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2013 Hernando Today All-County Girls Golf Team

Hernando Today correspondent


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Player of the Year

Kylie Van Meter

Springstead - Senior

COMMENTS: Three-year varsity letterman . First-time All-County selection . Multi-sport athlete who has lettered in basketball and softball . Tremendous student/athlete who carries a 3.82 unweighted and 4.5 weighted grade point average in SHS' International Baccalaureate program . As a first-year sophomore in 2011, she placed fourth on the team in scoring behind a 60.6 nine-hole average. She closed her initial campaign with an 18-hole 112 total in districts and a 125 total in regionals . As a junior in 2012, Van Meter continued to steadily shave strokes finishing third on the team in average at 48.9 behind four-time Player of the Year Megan Berube (39.3) and three-time All-County selection Emma Betters (48.6). In postseason play, she fired a 90 in the Class 2A, District 5 Meet and a 98 in 2A-Region II Tourney . As a senior, she fired her finest nine-hole score (44) at World Woods Golf Club against Weeki Wachee . In the postseason 2A-13 Tourney at Silverthorn, Van Meter tied teammate Schau after 18 holes with a 97. In a match of cards, Schau won the fourth tiebreaker to walk away with the first-place blue ribbon . A week later at Heritage Springs in New Port Richey, Van Meter tied for third place with a solid 13-over-par 85 to earn a trip to the 2A state finals in Lake County . In the 64th FHSAA Finals, Hernando County's lone representative finished 66th out of 94 players with a 36-hole 98-95-193 total.

QUOTES: "Kylie steadily improved and peaked at the right time. Not bad for someone who's only played the game for three years. For her to pick up the sport and eventually reach states in three seasons says a lot about her competitive nature and work ethic. . She's improved the most in her short game. In regionals, she was just on fire. Her attitude was so positive, too. In this sport, you're going to have a bad hole or a mistake. If that happened, she did a great job of putting whatever happened behind her. She responded really well to adversity. . Can she play at the next level? I think so. There are programs she could play for. Recruiters aren't exactly beating down her door, but she has tons of upside. Remember, she's a tremendous student/athlete, too. . We're going to miss her competitive nature. She was an absolute pleasure to coach."

- Springstead head coach Bill Vonada

"Kylie stepped up to the plate when she had to in districts and regionals. She held up her nerves during regionals, which is tough to do. She deserves this; she did awesome."

- Nature Coast head coach Cheryl Paradis

"Kylie did so well. You don't go to states without some athletic ability. To see how much work she put in, the success couldn't have gone to a better kid. . She definitely put the time into it. I think for a while she was in the shadows of Megan (Berube) and Emma (Betters). She's a really great kid, too. Absolutely a great pleasure to talk with."

- Hernando head coach Casey Ellis

"Strong work ethic!"

- Weeki Wachee head coach Linda Rogers

Kiki Schau

Springstead - Senior

COMMENTS: A rare four-year lettermen . Three-time All-County selection, including 2010 and 2011 . Averaged 52.4 strokes per nine holes across four seasons . As a freshman in 2010, she ranked fourth in the local circuit in scoring average (54.9) . Despite improving to a 54.8 average as a sophomore, she dipped to fifth in the final scoring Honor Roll . Shaved over three strokes off her average as a junior to finish at 51.1 and seventh overall in the circuit . As a senior, she whittled her average to career-low 48.7 per nine holes to finish second in the scoring race to Van Meter (47.8) . Her personal highlight was earning medalist honors this season during the 2A-13 Tournament . After tying Van Meter with an 18-hole 97 total, she edged out her classmate on a match of cards for the first-place blue ribbon . In three career regional appearances, Schau shot respective 102, 96 and 97 totals.

QUOTES: "To me, Kiki is one of those people that no matter what field she enters, she'll be the ultimate professional. She'll be very focused no matter what the situation calls for. . She's remarkable in that she does other things. She carries a very demanding course load academically. I wouldn't be surprised to see her land in an Ivy League school. . What we'll miss most is her ability to focus. You always know what you're going to get from her. When she shows up at a match, she comes ready to play. You can't say that about other student/athletes."

- Springstead head coach Bill Vonada

Maddy Pickersgill

Nature Coast - Sophomore

COMMENTS: Second-year letterman for the Sharks . A first time All-County selection . As a freshman, Pickersgill finished ninth in the final Honor Roll behind a 57.4 nine-hole average . Shaved nearly 3 strokes off her average this season to help guide her team to a perfect 7-0 regular season behind a fine 53.8 average. . The two-time regional qualifier shot a 120 in 2012 and improved to an 18-hole 111 this season.

QUOTES: "Maddy just keeps improving. She's on fire about golf. She's starting to realize that she's got responsibilities with her game. . She's shown the most improvement with her mental game. She can get back on the horse after a bad shot or a poor hole. As a golfer, you have to start fresh on every hole you attempt. . As far as a leader, she's not there yet; but she's getting there."

- Nature Coast head coach Cheryl Paradis

Lauren Moore

Hernando - Sophomore

COMMENTS: Second-year letterman . First-time All-County selection . As a frosh in 2012, Moore was second on the team in scoring to All-County pick Eugenia Urso, 45.3-59.4 . A year later, she whittled over two strokes off her average to pace the Lady Leopards with a 57.1 average - ranking fourth overall in the county . In two regional appearances she carded respective 126 and 122 totals.

QUOTES: "Lauren had a great year for us. She was definitely our most consistent player all season and she's only a 10th-grader. What I like most? She's got a great work ethic. . She was one of two returnees from last year. Leadership-wise, she would stop and help some of the other girls when called upon."

- Hernando head coach Casey Ellis

Kaitlyn Glynn

Nature Coast - Senior

COMMENTS: Multi-sport athlete who also plays basketball and softball . A three-year letterman in golf . First-time All-County links selection . As a sophomore, Glynn finished third on her team in scoring behind perennial all-stars Kae Elliott (43.8) and Autumn McCullough (56.4) at 59.5 strokes per nine holes . As a junior, again she finished third on the team in scoring behind Elliott (43.6) and Pickersgill (57.4) at 60.9 . This season, she averaged a career-best 58.1 to rank fifth overall in the local circuit . In three regional appearances she carded a 131, 105 and 130 this season.

QUOTES: "She didn't just contribute a score, she had a leadership role. She'll be difficult to replace due to her easy-going, positive attitude. She has this competitive side to her game. She's a fine athlete, who also played basketball and softball. She really worked hard on her (golf) game."

- Nature Coast head coach Cheryl Paradis

Coach of the Year

Casey Ellis

Hernando - 3rd Year

COMMENTS: First-time Coach of the Year selection . Also guides the Lady Leopard weightlifting team and serves as an assistant to softball team . The HHS golf program has steadily risen under Ellis' tutelage . After not having enough girls to field a team in 2010, the next year HHS started from scratch posting a 1-6 won-lost mark, finishing fifth out of five teams in the Hernando County Meet and fourth out of five teams in 1A-8 . In 2012, the Purple and Gold improved to 5-4-1, placed third in the Hernando County Meet and toted home a second-place trophy from the 1A-8 Tourney at Rivard .This season, the Lady Leopards finished 6-4 overall but fell twice to NCT by 21 and 23 strokes . The Purple and Gold turned heads in the 2A-13 Tourney at Silverthorn with a fine second-place showing, stunning the host Lady Sharks by 15 shots . A week later, HHS placed sixth out of seven teams in the 2A-V Tourney at Heritage Springs, defeating the Lady Sharks by 62 strokes.

QUOTES: "I'm truly honored to be picked by my peers. The people surrounding me deserve a lot of the credit. First and foremost, our girls worked so hard for everything they earned. I wouldn't be anything without them. . If there's a key to our success it's that our team has the right balance of working hard and having fun. Everywhere we go, we enter as underdogs and we kind of feed off that. . Our defining moments were our final two tournaments at districts and regionals. I feel like our team was a little underestimated. We showed in districts what we're capable of doing. In regionals, we proved that what we did in districts was no fluke. . We lose three girls from this year's team, but I'm already looking forward toward next year."

- Ellis

"You only have to look as far as what her team did in districts and regionals to see her influence. And golf isn't a primary sport for most of her players. She deserves credit for getting a lot of players and then getting four kids to put up a decent score. How her team competed and finished says a lot about her coaching ability and her ability to get the most from her kids."

- Springstead head coach Bill Vonada

"Led a large group of players to a winning season through determination and dedication!"

- Weeki Wachee head coach Linda Rogers

2013 Hernando Today All-County Girls Golf Team


Kiki Schau 12th Springstead

Maddy Pickersgill 10th NCT

Lauren Moore 10th Hernando

Kaitlyn Glynn 12th NCT

Player of the Year - Kylie Van Meter (Springstead).

Coach of the Year - Casey Ellis (Hernando).

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