A look at La Porte boys golf
Coach: Eric Wozniak (2nd year)
Last year: 8-15 (3-11 Duneland Athletic Conference), (La Porte won its own sectional with a score of 358, it took 17th in the Lafayette Jeff Regional with 377).
Key returners: Max Holmes (No. 1), Cas Pulaski (No. 2), Jack Schable, Graham Siefker, Mason Jones.
Key newcomers: Jackson Cizewski, Tyler Menke.
Key losses: Conrad Porter (graduation).
Outlook: With a mere one player lost to graduation and some pivotal players returning, including its No. 1 golfer, the goals are lofty for La Porte’s boys golf team this season. Being the three-time defending sectional champs, the Slicers welcome the challenge of trying to repeat, while at the same time performing better in the regional. “Our team right now actually is feeding off that momentum (from winning the sectional last year),” Wozniak said. “It’s a big accomplishment to win sectional championships and it’s kind of become an expectation for some of those guys, especially the ones who have been around for the last few years.” The Slicers claimed their own sectional in 2018 at Beechwood Golf Course by 13 strokes with a season-low score of 358. They went on to record 17th in the Lafayette Jeff Regional at Battle Ground Golf Club (377). “Another goal we have, too, is being more competitive in the regional as well,” Wozniak added. “We were close to the bottom last year at the regional, so I’d like to bump up a few spots there. I know that’s a common goal for the kids as well.” Holmes will be the squad’s No. 1 golfer and he was solid a year ago. Pulaski, meanwhile, will usually be La Porte’s No. 2 player. “Max Holmes missed going down to state by a few strokes last year,” Wozniak said. “He always plays well in big events. He spent a lot of time in the offseason traveling to collegiate courses in and out of the state. I’m really expecting him to possibly make a deep run this year.” Cizewski and Menke could be contributors as well. “I’m really thinking they might be competing for varsity spots,” Wozniak added.
-- compiled by Zack Eldridge