Ashley Powell, Appleton North

Ashley Powell, Appleton North

Looking back

2018 conference champion

Three Kaukauna golfers broke 90 led by Emma Moore's 81 as the Galloping Ghosts shot 343 at Chaska Golf Course in Greenville and won the Fox Valley Association Championship by 52 shots over runner-up Hortonville.

2018 conference medalist

Kaukauna senior Emma Moore shot 81 and edged teammate Lily Sheppard by two shots to earn medalist honors at the FVA Championship at Chaska GC in Greenville. Hortonville's Ava Downie was third with an 85.

Top 2018 WIAA finishes

Team: Kaukauna shot 352-349 at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament and, with a 36-hole total of 710, finished 59 shots behind champion Kettle Moraine (318-333). Individual: Kaukauna senior Emily Anderson shot 85-83 at the Division 1 state tournament and, with a 36-hole total of 168, finished tied for 25th 26 shots behind champion Jo Baranczyk (72-70) of Bay Port.

Looking ahead

Preseason top three

Appleton North, Hortonville, Kimberly.

Preseason all-conference

First team: Ava Downey, sr., Hortonville;  Maddie Kiley, jr., Kimberly; Grace Miller, jr., Oshkosh North; Ashley Powell, fr., Appleton North; Brook Vandenberg, so., Appleton North.

Second team:  Hailee Brunk, jr., Oshkosh North; Katie Downie, so., Hortonville; Greta Hiltgen, so., Appleton West; Kristen Halfmann, sr., Kimberly; Maddie Rudolf, jr., Appleton North.

What to watch

Massive graduation losses hit last spring at Kaukauna, which graduated nine  seniors from a program that made back-to-back WIAA state tournament appearances. That has opened the door for others to make a run at a Fox Valley Association title and, possibly, bigger prizes this fall. Appleton North appears to be the program best equipped to soar to those heights. The Lightning figures to strike for its first FVA title since 2013 with a lineup that features four of the five golfers off its team that reached the Green Bay Preble sectional and adds one of the state's top freshmen in Ashley Powell. Hortonville brings back its top four golfers, led by sisters Ava and Kate Downie, and could make a run at the title. Kimberly and Oshkosh North both have capable and experienced golfers at the Nos. 1 and 2 positions, but need to find two sub-100 scores on a consistent basis from their Nos. 3 and 4 spots to move into the conference championship conversation.

Circle these dates

Sept. 5 — Appleton North at Oshkosh North (West Haven GC-Oshkosh); Oshkosh West at Fond du Lac (Rolling Meadows GC-Fond du Lac); Neenah at Appleton East (Reid Muni GC-Appleton); Kaukauna at Hortonville (Grandview GC-Hortonville). Sept. 9 — Sheboygan Invitaional (Town and Country GC-Sheboygan). Sept. 10 — Oshkosh North at Kaukauna (Countryside GC-Kaukauna); Neenah at Kimberly (Countryside GC-Kimberly); Appleton East at Oshkosh West (Oshkosh CC); Hortonville at Appleton West (Winagamie GC-Neenah); Fond du Lac at Appleton North (Irish Waters GC-Freedom). Sept. 12 — Appleton West at Oshksoh North (West Haven GC-Oshkosh); Neenah at Hortonville (Grand View GC-Hortonville); Appleton East at Fond du Lac (Rolling Meadows GC-Fond du Lac). Sept. 14 — Fond du Lac at Kaukauna (Countryside GC-Kaukauna); Hortonville at Oshkosh West (Oshkosh CC); Appleton North at Appleton West (Winagamie GC-Neenah); Oshkosh North at Neenah (Ridgeway CC-Neenah); Kimberly at Appleton East (Reid GC-Appleton). Sept. 19 — Appleton West at Kaukauna (Countryside GC-Kaukauna); Oshkosh West at Oshkosh North (West Haven GC-Oshkosh); Appleton East at Hortonville (Grand View GC-Hortonville); Kimberly at Fond du Lac (Rolling Meadows GC-Fond du Lac). Sept. 21 — Appleton West Invitational (Winagamie GC-Neenah). Sept.  23 — Green Bay Notre Dame Invitational (Thornberry at Oneida GC-Green Bay). Sept.  24 — Oshkosh North at Hortonville (Grand View GC-Hortonville); Appleton East at Appleton North (Irish Waters GC-Freedom); Oshkosh West at Neenah (Ridgeway GC-Neenah). Sept.  26 — Fox Valley Association Championship (Chaska GC-Greenville).

Editor's notes: None of the schools in the FVA responded to multiple requests for information on their teams. A reference to a golfer at Fond du Lac was removed when it was confirmed she is not competing this fall.