Storm Lake boys golfers to host sectionals May 12
Though many of the area's golf teams have gotten just a few meets in thus far this spring season, area boys teams will be playing in their postseasons in just three weeks.
In Class 3A, the Storm Lake boys will play their sectional meet at Lake Creek Country Club on Friday, May 12. The other sectional meet in the Tornado boys' district will be held at Waverly-Shell Rock, also on May 12.
Teams playing in the Storm Lake sectional include Algona, Cherokee, Estherville-LC, LeMars, MOC/Floyd Valley, Spencer, Spirit Lake and Storm Lake High.
Playing at Waverly-Shell Rock May 12 will be Charles City, Clear Lake, Forest City, Humboldt, Iowa Falls-Alden, New Hampton, Waverly-Shell Rock and Webster City.
The top two teams and top four individuals advance to a 3A District meet, which will be held Friday, May 19 at the Briggs Woods course in Webster City.
The Class 3A state meet will be held May 26 and 27 at Oneota Golf and Country Club in Decorah.
As of Thursday's wins over Estherville-LC and LeMars, the Tornado boys were 6-0 overall and in conference play, and won the ten-team meet last week at the tough Landsmeer Course in Orange City.
Skibsted, whose teams have gone undefeated in Lakes play each of the past two seasons, says his team's goals are high.
"Our first goal is to win the conference. After the regular season, the guys are hoping to make the state tournament as a team," he said. Last season, the only SLHS qualifier was Aaron Clausen.
Skibsted added that his team will have to play to its potential if it wants to reach those lofty goals.
Last season, the Tornadoes won their sectional meet but finished third behind champion Clear Lake and Hampton-Dumont at districts.
He said Friday afternoon that the top teams in the Tornadoes' section are Spirit Lake, LeMars and Estherville-LC.
Should the SLHS boys advance to districts as a team, Skibsted said, the favorites will be Clear Lake and Hampton-Dumont once again.
Last year, Clear Lake won the Class 3A state title with Hampton-Dumont third. Clausen finished tied for fourth individually.
In Class 2A, Sioux Central will will play its sectional meet May 12 in Fort Dodge. Teams at two other sites - Orange City and Lake Mills - will also square off in sectional play.
At Fort Dodge, the Rebels will be competing against Eagle Grove, Emmetsburg, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Manson NW Webster, Okoboji, Milford, Pocahontas Area and Fort Dodge St. Edmond.
The top two teams and top four individuals will play at a 2A District meet May 19 at Emerald Hills Golf Course at Okoboji, Milford. The Class 2A State meet will be held at the Gates Park Course in Waterloo May 26 and 27.
The area's Class 1A boys teams will also open play in sectional meets May 12.
At the Spring Lake Course in Sac County, Alta, Newell-Fonda, Schaller-Crestland and Storm Lake-St. Mary's will compete along with Odebolt-Arthur, Pomeroy-Palmer, Rockwell City-Lytton, Sac City, Southeast Webster and WLVA.
The Aurelia High boys will play its sectional meet at Hinton. Other teams playing in Hinton include Akron-Westfield, Gehlen Catholic, Hinton, Kinglsey-Pierson, Lawton-Bronson, MM-C, Remsen Union and Remsen-St. Mary's.
Also in Class 1A, Galva-Holstein will host a sectional meet with the fourth sectional meet being played at the Spencer Municipal course.
The Class 1A State Tournament will be held May 26 and 27 at the Otter Creek course in Ankeny.