2018 conference champion
Maddie Wilke, Elise Hoven and Morgan Benskin all broke 90 as Cedarburg shot 344 and topped Hartford (357) for team honors at the North Shore Conference Championship at Washington County Golf Course in Hartford.
2018 conference medalist
Cedarburg junior Maddie Wilke shot 81 and edged sophomore teammate Elise Hoven by three shots to earn medalist honors at the North Shore Conference Championship at Washington County GC. Isa Pierri of Glendale Nicolet shot 85 and finished third.
Top 2018 WIAA finishes
Team: Cedarburg shot 388-351 at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament and, with a 36-hole total of 739, finished last in the 12-team field, 88 strokes behind champion Kettle Moraine. Individual: Cedarburg sophomore Elise Hoven shot 89-80 at the Division 1 state tournament and, with a 36-hole total of 169, finished tied for 28th, 27 shots behind champion Jo Baranczyk of Bay Port.
Preseason top three
Cedarburg, Hartford, Mequon Homestead.
First team: Morgan Benskin, sr., Cedarburg; Elise Hoven, jr., Cedarburg; Izzie Mort, jr., Whitefish Bay; Amanda Ruona, sr., Hartford; Maddie Wilke, sr., Cedarburg.
Second team: Sophie Christianson, sr., Hartford; Kenna DeRosa, sr., Hartford; Alyssa Dreher, sr., Kewaskum/Campbellsport; Isa Pierri, jr., Glendale Nicolet; Choloe Sileno, jr., Mequon Homestead.
What to watch
The return of North Shore Conference co-players of the year Maddie Wilke and Elise Hoven give Cedarburg a leg up in its bid to repeat as conference champions, but the Bulldogs are well aware of what's going on around them: Everyone is getting better. While Cedarburg returns four of its top five golfers from a year ago, Hartford figures to be closing the gap with all five golfers back from its team that finished runner-up to the Bulldogs a year ago, led by sectional qualifiers Sophie Christianson and Kenna De Rosa and No. 1 golfer Amanda Ruona. However, there is enough talent at the No. 1 spots at schools such as Whitefish Bay (Izzie Mort), Kewaskum/Campbellsport (Alyssa Dreher), Glendale Nicolet (Isa Pierri) and Mequon Homestead (Chloe Sileno) for them to build a foundation for a late-season run at the title or be a factor in the WIAA tournament series.
Circle these dates
Sept. 3 — North Shore Conference Mini-Meet #3 (West Bend CC). Sept. 5 — North Shore Conference Mini-Meet #4 (Washington County GC-Hartford). Sept. 7 — Middleton Invitational (Pleasant View GC-Middleton). Sept. 9 — Sheboygan Invitational (Town & Country GC-Sheboygan); North Shore Conference Mini-Meet #5 (Wisconsin Club-Milwaukee). Sept. 11 — North Shore Conference Mini-Meet #6 (Mee-Kwon Park GC-Mequon). Sept. 13 — Germantown, Kettle Moraine Lutheran, Kewaskum, Slinger, West Bend West at Hartford (Erin Hills-Erin). Sept. 18 — North Shore Conference Mini-Meet #7 (Fire Ridge GC-Grafton). Sept. 24 — North Shore Conference Championship (Washington County GC-Hartford). Sept. 27 — Hartford Invitational (Hartford GC).