An overall team effort earned Sidney’s boys the state title last season – an achievement the Eagles program hasn’t done since 1994. After graduating Paul Brannan, Bobby Frank and Connor Frank, however, the title defending program is going to look a bit different this year. But coach Jay Frank is looking forward to what is shaping up to be a great start to another season.
The boys team returns two golfers; Luke Beenken, who competed at the state tournament last year, and Andrew Hansen, Coach Frank is hopeful the freshmen class will bring their talents to the table as well. “It will be a rebuilding year for sure for the boys,” he said. There are nine boys out for the team.
Frank is also excited about the turnout for girls this season. With six lady golfers, Sidney is able to put a team in place.
“This is the first time we’ve had a [girls] team really in three years. We haven’t had enough to field a team,” Frank said. The recent years the program had a girls team it fared well at the state tournament, taking second in the tourney in 2009 and finishing fifth in 2010.
“We’ve got competition, which will be good,” Frank said about the girls team.
Adding to the girls are seniors Kortney Mayer and Holly Papineau, who took a few years off from golf. “I’m excited about having them on board,” Frank said.
Returning to the team with a lot of promise this season is Shaelyn Bowlds, a state-qualifier last year.
“We have a little work to do, but state is not out of the question,” Frank added.
Sidney hosts Glendive and Miles City Friday at the country club. The team competes in Glendive Tuesday and hosts an invite Sept. 13.
Billings Central Rams
2013: Fourth at state
Head Coach: Matt Stricker
Key Players: Boys — Dylan Neutgens, Sr.; Jackson Boos, Jr.; Kaiden Caraveau, Jr.; Samuel Berry, So.; Liam Clancy, Fr. Girls — Sophia Mascarena, So.; Chloe Michaelson, So.
Coach Says: “Really looking forward to this year! Only missed the podium at State for boys team by six strokes last season and there should be no reason we can’t make podium this year, all the kids have been working very hard on their games this summer and are motivated to bring back some hardware from state.”
Head Coach: Tim Ockler
Key Players: Boys — Chris Delaney, Sr. Girls — Jamie Mcnalley, Sr.; Jamie Knight, So.; Dani Flynn, So.
Coach says: “Girls’ team can make a very strong showing at divisionals this year. Chris Delaney has a very good chance at a top 10 finish at state.”
Head Coach: Amber Griffith
Key Players: Boys — Ian Novasio, Sr.; Garrison Allen, Jr.; Andrew Day, Jr.; Layne Willis, So.; Logan Allen, So. Girls — April Wheeler, Sr.; Morgan O’Neil, Jr.; Madi Tucker, Jr.; Kallie Linse, So.
Coach Says: “We’re ready to get to work and continue to improve each day! We’re looking forward to the girls making a return trip to state and improving upon last year’s finish.”
Lewistown Golden Eagles
2013: Boys Central A Divisional champions
Head Coach: Brett Thackeray
Key Players: Boys — Zach Hould, Sr.; Trip Crouse, Jr.; Tyrell Walter, Jr.; Girls — Dani Birdwell, Sr.; Kayla Irish, So.; Madison Lewis, So.
Coach says: “The girls we have are excellent and I expect them all to qualify for state, but we need more participation in our women’s golf program to be competitive. Our boys took the district title and finished fifth at state last year — I believe we will do better this year.”
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