The Hillcrest golf team set the bar high as the school reopened their golf program this year. After a nearly two decade hiatus from the sport, Hillcrest dusted off the clubs and practiced on the links, working their way into a strong place as they sent two golfers to State and hope to send two teams next year.
The red polos and white capped team from Hillcrest definitely improved this year. Some students sliced over thirty strokes from their score sheet from the first meet to the section finale. John and Mikey Vall vied for the top place in nearly every meet, walking home with more gold than bronze as they led the Comets to the state competition.
At the State banquet the entire Comet team sat around the tables. Other teams had one or two players present, but Hillcrest received a full team award that reveals more skill than their practice time on the putting green. The Comets were the top academic team in their division in the State. Their academic scores and grade point average revealed that golf is a fun priority, but the Comet golfers are shooting for success beyond the 18th green.
Brent Ferenczy is the lone senior on the Comet team. He was the Co-Salutatorian for his class. His counter part in academic success, Eric Konynenbelt, was nearly a State competitor in track, missing the cut by one-tenth of a second. Ferenczy's academic success led the Comet team consisting of junior John Vall, sophomore Mikey Vall, and freshman Joel Quam.
John and Mikey made the cut to play in the state competition. John finished in the top 20 and earned honors in being selected to the All-state golf team. Mikey wrapped up his sophomore season finishing in the top 50 in the state. The brothers are looking forward to adding a new fourth competitor to their team, as Brent graduates, eyeing another trip to state and hoping to do it as a full team next year while repeating their title as academic all-state champions.