North Tahoe golf preview | Stacked Laker squad looking to win it all
The Lakers have a score to settle and#8212; and this is just the right team to settle it, said first-year head coach Steve Munro.
A year after finishing runner-up to basin rival Whittell in the 2A state championship, North Tahoe is eager for a return to state, where they hope to pay back the Warriors while earning the schooland#8217;s first-ever boysand#8217; golf title.
and#8220;Thatand#8217;s exactly our goal,and#8221; Munro said of winning state. and#8220;Weand#8217;ve got a really good team. We definitely have the team to make state.and#8221;
The 2010 Lakers came close. That team led the two-day state tournament after Day 1, only to watch Whittell storm back the following day to win by 17 strokes.
Munro, who helped as an assistant in past years, expects the Warriors to again challenge the Lakers for the title. Incline also has a strong team, he said, while Sage Ridge shows potential as well.
North Tahoe is as stacked as any of them. The Lakers boast a talented squad of 11 players, with six seniors. They include Travis Boerner, who won the Northern 2A regional title last year, Andrew Hill, Connor Whaley, Eliot Headley, Daniel Longo and Addison Granger. The team also includes four sophomores, Justin Fenley, Trevor Semmens, Nash Baehr and Daniel Vandewiele, and one freshman, Zachary Kriston.
So far theyand#8217;re off to a slow start due to a number of canceled or shortened tournaments caused by stormy weather.
and#8220;Itand#8217;s been terrible,and#8221; Munro said of the weather. and#8220;Weand#8217;ve had three tournaments, and two out of three we had to take (the players) off the golf course. Itand#8217;s just been terrible. But if this weather holds, we can actually get some practice in. Itand#8217;s just been killing us.and#8221;
With such a stacked team, the Lakers also will be competing amongst themselves. Munro said the top three finishers from the previous tournament automatically qualify for the following one, while the other players on the team must vie for the final three spots.
None of the regular-season tournaments count toward the postseason, however. The 1A and 2A teams all compete in their respective regional playoff tournaments, with the top three teams from the north and the top three from the south advancing to the state championship. The top 10 individual finishers from non-qualifying teams also advance to state.
The one-day Northern 2A regional tournament is scheduled for May 9 in Jackpot, which is located about eight miles from the Idaho border, and about a nine-hour drive from Tahoe City. The two-day state tournament will be held at Genoa Lakes and Edgewood Tahoe golf courses May 16-17.
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