As soon as course conditions improve, Burro golfers - both boys and girls - are ready to hit the links.

There are four returning letter winners on the ladies' team. They include senior Brooke Kimball, juniors McKenzie Hanson and Alexis Jorgensen, and sophomore Madeline Snyder.

Other leading candidates for the varsity rounds include seniors Amy Kelly, Heather Boyum, and Lexi Lea, sophomore Halle Scott, and freshmen Hope Knepper, Megan Rasmussen, and Lea Jensson.

For the lads, three All-SEC players will lead the team. Those include senior Tristen Chiglo, junior Liam Dorn, and sophomore Adam Sutter. Other returning letter winners include juniors Jon Bierman and Greyson Stocker and sophomore Isaac Bierman.

Head coach John Smith has been teaching the game to both teams since 2007. He is joined by assistant Cody Hungerholt, in his second year.

Smith said that the Burros are "looking for both the boys and girls to improve their games as the season progresses. Hopefully we can be a factor in both conference races and then see how we compete in the section once we get there... We have a good solid number of returning golfers so hopefully some of that experience helps out throughout the year."

The biggest challenge that LHS faces will be to quickly bring inexperienced golfers up to speed, Smith noted.

The LHS boys went 4-4 in the conference last year (6-29 overall). The ladies took first place in the SEC at 5-1 (6-4 overall). The girls have won six straight SEC championships, while the boys have won eight SEC titles in the last 10 years. Both teams are set to begin play on April 14, course and weather conditions permitting.

The Houston Hurricanes (both boys and girls) will be a force in the conference, while the boys from Rushford-Peterson and Lewiston-Altura should be tough competitors at section, Smith added. The ladies team from Fillmore Central should also be tough at section.