Meyers and Alex Anastasi head into the season as the No. 1 entry, having played at No. 2 last year. New to the second doubles slot are Hunter Bruckbauer and Dane Barber, up from No. 3 last year. Taking the third doubles position are Brandon Garvin and Orion Rossich, who played junior varsity tennis in 2012.
The team opened the season with a road match Monday at Franklin Pierce and a home contest Tuesday against Enumclaw.
It’s rebuilding time for coach Todd Miller, who has just six girls turning out for the White River program. Making things even more dicey is the fact that only three have played significant rounds of golf.
Heading the program are the sophomore trio of Maci Goethals, Jordan Fray and Sydnee Scott. Last year, as freshmen, each advanced to the district qualifying round, falling short of a state tourney experience. Gone from the program due to graduation are Caitlyn Miller and Sutton Mills, who represented White River at state last year.
The good news, the coach point out, is that the newcomers are good athletes and are picking up the game quickly. Senior Megan Miller has played volleyball and turned out for track, junior Amanda Lance is a basketball and track standout and junior Brooklyn Isaacs spends the spring season on the fastpitch diamond.
With the limited number of players, there will be no junior varsity program.
The 2013 season brings a change in home-course venue for White River. With the pending closure of Sumner Meadows, the Hornets will be playing their home matches at Enumclaw Golf Course.
White River High boys golf coach Jer Argo notes he has “a lot of guys fighting for varsity spots.”
That’s exactly what happens when a team loses six seniors to graduation.
Argo admits this is something of a rebuilding year, as opposed to a season ago when the Hornets won the league title and sent six players to the Class 2A state tournament.
But that’s not to say the cupboard is entirely empty. Argo has a trio of returning lettermen in Bryce Dahl, Hunter Ford and Drew Kaser; added to the mix is Ryan Kolisch, who lettered two years ago, skipped a season and has returned. Others with experience include Matt Walker, Tyler Estes and Kasey Kilwine.
White River’s home-course situation has changed. Since Sumner Meadows will soon be closing its doors, the Hornet program will be calling Enumclaw Golf Course home.