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Waska eyes third straight title

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GLENWOOD -- When the Minnesota State High School League releases dates for state tournaments, members of the Minnewaska Area girls golf team can almost for certain circle those dates to participate.

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Already having won the last two state titles and almost 40 straight meets, the Lakers are heavily favored to win a third straight title when Class AA play starts today and runs through Friday at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan.

Three current golfers -- sophomores Courtney Boe and Sarah Roering and junior Emily Roering -- played for the Lakers in their first appearance in 2005. Those three, along with lone senior Chelsey Falk, who will play for the University of Minnesota next fall, and sophomore Allie Ostrander have been part of the last two teams that easily won state titles.

The only thing different, other than the course and class, for Minnewaska this year is that eighth-grader Briana Janu is on the squad, replacing Lisa Blair, who graduated.

"The course is in great shape," said Minnewaska coach Peggy Falk. "You will have to play smart, pick the right club and know your yardage.

"There are a lot of hazards on one half and the other half (of the course) is like a link style. It's similar to Izaty's, but it's nice to have something new."

Coach Falk said the players saw the course for the first time by getting in nine holes of practice on Tuesday. Boe had played the course a couple of weeks ago.

The Lakers have cruised in their win streak, but coach Falk pointed out that "all of them have had some bad rounds."

"The scary part is when you're on the first tee on the first day and the announcer introduces your name, but the girls get fired up and hopefully they will be focused."

Another player will have to step up next year as Boe and her family will be moving to Hilton Head, S.C., later this year. Peggy Falk said there are three players that will be competing for playing time next year, including a girl that just completed the sixth grade this year.

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