Coach: Bryant D'Hondt
Last year: Finished ninth in the Northwest Conference standings. Had three golfers advance through the 1A tri-district tournament to state.
Players to watch: Drake VanderYacht (sr.), Nick Rautenberg (jr.), Jon Kihm (so.), Joel Eschbach (so.), Trevin Todd (sr.), Shane Adams (sr.)
Outlook: VanderYacht is a returning state participant for the Trojans, who have a new head coach this year. D'Hondt went to state while playing for Bellingham and was an assistant coach with the team that won the state title 2010. He's already impressed with the progress his new team is making. "We shot a 524 our first week, and then we shot a 476 six days later," D'Hondt said in a phone interview. "Our guys are dedicated to getting better. I set the goal to drop 100 strokes after three weeks, and they're halfway there after only one. They're working hard and having fun, which is great to see." Meridian will lean heavily on VanderYacht for his experience and as a calming influence as they look to progress as the season goes along.
Reach ANDREW LANG at firstname.lastname@example.org or call ext. 862.