from Friday's Waukesha Freeman -
Crusaders look to improve as a team
WAUKESHA — Steve Plechaty knows there are some holes to fill — well, at least one big one.
The Catholic Memorial High School girls golf team lost its No. 1 golfer to graduation, and Lauren Klubertanz left some big shoes behind. Klubertanz averaged 40.7 per nine holes in being selected first-team All-Classic 8 Conference and receiving honorable mention all-state honors.
But Plechaty, who enters his 18th season as the Crusaders coach, isn’t overly worried. While he doesn’t have a golfer who reached Klubertanz’s level last season, he has a veteran group he is banking on taking a step forward and improving the team.
“Although we will miss the low scores of Lauren, I believe our overall team scores will be lower,” he said.
Memorial finished third in the Classic 8 Tournament last season and finished sixth in the league’s overall standings. CMH was second in its WIAA Division 1 regional and finished sixth at the sectional level.
Senior Dana Ahlstrom is the team’s top returning golfer after averaging 45.6 per nine holes as a junior. She was a third-team All-Classic 8 pick.
Junior Jessica Heyrman averaged 48.2 per nine holes last fall.
“Jessica and Dana have worked hard on their golf game this summer,” Plechaty said. “They have shown great improvement.” Also returning from last season are seniors Hannah Petre, Mary Kate Sauer, Val Zanotelli and Tatum Schieck along with sophomore Claire Prager.
Plechaty is also looking to freshmen Sydney Brandt and Brianna Nevins to step in.
“Hannah, Val, Claire, Mary Kate and Tatum are stronger than last year,” he said. “Sydney has a lot of tournament experience and will fit in immediately.”
The Crusaders will have to battle some top competition throughout the season. Arrowhead was ranked No. 2 in the state in a preseason poll by the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin. The league also includes Mukwonago and Waukesha, which both received honorable mention in the state poll.
“Each year our goal is to gain experience and make improvements week to week to be successful in the postseason,” Plechaty said.