The Waconia boys’ golf team may look a little different next season. With four departing seniors, who have become staples of the program, head coach Paul Henn has also announced he is leaving his position with the team.
“I know the program is in great shape and whomever comes in as the new coach will do a great job and will have great kids to work with,” he said.
The Wildcats will also say goodbye to 2013 graduates Kyle Kauma (All-Conference), Tyler Kuennen, Ryan Mattson, and Matt Rachey (All-Conference).
“We will miss our seniors, but have a good core coming back,” Henn said. “We lose two all conference seniors that our young players will have to make up for, but I believe there is a good solid group that will be able to handle it.”
In the wake of the seniors will be that “solid group” Henn spoke of, which includes Blaine Wilsey, Cal Rassman, Kendall Banyai, and Michael Vigil, who all clocked time on the varsity courses this season.
In 2013, the Wildcats finished third in the Wright County Conference behind team champion Orono and runner up Litchfield. Rachey finished second overall, while Kauma was tenth. Wilsey was 25th, while Banyai narrowly missed the All-Conference Honorable Mention cutoff by finishing 26th.
The team was fourth at Annandale on April 30, fifth in Dassel-Cokato May 1, and tied for third at New London-Spicer on May 2.
Waconia hosted its annual meet May 6 at Island View and finished third as a team. The Wildcats won at Hutchinson May 15 and finished fourth at Litchfield the next afternoon. The final WCC meet of the season commenced May 20 at Dassel-Cokato and the ‘Cats finished runners up at the Chargers’ invitational May 22.
At the Section 2AAA meet on June 3-4, the Wildcats golfed their two best days of the season, according to Henn.
“I felt our season went well and we peaked again for a great showing in sections,” he said.
Waconia finished strong on Day 1, qualifying as a team for Day 2. The Wildcats eventually tied for third with Lakeville South in the section competition behind team champion Eden Prairie and runner up Chanhassen. Rachey won the Section 2AAA individual title, earning his fourth trip to the state tournament. Kauma was WHS’ next finisher in 18th.
Rachey advanced to the Class AAA state tournament, held June 11-12 at Bunker Hills. He finished the two days of competition in a nine-way tie for 17th place.
Section 2AAA team champion Eden Prairie took home the Class AAA state title.
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