High School Sports

Andover crowds loaded 5A golf field

There was some good news and some bad news for the girls golf teams at Kapaun Mount Carmel and Bishop Carroll last week.

The bad news was perennial powerhouse Andover moved up from Class 4A, which makes a loaded 5A even stronger.

The good news was the Trojans were shipped off to the Emporia regional, instead of being grouped with the Crusaders, Eagles, Arkansas City and Andover Central — all four of which have won tournaments this season.

"We kind of knew it was coming, but it just adds another quality team to the mix," Kapaun coach Dan Phillips said. "Whenever they are in the same field as us, we use that tournament like it's a mini-regional."

Although the Trojans have experienced tremendous success recently (four state titles in the past five years), and even some this season (they won their own tournament to open the year), they have struggled the past couple of weeks.

Last week at the North High Invitational, Andover shot 371 and finished 18 strokes behind both Carroll and Kapaun.

Carroll coach Mark Berger said the Trojans' performance at North was an aberration.

"I was kind of surprised by where they finished," Berger said. "But I wouldn't expect that to happen again the rest of the season."

Two-time 5A champion Saint Thomas Aquinas remains the biggest hurdle of all. The Saints have rolled over their competition, including winning last year's 5A meet at Salina Municipal Golf Course by 22 strokes over Kapaun and 38 over Carroll.

"Aquinas is really good again this year, like they always are," Andover coach Marty Quy said. "But I expect our girls to come and compete and be right there with Aquinas."

League meets — The City League championship is Tuesday at Consolver Golf Course.

Carroll needs to win in order to tie Kapaun for the league title.

All three AV-CTL meets are Thursday. Division I plays at Salina Municipal Golf Course, Division II is at Echo Hills, while Divisions III and IV are at Hesston.