Girls player of the year
Megan Berube | So., Springstead
Why we picked her: Berube wasn't intimidated playing in her first state tournament. The sophomore followed an opening-round 83 at the Class 2A finals by firing 2-over 74 on Day 2 for a total of 157 and a spot in the top 15 (14th overall). Berube mirrored that score of 74 at the Class 2A, Region 2 tournament to tie for second.
Most impressive accomplishment: Take your pick. Berube's nine-hole stroke average during the regular season was below par at 35.8. Then she went to district and beat the rest of the field by six strokes after posting a scorching 3-under 69 to take home the individual title (2A-6).
Future plans: Berube still has two more seasons left to play for Springstead, so it's early in the recruiting process for her. The sophomore plans to continue her golfing career in college and has noticed more recruiters showing up to watch her play.
Did you know? Berube won the Hernando County championship for the second year in a row and has a chance to go 4-for-4 during her high school career. She was at or below par for most of the year. Her worst nine-hole round during the regular season was a 39.
Rebecca Van Etten, Jr., Mitchell: Captured her first Sunshine Athletic Conference championship and shot 73 at district to place second.
Emma Fivecoat, Jr., Mitchell: A consistent No. 2 for the Mustangs all season, Fivecoat followed an 85 at district with an 82 at region.
Hana Lee, Fr., Wesley Chapel: Newcomer tied for second at district with an 86 and shot 85 at region to place eighth.
Kellianne May, Jr., Pasco: Won the Class A, District 8 individual title and missed qualifying for state by a single stroke.
Lauren Riehle, Jr., Saddlebrook: District (A-9) champion was second at region and placed 37th at Class A state tournament.
Coach of the year
Scott Schmitz, Mitchell: Once again, Mitchell rolled through the SAC, winning its 10 consecutive title. Under Schmitz's guidance, the Mustangs placed second as a team at district and were fifth at region, playing in, arguably, the area's toughest region draw.
Nina Argento, Jr., Mitchell
Ellen Crowley, Jr., Academy at the Lakes
Anna Fornelli, Jr., Academy at the Lakes
Ashley Richardson, Fr., Mitchell
Spencer Valdespino, Jr., Bishop McLaughlin
Central: Stephanie Rodney
Mitchell: Alexa Oglesby
Nature Coast: Kaelynn Elliott
Pasco: Mary Kassabaum
River Ridge: Kim Donato, Nicole Bylski, Lakyn Shull
Sunlake: Melanie Lehmkuhl, Rachel Palenik
Wesley Chapel: Savanna Bishof
Wiregrass Ranch: Taylor Upchurch
Zephyrhills: Tiffany Bahr, Megan Huppert, Sydney Owens