Fall high school sports season begins Thursday with first girls golf tournament


The 2018 high school fall sports season officially begins this week. Girls golf teams had their first practices Monday, while girls swim and girls tennis began practice Tuesday.

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Janesville Parker’s Sophia Dooman hits the ball from the fairway on the 6th hole during the Division 1 WIAA Girl’s Championship tournament at University Ridge Golf Course in Verona on Monday, Oct. 9.

Milton’s Taylor Hakala clears a shot from the bunker on the 13th hole during the Division 1 WIAA Girl’s Championship tournament at University Ridge Golf Course in Verona on Monday, Oct. 9.

Kallie Lux tees off on the 10th hole during a Big Eight Conference triangular at Riverside Golf Course on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

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Midgets girls golf tees off season two under Robb

After a decade at the helm of the Heart River girls golf program, head coach Kirby Robb helped deliver the first Class B state championship to the Belfield and South Heart communities in 2018.

Two months removed from the triumph, Robb will begin his second season leading the Dickinson High School girls golf team this fall.

The two programs are on opposite ends of the competitive spectrum. While the Cougars have positioned themselves amongst the state’s elite in recent years, posting a 39-7 record since 2015, the Midgets as a team have failed to qualify for the state tournament three of the last four seasons. But as Robb explained to his players during the Midgets’ first team meeting on Monday, August 6, the road to building a successful program always needs a starting point and for a squad without much experience, the belief that things will get better may serve to be vital.

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Ready or not, CIF Southern Section seasons starting earlier than ever

If it seems as though the athletics calendar has been bumped up the last few years, well, it has, with July 30 designated as the first practice for high school football teams partaking in zero week games. That means five of eight area squads will be in shoulder pads and helmets that date for contests beginning Aug. 17.

The moving up of the CIF Southern Section sports calendar has presented myriad challenges, with conflicts between school and athletic agendas, along with the rescheduling of tournaments to the impact on multi-sport students.

Outside of football, girls’ volleyball begins on Aug. 13, boys’ water polo, girls’ tennis and girls’ golf gets going on Aug. 20, while cross-country has the latest beginning date of Aug. 30.

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Double dose: Hancock’s Dube among pair of talented young female golfers at UP Junior tournament

Dennis Grall | Escanaba Daily Press Peyton Dube of Hancock watches her putt roll toward the hole on No. 16 green at Gladstone Terrace Bluff Golf and Country Club Monday. Dube shot 86, four strokes back of Paxton Johnson of Escanaba, to finish second in the age 16-18 division of the U.P. Junior Golf Association finals.

Only 39 juniors played in the final round of the Upper Peninsula Golf Association’s annual tournament, with tourney director Tony Pouliot noting there were more spectators (parents, etc.) than players.

“That is the question of the day,” Pouliot said in response to why more juniors don’t participate in the season-finale.

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Hamilton County’s Kylee Vaughan watches her tee shot on the 13th hole during the Black Diamond Conference Golf Tournament at Franklin County Country Club in 2017 at West Frankfort.

Massac County’s Millie Lawson watches her tee shot on the first hole during the 1A Girls Golf Regional at the Union County Country Club on Oct. 4, 2017 in Anna.

Pinckneyville’s Megan Breslin chips onto the third green during the 1A Girls Golf Regional at the Union County Country Club in 2017 at Anna. Breslin went on to shoot 81.

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