It’s hard enough for a team to make a single state tournament appearance, let alone four, but that’s exactly what the Falls High School girls’ golf team managed to pull off.
After taking their fourth-straight Section 7AA title last week, the Broncos are bound for the Minnesota State Girls’ Golf Tournament once more.
Senior Maggie Roeder said it’s a great feeling to be ending her high school career with the streak still intact.
“We had kind of a rough mid-season, but it was a major confidence boost to be able to win the section once again,” she said.
The Broncos faced stiff competition from in-conference rival Eveleth-Gilbert during the season, with the Golden Bears even taking first place in some tournaments.
However, senior Olivia Wright said the Broncos had faith in one another.
“We knew we could pull it off,” she said. “I knew my teammates had my back and I had theirs.”
When asked if the team still feels nervous about going to the state tournament, senior Kenzie Wenberg said the Broncos go in with the same mindset.
“We know we have nothing to lose, so we just make sure we have fun while we play,” she said.
Head coach Tony Casareto said the journey the four seniors have been on has been quite the ride.
“These girls have been playing golf since they were little,” he said. “They’ve worked consistently on their game and of course they’re good friends which keeps them coming back to the course.”
Casareto also said he is confident in the girls’ abilities and expects a high placement.
“We know there is a lot of great competition down south, but there is no reason they can’t do well with the experience they have,” he said. “Our goal is a third-place finish or better and I think these girls are capable of doing that.”
Casareto also mentioned how much the seniors had been mentoring the younger members of the team, freshman Keirra Aasen and seventh grader Kelby Anderson.
“Those two have been watching the seniors compete for a while now and it’s teaching them the effort they will have to put in if they want to achieve the same success,” he said.
The Minnesota State Girls’ Golf Tournament will be at the Sand Creek Golf Course in Jordan Tuesday and Wednesday.