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Heartland Arrowhead's Alex Yost watches his tee shot Tuesday. Yost matched his first round score of 76 to finish tied for eighth at the state golf championship.

Wisconsin.Golf photo/Jim Kelsh

Looking back

2017 conference champion

Hartland Arrowhead (310) edged Muskego (319) to win its 13th Classic 8 Conference title and first since 2015.

2017 conference medalist

Hartland Arrowhead's Alex Yost shot 74 to share medalist honors with Matt Polivka of Muskego.

Top 2017 WIAA finishes

Team: Hartland Arrowhead shot 303-299 and won the WIAA Division 1 state championship with a 602 total — four shots ahead of defending state champion Milwaukee Marquette. Individual: Hartland Arrowhead freshman Piercen Hunt shot 72-69 and won the Division 1 state title with a 141 total, five shots ahead of Bay Port junior Jed Baranzyk.

Looking ahead

Preseason top three

1, Hartland Arrowhead; 2, Kettle Moraine; 3, Waukesha Catholic Memorial, Mukwonago.

Preseason all-conference

First team: Piercen Hunt, so., Hartland Arrowhead; Joey Ploch, sr., Oconomowoc;  Zachary Reiser, sr., Hartland Arrowhead; Josh Rowinski, sr., Waukesha Catholic Memorial; Alex Yost, sr., Hartland Arrowhead.

Second team: Tyler Demeuse, sr., Waukesha South; Ben Gabbey, jr., Muskego; Kyle Loose, sr., Kettle Moraine; Matthew Raab, jr., Hartland Arrowhead; Mason Schultz, jr., Mukwonago.

What to watch

Coach Greg Budzien isn't asking much of his Hartland Arrowhead golfers this spring. "I hope they pick up where they left off last year," he wrote in his pre-season survey. In other words, he'd like the Warhawks to extend their winning streak that started after they finished second to defending state champion Milwaukee Marquette at the Washington County Invitational, the first meet on  the Arrowhead schedule, and then didn't lose again. The Warhawks return four of the five golfers off their state championship team, led by sophomore Piercen Hunt, the defending state champion, and graduated only Bennett Knapek (now playing club golf at the University of Wisconsin). Catholic Memorial, Kettle Moraine and Mukwonago all return some quality veterans, but will be searching for a consistent fourth and fifth golfers before they can make a serious run at Arrowhead. All four Waukesha schools return more than they lost and Oconomowoc joins the Classic 8 from the now-defunct Wisconsin Little Ten, bringing with it a proven No. 1 in Joey Ploch, who had a strong summer in 2017 after earning Little Ten Golfer-of-the-Year honors.

Circle these dates

April 16 — Classic 8 Mega-Mini #1 (Edgewood GC-Big Bend). April 17 — Classic 8 Mega-Mini #2 (Morning Star Golfers Club-Waukesha). April 18 — Sheboygan North Invitational (Blackwolf Run GC-Kohler). April 18 — Sheboygan North Invitational (Whistling Straits/Irish Course-Haven). April 21 — Washington County Invitational (Washington County GC-Hartford); Waukesha Catholic Memorial Invitational (Broadlands GC-North Priarie). April 23 — Classic 8 Mega-Mini #3 (Chenequa CC-Hartland). April 24 — Classic 8 Mega-Mini #4 (Legend at Brandybrook-Wales). April 25 — Brookfield Central Invitational (Wanaki GC-Menomonee Falls). April 28 — Waukesha North Invitational (New Berlin Hills GC). April 30 — Classic 8 Mini-Meet #1 (Legend at Merrill Hills CC-Waukesha). May 1 — Waukesha South Invitational (Legend at Bristlecone Pines CC-Hartland). May 3 — Cedarburg Invitational (Hidden Glen GC-Cedarburg). May 4 — Greendale Invitational (Morning Star Golfers Club-Waukesha). May 5 — Lake Country Invitational (Erin Hills-Erin). May 7  Waukesha West Invitational (Legend of Merrill Hills CC-Waukesha). May 8 — Classic 8 Mega-Mini Meet #4 (Legend of Bristlecone Pines CC-Hartland). May 9 — Classic 8 Mega-Mini Meet #5 (Legend of Merrill Hills CC-Waukesha). May 12 — Ashenfeldter Invitational (Janesville Riverside GC). May 14 — Classic 8 Mini-Meet #2 (Oconomowoc GC). May 16 — Classic 8 Conference Championship (Naga-Waukee GC-Pewaukee).