Golf: Teams at a glance

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ARAPAHOE

Coach — Harry Buckner

2012 highlights — Warriors wound up sixth in the Class 5A state tournament.

Top players — Sam Marley, Sr.; Kyle Taylor, Sr.; Russel Otten, Sr.

2013 outlook — Buckner, who has been an assistant coach, takes over as head coach for the late Paul Anderson. He will have good senior leadership to help the team compete in the tough Centennial League.

Say what? — “With the senior experience, I think we will play pretty good,” said Buckner.

CHERRY CREEK

Coach — Bob Kubiak

2012 highlights — Bruins were runners-up in the Metro East Regional and came in third at the Class 5A state tournament.

Top players —Will Matthews. Sr.; Jackson Burke, Sr.; Kobe Padilla, Sr.; Cole Edwards, Jr.; Subin Lee, Soph.

2013 outlook — Matthews, Edwards and Padilla played in the 2012 state tournament and Lee is a promising sophomore who could play a role in the Bruins fortunes this season.

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Coach — Jeff Riley

2012 highlights — Won the Northern Regional tournament and wound up tied for fourth in the Class 5A state tourney.

Top players — Kyler Dunkle, Sr.; Dillon Loomis, Sr.; Nick Smith, Jr.

2013 outlook — Dunkle, who has committed to play golf next year at Colorado State University, is the defending Class 5A individual state champion. The Huskies have a history of being a state contender and won state titles in 2008 and 2009. Douglas County needs players to step up behind Dunkle with consistent scores in the high 70s.

Say what? — “Looking forward to see who wants to jump on Kyler's coattails and ride along. We have a special player who makes the other's job easier,” said Riley.

HERITAGE

Coach — Nicki Poulos

2012 highlights — Fourth in the Continental League and the Eagles have advanced to the state tournament the past three seasons, finishing 10th in 2012.

Top players — Hunter Lee, Sr.; Peter Sullivan, Sr.; Nick Leibold, Soph.; Reese Leiker, Soph.; Bill Moreland, Soph.; Riggs Winz, Sr.; Connor Amman, Jr.

2013 outlook — The top players have tournament experience and the Eagles have talented underclassmen. Eagles won the league's first meet, shooting 292 at South Suburban. Lee took medalist honors with a 3-under-par 69.

Say what? — “We have noticed a contagious competitive vibe among our players. It's clear that many of the guys have worked hard on their games through the off-season,” said Poulos.

HIGHLANDS RANCH

Coach — James Barker

2012 highlights — Finished eighth in Northern regional with senior Parker Cushing the lone state qualifier.

Top players — Tyler Zhang, Fresh.; Kyle Pearson, Fresh,; Ryan Pearson, Fresh.; Charlie Schneider, Soph.; Anthony Mendez, Sr.; Brendan Harp, Jr.; Andrew Buckley, Jr.

2013 outlook — Falcons can go seven to eight players deep without a big drop in ability.

Say what? — “ We're going to have a good battle to see who will be on our regional and state teams. This year we're probably be back to top 10 in state, top five at best,” said Barker.

LEGEND

Coach — Jay Nelson

2012 highlights — Titans were 19th out of 20 teams in the Northern Region tournament.

Top players — Beau Hombach, Sr.; Phillip Nelson, Soph.; Tanner Fiftal, Jr.; Jacob Lawall, Sr.

2013 outlook — Hombach was the Titans No. 1 player last season and should be a solid 70s shooter this year. Nelson and Fiftal are young players who will improve as the season progresses.

Say what? — “The team is still rebuilding,” said Nelson.

LITTLETON

Coach — Kevin Burdick

2012 highlights — Lions were 11th in the tough Metro-East regional tournament.

Top players — Joe Schroer, Sr.; Tim Bennett, Sr.; Scott Rob, Soph.

2013 outlook — Lions return all but one of their varsity golfers from last season. Burdick is looking for better and more consistent performances this season from his golfers. With the new regional qualifying format, Littleton could have a decent chance at qualifying a team for the Class 5A state tournament.

Say what? — “If the boys haven't improved their scores by several strokes each in the past year, we will be watching the state championships instead of playing in it,” said Burdick.

LUTHERAN

Coach — John Zilm

2012 highlights — Lions were eighth in the Class 3A state tournament.

Top players — Hayden Nicholaides, Sr.; Peyton Devencenty, Sr.; Sid Martinez, Sr.; Nathan Vaughn, Jr.

2013 outlook — This is Zilm's first year as Lutheran coach and he'll be welcomed aboard by four players off last year's state tournament team. Devencenty was seventh at state a year ago while Nicholaides was ninth in the individual standings. Several freshmen and transfers will compete for spots on the varsity.

Say what? — “Our team is led by a solid group of seniors. The team looks to improve upon its eighth-place finish last year and this should very much be possible,” said Zilm.

MOUNTAIN VISTA

Coach — Tim Taylor

2012 highlights — Golden Eagles were 11th in the Northern regional and qualified only one golfer for state, and he has graduated.

Top players — Austin Hardman, Soph.; Nolan Cox, Jr., Alex Mara, Sr.; Ryan Butler, Sr.; Chris Raap, Fresh.

2013 outlook — Golden Eagles will be young but the underclassmen are talented.

Say what? — “We should do fairly well this season and I'm really looking forward to a couple years after that, after the young players get some more experience and continue to mature,” said Taylor.

ROCK CANYON

Coach — Jason Dunkle

2012 highlights — Jaguars were second in the Continental League, third in the Northern Regional and seventh at the Class 5A state tournament.

Top players — Ryan Zetwick, Soph.; Josh Pusar, Fresh.

2013 outlook — This will be a rebuilding year after losing four seniors. Zetwick had a good summer and could develop into the team's No. 1 player.

Say what? — “Our weakness will be having so few players with varsity tournament experience,” said Dunkle.

THUNDERRIDGE

Coach — Jim McCord

2012 highlights - The Grizzlies were fourth in the Northern Regional tournament and came home in 11th place at the state tourney.

Top players — Kevin McAdam, Sr.; Trevor McCord, Jr.; Jack Matchinski, Jr.

2013 outlook — McCord will be in his 18th season as a coach and he will have an experienced nucleus. Matchinski and McCord were two of the three players who qualified for the state tournament last season.

Say what? — “ThunderRidge graduated only two senior golfers last year so we look forward to a strong year with some experienced players,” said McCord.

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