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Boys' Golf Preview: St. Francis searching for even more success

After surprising season, Golden Knights look to build on last year's excellence with even more in 2014.

February 26, 2014|By Charles Rich,charles.rich@latimes.com
  • St. Francis golf player Johnny Brandt swings at the ball during a match, which took place at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.
St. Francis golf player Johnny Brandt swings at the ball… (File Photo )

With most of the lineup set to return, sprinkled in with some added depth, expectations appear to be rather lofty for the St. Francis High golf team.

The Golden Knights placed second in the Mission League and sixth in the CIF Southern Section Central Team Divisional last season, leading to them to raise the bar.

“There’s a lot to look forward to,” said St. Francis second-year Coach Kyle Ostrom, the reigning All-Area Boys’ Golf Coach of the Year. “First, we have a lot of guys back, to go along with some new additions, so that really energizes us even more.

“Most of the guys played in tournaments to help keep their games sharp. We have a lot of people who are excited about this season after we did well last year. We have to think better for this year and that starts with shooting for a league championship and moving up in CIF. We think we have things lined up to do all of that.”

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St. Francis will have seniors Johnny Brandt, Michael Finney, Jack Tenney and Nathan Han and junior Michael Mozilo back to pave the way. They will be joined by freshman Stian Lindtvedt.

Ostrom said the Golden Knights are up to the challenge to record another successful season.

“We have a balanced team, but we still have some work that we need to do,” Ostrom said. “We are excited about what we can do and we know league will be tough again.

“The level of self-motivation is already high after the success from last season. Loyola and Harvard-Westlake will be some top competitors and Notre Dame is going to be good again.”

Loyola, Harvard-Westlake, Notre Dame and St. Francis all finished in the top six last season in the team divisional. Loyola won the league and divisional championships.

Crescenta Valley will have similar goals to St. Francis following a third-place finish in the Pacific League. Like St. Francis, Crescenta Valley will return many of its starters after taking 17th place at the Northern Divisional last season.

The Falcons appear to have a lot of depth in their quest to challenge rival Arcadia and Burbank for the league championship.

Crescenta Valley will bring back its one-two combination of senior Paul Park and junior Cody Renfro. Park finished second in the CIF Southern Section North Team Divisional with a two-under-par 70 and advanced to CIF Southern Section Northern Individual en route to securing All-Area accolades.

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