By JASON ELLIOTT

sports editor

This is going to sound familiar to kids at Coeur d’Alene High, albeit 471 miles away.

Today, when the Viking boys play the state 5A golf tournament kickoff at Teton Lakes Golf Course in Rexburg, they will play back nine first, with plenty of water.

A little like …

“It’s kind of like Avondale (Golf Club) but with more water,” said Coeur d’Alene boys’ third-year coach Chase Bennett, whose team will start at the South course. Forks this morning. “The front nine (the North Fork course) is laid out more like Prairie Falls. Anytime with golf, if that’s what you’re used to, it’s going to help.

The Coeur d’Alene boys finished third last spring at RedHawk Golf Course in Nampa. Boise won its first title since 1991, with Eagle second.

This year is the first year of a two-year trial to play the 5A and 4A state golf season in the fall.

“We’ve had spectacular weather all season,” Bennett said. “It’s a shortened season, so we’re packing more into the first five weeks of school. Everyone’s a little more polite, but we can’t challenge each other and take on the Spokane, Mead, and Gonzaga Prep area teams. We are not challenged, and it is important to have this competition and these nerves before deciding. If they are top performers, they will reach that level. But we kinda miss it this fall because we can’t go to the invitations from Washington. »

Reid Piron, the Boise Boys’ defending medalist, returns with teammate Will Strong, who finished second in May. Wheaton Ennis, a 2021 boys medalist as a freshman at Eagle, is also back after transferring to a school in Arizona. Eagle’s Beau Sahr, who finished tied for third last year, is also back.

Sophomore Grant Potter, who tied for 15th last spring, is Coeur d’Alene’s top finisher. Trey Nipp and Luke West also played state for Coeur d’Alene in May.

“Eagle has some really, really good kids,” Bennett said. “They have their goals, and we have ours too. The last two years we have finished third, but not so far second. There will be three or four schools in the mix and you will see competitive numbers there.

Middleton, along with 2022 Spring 4A medalist Curtis Seidel, moved up to the 5A ranking this fall.

Seniors Taylor Potter and Payton Blood return for the Viking Girls, who finished fifth last spring in coach Jeff Lake’s first season as coach. Lake City senior Joey Heick qualified individually.

Rocky Mountain won the women’s tag team title last spring, its second in a row.

Lakeland senior Brady Hanna was the only local qualifier for the 4A State Tournament at Sage Lakes Golf Course in Idaho Falls.

Bishop Kelly defeated Twin Falls in the playoffs for the Boys Tag Team Title in the Spring. Minico won the women’s tag team title, the program’s first.