bug, losing No. 2 Emily Stewart to a knee injury in the offseason. Still, the Mavericks hope to qualify at least two golfers for state this spring and have a good shot to do so with promising sophomore Callie Pyle and Jodean Amen coming off solid freshman seasons in 2019.

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Niwot’s Julia Solem leads a group of Cougars eyeing a Northern League title in 2020.

Niwot Cougars
Coach: Ed Weaver
The Scorecard: Having finished second in 4A as a team last season, the Cougars’ goal is the state title this spring. They’ve set that goal with good reason, as the Cougars return a trio of state qualifiers in Julia Solem (t15th), Sydney Rothstein (t28th) and Halie Ostrom (31st) who are looking to build on last year’s efforts and have already shown improvement in the offseason. While a state title is the goal, Weaver’s expectation is that the Cougars focus on each tournament as it comes and first try to repeat at Northern League champions.

Silver Creek Raptors
Coach: Bill Kipp
The Scorecard: With Kipp now in his third season at the helm, the Silver Creek girls enter the 2020 season having just placed eighth in league and with no returning state qualifiers. Sophia Bennet and Karly Pearson will be potential players to watch this season on a team that is quite young, with a dozen freshmen and sophomore golfers. Kipp said he expects there will be plenty of learning to do and he expects the team to embrace a competitive attitude while the program builds for the future.

Skyline Falcons
Coach: Kendra Versoi & Kelsey Hale
The Scorecard: Last season’s entire Skyline varsity team graduated so this year’s group will be very young. The Falcons will have two returning golfers to go with four others who are brand new to the sport, and will be led by AnneJeannette Gonzales out on the course. “This year we will be focusing on learning the rules of golf and inspiring athletes to develop a love for a lifelong sport,” Versoi said.

Class 3A
Jefferson Academy Jaguars
Coach: Missy Schreiner
The Scorecard: The Jaguars had a fine showing last season, finishing third in 3A as a team. Junior Aubri Braecklein tied for runner-up last season and senior Trinity Stewart placed 12th, and both are back in the mix this spring. Add in freshman Samantha Duncan, who has been playing for nearly 10 years, and the Jaguars have a solid three-player mix that Schreiner thinks has the capability to go a long way this season.

Peak to Peak Pumas
Coach: Michael Ventimiglia
The Scorecard: The Pumas expect they’ll continue to develop and build on last year’s experience with Ventimiglia back for his second season as head coach. The team will likely lean on senior Lexi Regan, as well as juniors Martina Creole and Ella Junker, for leadership. But with their returning golfers, incoming freshmen like Noelle Thompson, and a couple other with solid experience, the Pumas are hoping to challenge for a league title and possibly send a player or two to state.

Bringing it home: recent state champions
2019 — Teams: Fossil Ridge (5A), Windsor (4A), Colorado Academy; Individuals: Lauren Lehigh, Loveland (5A), Hailey Schalk, Holy Family (4A), Caroline Jordaan, Colo. Academy (3A).
2018 — Teams: Cherry Creek (5A), Windsor (4A), Colorado Academy (3A); Individuals: Emma Bryant, Eaglecrest (5A), Maxine Choi, Cheyenne Mountain (4A), Hailey Schalk, Holy Family (3A).
2017 — Teams: Ralston Valley (5A), Loveland (4A), Colorado Academy (3A); Individuals: Amy Chitkoksoong, Grandview (5A), Lauren Lehigh, Loveland (4A), Hailey Schalk, Holy Family (3A).
2016 — Teams: Grandview (5A), Colorado Academy (4A); Individuals: Mary Weinstein, Regis Jesuit (5A), Erin Sargent, Silver Creek (4A).

Point me to the postseason
Regional tournaments will take place between May 4-8, with 4A and 3A classifications having predetermined sites while 5A placement will depend on league standings. The state tournaments are as follows:
3A — Common Ground, Denver
4A — Colorado National, Erie (hosted by Holy Family)
5A — Lone Tree G.C., Lone Tree