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MHS boys' golf team returns top six

The Mitchell High School boys' golf team returns its top six players from last season.

With seniors Tyson Allen and Aaron Sudbeck, juniors Jacob Rice and Jaron Weich and sophomores Ryan Solberg and Landon Pooley back on the course, co-head coach Mark Horan said the team will show improvements from last year.

"They've put a lot of hours in over the summer polishing their games," said Horan, whose team opens at the Brandon Valley Invitational at 11 a.m. today in Brandon.

Last fall, the Kernels finished 14th as a team and Weich was the team's top finisher in a tie for 36th. Rice was 38th at the Class AA tournament, which was held at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell.

Horan said the two juniors will be battling for the team's top spot. Horan didn't have any other golfers placed in the lineup, saying the order is likely to change throughout the season.

In addition to returning its top six golfers, the Kernels have several others vying for varsity spots.

Horan said there are 10 golfers competing for spots.

"We're really optimistic and we're going to be improved," said Horan, adding there are 37 boys out for the sport this year. "It's the biggest group I can remember on the boys' side. We don't just have a lot of kids out, this is a group of golfers. I'm excited about it."

Mitchell has five seniors on the team, including Allen, Sudbeck, Drew Kayser, Ryker Kreutzfeldt and Karst Way.

Before today's meet, the Kernels got in three 18-hole rounds and one 9-hole round. Horan said the team worked on its short game -- chipping and putting -- several days into practice.

"We've thrown them out on the course and played qualifying rounds to get them ready," said Horan, who is co-head coach with Rob Marchand. "What's nice is they have all summer to get out on the course, and they come in ready to play. Some have been working with professional teachers and playing in junior tournaments. They're doing the things they need to get better."

The Kernels' first home meet is Sept. 3 when they host Yankton in a dual at 1 p.m. at Lakeview Golf Course.

Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.