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Cote, Lagedrost give Springstead, Hernando an edge

Springstead's Sarah Cote and Hernando's Kelly Lagedrost are the two leading girl golfers in Hernando County this season.

Both are firing scores in the upper-30s and low 40s, while only two other players in the area have been able to break 50 on a regular basis.

Lagedrost, a freshman, is one of the best to come through the Hernando girls program in several years.

"At least since I've been coaching," fourth-year Hernando coach T.V. Chambers said.

Hillary Hall, a sophomore, and Sara Bechtelheimer, a freshman, will share time in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots for a young Hernando team that does not have a senior among its top five.

Bechtelheimer has the early edge with a 52.0 average while Hall is at 53.0.

Arlene Marrero, another freshman, is averaging in the mid-50s at No. 4, while twins Dawn and Michelle Langley share time in the No. 5 spot. The Langleys each break 60 about half the time.

"The team is shooting well," Chambers said. "They're good. They've got a lot of room for improvement, but they're very coachable. They're super kids _ easy to work with and eager to learn."

The Leopards will play five home matches at the new World Woods complex, including a match against Central today. All other home matches will be played at Brooksville Golf and Country Club.

Cote, who finished third in the district tournament last season, also is averaging around 40 for second-year Springstead coach Richard Cote, her father.

Moved to Class 4A, District 9 this season, the Eagles also are off to a perfect start, winning their first four dual matches.

Sinead Stalton, a senior, broke 50 in two of her first three matches and holds the No. 2 slot for Springstead. Junior Mandy Odom, also around 50, is the No. 3 player, and Ana DiDonato, a sophomore averaging in the low-50s, is No. 4. Jennifer Straussner, another sophomore in the mid-50s, is No. 5 for Springstead.

Although Springstead plays at Oak Hills Golf and Country Club in Spring Hill, it still will play host to the district tournament on April 26.

"We're out here to play golf," Cote said. "If we win a few matches, that's fine. If not, we have to work harder."

The Eagles are averaging just below 200 as a team.

Central coach Lisa Biladeau has revived a team that disbanded last season after being initiated two years ago.

Kim Gore, a senior, and Becky Cianci, a sophomore, are expected to share time in the No. 1 position. Both are shooting in the mid- to upper-50s.

The Bears will play their home matches exclusively at World Woods.

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