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Cowgirls return solid nucleus

Team returns two players from this year's district championship squad


The Crook County Cowgirl golf team has made a habit of reaching the state tournament.

This year was no exception as the Cowgirls won the district championship and went on to finish ninth at state.

“They got better and better,” said Crook County Head Coach Grant Patterson. “I thought they played well at district. State was a little disappointing because I felt like they could have played better, but all-in-all it was a successful year.”by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Maddie Kasberger is the Cowgirls top returning golfer. Kasberger helped lead the Cowgirls to a district championship and a ninth-place finish at the state tournament.

Not only did the Cowgirls make steady improvement during the year, Patterson noted that they were a fun group to coach.

“Some of them were definitely characters, but they were a fun group,” Patterson said.

The Cowgirls lose three members of this year’s state qualifying team to graduation. Chelsea Shank and Caitlin Dalton have been mainstays on the team for the past three years. Both played their best golf of the year late in the season.

Meanwhile, Sierra Smith stepped up to the varsity level for the first time this year and played her best golf at district and state.

Although the seniors will be missed, the Cowgirls have a solid nucleus of players returning.

Maddie Kasberger led the Cowgirls at both district and state. The junior has shown steady improvement since playing part time on the varsity team as a freshman. Joining Kasberger on next year’s roster will be fellow junior Michaela McGrew who showed moments of brilliance this year.

Joining Kasberger and McGrew on next year’s roster will be McKenzie Thompson, Abigail Papke, and Miranda Smith.

Thompson, a junior, has played in several varsity tournaments, while Papke and Smith, both sophomores, have limited varsity experience.

Sadee Moss, another sophomore, also played on the team this year.

“I think that if they work and play over the summer, they could be darned good,” Patterson said.



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