Hornets will be contenders
The stars are potentially aligning for the Frazee boys' golf team, which enters the 2010 season with much loftier expectations.
First off, the Hornets return the Class 2A state's fourth-place golfer in sophomore Beau Hanson, and reigning Heart O'Lakes Conference champion.
Secondly, Frazee has been bumped down to Class 1A, after competing in the much larger-school Section 8-2A for the last two years.
Thirdly, depth and experience is strong overall for the Hornets.
"We are really stressing the team aspect this season," said Frazee head boys' and girls' golf coach John Olson. "I believe we have a shot as a team and now we don't have to compete against the larger schools."
The Hornets will move into Section 6-1A, which has schools their own size, instead of having to have to compete against teams such as Detroit Lakes, Perham and Roseau.
Instead, Section 6-1A includes smaller schools such as Lake Park-Audubon, Henning, Barnesville and Underwood -- just to name a few.
But playing against tough competition didn't bother Hanson any, who won virtually every tournament he played in last year.
He played well in the Class 2A state meet in Jordan last spring, finishing fourth overall.
This season, expectations are even higher for Hanson, who had a strong summer season.
"As his confidence grows, he becomes a stronger and better golfer," Olson said. "Nothing bothers him and his swing looks even better this year."
But Hanson won't have to carry the team by himself, with junior Josh Kertscher returning as Frazee's No. 2 man and also a returning letterwinner.
Sophomore Zack Ziegler also had plenty of varsity experience in 2009 and also played all of last summer.
"Zack struggled with his long game last season, but he has grown up and is driving the ball better," Olson commented.
Depth will be a strength, with juniors Tanner Ellenberg and Sam Kellerhuis each vying for top four spots.
The Hornets also have a good number out in seventh and eighth grades to allow Frazee to have junior varsity and junior high schedules.
For the Frazee girls' team, numbers are low again, but will have four out.
Kerria Robinson, Brianna Schepper, Jocelyn Giefer and Alexis Parsons will fill the Hornet's roster this season.
"We just haven't been able to get the numbers out," Olson said of the girls' golf program. "It's been this way for a long time now. There's just not enough bodies."
The Hornets will open the season Thursday, April 22, at the West Central Area HOL meet, starting at 2 p.m.
Frazee boys' and girls' golf 2010 schedule:
22 at West Central
24 at Perham
27 at Battle Lake
3 at LP-A (Forest Hills G.C.)
6 at Breckenridge
10 at Hawley
13 at Barnesville
17 Frazee G.C.
18 at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
20 at Perham
25 at Wildflower
27 Sub-Section at Fergus Falls
1 Sections at Fergus Falls.