Whittell Warriors shoot for third straight state golf title
It wasn’t an ideal opening week for the two-time defending Nevada 2A state golf champions.
An ill-timed dump of snow chased the Whittell High golf team into the school gym for its first three practices. Coach Steve Maltase said the team hopes to move outdoors next week before opening its season Wednesday at Wolf Run in Reno.
“I guess you know it’s golf season when it starts snowing,” Maltase joked.
Little has gone wrong for the Warriors the past two seasons. The Warriors return two-thirds of a 2008 lineup that won Northern 2A Regional and state championships.
Leading the core of returning players is senior Jonathan Szendrey, last year’s individual regional and state champion. Szendrey became only the second Warrior to capture the individual title.
Geof Caliger, a senior, was third at the 2008 regionals and just out of the top 10 at the state tournament. Junior Michael Koskin is the second returning player who finished in the state tournament’s top 10 last year; he was seventh.
If the Warriors are going to win their seventh regional title in nine years and fourth state championship in nine seasons, they will need to develop two more players. Tyler Fairbank, the third-place finisher at the 2008 state tournament, has graduated, and T.J. Kolesnik, one of the Warriors’ top six players a year ago, has transferred to South Tahoe.
“We have a good group of kids, but it’s pretty early to tell if we can win state again,” Maltase said. “It depends on how much the returning guys improve and what we can get out of the new guys.”
Among the contenders to fill those slots are seniors Bryan Schorr and Steven Mick, junior Alex Szendrey and sophomore Matt Schorr.
Maltase expects North Tahoe and Incline, which dropped from 3A to 2A this school year, to compete with the Warriors. The state tournament venues, however, should again favor the Warriors. The first day is at Genoa Lakes, and the final round is scheduled for Edgewood Tahoe ” Whittell’s home course.
Coach: Steve Maltase, ninth year
Key losses: Tyler Fairbank; T.J. Kolesnik
Key returners: Jonathan Szendrey, Geof Caliger, Michael Koskin, Trevor Fairbank
Opener: Manogue Invitational on Wednesday at Wolf Run in Reno.
2009 WHS golf schedule
Date Event Time
March 11 Manogue Invitational 10 a.m.
March 13 WHS Icebreaker (Genoa) 11 a.m.
March 20 Haw. Open (Walker Lake)10 a.m.
March 26 Fernley(Desert Lakes) 10 a.m.
April 2 Rite of Passage (TBA) 10 a.m.
April 10 Yerington (Mason Valley) 10 a.m.
April 16 Dayton (Dayton Valley) 10 a.m.
April 24 North Tahoe (TBA) 10 a.m.
April 30 Edgewood Tahoe 10 a.m.
May 8 Elko (Ruby View) 1 p.m.
May 9 Spring Creek 10 a.m.
May 14 Regionals (Ruby View) TBA
May 19 State (Genoa Lakes) TBA
May 20 State (Edgewood Tahoe) TBA