WHS looks to defend 2A state title
The Whittell High boys’ golf team capped off the 2007 season with a dip in Lake Tahoe after winning the Nevada 2A state golf tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Stateline. If the Warriors want a similar ending this year, they will probably have to take a different approach in doing so.
“We’re trying to keep our expectations realistic,” said coach Steve Maltase, who also led Whittell to the state title in 2001. “If we can develop a couple of our young guys, I think we’ll have a shot at making a run at the end. Hopefully we’ll improve throughout the season.”
Whittell’s state championship run was defined by consistency from all five golfers. Senior Tyler Fairbank, last year’s regional champion, leads a group of three returners, including junior John Szendrey and sophomore Michael Koskin.
One of the younger players Maltase wants to develop this season is Geoff Caliger, who will attempt to fill the void left by Kirk Baines and Marty Rahbeck. Baines shot a career-best 79 in the final round of the state tournament, while Rahbeck was solid with back-to-back rounds in the 80s.
One thing is for sure, even if Whittell can repeat this season, it won’t be jumping in Lake Tahoe. The Northern 2A regional tournament is at Edgewood, while the Nevada 2A state tournament is in Needles. Both of the Warriors’ state titles were won in Northern Nevada.
“We’re looking at taking zone since we host it this year at Edgewood, and we’ll just see what happens after that,” Maltase said. “It’s going to be a battle. White Pine returns all five of its guys, and The Meadows is always tough.”
Whittell starts its season on Thursday when it hosts seven other schools in its annual Icebreaker tournament at The Golf Club at Genoa Lakes. The shotgun start on Genoa’s Resorts Course is at 10 a.m.