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Fall sports are officially underway for Pagosa Springs High School, with the golf team springing into regular season action tomorrow in Alamosa.
This year’s team features returning state contender Jake Keuning, a senior, as well as four other returning players and two freshmen.
In addition to Keuning, coach Mark Faber said two other seniors will take to the green this season for the Pirates — Bryce Jacquez and Taylor Heitz.
Faber said he expects Keuning to again make his way to state this year, while also noting that Jacquez and Heitz have several years of experience.
While the team’s roster lists no juniors, Faber said two sophomores who played junior varsity last year as freshmen have returned this year — Ben Pargin and Owen Severs.
New to the team this year are freshmen Tanner Peart and Roland Sanchez.
“It’s exciting to get young kids,” Faber said, adding, “There’s some ability there. … It should be fun.”
Faber noted that since golf is the first sport underway in the fall, the roster may grow as the summer winds down and the start of school nears.
“We’re just going to have fun and hopefully compete,” Faber said of the upcoming season.
The team will take its first test of the season tomorrow (Friday) in Alamosa at the Cattails Golf Course.
The team was originally set to begin the season today in South Fork, but that tournament was canceled, Faber noted.
Next Wednesday, Aug. 20, the Pirates head to Cortez for a day at the Conquistador Golf Course before welcoming several regional teams to Pagosa on Thursday, Aug. 21, for the home tournament at the Pagosa Springs Golf Club.
The public is welcome to attend to support the athletes, with Faber encouraging fan attendance.
After nearly a week off, the team will head to Delta for a tournament at the Devil’s Thumb Golf Course on Aug. 27 and will be in action the next day at the Cobble Creek Golf Course in Montrose.
On Sept. 4, the team will take on competitors in La Veta at the Grandote Peaks Golf Club and will hit up the Monte Vista Golf Club the following day.
On Sept. 8, the team will jaunt to Durango for a day at the Hillcrest Golf Club before traveling to Rye the following day for a tournament at Hollydot Golf Club.
All tournaments are slated to begin at 9 a.m.
The following weekend, Sept. 15 and 16, the Pirates will return to Hollydot for regional action.
This year’s state action will be held in late September in Sterling.