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2019 Boys Golf Capsule Previews

Updated March 11, 2019 - 3:08 pm

(as submitted by coaches)

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ARBOR VIEW

Head coach: Ron Cyrankowski, third season

Top players: Hazen Newman (Sr.), Caden Gambini (Fr.)

Outlook: Newman, a first-team all-state honoree, finished in a tie for second place at both the Class 4A state and Sunset Region tournaments last year.

He will lead a team that hopes to improve throughout the season.

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BASIC

Head coach: Brian Coy, second season

Returning lettermen: One

Top players: Miles Lipschultz (Jr.), Evert Peters (Fr.)

Outlook: Lipschultz is the lone returning letterman on a team that hopes to continue building.

“We have an outstanding leader in Miles Lipschultz, who is a three-time letter winner in our program,” Coy said. “We also have a motivated freshman, Evert Peters, already shooting in the mid-80s and has some exciting 300-yard-plus drives. These two expect to make regionals this year, and make a name for themselves.

“Our program is consistently improving, and we are excited to see what becomes of this season.”

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BISHOP GORMAN

Head coach: Jim Stanfill, seventh season

Returning lettermen: Five

Top players: Skyler Ngo (Jr.), Leo Torres (So.), Aarjev Patel (So.), Jacob Johnson (So.)

Outlook: Last year’s Sunset Region champions return five lettermen, though the team is young.

Patel was a second-team All-Sunset honoree last year, and Ngo earned second-team All-Southwest League honors.

“We graduated two key seniors in 2018, but are left with a very talented, young team with plenty of upward potential,” Stanfill said. “Junior Skyler Ngo is set to have his best season of his career. Hard-working sophomore Leo Torres has been significantly upping his game, having great success in the offseason, and should challenge for the top spot.”

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CENTENNIAL

Head coach: Noah Hartsock, second season

Returning lettermen: Four

Top players: Cole Thompson (Jr.), Jacob Greenwood (So.)

Outlook: Thompson tied for seventh in the Class 4A state tournament last year and leads a group of four returnees for the Bulldogs.

“Centennial is looking to improve on last year’s fourth-place finish in the tough Northwest League,” Hartsock said. “Cole had a strong finish last year at the state tournament and is looking to build upon that success.

“Centennial returns four letter winners and looks to build upon that experience.”

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CHAPARRAL

Head coach: Chris Brody, fifth season

Returning lettermen: Two

Outlook: The Cowboys bring back three golfers, including two who lettered, last season.

“We are adding a few other new golfers,” Brody said. “We will focus on fundamentals, tempo, swing, and building for the future.”

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CIMARRON-MEMORIAL

Head coach: David Fields, sixth seasin

Returning lettermen: Zero

Top players: Jaden Braun (So.), Carter Burk (Fr.), Eddie Vazquez (Jr.)

Outlook: It’s a building year for the Spartans, who hope to improve each time out.

“This season I have a brand new team with limited experience,” Fields said. “My goal this season is to develop players and hopefully get a full team score and compete as a team in our league matches. I am working on building my team for the future.”

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CORONADO

Head coach: Joe Sawaia, 18th season

Returning lettermen: Fourteen

Top players: Brett Sodetz (Jr.), Ben Sawaia (Jr.), Michael Sarro (Sr.), Dylan Fritz (Sr.), Joey Dotta (Sr.)

Outlook: The defending Class 4A state champions bring back plenty of firepower, including the top three finishers (Sodetz, Fritz and Ben Sawaia) in last year’s Sunrise Region tournament.

Sarro was sixth, and Sodetz and Ben Sawaia tied for seventh in the state tournament.

If everyone stays healthy, the Cougars should be among the top teams in the state again this season.

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DEL SOL

Head coach: Kendel Chrysler, fourth season

Returning lettermen: Four

Top players: Angel Greer (Sr.), Kayce Cohen (Sr.), Gavin Patterson (So.), Joshua Raggio (So.)

Outlook: Greer twice has qualified for the state tournament and returns to lead a group of four lettermen.

“We expect our team to enjoy the game of golf while learning to compete and encourage them to become life-long golfers and ambassadors for the sport,” Chrysler said.

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DESERT OASIS

Head coach: Kelly Perryman, 11th season

Returning lettermen: Three

Top players: Zachary Blake (Sr.), Eric Miller (Sr.), Garret Kieffer (Jr.), Tim Cook (Sr.)

Outlook: Blake was a state tournament qualifier last year and leads a group of three returning lettermen for the Diamondbacks.

“We lost senior co-captain Devin Heiman to graduation,” Perryman said. “Three seasoned players and one new senior will lead four sophomores and four freshmen. We’re working to qualify more than last year’s two players to state.”

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DESERT PINES

Head coach: Mike Uzan, second season

Top players: Mathew Clark (Sr.), Milos Uzan (Fr.), Eduardo Guerrero (Fr.), Connor Robbins (Jr.)

Outlook: The addition of two freshmen gives the Jaguars a chance to compete as a team. The squad hopes to improve throughout the year.

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DURANGO

Head coach: John Mausbach, 11th season

Returning lettermen: One

Top players: Tyler Pham (Jr.), Jason Ly (Jr.)

Outlook: The Trailblazers have only one returning letterman and are focused on individual improvement.

“We hope to have an individual qualify for the state tournament,” Mausbach said.

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ELDORADO

Head coach: Jill Yacubovich, third season

Returning lettermen: Two

Top players: Matthew Manganello (Sr.)

Outlook: Manganello, a Fresno State signee, is one of two returnees for the Sundevils.

“This looks to be a very exciting year for Eldorado golf,” Yacubovich . “Matthew is very excited to return for his last season and make a run at a state championship. Jerom Lee is also returning for his second and last season as a Sundevil.

“We have two other golfers, Christian Dye and Ramon Zambrano, who are underclassmen and new to the sport. Our senior Sundeveils plan to carry the team and help the future of our program while leading by example.”

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FAITH LUTHERAN

Head coach: Mark Cheney, eighth season

Returning lettermen: Six

Top players: Canon Olkowski (Sr.), Aidan Goldstein (So.), Tyler Smerz (Sr.)

Outlook: Goldstein was the runner-up in last year’s Class 4A state tournament. He averaged 72.8 strokes per round and joins Smerz (75.8 average) among a group of six returning lettermen for the Crusaders.

Olkowski, who placed third in Colorado’s Class 5A state tournament last year, is a big addition.

“With six returners and the addition of Canon Olkowski, the Crusaders look to have a very competitive team,” Cheney said. “We are committed to continuous improvement and competing for a state title.”

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FOOTHILL

Head coach: Paul DeSantis, ninth season

Returning lettermen: Six

Top players: Noah MacFawn (Sr.), Hunter Esparza (So,), Andrew Hawk (Fr.)

Outlook: MacFawn finished fourth in last year’s Class 4A Sunrise Region tournament. The Falcons were the team runner-up in the Sunrise last year and bring back six lettermen.

“We hope to grow as a team, work hard and qualify for regional and state championships,” DeSantis said.

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LAS VEGAS

Head coach: Roderick Ford, first season

Returning lettermen: Five

Top players: Nicholas Jensen (So.), Danny Zacarias (Sr.), Jake Christiensen (Jr.), Anthony Colasuono (Sr.), Ian Page (Jr.)

Outlook: Jensen, who averaged 77.6 strokes per 18 holes last season, leads a group of five returning lettermen for the Wildcats.

“Our team hopes to improve on last year’s averages and become more competitive as a whole,” Ford said. “We have been working on building a strong foundation, emphasizing work ethic and camaraderie amongst the players and coach.

“We have high expectations for every player to shave strokes off of their average from last year while competing to win our region and send players to the state tournament.”

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LEGACY

Head coach: Jeremy Thornton, 12th season

Returning lettermen: One

Top players: Arron-Michael Pendleton (Sr.), Devannsh Singh (So.), Sebastian Black (Fr.)

Outlook: The Longhorns have just one returnee and are hoping to get better each day.

“We have beginners looking to improve,” Thornton said.

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MOAPA VALLEY

Head coach: Mitchell Ozaki, first season

Returning lettermen: Four

Top players: Steele Skinner (So.), Ryan Allen (So.), Brody Morgan (So.), Cole Crickmer-Sprouse (Jr.)

Outlook: Ozaki takes over a team that returns four lettermen and hopes to be competitive in the Class 3A Southern Region.

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MOJAVE

Head coach: Jerry Raso, third season

Returning lettermen: Two

Top players: Joseph Webb (Jr.), Brandon Diaz (So.), Kevin Hernandez (Sr.)

Outlook: The Rattlers return two lettermen in Webb and Diaz, who improved throughout last season.

The program lost its best player (Marcus Mullins), so we are rebuilding the program,” Raso said. “The goal is to have the two returning players continue to make progress with hopes of making it to regionals this year.

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PALO VERDE

Head coach: Todd Steffenhagen, eighth season

Returning lettermen: Six

Top players: Michael Salerno (Jr.), Max Cooper (So.)

Outlook: Salerno and Cooper were Class 4A state tournament qualifiers last year and lead a group of six returnees for the Panthers.

“With all six players returning, the Panthers hope to qualify for state as a team,” Steffenhagen said.

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SIERRA VISTA

Head coach: Vicki Mangione

Returning lettermen: Three

Top players: Rashon Williams (So.), Harrison Stanley (Jr.)

Outlook: The Mountain Lions bring back three lettermen and hope to be competitive.

“Rashon and Harrison are my two top golfers,” Mangione said. “Tae has been playing since his freshman year and has steadly improved every year. Preston is new to our team this year and is continuing to work on his game.”

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SILVERADO

Head coach: Jason Lundblad, fourth season

Returning lettermen: Four

Top players: Conner Martin, Carson Carbonara, Nikki Reyes, Quinton Reyes, Breven Barlow

Outlook: The Skyhawks return four lettermen from last year’s squad.

“We look to be competitive in a new division, and always hope to send some to regionals and state,” Lundblad said.

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SPRING VALLEY

Head coach: Brian Backman, second season

Returning lettermen: Two

Top players: Adonis LeBlue (Sr.), Cormack Goecke (Fr.)

Outlook: LeBlue qualified for last year’s Sunset Region meet and is back to lead a group that hopes to build in numbers before their first match.

“We are going to struggle to field a full team, but both Adonis and Cormack should have a good chance at qualifying for state and earning some sort of conference and or league honors,” Backman said.

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TECH

Head coach: David Shelton, seventh season

Returning lettermen: Four

Top players: Richie Logan (So.), Jake Shelton (So.), Hayden Gomel (Jr.), Daniel McDonald (Jr.)

Outlook: The Roadrunners bring back four lettermen as they make their return to Class 4A.

“We have a very young team, but with four returning lettermen,” David Shelton said. “Three new freshman faces turned out this year with some talent to hopefully push the older kids.

“We look to keep getting better and are going try to make our mark in this new league.”

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VIRGIN VALLEY

Head coach: Doug Waite, third season

Returning lettermen: Three

Top players: Jeron Dalton (Sr.), Francisco Navarrot (Jr.), Jarren Kay (So.)

Outlook: Waite said the Bulldogs are hoping to improve this season.

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WESTERN

Head coach: Susanne Bohen, seventh season

Returning lettermen: Four

Top players: Jared Smith (Sr.), Patrick Tasanaroungrong (Sr.)

Outlook: Smith is the defending Class 3A state champion and leads a group of four returnees for the Warriors.

“We’re looking to see if Jared Smith can win back-to-back state titles,” Bohen said. “Patrick Tasanaroungrong has shaved several strokes off his game and should be a regional, and hopefully state, qualifier.”

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