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Fri. October 16, 2009 | Izzy Gould | Email

1. Mitchell’s girls aim for state
The Mustangs always dominate locally, proved by their eighth consecutive Sunshine Athletic Conference title. When it comes to postseason play, they rarely advance beyond regionals. Senior Megan Van Etten leads Mitchell, but has never guided the team to state. Her parting wish, other than winning an individual state title, is for Mitchell to advance as a team. Mitchell is strong with the  1-2 combination of Megan and Rebecca Van Etten. Ultimately, it comes down to depth.
2. Can Wiregrass Ranch boys ride momentum?
The Bulls won their first SAC title Tuesday and hope to do even more in the postseason. They have a terrific  1-2 punch in Logan Horrigan and Dylan Larson. Nick Stutt and Chris Kluender help solidify Wiregrass Ranch’s lineup and both are capable of low 80s, even high 70s.
3. Mitchell, Ridgewood — can either rebound?
The Mustangs were  wondering how an undefeated season could unravel so quickly with a third-place finish at the SAC. Despite the loss, senior Chaz Heinz, the two-time SAC individual winner, seemed ready to move on with bigger goals. It will be up to coach Rick Hyatt to find the winning formula with a deep team. Mitchell was forced to choose its golfers at conference instead of allowing the whole team to play. Hyatt might juggle the lineup, looking for better scores at Nos. 3 and 4.
4. Springstead represents Hernando County
Whether it’s girls or boys, the Eagles rule Hernando County golf. The boys won last week’s county championship; the girls also won their match against county teams. The girls are led by freshman phenom Megan Berube, who averaged scores in the mid 30s all season. The boys are led by Ryan Kiely, whose back injury  kept him from playing in the county championship. But the Eagles flourished with Shane Murphy, Ryan Nicholl, Anthony Fiocca and Mike DeCroix.
5. Bishop McLaughlin’s Japanese wonder
The Hurricanes have had a solid season at 11-1 and one reason is junior Kentaro Toyota. His mid to low 30s average through the season has paced the Hurricanes on their quest to make a postseason run. His work ethic and poised demeanor have been infectious, and Toyota appears ready to lead Bishop McLaughlin beyond the district tournament.

Schedule
Class 2A-12

Teams: Clearwater, Countryside, Dunedin, East Lake, Hudson, Mitchell, Palm Harbor University, Ridgewood, River Ridge, Tarpon Springs
Boys: Hosted by Mitchell at Fox Hollow, 10 a.m. on Tuesday.
Girls: Hosted by Mitchell at Meadow Oaks, 9 a.m. on Monday.
Class 2A-6
Teams: Belleview, Central, Citrus, Ocala Forest, Gulf, Ocala Lake Weir, Land O’Lakes, Lecanto, Leesburg, Citra North Marion, Sunlake, Springstead, Ocala Vanguard, Ocala West Port, Wiregrass Ranch, Zephyrhills
Boys: Hosted by Citrus at El Diablo, 8 a.m. on Monday.
Girls: Hosted by Sunlake at Silverado, 7 a.m. on Monday.
Class A-8
Teams: Bishop McLaughlin, Crystal River, Dunnellon, Hernando, Hernando Christian, Nature Coast, Pasco, South Sumter
Boys: Hosted by Nature Coast at Hernando Oaks, 11 a.m. on Monday.
Girls: Hosted by Bushnell South Sumter at Shadybrook Golf Club, noon on Monday.
Class A-9
Teams: Academy at the Lakes, Carrollwood, Saddlebrook, Wesley Chapel
Boys: Hosted by Saddlebrook at Saddlebrook Course, 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
Girls: Hosted by Academy at the Lakes at Plantation Palms, 11 a.m. on Monday.

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