High School Sports

PREP GIRLS’ GOLF PREVIEW: Meridian Trojans

Coach: Steve Lawrence

Last year: Qualified one golfer for the tri-district tournament, who finished 35th.

Players to watch: Anna Ratzlaff (sr.), Ellie Dennis (jr.), Nicole Simpson (fr.)

Outlook: While the Trojans are fairly young and inexperienced, there’s still enough talent to be competitive. The program, led by coach Steve Lawrence, doesn’t place a lot of expectations on the girls, other than to have fun and determine some personal goals. “The girls on the team have a good sense of humor, are seeking to learn a lifelong skill and simply want to have a good time,” Lawrence said in an email. But Meridian does have one potential state participant in senior Anna Ratzlaff, who finished 35th at the tri-district tournament last year. She’s become “addicted to the game,” Lawrence said. The Trojans also return three seniors and two juniors from last year’s team, giving them plenty to build on. Lawrence also welcomed two juniors, a sophomore and a freshman as newcomers. Among the top faces of the fresh talent is junior Ellie Dennis, who “seems to have a lot of natural ability,” Lawrence said. Nicole Simpson could make some noise as a freshman, giving the Trojans a potential four-year contributor. “She is already our best new player and I suspect will continue to improve throughout the year,” Lawrence said. With what seems to be a lot of depth with potentially one top-end talent, the Trojans might be pretty tough to top this season.

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