High School Sports

Crusaders missing key contributors

Kapaun Mount Carmel girls golf coach Dan Phillips had every reason to be excited this summer when looking at what he had returning on this year's team.

But Manuela Nivia and Jordan Burns decided to sit out this season, Phillips said.

"It was a disappointment to hear that we would be losing two good players," Phillips said. "In order to succeed this year, we'll have to put it behind us and move forward."

There will be holes to fill and Phillips is a little unsure what the finished product will be once the season starts.

"Due to the circumstances, it's given younger players a chance to step up," Phillips said. "It will allow us to look more at what our future is as a team."

Senior Courtney Wells will be a key part of what Kapaun hopes to do.

"Courtney's going to have to keep us on pace," Phillips said. "She's been great at getting people ready and prepared for what's to come."

The roster adjustments have been something to work around, but Wells is excited to see what her team's capable of doing.

"We've had to make some changes to our varsity roster," Wells said. "There will be an emphasis on rebuilding which we've done before and actually it's turned out well for us."

Losing two upperclassmen can offer a bit of a blow but so far so good for the Crusaders.

"The younger girls have had to play at a little faster pace than what was first expected," Wells said. "Overall though I think we'll be able to compete at a high level once the season begins."

"Some teams have had to come together and co-op," Phillips said. "There are still plenty of talented golfers across the league and I'm excited to see how we'll matchup."