Team: Girls’ golf
Coach: Dan Benham
Asst: Pat Hayes
Captain: Jenna Lund
Conf.: Wright County
2012 finish: The Wildcats finished the 2012 season fourth in the WCC as a team behind Litchfield, Hutchinson, and Holy Family.
Waconia had three individual golfers in the top 20 of the WCC, including conference champion Meagan Rachey, Jenna Lund (15th), and Laura Wagner (18th). Rachey won nearly every conference meet, while Lund also brought home two top-ten conference finishes during the season.
The Wildcats won an Annandale invitational and also finished second at Crow River and Ridges at Sand Creek in April and May. Waconia consistently finished in the top six teams at each meet.
Key returnees: Back again for Waconia is three-time conference champion Rachey (sophomore) and Lund, who is the team’s captain and lone senior. Benham said there are also a lot of underclassmen.
“We have a lot of freshman trying out this year,” he said. “I’m excited to see how we will compete in the section and conference.”
Teams to beat: The Wildcats’ have their eye on defending WCC champion Litchfield, a team that will return its top golfer in 2012, WCC runner-up Kennedy Sommerfeld. In the section, New Prague is the team to beat.
Goals: The goals for Waconia remain the same.
“As with any season, we are looking to have a good showing in both conference and section meets,” Benham said. “We are a young team, but have a lot of returners.”
First meets: The Wildcats are scheduled to open the season with a conference meet at Island View on April 8.
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