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Golf: 2014 boys golf preview capsules

Amboy Clippers

Coach: Zach Ross (12th season)
2013: Amboy finished sixth at the 11-team 1A Putnam County regional.

Roster
Griffin Kozeal Sr.
Jake Lucas Sr.
Logan Thake Sr.
Sam Klein Sr.
Tracer Mills Sr.
Julia Daszkiewicz Sr.
Collin Cromwell Jr.
Zach Becker Jr.
Demi Becker Jr.
Kyle Gascoigne So.
Hanna Grady So.
Austin Walker Fr.
Caleb Sarff Fr.

Outlook: The Clippers missed advancing out of regional by one stroke last year, and expect to be strong again this season, even without junior Josh Gross, who will not play this season.

Bureau Valley Storm

Coach: Dan Gustafson (4th season)
2013: Bureau Valley was 10th at the 1A Putnam County regional.

Roster
Jacob Heidenreich Sr.
Jedidiah Barnes Sr.
Jay Norden Jr.
Harrison Brousseau Jr.
Michael Law So.
Nicholas Glubczynski So.
Garrett Pistole Fr.
Ian Carl Fr.
Colton Novotny Fr.
Jackson Hanson Fr.

Outlook: The Storm lost two sectional qualifiers and are looking to fill those spots. Bureau Valley will have three returning varsity players from last year and could have three freshmen start on varsity this season.

Dixon Dukes

Coach: Lee Eastman (first season)
2013: Dixon finished third at regionals and was 10th at sectionals. The Dukes had an 11-2 record during the regular season.

Roster
Jake Bonnell Jr.
Zach Healy Jr.
Cole Ruckman So.
Patrick Johnson So.
Anton Halla So.
Olivia Pultorak So.
Jackson Jeffrey So.
Evan Tschosik So.
Jacob North So.
Andrew Masters So.
Jackson Spinden Fr.
Jordan Witmer Fr.
Nolan Halla Fr.
Nickolas Ashby Fr.

Outlook: The Dukes don't have a senior on the roster this season, but have experience with Ruckman, Bonnell, Pultorak, Johnson, and Anton Halla.

Eastland-Milledgeville Cougars

Coach: Jason Hill (10th season)
2013: Eastland finished seventh at the 12-team Rockford Christian Life regional and advanced two individuals to sectionals.

Roster
Curt Strauss So.
Shay Goellner So.
Jordan Selman So.
Austin Poffenberger So.
Connor Degroot Jr.
Dillon Schoeny Sr.

Outlook: Young team with nine freshman out of 20 golfers. Hill is hoping to see some improvement and players emerge as solid golfers.

Erie Cardinals

Coach: Ryan Winckler
2013: Erie finished 11th at the 13-team 1A Galena regional.

Roster
Levi Floming Jr.
Tanner Brockway Sr.
Russell Johnson Jr.
Brandon Howell Jr.
Derek Redell Jr.
Andrew Young Sr.
Trey Anderson Jr.
Caden Swift Fr.

Outlook: Floming and Brockway will lead the Cardinals this season in a likely rebuilding year. Erie is stocked with young players.

Fulton Steamers

Coach: Tyler Swanson (first season)
2013: Fulton finished fifth at the 1A Galena regional and qualified two individuals for sectionals.

Roster
Lucas Wiebenga Sr.
Justin Peterson Sr.
Brett Terrock Jr.
Jared Barsema Jr.
Jake Outzen Jr.
Dustin Rowland Jr.
Dylan Temple Jr.
Ryan Dial Jr.

Outlook: First-year coach Tyler Swanson is excited about the team after several practices.

Morrison Mustangs

Coach: Andrew Tenboer (First season)
2013: The Mustangs placed second at the Galena regional and eighth at the Byron sectional after a 14-7 regular season.

Roster
Chance Bender Sr.
Andrew Rinker Sr.
Brock Smith Sr.
Colton Smith Sr.
Anthony Tenboer Sr.
Noah Hogue Jr.
Ben Tegeler Jr.
Kyle McCoy Jr.
Bryce Smith So.
Jacob Veger So.
Eric Kull So.
Brennan Bender So.
Jaeden Workman So.
Kaleb McCoy Fr.
Adam Lindstrom Fr.
Augustus Linke Fr.
Derek Bush Fr.

Outlook: Morrison lost only one starter from last year's team and return Hogue, who led the Mustangs as a sophomore. The Mustangs will also be hosting a regional this season.

Newman Comets

Coach: Carol Nieman (sixth season)
2013: Newman finished ninth among 12 teams at the 1A Rockford Christian Life regional. Senior Todd Nelson advanced to sectionals.

Roster
Derek Carney Sr.
Brady Fowkes Jr.
Jakob Frank Sr.
Dillon Gallentine Sr.
Matthew Johnson Jr.
Seiler Noble Jr.
Jake Pitman So.
Shawn Rosengren Jr.
Kyle Schmitt So.
Tucker Shoemaker Sr.
Lucas Velasquez Fr.
Matthew Wagenecht Sr.
Sean Weir So.

Outlook: The Comets have four returning varsity players and Nieman expects that strong JV players from last season will step into the two open varsity positions smoothly.

Oregon Hawks

Coach: Jim Spratt
2013: Oregon placed seventh among 12 teams at the 1A Byron sectional after a second-place finish at regionals.

Roster
Taylor Brubaker Sr.
Dominic Marchetti Sr.
Nick Barnhart Sr.
Mitchell Nehrkorn Jr.
Carson Buck Jr.
Tyler Black So.
Matt Myers So.
Kyle Lundquist So.
Matt Slouka So.
Mike Kresheck So.
Zach Stromberg Jr.
Dillan Hoover Sr.

Outlook: Spratt believes that this year’s team could be the best he has had in his seven years. The Hawks should get out of their regional this season, and be competitive at sectionals.

Polo Marcos

Coach: Don Reece (8th season)
2013: Polo was eighth at the 1A Rockford Christian Life regional.

Roster
Matthew Handel Sr.
Nick Jacobson Sr.
Bailey Shipman Sr.
Brix Clayton Jr.
Tristin Woodin Jr.
Matt Coffman So.
Colton Griddin So.
Cristopher Rademacher So.
Mason Wright So.
Mack Llanas Fr.
Alex Scherer Fr.
Trevin Woodin Fr.
Megan Call Fr.

Outlook: Reece believes that his team will be much better this season and predicts a top-4 finish in the conference. The Marcos also have a female on the roster in freshman Megan Call.

Prophetstown Prophets

Coach: Karen Wiersema (first season)
2013: The Prophets took 12th at the 1A Galena regional, 34 strokes ahead of last-place River Ridge.

Note: Information not available before SVM's copy deadline.

Rock Falls Rockets

Coach: Thomas Frank (13th season)
2013: Rock Falls went 19-3 and took seventh at the 12-team Freeport sectional.

Roster
Aaron Frank Sr.
Matt Long Sr.
Carrigan Chouinard Sr.
Austin Vickers Sr.
Cooper Kilberg Jr.
Bronson Mintun Jr.
Nolan Moeller Jr.
Clay Velazquez Jr.
Mitchell Guzzle So.
Zach Wildman So.
Austin Jones So.
Andrew Ashly So.
Corey Wolf Fr.
Seth Schmitt Fr.
Drew Gray Fr.

Outlook: The Rockets graduated only two seniors last year and have will have eight players battling for six varsity spots. Four of the starting six golfers from last year's squad return this season.

Sterling Golden Warriors

Coach: C.J. Wade (6th season)
2013: The Golden Warriors finished ninth at state as a team and held a 10-2 record during the regular season.

Roster
Nick Olds Jr.
Mick Ceruzzi Fr.
Nate Olson Fr.
Brady Bostelman Jr.
Jack Nitz Jr.
Henry Steinhagen Fr.
Tanner Mackey Fr.
Luke Moore Jr.
Joey Sivits Fr.
Keegan Oltmans So.
Michael Quick So.
Adam Oelrichs So.
Ryan Hurley Sr.
Ryan Blackburn So.
Elliot Sheets Sr.
Brayden Hemminger Sr.
Jacob Reynolds Sr.
Lucas Campbell Sr.
Charles Lehman Fr.
Gabe Zeigler So.
Michell O'Brien So.
Kristian Cook Fr.
Gabriel Bachman So.

Outlook: Sterling is young and talented, and will be led by seniors Lucas Campbell and Ryan Hurley. Campbell and Hurley played on the Golden Warriors' state team that finished ninth last season.

West Carroll Thunder

Coach: Kevin Venner
2013: West Carroll finished ninth at the 1A Galena regional.
Note: Information not available before SVM's copy deadline.

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