Courtesy Photo The 2022 Alpena High School Women’s Golf Team includes, left to right: Lillian Tolin, Katie Bushey, Madison Shearer, Stephanie Nowland, Jami Richards, Lilly Gembel, Sydney Silver, Avery Herman, Taylor Talaska, Rebekah Carlson and Meredith Roznowski. Absent from the photo are Coach Tate Skiba and Assistant Coach Courtney Nunneley.

ALPENA – The Alpena High women’s golf team is looking forward to a great year that could include a big step forward from many players.

“I have high hopes for this season, although it will be very difficult to beat a few schools in our area,” said Alpena coach Tate Skiba.

Skiba is entering his fourth year as head coach and can’t wait to see how the girls perform throughout the season.

There are plenty of players in this squad who could definitely step up a gear and become key players, but Skiba already has two players he believes will help lead the team this season. Senior Bekah Carlson is entering her fourth year on the team and is one golfer whom Skiba wishes for a successful season.

“She has shown me very consistent improvement every year and I hope that improvement continues. I consider her one of my main leaders, without a doubt,” Skiba said.

Skiba is also hoping for a big year from one of his returning juniors, who showed a lot of potential in his second season.

“Another player who has put in a lot of time and effort this summer is Sydney Silver. A junior who has been playing for three years, hoping she will make great strides this year as well,” Skiba said.

The door is wide open for all the girls to become the team’s top contributors this season and there is still plenty of time to improve.

The Wildcats have already appeared in a few games this season and have already shown their ability to bounce back from a tough loss. Although their first meeting at Crystal Mountain didn’t go as planned, the team came back and performed much better in their last meeting at Midland.

The rest of the season will be filled with tough opponents and plenty of encounters where Alpena is determined to give their best.

“It’s going to take a long time to be competitive with teams like Petoskey who have a great golf program and could definitely go to the United States. But other than that, we can be on par with a lot of those teams, so it’s all about getting everything in place at the right time,” Skiba said.

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