Check Out Our Sports Photo Galleries Contact Us
Great Expectations: SSHS golfers set for new season
by Dan Eckles
Aug 20, 2013 | 1420 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs girls golf coach Mike Bosco talks with Cougars standout Trae Wells during Tuesday afternoon's practice session at the Resort at Red Hawk.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs girls golf coach Mike Bosco talks with Cougars standout Trae Wells during Tuesday afternoon's practice session at the Resort at Red Hawk.
slideshow
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Junior Katrina Prendergast watches her golf ball sail down the fairway after hitting a tee shot during a practice round Tuesday.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Junior Katrina Prendergast watches her golf ball sail down the fairway after hitting a tee shot during a practice round Tuesday.
slideshow
A year ago Spanish Springs girls golf coach Mike Bosco was gearing up for his first season at the helm of the Cougars program. The long-time SSHS baseball coach was just trying to transition from one sport to another while learning the nuances of a new sport.

As he prepares for Year 2 leading the Cougars' program, the veteran coach said he feels like his life is much slower than the mile-a-minute pace it was at 12 months ago.

Still, Bosco figured the gig out pretty quickly. And a talented roster didn't hurt. Spanish Springs wound up winning a state championship last fall, besting North rival McQueen in the process. The question now is … Can the Cougars' repeat?

"I'm pretty excited," Bosco said. "We're going to be better than we were last year. I was expecting 9-to-10 at tryouts and we got 15. I don't plan on cutting anybody. They'll all be on the team and have to compete every week to play in tournaments."

Spanish Springs has talented returners. Two-time defending North champion Katrina Prendergast is back for her junior season. Senior Trae Wells and junior Sami Sorensen, widely considered two of the Top 10 prep players in northern Nevada, return for their senior and junior seasons respectively. The other two returning varsity players are seniors Katrina Weil and Kirsti Settas.

Division I North rules stipulate teams can enter six players to compete in each golf tournament but only count the top four scores. Bosco said one of his team's downfall's last year was that its top six players were never challenged in practice. That group was never in jeopardy of failing to qualify for a league tournament because the Cougars lacked depth to their roster.

That won't be the case this year. In addition to a pair of improved JV players from a year ago, Bosco pointed out that seven new student athletes — six freshman and one junior — will all push the top group and could easily score in the Top 6 of team qualifying, earning a roster spot for a league tournament.

"I expect our practices to be competitive and that should make us better," Bosco said. "That's certainly my hope but time will tell.

"I learned a lot last year. We've got good individual talent. It will be fun to see what we can accomplish as a team. There's no question we should be stronger."

Leading the way for Spanish Springs will be Prendergast, who finished second at state last fall after winning her second North region title in as many years. She's had a busy summer, competing in the Calloway Jr. Worlds event at Torrey Pines and on the Nevada Girls Junior America's Cup Team, in addition to her Northern Nevada Junior Golf Association schedule.

"It's nice to have her competing for us," Bosco admitted. "We're just hoping she doesn't get called away to play in any of those elite tournaments during one of our league tournaments, which is what happened once last year. We always know we can count on a low number from her."

The Cougars' coach knows why Prendergast, Jones, Sorensen and the rest of the team's deep roster is so talented. He says it's not about magic formulas.

"Golf is not a sport where you can go to only your high school practice from 3:30 to 5:30 for a few months and be good," Bosco said. "You have to work on your own. These girls put in their time. That's nice to know as a coach."

Last fall, McQueen and Spanish Springs were easily the class of the High Desert League, North Region and state. The Lancers return a talented core of players as well in 2013. Bosco said the northwest Reno school can still put four to five players on the course each week that can score in the 80s. He believes his team's competitive nature with McQueen should make his team and the rivalry even better this year.

"McQueen will be a strong team again and I think that competition with them helped us last year," Bosco said. "McQueen was the team we wanted to beat. It's not often you see a team win state after it had not won its league or region, like we did.

"This summer our girls have competed against the McQueen girls in individual tournaments and in some cases with them in team events. They're all friends. But now it's the school year and we want to beat them. It's all up for grabs."

Spanish Springs, McQueen and the rest of the High Desert League schools, including Reed of east Sparks, open up league tournament play Sept. 5 at Sierra Sage Golf Course in Stead.

"Last year, we seemed to be thrown into the fire with a tournament that first week of school. Now we've got a couple weeks. That will be nice," Bosco said. "It gives the girls a chance to get back together as a team … They're excited. I've asked the returners to lead by example, to show the new girls how to act and how to work, that you're not state champs just because you show up."
Comments
(0)
Comments-icon Post a Comment
No Comments Yet
Featured Businesses