There is a high level of confidence as Bryan Erickson begins his 11th year as both the Seneca boys and girls golf coach.
Erickson has a solid roster of 16 boys, including eight upperclassmen, buta small group on the girls side with only four.
"We have a good mix of experience on the roster," said Erickson. "We have four guys that really stand out, and I feel will be our top four pretty much throughout the year with senior Brett Yegge, junior Holden Flynn and brothers Alex Stiegler (senior) and A.J. Stiegler (junior). After the first day of tryouts, those four recorded the top four scores."
Yegge was a sectional and state qualifier last year as well as a member of the Times Honor Roll and Tri-County All-Conference Team. Flynn was also a sectional qualifier and Times Honor Roll member, while the Stieglers provided solid scores throughout the year for the Fighting Irish.
"After those four, we may have a revolving door and good competition as far as who those other two scores come from on any given meet," Erickson said. "It will just be a matter of who is playing well, but I feel we have a number of guys that could fill that role."
Rounding out the group that will be vying to fill those roles will be senior Dillion Conroy; juniors Austin Marshall, Gage Cryder, Cole Hintze; sophomores Noah Cade, Noah Quigley, Owen Quigley, Jake Gerding, Peyton Weber, Logan Bland, Kelton Coffey; and freshman Kaleb Powell.
On the girls side, sophomore Rylee Stenzel returns after a solid rookie campaign that saw her qualify for sectionals, finish tied for second at the Tri-County Conference Meet and land a spot on the Times Honor Roll.
"Rylee was a sectional qualifier and missed going to state by one stroke," said Erickson. "I'm excited to see how her game has progressed over the summer. She dipped down into the 30s a few times last year, and I think she'll even score better this season. She is going to fun to watch."
Stenzel will team up with returnees senior Monica Groth, junior Mallory Sobkowich and classmate Laura Yegge.
"We graduated five girls from last year, so we'll only have four this year, but you only need four to count as a full team, so that's what were going to do," Erickson said. "It's going to be challenging for the girls, but I also think they will all excel with the added pressure of that."
The Fighting Irish kick off the season Thursday at the Sandwich Invitational at Edgebrook Golf Course, while the Lady Irish start action on Monday, Aug. 19, with a road dual match against Plano at Cedardell Golf Course.