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Lynx golfers aim for ESD three-peat
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

August 20. 2013 9:39AM
A pair of underclassmen will be called on to lead the Lynx boy’s golf team this season.

Juniors Riley Duncanson and Greg Koehn are the nucleus Coach Scott Carroll will build the team around this season. The duo were part of the 2012 squad that captured the program’s second consecutive Eastern South Dakota Conference title and finished fourth at state.

And if all falls into place, Carroll said this young squad is poised to pull off a three-peat.

“Anything can happen in any tournament,” Carroll said, “and I wouldn’t put it past us that we could repeat for a third time.”

The ESD will be played on the Pierre course, which favors the Lynx, Carroll said.

“From what I’ve heard, it’s pretty open and that favors us a little bit because we kind of hit it all over the place and still score,” he said.

Along with the Lynx, Carroll tosses Yankton and Aberdeen Central into the top of the ESD mix.

“Other than that, I think we can compete with those two teams,” he said.

Duncanson and Koehn return with a plethora of varsity experience and success. As a sophomore, Duncanson finished in 11th place at the Class AA state meet and was third individually in the ESD Conference meet. While Koehn finished 43rd at state, he tied for fifth place at the conference meet.

“We lost four huge players (Trevor Tobin, Tyler Anderson, Michael Whitney and Tanner Wehrkamp),” Carroll said. “Hopefully their leadership will carry over. They played a lot with the guys that I have now … and I hope that we can carry on things we started two years ago and continue it a third year.”

Duncanson and Riley will get help from seniors Tanner Fjerestad and Ryan Sjoberg.
Three other juniors are also vying for a varsity role. They are Alex Hammer, Carter Erickson and Thomas Siemonsma. A trio of sophomores – Taylor Fjerestad, Jackson Dziedzic and Joel Kocer – and one freshman – Zane Swenson – complete the roster.

Besides playing for an ESD title this season, Brandon Valley can also win a Metro Conference title. Carroll said the dual conference membership gives the team one more opportunity to play.

“It’s hard to say what’s more important, the ESD or the Metro,” he said. “But being a part of the ESD and coaching for nine years, the ESD has a little bit of a piece of me because I’ve been a part of it for so long."

O’Gorman and Lincoln get Carroll’s nod as two of the top teams in Class AA. “Those two teams are going to be pretty tough to catch,” he predicts. The two Sioux Falls teams established themselves at Nos.1 and 2 last season. “They didn’t lose too many (to graduation) last year and have put together formulas for success,” he said.

Carroll also puts Yankton and the Lynx in that mix.

“Anything can happen on any given day,” he said. “You just want to play good, play your best and see what happens.”

With the Class AA State tournament to be played on the Brandon course, the Lynx should have a slight edge.

“It should be fun being at home on a course we play every single day,” he said. “I’m looking forward to doing what we’ve done the last couple of years and continuing this little roll here.”
Aug. 26 at Warrior Invite, Willow Run
Aug. 27 Yankton
Aug. 30 at Huron Invite
Sept. 2 Roosevelt
Sept. 3 Lincoln/O’Gorman, Elmwood
Sept. 10 at Harrisburg
Sept. 13 at Yankton Invite
Sept. 14 at Brookings Invite
Sept. 18 Washington
Sept. 20 at Mitchell Invite
Sept. 28 ESD Conf. at Pierre
Oct. 1 Metro Conference, Brandon
Oct. 7-8 State Meet, Brandon

A dozen golfers will be vying for a role on Brandon Valley's varsity squad this season. Members of the team are, from left, row one: Alex Hammer, Tanner Fjerestad, Taylor Fjerestad and Zane Swenson; row two: Head coach Scott Carroll, Greg Koehn, Carter Erickson, Jackson Dziedzic and Riley Duncanson. Not pictured are Ryan Sjoberg, Thomas Siemonsma, Joel Kocer and Jamison White. Photo by Jill Meier

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