Is it winter or spring?

LPHS tennis, track and golf start up in March

Although it felt like spring for a moment when the mercury hit 55°F and the ice rink started to melt last week, this recent dump of snow and cold temperatures means winter is sticking around awhile longer in southwestern Montana. In spite of the cold weather, Lone Peak High School spring sports are starting up this month including golf, track and tennis.

This year, Jenny Wilcynski is coaching golf; James Miranda is coaching track; and Libby Grabow is coaching tennis.

We touched base with golf head coach Jenny Wilcynski to get an idea of the upcoming season.

“We haven't seen the numbers to date, but [I] expect a few new players and hopefully a few returners! We would love to be able to field full teams for most varsity tournaments including divisional, which is new this year, and of course state,” wrote Wilcynski in an email.

For the girls, TJ Nordahl and Josie Wilcynski will return from last year’s team. Both competed at state and will be leaders, but Nordahl finished as a runner up in 2021. For the boys, the team will likely be made up of new faces because last year's players Nathan Browne, Nolan Schumacher and Pierce King graduated.

Asked what the biggest challenge is for coaching the golf team, Wilcynski explained the weather is number one.

“Many times our team does not see the grass until we are in competition and playing our first 18 holes at an actual event. Spring weather also tends to cancel events for the Spring Class B & C golf events which make it difficult to measure up for the state tournament or even in the past get players qualified. The academic component also presents a difficulty as many times for spring sports IB testing and requirements take some of our best players out of the mix, which will certainly be the case this year. However, personal bests can still be achieved during regular season play tournaments as well as team placements,” wrote Wilcynski in an email.

Wilcynski got into coaching golf as a PGA professional. She works for the Yellowstone Club and believes she can still keep up with her students on 18 holes.

In comparison to previous years, class C golf is moving to a divisional tournament at the end of the season. In years past, the girls' team had to score 120 or better to qualify for state and the boys had to score 100 or better to qualify. The divisional section will be in Shelby this year and state will be in Sidney.

The schedule for spring sports in general, like track, tennis and golf, will be coming out soon. Students are still encouraged to register.

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