The 2013 boys golf season got off to strong a start last week with the Riverside Beavers winning their sixth Karl Pearson Invitational in the last seven years, and second straight.
While it looks like Riverside is at the top of the pack in the early goings of the season, there are plenty of other talented teams in the Star Beacon Coverage area.
Several teams will sport youthful rosters that should get stronger as the season progresses.
The following is a breakdown of each team and how each coach feels about his roster going into the season.
Coach Mike Trinko returns with a roster full of returning lettermen but overall he has a relatively youthful squad.
“We are pretty young this year and will play at least two freshmen,” he said. “As always we need to be consistent and, hopefully, get good fourth man scores.”
Returning for the Spartans are seniors Joe Roux, Chandler Stitt, juniors Quinn Rudler, Jon VanNorman and sophomores Matt Church and Cole Clausen.
Trinko said he likes the way his team worked during the offseason.
“Most of our golfers played a lot over the summer, so I hope it shows in their scores,” he said.
Looking to contribute from the freshman class will be Jake Kehoe, Adam Laitinen, Conner Stitt and Ben Mittelstadt. Sophomore Cole Tattrie rounds out the roster for the Spartans.
Conneaut is still without a conference title to play for, so Trinko said he will have his team focused on its regular-season tournament competition with an eye on peaking in time for the state tournament.
“No conference, so we are playing in a few tournaments to be ready for the sectionals through to state,” he said.
The Warriors, under second-year coach Joe Foderetti, lost three lettermen and will have to be replaced by three players who have no varsity experience.
Returning to lead Edgewood is senior Devon Surbella and sophomores Jake Bleil and Zac Wilpula.
Foderetti said those three will be the key to the Warriors success this season.
“We will rely on the experience from last year’s starters,” he said. “Senior Devon Surbella, sophomores Zac Wilpula and Jake Bliel. We will play three players with no varsity experience each match.”
Looking to fill those three openings will be senior Zach Laugen, sophomores D.J. Bowers, MaCallister Westcott and Alex Laird, and freshmen Tristan Rhodes, Jacob Moore, Kyle McCoy and Jimmy Cline.
“I have one senior, three sophomores and one freshman in competition for those spots,” Foderetti said. “We will improve as the season progresses and the first-year players will gain experience.”
This will be Edgewood’s final season competing as an independent in boys golf as the Warriors will enter the All-American Conference in the spring of 2014.