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2014 Spring Preview: New Life Academy boys golf team 'poised to make a run’

The New Life Academy boys golf team hits the course this spring under the direction of third-year head coach Nick Novak. 

Though Novak said the team was “young and inexperienced,” the Eagles fared well in 2013, taking fourth place in the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association. 

Novak is hoping for more this year.

“The team is poised to make a run at the conference,” he said. “We have seven boys returning with varsity experience and all are expected to be a little better with another year of experience.” 

Key returning players this season include Luke Berger, Cole Sheridan, Austin Wetmore and Alec Dorenkamp. Berger is back with the team after a year away and is expected to be one of the better players in the conference, according to Novak.

The team will have to make do without John Kwen, who moved back to Korea after playing well for the Eagles last season. Kwen finished fourth in the conference last year. 

“With three seniors, two juniors and two freshmen with varsity experience we should be a much stronger team,” Novak said. 

The teams to beat in the conference and the section are expected to be Legacy Christian and Southwest Christian, according to Novak.

The Eagles hope to start the season with a conference meet on April 10 if they can find a course that is ready. After that, NLA is set to play a MCAA match on Monday, April 14 at Inverwood Golf Course. 

—Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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