High school golf teams hit the links

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County has a striking group of golfers with all three schools — Big Horn, Tongue River and Sheridan — returning several talented athletes to the courses this year.

Some of the key athletes who will help their team’s succeed are Kylee Knobloch, Brock Donston, Casey Caywood and Dylan Patterson of Tongue River.

“Knobloch has a strong sense of leadership, and I am excited to see her excel in golf with that style of leadership and competition,” Tongue River head coach Pete Kilbride said. “She has the potential to finish in the top 10 at state.”

Kilbride added that Caywood will bring three years of experience to the team in terms of leadership.

Big Horn will look to Hanneah Puckett, McKinzie Taylor, Kaleigh Anderson, Tyrell LaMeres, Kevin Coffman, Brody Bard, Nick McAdoo and Mathew Hansen as core players.

“Taylor and Puckett both have a natural swing to them and are fun to watch,” Big Horn head coach Mila Stender said.

Sheridan has already started the season out with a strong showing from Jack Mavrakis who won the Worland meet this past weekend.

To get ready for the season all three coaches are working on course management and striking the ball. These are important steps in a successful season, especially against competitors such as Cheyenne East, Wright, Sundance, Lusk, Kelly Wash and Laramie.

“Wright is the team to beat in the state,” Kilbride said. “They are far and away the best team in the state.”

In the fall, Sheridan ended up sitting 11th out of 12 while Big Horn placed third at state for the girls and fourth for the boys. Tongue River ended up fifth.

“I have some great athletes on the team,” Stender said. “Now we just need to get them the experience on the course and learn different scenarios.”

All three schools will compete at the Buffalo Invite Friday. Sheridan County teams will host a tournament May 8 at Sheridan’s Kendrick Golf Course.

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