This August the girl’s golf team swung into action. Las Lomas enters the year with high hopes as they had 2 players make the NCS playoffs last season: Junior Elizabeth Contreras and senior McKenna Dixon. Contreras and Dixon also made the second team in the DAL (Diablo Athletic League Foothill Division. With both new and returning players, the Knights are bound to have a very successful season.
The head coach Michael (Mick) McEwen has high hopes for this year’s season: “Last year was good. [It] went as expected I would say, but we did pretty well. We had two girls [who] made NCS.This year we have a chance to make NCS as a team.” The Knights look to improve from last season. One of their biggest goals is to win the league title and qualify for NCS as a team. “Ultimately the goal is to make the girls have fun and fall in love with the sport of golf. This year looking at the league, the goal is that we’ll beat Acalanes and Campolindo and qualify for NCS as a team.”
Las Lomas played Acalanes on Friday, September 20th, and Campolindo on Tuesday, October 1st. Qualifying for NCS as a team would be a big deal for the knights. Girls golf NCS works differently than other sports because there is a championship in which the entire team competes and another one where only chosen individual players compete.
Coach McEwen’s coaching experience and the many seniors on the team look to lead the team to success. Coach McEwen praised this year’s seniors for their leadership, “We have seven seniors this year. They all are pitching in different ways … As seniors, they’re really good at keeping morale up and making the new players feel welcome.” Good leadership from any high school sports teams seniors is one of the biggest factors to the team’s success. Coach McEwen also had praise for freshmen player Samantha Pierce. “[Samantha] is a freshman and is one of our top four players I would say. We are very excited for her future and season this year.”