Sixty and counting.
Simply unbeatable in the regular season, Sequim’s boys golf team carries a 60-match league winning streak into 2023.
Lost to graduation are three key pieces from the 2022 squad, including state 2A runner-up Ben Sweet, state qualifier Dominic Riccobene (who placed 15th at the state finals) and state second alternate Pryce Glasser.
Back on the squad, however, is Cole Smithson, a state 2A tourney qualifier.
SHS boys coach Sean O’Mera said “Cole has worked tremendously hard on his game since last year, and he is seeing some great results in practice.”
“I am really excited to see how far he can go this year,” he said.
Also back is Zackary Thompson and Lars Wiker, both of whom competed with the Wolves’ varsity six at the Olympic League tourney.
“Both Zack and Lars will play a huge role for us this year,” O’Mera said. “They have been working hard on their games, and it will be fun to see it all come together.”
Carter Cronin joins the team after a move from Texas.
“While nothing can replace(Sweet, Riccobene, and Glasser), Carter is a great player in his own right,” O’Mera said. “He has come in with a great attitude, a chiseled physique, and a strong work ethic.”
He added that the team had 13 boys try out and the next spots are open.
Freshman Cody Dunscomb currently sits in the fifth spot, and O’Mera calls him a “naturally gifted athlete who grew up playing with both his dad and grandpa. If he keeps working, he could be special.”
“Our expectations are to get better everyday and compete for a league title,” O’Mera said.
SHS girls coach Tim Lusk has five players returning who helped the team finish 8-1 in league matches in 2022 and each earned spots in the Olympic League tourney.
And while the Wolves lost their fairway ace Hannah Wagner to graduation (she placed 24th at state), Sequim sees veteran seniors Jelissa Julmist and Isabella Williams, junior Emily Post and sophomores Sara German and Chloe Tweter back in the mix in 2023.
“The players are improving every practice, and should be competitive in league this season,” Lusk said.
Newcomers include senior Madison Marler, junior Ava Johnson and freshman Kendra Dodson and Abigail “Archie” Grover. In addition, eighth-grader Brooke Piersoll will be practicing with the squad this season to gain experience for next spring, Lusk said.
”We have a great group, and should represent the Lady Wolves well in the Olympic League,” he said.
Sequim opened the season March 14 at Bainbridge, and hosted Bremerton on March 16 and North Kitsap on March 21.
The Wolves take on 3A Bainbridge on March 23 at The Cedars at Dungeness, and are back in action after spring break on April 11 at home against Kingston.
Spring sports preview: Boys, girls golf
Head coaches: Boys — Sean O’Mera (third season); Girls — Tim Lusk (third season)
2022 record: Boys — 10-0, 6-0 in Olympic League (champions), first at league tournament, fifth at state 2A tourney; Girls — 8-1, second at Olympic League tournament; one athlete to state tourney
Returners: Boys — Cole Smithson (sr.), Zackary Thompson (sr.), Lars Wiker (jr.), Sage Younger (jr.). Girls — Jelissa Julmist (sr.), Emily Post (jr.), Isabella Williams (sr.), Sara German (so.), Chloe Tweter (so.), Ava Johnson (jr.)
Newcomers: Boys — Garret Barr, Zak Bell, Carter Cronin, Cody Dunscomb, Joey Kang, Kyle Midleton-Sharpe, Mauricio Mora Carrasquel, Ethan Stamon, Ryan Stites, and Talon Wilhelm; Girls — Madison Marler (sr.), Ava Johnson (jr.), Kendra Dodson (fr.), Abigail Grover (fr.)
Boys, girls fall split first week match-ups
In the first match of the season, the SHS Boys golf team lost 163-199 to Bainbridge Island at Wing Point Country Club. The girls team lost 184-240.
The Wolves were led by Carter Cronin, who admirably fought all day to salvage a 43, SHS boys coach Sean O’Mera said. Cole Smithson shot a 50, followed by Zackary Thompson’s 51, Lars Wiker with 55 and first time varsity players Cody Dunscomb (56) and Garrett Barr (67).
The Sequim girls were led by Junior Emily Post 56 followed by Chloe Tweter with 60, Bella Williams (61), and freshman Kendra Dodson in her first ever match (63).
To lead the boys, Smithson shot a 39, followed by Thompson (43) and Cronin (47), and for the girls, Jelissa Julmist shot a 55 in her first week back after basketball season to lead the Wolves followed by Bella Williams (59), Dodson (61), and both Tweter and Sara German shooting 62.