2011 Girls Golf Team Capsules


SUNRISE REGION

NORTHEAST LEAGUE

CANYON SPRINGS

Head coach: Marty Kulesza, second season

Returning letter winners: Three

Top golfers: Taylor Candley (Sr.), Jamaica Price (Sr.), Sierra Smith (Sr.)

Outlook: In Candley, the Pioneers return arguably the top golfer in the Northeast League.

Candley placed seventh with an 83 at the Sunrise Region meet and was 16th with a 36-hole total of 168 at the state meet.

Price and Smith provide solid depth as the Pioneers hope to be in the hunt for a postseason berth.

"The outlook looks good and with the addition of a new coaching staff, we expect to be a contender," Kulesza said.

 

CHAPARRAL

Head coach: Xavier Antheaume, first season

Returning letter winners: None

Outlook: The Cowboys graduated the only four players on last year's team and are starting from scratch this season.

"This will be a rebuilding project," Antheaume said.

 

ELDORADO

Head coach: Jim Fitch, 33rd season

Returning letter winners: None

Outlook: The Sundevils are starting from square one with no returnees this season.

 

SOUTHEAST LEAGUE

BASIC

Head coach: Kristin Pohl, third season

Returning letter winners: Three

Top golfers: Jamie Donizio (Jr.), Courtney Hagen (Jr.)

Outlook: Donizio is a two-time state qualifier, and Hagen narrowly missed joining her last season.

They're expected to be the leaders on a team that will have three new faces in its top six.

"We are hoping to land in the top three (teams) for the first time so we can go to regionals as a team," Pohl said. "We definitely have the talent to accomplish this."

 

CORONADO

Head coach: Joe Sawaia, 11th season

Returning letter winners: Four

Top golfers: Melanie Chambers (Sr.), Olivia Greenwald (So.), Natalie Yamamoto (Fr.), Caroline Chambers (Fr.), Ciara Clark (Jr.)

Outlook: The Cougars placed sixth in the state last year and should be even stronger this season.

"This is our most competitive team since our last region champion team," said Sawaia, whose team last won the region in 2006.

Melanie Chambers is one of the top golfers in the state, and the bulk of Coronado's best compete throughout the year in junior tournaments.

"I'd like to think we'll be competitive," said Sawaia. "Our depth is better than it has been, and the competition among the golfers will make everyone better."

 

GREEN VALLEY

Head coach: Greg Murphy, sixth season

Returning letter winners: Three

Top golfers: Alex Kaui, Sarah Thomas, Kristen Hsu, Mercedes Khumnark

Outlook: The two-time defending state champions bring back only three letter winners.

But no one is shedding any tears for the Gators.

Kaui is the defending state champion, and Thomas placed 11th and Hsu 16th in the state meet last year.

Few teams can put together a top three that comes closer to Green Valley's best, and Murphy said Khumnark is a highly-regarded freshman.

"We're looking to defend our regional and state championship," Murphy said.

 

LIBERTY

Head coach: Pat Welby, fourth season

Returning letter winners: One

Top player: Brittanie Ray (Jr.)

Outlook: Ray is the lone returning letter winner and averaged 98 strokes per 18 holes last season.

"We're looking to improve on last year's results and qualify for region as a team," Welby said.

 

SUNSET REGION

NORTHWEST LEAGUE

ARBOR VIEW

Head coach: David Fish, seventh season

Returning letter winners: Five

Top golfers: Kiley Ballew (Jr.), Deloise Daniels (Sr.), Shaylee Hollan (Jr.), Ashley Money (Jr.)

Outlook: The Aggies bring back five starters, and welcome back senior Katelyn O'Hara, who missed her junior season.

Ballew placed fifth in the state meet last year, and Arbor View should benefit from the transfer of Ashley Money, who played in Minnesota last year.

"The team hopes to return to the Sunset Region tournament and qualify for a second straight year to compete at the state tournament," Fish said.

 

CENTENNIAL

Head coach: Charles Cerrone, seventh season

Returning letter winners: Seven

Top golfers: Shannon Zahm (Sr.), Larissa Munoz (Jr.), Madison McDonough (Sr.), Charise Chyz (So.)

Outlook: With seven letter winners back, including four players whose average for 18 holes was better than 90, the Bulldogs could be primed for a good season.

"We hope to qualify again for regionals and hopefully compete for a chance to get to state," Cerrone said.

 

CIMARRON-MEMORIAL

Head coach: Calvin Valvo, fourth season

Returning letter winners: Four

Top golfers: Kellie Busse (Sr.), Arianna Bryant (Jr.), Aspen Bryant (So.), Kaylee Johnson (Sr.)

Outlook: The Spartans return three golfers with state tournament experience. Both Bryant sisters qualified for state last year, and Busse was a state participant in 2009.

"We are expecting to continue our improvement over last season," Valvo said. "This year our goal is to qualify as a team for the state tournament."

 

FAITH LUTHERAN

Head coach: Mark Cheney, 12th season

Returning letter winners: Four

Top golfers: Annie Freman (Jr.), Brianna Becker (Jr.), Sarah Paravia (So.), Julia Becker (Fr.)

Outlook: Returning the top four golfers from a team that placed second in the state last year has the Crusaders looking for the state's top prize.

Freman (73.3 stroke per round average) and Brianna Becker (77.7) both were first team All-Southern Nevada honorees and should be leaders again this season.

"After finishing second to Green Valley the last two years, the team will be looking to move up a spot at the state tournament," Cheney said.

 

PALO VERDE

Head coach: Todd Steffenhagen, first season

Returning letter winners: Three

Top players: Amanda Ryu (Jr.), Kellie Watkins (Sr.), Julia Pilarski (Jr.), Sydney Brandt (Sr.)

Outlook: The Panthers are hoping to improve on their fifth-place finish in last year's Sunset Region meet.

"We are looking to build on last year's results," Steffenhagen said. "It's a balanced team that is looking to finish in the top three in the competitive Northwest League."

 

SOUTHWEST LEAGUE

DESERT OASIS

Head coach: Artie Besser, second season

Returning letter winners: Four

Top golfers: Darleen Raymon (Sr.), Jasmine Moore (Fr.)

Outlook: Raymond narrowly missed qualifying for the state meet last year, but had a fine average of 79 per 18 holes.

Besser is optimistic that Moore will be a contributor in her freshman season.

The Diamondbacks are hoping to inch closer to the top teams in the Sunset Region.

 

PAHRUMP VALLEY

Head coach: Julie Floyd, 25th season

Returning letter winners: Four

Top golfers: Rebekah Binderim (Sr.), Danielle Altiero (Sr.)

Outlook: The Trojans return four golfers from last year's squad as they hope to qualify for the region tournament as a team.

Binderim was an individual qualifier for the region meet last season.

 

SIERRA VISTA

Head coach: Kathy Faber, fourth season

Top golfers: Marielle Regis (Jr.), Sigfried Suguitan (Sr.)

Outlook: Faber said she is excited to have six freshmen out for the team this season.

The Mountain Lions are hoping to show improvement throughout the season.

 

SPRING VALLEY

Head coach: Mike Gomez, eighth season

Returning letter winners: Three

Top players: Julia Graham (Sr.), Shana Patterson (Jr.), Allison Weiderman (Fr.)

Outlook: In Graham, the Grizzlies return a three-time state meet qualifier who tied for 14th place in last year's meet.

Patterson gives Spring Valley another capable golfer with on-course experience. Finding a couple more consistent golfers will be a key.

"Incoming freshman Allison Weiderman will make an immediate impact in league play," Gomez said.

 

CLASS 3A SOUTHERN LEAGUE

BOULDER CITY

Head coach: Regina Quintero, 13th season

Returning letter winners: One

Top golfers: Jordyn Syler (So.)

Outlook: The defending Class 3A state champions are in rebuilding mode this year.

Syler, who placed sixth in the state meet, is the lone returnee after the Eagles lost four seniors to graduation and state champion Randi Lewis, who moved and is now playing for Virgin Valley.

"We're looking forward to Jordyn being in the top five in the state," Quintero said.

 

VIRGIN VALLEY

Head coach: Robert Smith, fourth season

Returning letter winners: Five

Top golfers: Tara Hansen (Sr.), Treashell Nicol (Sr.), Taylor Weir (Sr.), Randi Lewis (Jr.)

Outlook: Lewis, a transfer from Boulder City, is the defending Class 3A state champion, and Hansen and Nicol each qualified for state last season.

Smith also expects freshman Jessica Baeza to have an impact this season.

Virgin Valley won the state title two years ago and is hoping to return to the top spot.

"As host of the state finals, the Bulldogs hope to compete for the championship," Smith said.