RECENT CONFERENCE HISTORY: CLOVERCROIX
|2019||Osseo-Fairchild/Fall Creek||377||Eau Claire Regis/Altoona
|435||Abby DeMore, Colfax||79|
|2018||Osseo-Fairchild||378||Colfax||433||Abby DeMore, Colfax||88|
|2017||Stanley-Boyd||367||Osseo-Fairchild||371||Savanna Anderson, Stanley-Boyd||81|
|2016*||Stevens Point||82||Stanley-Boyd||74||Mary McDonald, Stevens Point||NA|
|2015*||Stevens Point||68||Stanley-Boyd||56||Julia Szepieniec, Eau Claire Regis||41|
|* = Clover Valley
Top 2019 WIAA finishes
Team: Osseo-Fairchild/Fall Creek shot 405-395 at the WIAA Division 2 state tournament and finished fourth with a 36-hole total of 800. That was 98 shots behind repeat champion Madison Edgewood (347-355). Individual: Osseo-Fairchild/Fall Creek senior Ariel Heuer shot 83-84 at the Division 2 state tournament and, with a 36-hole total of 23-over 167, finished third, nine shots behind champion Grace Welch of Madison Edgewood. Colfax senior Abby DeMoe shot 87-89 and finished tied for ninth at 32-over 176.
When They Are Playing: CloverCroix
|Eau Claire Regis/Altoona||✓|
Preseason top three
Osseo-Fairchild/Fall Creek; Eau Claire Regis/Altoona; Stanley-Boyd.
Preseason fall all-conference
First team: Elli Anderson, so., Eau Claire Regis/Altoona; Emma Anderson, jr., Eau Claire Regis/Altoona; Emme Felmlee, so., Stanley-Boyd; Madyson Rosman, sr., Osseo-Fairchild/Fall Creek; Izzy Popple, jr., Osseo-Fairchild/Fall Creek.
Second team: Shyla Applebee, sr., Flambeau; Abby Bratanich, sr., Flambeau; Eleice Dahl, so., Osseo-Fairchild/Fall Creek; Lydia Jensen, so., Eau Claire Regis/Altoona; Hannah Lemler, sr., Colfax.
What to watch
Few conferences in Wisconsin have promoted and witnessed the growth of girls golf quite as much as what is now being called the CloverCroix Conference.
And, technically, it's not even a conference at all.
"We do not have a recognized conference but instead we have an informal league consisting of five teams," Eau Claire Regis/Altoona coach Marc Lundquist wrote in his preseason survey.
Osseo-Fairchild/Fall Creek, Stanley-Boyd and Eau Claire Regis/Altoona represent the Cloverbelt Conference. Colfax, which has represented the Dunn-St. Croix Conference the last two years, adds Dunn-St. Croix member Elk Mound to its program to form the league's latest cooperative program. And, finally, Flambeau represents the Lakeland Conference.
In two CloverCroix mini-meets this fall, all five programs have fielded full five-player varsity lineups. All five also brought at least one JV golfer, including Colfax/Elk Mound, which brought five.
"There are multiple kids that we are adding from Elk Mound this year that previously played for the boys golf team," Colfax/Elk Mound coach Ryan Krall wrote in his presason survey, "so we have some experience coming back even if it isn't during the girls golf season."
What the CloverCroix has lost from last season are two of its brightest stars.
Abby DeMoe, a four-time WIAA state qualifier who won the last two Cloverbelt Conference championships, has moved on to UW-La Crosse. Ariel Heuer of Osseo-Fairchild/Fall Creek, the 2019 overall Cloverbelt champion who played three years on the Fall Creek boys team before her school formed a girls golf co-op, is waiting to start her freshman season at Viterbo University in La Crosse.
Osseo-Fairchild/Fall Creek returns the four golfers who payed behind Heuer on the team's Division 2 state qualifying team, led by Madyson Rosman and Izzy Popple. Regis/Altoona also returns four golfers led by WIAA Division 1 sectional qualifier Elli Anderson, whose program was poised to drop to Division 2 before COVID-19 caused 25 percent of the WIAA's girls golf schools to opt to play girls golf during an alternate fall sports season scheduled to begin in late March.
Stanley-Boyd, Flambeau and Colfax/Elk Mound appear to be neck-and-neck in the race for third place in the CloverCroix.
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▶ Clover Croix Championship: Sept. 24 (Lake Hallie GC-Chippewa Falls).