Both Burro golf teams graduated some great players in 2012. Only two letter winners return for the boys squad, and one for the girls team. That leaves some opportunities for young players who haven't yet been heard from to step up and contribute on the LHS scorecard. While six golfers can play on the varsity round, only the four lowest totals are included in the team score.

Boys:

Sophomore Liam Dorn returns to lead the team. Already a two-time All-Conference golfer, Dorn is the only starter returning to the course this season.

Junior Tristen Chiglo is the second returning letterwinner, and the only member of his class currently on the varsity roster.

The freshman class is well represented. Coach John Smith recently reported that Adam Sutter, Markus Mulvihill, Nate Eversole, and Nick Wagner are probably the leading contenders for varsity spots. A fifth freshman, Bailey Eide-Hungerholt, will also have the opportunity to develop as the year progresses, as will eighth-graders, Johnathan Denny and Marcus Walbridge.

"We will be a very young and inexperienced team," Smith noted. "Only two letter winners return. (We) look to improve as the season progresses."

Smith said that Houston will be the favorite in conference play.

Girls:

Senior letter winner/state qualifier Johanna Bearson will lead the girls' team. So far, she has made four appearances on the All-Conference team, and finished 20th at the state tourney last year.

Juniors Brooke Kimball and Vanja Popav will compete for varsity positions. The sophomore class is represented by Mckenzie Hanson and Alexis Jorgenson. Freshman participants are Madeline Snyder and Halle Scott. Megan Rasmussen, Melissa Kalstabakken, Lea Jensson, and Morgan Ming are all eighth-graders.

Smith said that the girls team will also be young and inexperienced. "(We're) looking to learn the game and improve as the year moves along," he noted. "I'm looking for Johanna Bearson to have a strong year and earn a trip back to State and compete with the top tier of golfers in the class. Look for Lyle-Pacelli to be the conference favorite with Houston also in the mix."

Smith is now in his seventh year as head coach of both teams. He'll be helped by Cody Hungerholt, who will serve as assistant coach for both squads.