2018 Rochester boys golf previews


Head coach: Kirk Thompson

Assistants: Marcus Leloux

Last season: The Spartans went 12-10 in duals in the Big Nine Conference and placed ninth in the Section 1AAA meet.

2018 outlook: Mayo should have some good competition in practices, with four returning players who averaged between 82.5 and 86.7 per 18 holes last season. The Spartans also have two players who averaged in the 90s, junior Layke Moger (90.8) and sophomore Jack Hartert (94.5). Mayo’s top player this season could be freshman Nate Meyer, a transfer from John Marshall, who averaged 82.5 last season and qualified for the state meet. Juniors Zach Stewart (83.6) and Alex Norby (84.4), and senior Micah Harber (86.7) will be other team leaders, and junior Jack Holtan (103) is also in the mix. "I feel that we should have solid depth to compete with a lot of teams in our conference and section," Thompson said. "We had a lot of players that put in a lot of time in the off-season so we hope to see positive results from that. I am looking for several players to emerge in shooting consistent low scores."



Seniors – Francesco Fusaro, Micah Harber, Joseph Hartert, Timothy Oettinger, Matthew Peterson. Juniors – Jack Holtan, Layke Moger, Alex Norby, Zach Stewart. Sophomores – Louis Dali, Jack Hartert, Scott McLaughlin, Cameron Stenzel. Freshmen – Nate Meyer, Deep Patel, Michael Sharp. Eighth-graders – Ethan Norman, Gabriel Oderich. Seventh-grader – Kasey Carlson.


April 16 – at Winona

April 20 – at Decorah invitational

April 23 – at Byron invitational (at Somerby)

April 25 – Mayo Invitational (at Eastwood)

April 26 – at JM quadrangular (at Northern Hills)


April 30 – Mayo triangular (at Eastwood)

May 2 – Rochester Century (at Eastwood)

May 3 – at Northfield invitational

May 10 – Rochester All-City meet (at Northern Hills)

May 11 – at Winona Invitational

May 14 – Mayo quadrangular (at Eastwood)

May 18 – at Mankato East triangular

May 21 – at Lake City Invitational (at The Jewel)


May 22 – Big Nine Conference meet (at Northfield)


Head coach: Dwight Miller

Assistant: Scott Glandon

Last season: JM placed sixth in the Big Nine Conference and made it to Day 2 of the Section 1AAA meet, placing sixth.

2018 outlook: JM looks to rebuild after a strong finish in 2017, with a handful of returning veteran players, including Jewell Larsen, Matthew Brandt and Erick Bromberg. The Rockets lost long-time varsity player Noah Antes, as well as Liam Higgins, Ben Frick, Dylan Hart and state-meet qualifier Nathan Meyer (who transferred to Mayo). Co-captain Brandt was a solid player for JM last season and played well at the section meet. "He works very hard at his game," Miller said. "Jewell is our senior leader and captain. He has really worked on his game over (last) summer. Eric’s swing has really shown improvement from last year; I can tell he played a lot last summer." Miller said Lucas Wiest, Parker Schultz and Jacob Lamphere will also play key roles for the Rockets. "I’m excited to see how the younger players come through as the season progresses."


Senior — Jewell Larsen. Juniors — Erick Bromberg, Jared Jarland, Parker Schultz, Jackson Smith, Lucas Wiest, Medi Okello. Sophomores — Matthew Brandt, Karl Gifford Bauer, Collin Krause, Jakob Lamphere, Breken Magle, Connor Raymond, Nathan Rotter. Freshmen — Kyle Day, Nicholas Wiest. Eighth-graders — Jacob Anes Dy Quiangco, Cullen Chase. Seventh-grader — Dawson Krause.



April 16 – at Albert Lea

April 25 – at Rochester invitational (at Eastwood)

April 26 – JM triangular (at Northern Hills)

April 30 – at Austin triangular

May 3 – at Northfield Invitational

May 8 – at Mankato West triangular

May 10 – Rochester All-City meet (at Northern Hills)


May 14 – JM quadrangular (at Northern Hills)

May 21 – at Lake City Invitational

May 23 – Big Nine Conference meet (at Northfield)


Head coach: Jeff Wells

Last season: The Panthers placed eighth at the Section 1AAA meet, with then-senior Johnny Schmitz placing fourth and qualifying for the Class AAA state meet.

2018 outlook: Century has 31 players out this spring, a number coach Wells is happy to work with. Nearly half of those 31 golfers (14, to be exact) are either seventh-, eighth- or ninth-graders. Among the Panthers top returning players are seniors Ryan Richards and Hunter Warfield, who will serve as captains; junior Wyatt Elliott; and sophomores Joey Malugani and Sam Williams. "Due to the very inclement weather this spring is been difficult to determine the skill of the new golfers. But from what I am seeing, we have some potential in our new and younger golfers," coach Wells said. "The entire team needs to gain more experience and confidence through early-season meets. This is a motivated bunch of kids who will work hard and make the best of whatever the weather and schedule give us."



Seniors – Cooper Klotzbach, Ryan Richard, Marcus Schultz, Hunter Warfield. Juniors – Lake Dewitz, Wyatt Elliott, Dylan Hensel, Skylar Klingfus, Anthony Santosuosso, Samuel Shockman, Brenden Ziemann. Sophomores – Kaden Horner, Dakota Jones, Joey Malugani, Brandon Nelson, Christian Swenson, Sam Williams. Freshmen – Sam Berletic, Alexander Buchan, Luke Frandsen, Nicholas Haas, Joshua Hanson, Bryce Nelson. Eighth-graders – Zachary Blixt, Aaron Kruckenberg, Joseph Nesler, Aidan Nord, Walter Oyen. Seventh-graders – Shawn Erickson, Samuel Hirsch, Thomas O’Byrne.


April 16 – Mankato West

April 25 – at Mayo Invitational (at Eastwood)

April 26 – Century triangular (at Eastwood)

May 1 – at Owatonna triangular

May 2 – at Mayo

May 3 – at Northfield invitational

May 7 – at Winona triangular

May 10 – Rochester All-City meet (at Northern Hills)

May 14 – at JM quadrangular

May 15 – Rochester Lourdes

May 17 – at Red Wing invitational

May 23 – at Big Nine Conference meet (at Northfield)


Head coach: Chris Miller

Assistants: Mark Arvold

Last season: The Eagles finished second in the Hiawatha Valley League, placed third in Section 1AA and were named the Class AA state Academic champions.

2018 outlook: Lourdes lost a handful of talented players to graduation, including Stephen Benner, John Becker, Charlie Hanzel and Patrick Dearani. But it has a talented lineup returning, including junior Luke Alexander, an All-HVL and All-State player, who placed 16th at state and averaged 72.2 per 18 holes. Two other All-HVL players return, as well, Kyle Hickey (78.5 avg.) and Oliver Dilger (82.5). Dilger, Alexander and Hickey will serve as team captains. "With the loss of our four graduating seniors from last year’s team we have some important varsity positions to fill. This early in the season, top contenders to fill these spots include seniors Ryan Smith and Zach Angst, and sophomore Harrison Albrecht. We continue to have productive practices but, because of graduation, we have a lack of experience at the varsity level. Our goal is to improve throughout the season and contend for the HVL and section meets."


Seniors – Oliver Dilger, Zach Angst, Ryan Smith, Parker Helder, Zach Walston, Mustafa Kahn, Michael Watkins, Anthony Szarka, Patron Leis. Juniors – Luke Alexander, Kyle Hickey, Chris Kane. Sophomores – Harrison Albrecht, J.T. Cafarella, Alex Lindeen. Freshman – Bosco Jacobson. Eighth-graders – Will Peterson, Jack Black.


April 13 – at John Marshall

April 17 – Byron

April 19 – Lourdes quadrangular (Somerby)

April 21 – at PI/Z-M invitational

April 25 – at Rochester Mayo invitational

April 26 – at Cannon Falls invitational

May 1 – at Century

May 3 – HVL match at PI/Z-M

May 10 – Rochester All-City meet (at Northern Hills)

May 17 – HVL match (at Willow Creek)

May 19 – at Owatonna invitational

May 21 – at Lake City invitational (at The Jewel)

May 22 – HVL championships (at Eastwood)

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