LANSING STATE JOURNAL DREAM TEAM
Lansing Catholic junior
(see LSJ player of the year story below)
Averaged 36.9 strokes per nine holes while carrying Holt to the Division 1 state tournament from the number one spot in the lineup. CAAC Blue and regional medalist. Took third individually at the Division 1 state meet at Forest Akers East.
Last year’s LSJ player of the year posted a second straight individual title in Division 2 this fall. Also captured medalist honors at her regional and finished second to Her at the CAAC Blue tournament. Averaged 36.7 strokes per nine holes.
East Lansing senior
Finished in a tie for first in the Division 2 state meet at Grand Valley State after shooting a two-day score of 158, but lost to Nichols on the first hole of a playoff. Averaged 39.5 strokes for nine holes.
Lansing Catholic senior
Placed fifth at the Division 4 state tournament, helping Lansing Catholic to a third straight state title. Averaged 39 strokes per nine holes and 78.27 per 18 holes. Took third at her regional and second at the CAAC White tournament behind Setas. All-state and academic all-state honorable mention.
Lansing Catholic senior
Took third at the Division 4 state tournament, helping Lansing Catholic to a third straight state title. Averaged 37.86 strokes per nine holes and 80.73 strokes per 18 holes. Took fourth at her regional and third at the CAAC White tournament. All-state and academic all-state selection.
Haley Blumer (Grand Ledge sr.)
Alexis Mrozinski (Grand Ledge jr.)
Alexxis VanPelt (Holt jr.)
Katie Harmer (Holt jr.)
Marie Lazar (Okemos sr.)
Ryleigh Gordon (Okemos sr.)
Molly Ring (East Lansing so.)
Rachel Reinstra (Waverly jr.)
Katy Hollis (Okemos sr.)
Marie Fata (East Lansing sr.)
Sydney Williams (Okemos sr.)
Shannon McNamara (Mason jr.)
Jordan Bannen (Owosso jr.)
Olivia Barker (Lakewood jr.)
Emily Barker (Lakewood fr.)
Hannah McManus (DeWitt sr.)
Kristina Smith (DeWitt sr.)
Klaudia Holland (Haslett jr.)
Alexis Babbitt (Eaton Rapids jr.)
Katie Blake (Portland jr.)
Rebecca Snyder (Portland sr.)
Mary Beth Maddalena (Lansing Catholic jr.)
Megan Baumgartner (Perry jr.)
Anna Farrell (Williamston sr.)
Leah Bontrager (Ithaca jr.)
STANDINGS AND ALL-LEAGUERS
Standings–1. Okemos, 2. East Lansing, 3. Holt, 4. Grand Ledge, 5. Jackson, 6. Sexton
All-league–Pader Her (H jr.), Kristyn Crippen (EL sr.), Elle Nichols (O jr.), Marie Lazar (O sr.), Molly Ring (EL so.), Alexis Mrozinski (GL jr.), Ryleigh Gordon (O sr.), Marie Fata (EL sr.), Sara Garcia (J), Claire Fossum (EL so.), Katy Hollis (O sr.), Haley Blumer (GL sr.)
Honorable mention all-league–Alexxis VanPelt (H jr.), Katie Harmer (H jr.), Jen Maisner (O sr.), Maddie Riley (EL sr.), Jenna Whitson (H jr.)
Standings–1. DeWitt (4-0), 2. Haslett (3-1), 3. Owosso (2-2), 4. Ionia (1-3), 5. St. Johns (0-4)
All-league–Hannah McManus (D sr.), Kristina Smith (D sr.), Morgan Heethuis (D sr.), Cassidy Splawn (D jr.), Klaudia Holland (H jr.), Libby Dusenbery (H so.), Mary Kate Martell (H so.), Jordan Bannan (O jr.), Kailey Grubb (O sr.), Sydney Freeman (O jr.), Margot Cook (I sr.), Erika Ketchum (I sr.), Lauren Fuller (I sr.)
Honorable mention all-league–Maddy Nagel (D jr.), Megan Hanna (D sr.), Sierra Bain (H sr.), Leann Kinsey (SJ sr.), Rachel Hicks (SJ jr.)
Standings–1. Jackson Northwest (6-0), 2. Jackson Lumen Christi (5-1), 3. Parma Jackson County Western (3-3), 4. Mason (4-2), 5. Eaton Rapids (2-4), 6. Waverly (1-5), 7. Charlotte (0-6)
All-league–Ashley Carney (JNW), Kelsey Gough (JNW), Rachel Rienstra (W jr.), Alyssa Joseph (PJCW), Savannah Prestler (JLC), Juliet Sanford (JLC), Kylie Gough (JNW), Dori Watts (JNW), Jessa Rappleye (JLC), Shannon McNamara (M jr.), Alexis Babbitt (ER jr.), Dorothy Shewchuck (C sr.), Lauren McDermitt (M jr.), Sydney Adams (ER so.)
Honorable mention all-league–Hanna Holmi (W jr.), Alex Vann (PJCW), Henley Nowicki (PJCW), Erin Beebe (M jr.), Maddie Rydahl (M so.)
Standings–1. Lansing Catholic, 2. Lakewood, 3. Portland, 4. Williamston, 5. Corunna, 6. Stockbridge
All-league–Jaqueline Setas (LC jr.), Janie Fineis (LC sr.), Danielle Crilley (LC sr.), Olivia Barker (Lkw jr.), Becca Snyder (P sr.), Emily Barker (Lkw fr.), Victoria Hager (Lkw jr.), Lauren Burnett (LC jr.), Kristen Lawless (P sr.), Anna Farrell (W sr.), Katie Blake (P jr.), Lauren Vanstreain (W sr.)
Honorable mention all-league–Elaina Walling (LC fr.), Kennedy Hilley (Lkw so.), Emily Ehl (C so.), Bryonna Barton (Lkw jr.), Amber Ottarson (W jr.)
Standings–1. Freeland, 2. Frankenmuth, 3. Ithaca, 4. Chesaning, 5. Essexville Garber, 6. Caro, 7. St. Louis, 8. Saginaw Valley Lutheran, 9. Alma
First team all-league–Kaitlyn Watkins (Frank), Tara Padgett (Free), Shayna Schneider (Frank), Kelsey Stoll (Ches), Katie Morrissey (Free), Janna Brown (Free)
Second team all-league–Jessica Thiel (Ches), Leah Bontrager (Ith jr.), Allysa Warner (EG), Shelby Clark (Ith jr.), Rachel Meyer (SVL), Tori Argyle (Free)
Honorable mention all-league–Christina Hebert (EG), Lauren Geuntert (Free), Hayley Licavoli (Caro), Amanda Davis (SL), Mollie Daly (Free), Brittney Tallman (Caro)
GIRLS GOLFER OF THE YEAR
Setas led Lansing Catholic to another Div. 4 state title
She’s player of year in a crowded field
By Denny Schwarze
It was an extremely deep talent pool for mid-Michigan girls golf this year, but Lansing Catholic junior Jacqueline Setas stood out slightly above the rest.
Above Holt’s Pader Her, who took third as an individual at the Division 1 state meet and averaged less than 37 strokes per nine holes.
Above Okemos’ Elle Nichols, the two-time Division 2 state individual champion and last year’s LSJ player of the year.
Above two of her own teammates in Danielle Crilley and Janie Fineis and ahead of Kristyn Crippen of East Lansing, who tied for first at the Division 2 state tournament this year after taking second behind Nichols last year.
In that kind of company it takes a big resume to stand out, but Setas has put one together in being named the Player of the Year this fall.
“Just the talent around Lansing this year and throughout the years has been really unbelievable,’’ Setas said. “They’ve really pushed me to play my best and I feel like I did that. I felt like I played pretty close to my best this year.’’
“She had just a great year. She just really played well all year for us,” Lansing Catholic coach Mary Schafer said of Setas. “There’s a ton of talented golfers in the Lansing area, that’s for sure. It’s incredible how many good golfers there are.”
Setas still found a way to be at the top of the discussion. She carded a nine-hole round of 30 at Groesbeck in a match against Stockbridge and established a new women’s competitive course record round with a 68 at Wheatfield Valley during the CAAC league tournament.
Setas averaged 35.86 strokes per nine holes and 74.82 for 18 holes, working hard over the summer to build on a stellar junior season that saw her tie for third individually at the Division 4 state championship.
“Over the summer I just worked on course management and short game, because short game is where you can save the most shots, so I just worked on putting and chipping a lot,” Setas said.
Setas anchored the top spot in the lineup for Lansing Catholic as the Cougars won their third straight Division 4 state title at Forest Akers West, but she was pushed every day by fellow Dream Teamers Janie Fineis and Danielle Crilley.
“Each and every day they just strived to make me better as a player. They’re both terrific golfers themselves,” Setas said.
With Fineis and Crilley graduating, the leadership role will be on Setas’ shoulders next season as Lansing Catholic tries for four straight state championships.
That will be a new challenge, but there will also be some unfinished business from this fall.
Despite shooting an 18-hole round of 76 in wicked conditions at her regional, Setas fell in a playoff for medalist honors. She did the same in the Division 4 state tournament, losing on the first hole to Wisconsin commit Aya Johnson of North Muskegon.
It will be another summer of work, the same regiment that propelled Setas to a memorable season in 2012.
“It’s going to be a little but tougher next year without Dani and Janie, but the girls know they just need to keep playing and producing the scores and I feel like we’ll be fine,” Setas said. “You ‘ve just got to know that you’re in the leadership role and keep encouraging them.”
GIRLS GOLF COACH OF THE YEAR
Holt coach took young team a long way
Harkema’s Rams made D1 state finals
By Denny Schwarze
When Holt came into the fall golf season, the Rams knew they had one of the best players in the area in junior Pader Her at the top of their lineup.
But the rest of the team was full of question marks and inexperience. After losing Lauren Strong, Kari Somerville and Casey Harkema from a team that took eighth in Division 1 last season, Holt’s streak of consecutive state title appearances was in serious jeopardy.
“The expectations are sort of there on their own and I tried to downplay that as much as possible at the beginning of the year. We had won the last four regionals. I said ‘Hey, we’ve got three or four of you that have never played a varsity match. For the most part, this is going to be a big learning curve for you. Just try to improve so we can reach our goals of getting to the state finals’,” Harkema said.
The Rams accomplished their goal of getting back to states. While Dan Stolz led Okemos to a CAAC Blue title and a third-place finish in the Division 2 state tournament and Mary Schafer won her third straight state title at Lansing Catholic, Harkema’s work with a lineup littered with new players has earned him LSJ Coach of the Year honors.
Holt took third in the CAAC Blue behind Okemos and East Lansing and also was third in its regional, earning a trip to states by just three strokes over Traverse City West.
A rebuilding effort had turned into a state tournament trip.
“We found a way to get it done I guess,” Harkema said. “It was a big deal to those kids. Not everyone gets to play in a state final and every year is a different team and it’s great that we’ve been there nine in a row now, but every year it’s the same goal and we’re attempting to play on that very last day that high school golf is played in Michigan.”
The Rams took 14th place at the state final with no seniors in the lineup and freshman Lauren Sanford’s score counting on the first day of play.
“The kids grew up,’’ Harkema said. “They grew up in the game of golf and learned a lot about themselves and how to deal with pressure and certain situations, and it was a rewarding experience this year.’’