Hawks, Kowalzek lead young girls contingent
By PATRICK SLACK
Senior Dustin Herold highlights a group of five returning starters for the Pierz boys golf team this spring after earning All-Central Minnesota Conference (CMC) honors a year ago.
Also coming back with varsity experience from last spring are juniors Evan Woitalla and Matt Athman and sophomores Ethan Lochner and Josh Rocheleau, with eighth-grader Nathan Poster looking to contribute.
“We have a very young team this season,” Pierz head coach Chris Dobis said. “We will look to improve in all aspects of the game. Our golfers are committed to improving our program year in and year out.”
Seniors this year include Herold and Alex Johnson-Lindgren. Graduating from last year were Kyle Fuhrman and Michael Meyer.
“We want to continue to improve on our team scores from match to match,” Dobis said. “We always take the first match of the season and use that as a benchmark.”
“Last year we finished fourth in the conference,” he said. “As the year went on we got stronger, however some high scores early on cost us a chance at a conference championship. Our goal is to compete for a conference championship again this spring.”
Sophomore All-CMC golfer Jessica Hawks and senior captain Katie Kowalzek lead a young Pierz girls squad.
Hawks is coming off a season in which she finished with a nine-hole average of 46 and advanced to the second day of section competition.
Looking to compete for the remaining varsity spots are junior Grace Duxbury, sophomores Miranda Robertsdahl and Sam Smith, freshman Kayla Wacker and eighth-grader Brittany Talberg.
Graduating from last year’s team were Anna Poster and Beth Woitalla.
“We are a fairly inexperienced team with only two girls who have had varsity experience,” Pierz head coach Jessica LeBlanc said. “Jessica Hawks put many hours in over the summer and will contend for conference champion.”