April 29, 2007
Denfeld golf: A brand
By Matt Suoja
The Denfeld Hunters may only have three section
team players returning on their boys golf team, but head coach Mark
Krysiak believes that is a good start.
“They are a solid core,” said Krysiak.
“After that, we are young.”
Coming back this year on the boy’s side
are juniors Chris Stafne and Trent Johnson. Stafne had a scoring
average of 75.6 and qualified for state. He ended up finishing 27th
there, after being tied for second on the first day.
Johnson had a scoring average of 81.9 last season
and was named to the All Lake Superior Conference. He has been with
the team since seventh grade.
Ryan Tupica, a sophomore, is also helping out
the cause. Last season he had a scoring average of 85.8.
According to Krysiak, all of the members of the
girls team are new.
“Our only returning letterman is not playing
this year,” said Krysiak, who has been coaching the team since
A solid group from the boy’s team and some
newcomers on the girl’s team, will have to make up for some
key losses last season.
The boys team lost Brett Johnson, Brandon Owen
and Ryan Hanson, while the girls team lost Jill Dieryck. These players
helped lead a team that was second in the Lake Superior Conference
as well as 10th in Section 7AA.
Last season the team finished second at the Cloquet
Invitational, third at the Virginia Invitational, fourth at the
J. Scott Memorial in Hayward and fifth at the Shattuck Invitational.
Even with some key losses, Krysiak still has a
positive outlook for the team.
“We have players who put time into their
game in the off-season,” he said.
Some of the teams that
they will be competing against in the Lake Superior Conference include
Marshall, Duluth Central and Hermantown.
The boys team will start
its season on Friday against Grand Rapids at Pokegama Golf Course.
The girls will start their season on Tuesday, May 1, against Hermantown,
Ashland and Cloquet at Enger Park Golf Course.