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Lakota Golf

September 1, 2013
The Advertiser-Tribune

Coach: Chad Garberich, second year.

2012: Seventh in MAL.

Returning letterwinners: Senior Kevin Woodruff. Junior Makayla Dull. Sophomores Hunter Chalfin; Josh Mason; Evan Lewis.

Others: Sophomore Dylan Schiebel. Freshmen Collin Gosche; Hunter Schoendoerf; Andrew Hovis.

Outlook: Dull has been the bright spot for Lakota for the past two seasons, and she hasn't really fallen off the pace this fall. The difference, though, is that the rest of the Raiders are now right there with her.

"This year, we come in and we've got guys who put in a good summer, worked with me a lot on their swing and a lot of different things and listened really well," Garberich said. "Now we've got two or three other guys that can shoot between that 78 to 84 range, and they've all been there.

"We've got 1 through 5 who any day can shoot between 74 and 85, which when you can do that, you've got a chance to go out and do good things," he said.

That's already happened.

The Raiders won the Bettsville Invitational earlier this season on the strength of Dull's 3-over 76. She returns for her junior year after two trips to state, tying for fifth last year after tying for 10th as a freshman.

Just one teammate is older than her, giving the Raiders time to tinker with what Garberich said is their one real shortcoming.

"Youth is definitely a weakness, if you want to call it that. It's also a strength because we don't lose anybody except for Kevin for next year," he said. "These guys, they're young as freshmen and sophomores, but they've got tons of experience.

"(The veteran sophomores) all played varsity last year, they all competed a lot over the summer. They all know what they have to do to get better and to win," he said. "I'd say our biggest weakness is we're not very experienced as far as grade-wise, but we do have a lot of experience as far as tournament-wise."



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