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Boys golf team swings into spring

"The 2000 spring golf season was an exciting one for the South Whidbey High School boys golf team.The team placed third in the North Cascades Conference, third in the bi-district championship, and sent one golfer to the state meet. To punctuate the season, senior Row Brown nailed an ace in the district meet, a feat that left him, his coach, and his teammates speechless -- at least until the bus ride home.The team promises to have a season with at least as many great moments this spring. Though the Falcons are back on the links without last year's top golfer, graduate Charlie Bass, or tennis and golf star Dorian Sidhu, the team still has the big guns to get the job done.Falcon head coach Mick Heggenes is throwing all of his effort into the golf season after retiring last fall as South Whidbey's football coach. With four of his six varsity golfers back from last season and good crop of freshman out for the team, Heggenes said his team could make a good run for the NCC title. But how good that run will be he has yet to determine.It's hard to get a read on this team, Heggenes said.Reading his team is difficult because the Falcon lineup has shifted somewhat during the past year. The team no longer has a true standout player like Charlie Bass, so it is up to his supporting cast to make a mark of their own this season. Leading the Falcons will be senior Alec Oftenbach, who was the team's number-two linker most of last year. Also back in the varsity lineup are senior Andy Aleintz and juniors Bryce Hansen and Chuck Applebee. Applebee, Heggeness said, was a junior varsity player in 2000 until his game took off.He kinda came out of nowhere, he said.Heggenes is hoping for the same sort of season from two promising freshmen, Jeff Strong and Ried Deitrich. The two ninth graders are graduates of a summer feeder program Heggeness and girls golf coach Tom Sage have been running for the past few years. Both are ready to play at the high school level, Heggenes said.Goals for the team include a top-3 finish in the NCC and a top-4 finish at district. Heggenes said he would also like to see three or four of his boys make the trip to the state meet.The Falcons open their season Thursday in a match in Oak Harbor. "

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