This week in Vermillion High School Girls Golf by Joe "MOJO" Reiser Hello everyone, The snow is gone, the grass is turning green, the days are getting longer and we turn our attention to the grand game of golf. The Vermillion High girls' golf team has assembled and hit the links ready to defend their Big 8 conference title and best their seventh place finish at the state tourney from the 2008 season. Lost to graduation is last years team captain and "Most Valuable Player," Rachel Odens. This years team consists of five returning letter winners. The lone senior is Kelsey Osborne. Two juniors, Kristin Schwasinger and Laura Hansen, two sophomores, Kenzie Huska and Ellen Brown round out the letter winners. Also on the squad are sophomores, Jessica Martenson, Linsey Robinet and Emily VanDenHul, freshmen, Kelly Amundson, Balley Carlson, and eighth graders Allison Heine, Brooke Schwasinger, Chelsea Gilbertson, Elly Miller and Sarah Hansen. "We have as athletic a crew as ever. It will depend on their effort and advancement in fine tuning the game." offered veteran coach Kirk Hogen."We need to depend on our depth as the season develops. If everyone on the team can shave a couple of strokes off of their scores, we can be very competitive." added Hogen. Here is the 2009 girls' golf schedule: April 2, EPJ Invite; April 6, Madison Duel at Madison Country Club; April 7, Dakota Valley Invite at Two Rivers Golf Course; April 14, Lennox duel at The Bluffs in Vermillion; April 21, West Central at Hartford; April 24, Vermillion Invite at The Bluffs in Vermillion; May 1, Big 8 Conference Tourney at Madison Country Club; May 7, Harrisburg Invite at Spring Creek; May 8, Yankton Duel at Yankton; May 11, Region Tourney at Lennox; May 18 and 19, State Tourney at Harrisburg. April 2 saw Mother Nature win the EPJ Invite as the weather was not fit for man nor beast. April 7 saw the Tanagers head to the Dakota Valley Invite and a third place finish. Nicole Funck of Dakota Valley was the low scorer with a nine hole total of 41. For the Home town girls, Kristin Schwasinger carded a 48 for seventh, Kelsey Osborne had a 49 to tie for 12th. Laura Hansen and Kenzie Huska pitched in with 50 followed by Ellen Brown at 51. The overall team scores 1) Dakota Valley 186, 2) Parkston 188, 3)Vermillion 197, 4)SF Christian 200, 5)Canton 210, 6) EPJ 211, 7)Tea Area 213, 8) Dell Rapids 215, 9) Harrisburg 231, 10) West Central (Kawoosh) 232. April 9 at Madison Country Club was the scene as the Tanager girls picked up their first duel win of the season over the Bulldogs of Madison. It was 46 degrees with a northwest wind in Madison as Kristin Schwasinger posted a 44 to lead the Tanager varsity. Kenzie Huska came in at 47 followed by a pair of 52s from Kelsey Osborne and Ellen Brown. Laura Hansen rounded out the scoring with a 54. Top honors went to Brianna Postma of Madison with a 40. The Tanager JV was a got a nice surprise from Kelly Amundson at 50, Allison Heine and Sarah Hansen at 51, Linsey Robinet at 52. It looks like coach Hogen's depth is going to make for some fine inner squad competition. "That's the nice thing about the competition, the lowest scores are right out front where everyone can see them. The players determine who get the varsity spots by who scores the best," summed up coach Hogen. Well, there you have it folks. The Masters is under way and golf is upon us. Believe it or not, one of these days its going to warm up, and we will forget the snow and cold and be able to concentrate on the great game of golf. Until next time … we will see you on the course … my hopes that we all get out there and do well. Thanks, "MOJO"