Four MHS golfers named all-Big 8

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Rob Reischel
Middleton's Kate Meier was named the Player of the Year in the Big Eight Conference./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

It was a memorable year for Middleton’s girls golf program.

The Cardinals cruised through the Big Eight Conference’s regular season and postseason. Middleton won regional and sectional titles, then finished second at the WIAA Division 1 state meet.

So it shouldn’t have been a surprise that Middleton was well-represented on the all-Big Eight Conference team.

Junior Kate Meier was named the conference’s Player of the Year. Sophomore Glenna Sanderson was named first-team all-conference, while freshman Ellie Frisch and junior Makenzie Hodson were both named second-team all-conference.

Middleton coach Becky Halverson was also named the league’s Coach of the Year.

Meier earned first-team all-conference honors for the second straight year after receiving second-team all-conference honors in 2016. Meier finished in the top-eight at every match/tournament she played in this season, highlighted by a fifth-place finish at state.

Meier’s nine-hole average this season was 39.48, down from 41.19 in 2017 and 43.97 in 2016.

“In her three years of high school golf so far she has improved almost 4 ½ strokes,” Halverson said. “Kate is one (player) that you can really see that the hard work pays off.  She has had a tremendous three years and I can't wait to see what she does next year.”

Sanderson averaged 42.94 and had five rounds below 40. Sanderson won the Big Eight Conference tournament and finished 18th individually at state.

“Glenna just started golfing last year and she really turned some heads this season,” Halverson said. “She has a lot of talent and I'm excited to see her continue to grow as a golfer.”

Hodson averaged 44.67 this season after averaging 48.58 in 2017. Hodson also shot a second-day 83 at state where she made a brilliant recovery after making a nine on the first hole.

“Mak had a lot of comebacks this season after some slow starts,” Halverson said. “I am so proud of her for grinding it out and never giving up.”

Frisch averaged 44.24 and also saved her best round of the year for the second day of state. There, Frisch shot an 82 and chipped in for eagle on her final hole of the year. 

“Ellie had a great freshman season and I can't wait for what's to come with her in the next three years,” Halverson said.

 

 

 

 

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