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Bulldogs, Maroons open golf season Monday

It’s that time of year.

The fall high school sports season begins Monday when the Butte High and Butte Central golf teams begin play.

Butte High’s varsity teams will head to the Great Falls Invitational, while the Maroons will host the Butte Central Invitational at 9 a.m. at the Highland View Golf Course.

The Bulldogs varsity squads will complete at the two-day Great Falls Invitational. Play begins at 1 p.m. Monday at the Great Falls Country Club. Tuesday’s round at Eagle Falls Golf Course begins at 8:30 a.m.

All 14 Class AA teams will compete in Great Falls.

Butte High looks to be a contender on the boys’ side with a solid team led by the Hoagland brothers and the champion of the Southwest Montana Junior Golf Tour.

Trey Hoagland, a senior, is the No. 1 player for the Bulldogs. His younger brother Will Hoagland, a sophomore, will slide into the No. 3 slot after team tryouts.

Trey Hoagland earned All-State honors with a ninth-place finish at the Class AA State tournament last fall.

“He’s just a great player,” Butte High coach Eric Mankins said of his top player. “He’s been our rock.”

Houston Green, a junior who recently completed the season title of the Tiger Woods division for boys’ 16-17 in the SWJGT, will be the No. 2 player. Green had a strong showing at State last year as the Bulldogs placed sixth.

The Hoagland brothers didn’t play on the junior tour because they played Legion baseball.

Eric Fogerty, a senior, will play at No. 4, while sophomore Isaiah Weldon, who played at State as a freshman, will be the No. 5 player.

Mankins said it will be nice to see his team compete against the entire Class AA in the opener.

“This first one is going to be a grind with all 14 teams,” the coach said. “It will be interesting to see where we’re at.”

The Bulldogs also have depth on the boys’ side. Mankins said senior Zach Hanni could compete for playing time on the varsity team, even though he can’t play in junior varsity meets.

Monday’s Bulldog JV team at the BC tournament will consist of Marcus Lynch, J.J. Mohr, Kellen Lean, Kaden Hanni and Levi Loggins.

On the girls’ side, the Bulldogs have been hit extremely hard by graduation after placing second place at three of the last four State tournaments.

Junior Alexis Williams, who ran away with the Suzann Petterson division for girls 16-17 at the SWMJGT, takes over the No. 1 spot after two years on the varsity team. Sophomore Sadie Starcevich is back with a year of varsity experience under her belt to give the Bulldogs a potentially formidable one-two punch at the top.

Junior Katelyn Alley, who is known for her bat on the Butte High softball team, is new to the golf team this year. Mankins said she has potential. So does sophomore Kelliann Neary, who played JV for the Bulldogs a year ago.

Butte High will only take four girls to the varsity meet. They will not field a JV team.

Sophomore Tyge Yelenich is back to lead the Butte Central boys’ team. He capped a strong freshman season by finishing two shots out of All-State honors at last year’s Class A State tournament.

Sophomore Cameron Johnson and junior Frank Dwyer also competed at State for the Maroons last season.

Seniors Tyler Kump, Bryan Arnold, Sam Joyce and Zach Luebeck saw varsity time for the Maroons last season.

Promising freshman Tricia Joyce, who has experience competing in state-level tournaments, will be the lone player for the Butte Central girls’ team.

BC activities director Chad Petersen said every BC golfer out for the team will compete — either as a varsity or junior varsity player — at the Maroons’ home meet.



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