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PREVIEW:Locals ready to tee off

2007 GIRLS GOLF

Crescenta Valley and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy programs seeking more respectability.

September 06, 2007|By Charles Rich

GLENDALE — Questions abound concerning their respective lineups.

Talk to Crescenta Valley High and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy girls’ golf coaches Ken Johnson and John Milligan and they offer opposite viewpoints about their programs.

Crescenta Valley won its first-ever Pacific League championship last. The Falcons will bring back senior standout Christine Cho, the league’s reigning most valuable player who advanced into the Southern Section Individual Finals, and sophomore Katie Park.

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Despite losing Lauren Wheeler to graduation, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy will have Irene Yi and Angie So returning.

Then the questions arise regarding the rest of the lineups for each team. Johnson and Milligan will look to form lineups that can possibly challenge for league championships.

“They can surprise me,” said Johnson, who led the Falcons to a 12th-place finish out of 16 teams in the CIF Southern Section Team Finals last fall. “If they are scoring well by shooting in the 80s during 18 holes, then I think we will do well.

“Christine and Katie are very strong. The rest are kind of up in the air right now. We can go back to the CIF Finals if the other four can put up consistent scores.”

For the moment, there appears to be a bit of a drop off for the Tologs after Yi and So.

Milligan, who took over the program in 2005, must find some capable athletes who can surround Yi and So.

“It’s going to be a rebuilding year for us,” said Milligan, who piloted Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy to a fourth-place finish in the Mission League last season. “If we can get two freshmen in here, you can be golden.

“I know we might have a couple of freshmen with great potential, but you don’t know what there experience is like.”

Crescenta Valley, which might be in good position to win a second straight league title, will return sophomore Sally Chun and senior Krizia Del Rosario.

Others looking to earn a spot on the team are junior Michelle Cho, sophomore Lindsay Bush and freshmen Jenny Lee and Alice Shin.

That should be plenty of talent for the Falcons, who might receive a challenge for the league championship from Burroughs.

“We are looking at the big picture,” said Johnson, who took over the program from John Pehar. “I like my core because they are good.

“It helps tremendously having Christine back. The others are going to have to support her, or we aren’t going to be as strong.”

Flintridge Sacred Heart might wish they had the same depth that the Falcons have.

It might take Milligan some time to find that during the first part of the season.

“You never know,” Milligan said. “Maybe some decent things can happen for us.

“The league will be pretty tough, but it will be more open.”

The Tologs will look to dethrone Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, which has won three consecutive league championships and features Glendale resident Sarah Salvo.

Salvo, a senior, enjoyed modest success during the summer. She won a pair of American Junior Golf Assn. tournaments, including the Las Vegas Founders Junior Golf Championship in June and the TEE UP Junior Challenge on Aug. 10.

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