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Season preview: North Suncoast girls golf

TRINITY — Scott Schmitz has completely retired.

In fact, the former Mitchell football coach can be found where many semi-retired people go to relax — the golf course.

With former coach Joe Castellano now working in construction, the Mustangs had a need for a coach and Schmitz was there to fill the void.

Just two days into preseason practice, Schmitz already knows he has got arguably the best girls golf team in two counties.

"I'm a football coach, but I know what you have to do to meet goals," Schmitz said. "That's basically what my job's going to be with these guys."

The rest is up to Megan Van Etten and Co.

The Mustangs are back, loaded once again with Rebecca Van Etten, Kristen Pitts and Victoria Kinney.

For the 10 years Mitchell has been open, the program has been a powerhouse, winning eight consecutive Sunshine Athletic Conference titles.

But Megan Van Etten, now a senior, seems more determined than ever to guide Mitchell to state.

"We'll have a good team here," she said. "… I want to make state so bad. It would be the perfect way to end my senior year, to make it with my sister and the rest of the team. We'll have to have a good match at regionals to get there."

Five teams to watch

Mitchell: Eight-time defending SAC champ are loaded again.

Zephyrhills: New coaches, but four solid players: Sarah Baniszewski, Taylor Brady, Megan Herbert, Tiffany Bahr.

River Ridge: Returning starters Kim Donato and Nichole Bylski, Corinne Doig, and Lankin Schull joins the team.

Gulf: Lost Bailey Logan to graduation but return Morgan Winkler and Tonia Van Nort.

Pasco: Pirates have been working with a local professional.

Five girls to watch

Megan Van Etten, Sr., Mitchell: Two-time conference champ won district title.

Rebecca Van Etten, So., Mitchell: Finished one stroke ahead of sister at regional.

Lauren Shuford, Sr., Hernando: District runnerup was Hernando County's best.

Sarah Baniszewski, Sr., Zephyrhills: Bulldogs' top player led team to regional.

Nina Argento, So., Mitchell: Proved reliable in tough matches last season.

Key matches

Sept. 1: Zephyrhills at Ridgewood

Sept. 3: Gulf at Land O'Lakes; Mitchell at Pasco

Sept. 22: Zephyrhills at Mitchell

Sept. 29: Zephyrhills at River Ridge

Oct. 13: SAC tournament

Oct. 19: District tournaments

Oct. 26: Region tournaments

Nov. 3: State tournaments

Season preview: North Suncoast girls golf 08/25/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 10:35pm]

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