INDEPENDENCE - For Independence, the prep football season opener bore little resemblance to its winless 2016 campaign.
Even in defeat, a clear message was sent that there are brighter days ahead for the Mustangs.
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CEDAR RAPIDS KENNEDY — The Cougars are loaded again, coming off two straight state runner-up finishes to go with district and conference title streaks. Kennedy has all six golfers from last year’s state tournament back, looking for the program’s first state title since 1990. The Cougars have finished second at state four times since 2001. District medalist Davis Sutton, Connor Koberg, who placed fifth at the 2013 state meet, and Cole Murdock lead the way, but Tanner Stewart, Seth Nutt and Ross Grekoff provide depth and balance. Those six all finished in the top seven in the conference standings.
CEDAR RAPIDS XAVIER — The Saints have won three consecutive Mississippi Valley Conference divisional titles. Xavier has qualified for the Class 4A state tournament the last two seasons. Three key components return this season. Jordan Even has had a strong off-season, Junior Luke Winker will serve as a solid No. 2 golfer for the Saints, especially with the departure of all-conference performer Kellen Gray. Sophomore Sam Martin and freshman Matt Neumeyer are among promising newcomers that will be called on to contribute.
CEDAR RAPIDS WASHINGTON — It would be hard to identify a team that matched the Warriors’ progress in the final weeks of last season. The improvement resulted in a district runner-up finish and Washington’s first state appearance since 2003. The Warriors lose leader Dominic Rodriguez, but return four golfers from the state meet, including sophomore Frank Lindwall, who tied for 10th at the 2014 state meet, and Jake Patterson. Both were second-team all-MVC golfers last year. Evan JankWietz and Joe Slattery also will look to get the Warriors back to state.
LINN-MAR — The Lions finished second in the MVC Valley Division after tying for second in the conference Super Meet. Linn-Mar finished three spots out of a state berth last year and returns all four scorers from that district meet. Trevor McCann and Max Thrune were first-team all-Valley, while Jake Sevcik and Brent Larson were honorable mention picks. All four placed in the top-13 of the 2014 Rotary Pribyl, including a seventh-place finish by McCann. Continued progress and support to the top four could lead to a big fall for Linn-Mar.
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