Coming up together a few years ago as middle schoolers, Little Falls liked being considered a group with great potential.
Now, the Flyers feel it is time to tap into that potential and make the transition into contenders.
“Those years were definitely a time that I wondered what we could accomplish after a few seasons of experience,” Little Falls head coach Joel Youngberg said. “We’ve already talked about our team having a different label this year. In previous years we were a team that ‘has potential.’ Well, as a team with three-plus years of experience in every spot on the roster, our potential needs to be realized.”
Filling those spots will likely be a group of five players that played in almost every tournament a year ago, juniors Kyler Erdman, Michael Orr, Landon Atkinson and Josh DeCann and sophomore Reed Hines.
Freshman Tyler Moore is also back with varsity time under his belt, with senior Nathan Hoffman being looked upon to potentially step in and contribute as well.
With the weather hampering the ability to practice outdoors early on, it is tough to pin down just what this team will be able to do. But one thing is for sure: the ceiling is high.
“I don’t really know what to expect out of the team this spring,” Youngberg said. “Being indoors the last month makes it pretty difficult to gauge just where we stand. I expect the experience on the team to be worth a few strokes per round.
“Last year, we played well in some tournaments and struggled in others,” he said. “Consistency has to show up for us this season if we’re going to have our best showing. I believe anybody that we put on the roster for the section tournament has the ability to make the state tournament as an individual. As a team, we would have to play very, very, well.”