Young Lady Wreckers hope to move up in the standings
The future for Staples girls golf team certainly looks bright.
With three junior captains, a sophomore, and a freshman composing the top five -- the team members are shooting for success in 2011 with an eye on the future given the prospects of everyone being back in the fold for another campaign.
"We have three years together and we are definitely getting closer and closer every year," Duvall said of the juniors.
The Lady Wreckers came in sixth in the FCIAC tourney and placed 10th in the state championships. The only golfer to graduate was a significant one: Annie Parkinson, an All-FCIAC honorable mention selectee, and the team's top golfer.
Parkinson, no doubt, leaves big shoes to fill, but Staples Coach Bob Byiteck has plenty of confidence in his team.
"I'm excited because I think we have the possibility of a really strong season," Byiteck said.
The Lady Wreckers expect to see tough in-conference competition from Fairfield Warde, Greenwich, New Canaan and Trumbull, Byiteck said.
Staples isn't alone, but the team members have had a tough battle with Mother Nature in their preseason preparations.
The team had only gotten on the course for practice three times before the end of last week because of the snowy winter and rainy start to the spring impacting the course conditions.
"It's been difficult," Byiteck said. "It's been a very difficult spring for girls' golf because of the weather and course conditions."
The Lady Wreckers were scheduled to begin the campaign April 12 against Fairfield Ludlowe and non-conference foe Bunnell of Stratford out of the SWC.
Staples has a long match layoff until an April 26 home clash with New Canaan.
In addition to facing the usual tough FCIAC teams, the Wreckers will play a second SWC team, local rival Weston.
"We are looking forward to a great season. We have improved a lot from last year," Duvall said. "We're really excited about the season."