Shorthanded Miners battle in Metro |

Shorthanded Miners battle in Metro

Tom Donnell said though 10 girls signed up to play for Nevada Union’s golf team, just five have taken care of the paperwork necessary, such as undergoing a mandatory physical, to be eligible to compete.

The good news for Donnell is that two of the five who are currently eligible are returning subsection qualifiers. Both Dayton Faraco and Megan Hillard are back for the Navy and Gold this season.

“Dayton and Megan, even though she’s a junior, both can play college golf,” said Donnell, who has been coaching the girls program since it started and coached NU’s boys from 1971-87. “They’re both good players and I’d expect both of them make the subsections and hopefully make the sections.”

It was Faraco and Hillard who led the way in the Miners’ most recent action. Hillard said Faraco carded a round of 43 over nine holes at Sierra Pines Thursday, while Hillard shot a 45.

Donnell said NU’s three currently-eligible newcomers include juniors Jessyka Cook and Kate Lickter, along with senior Kristen Kneer. The three will give NU the five players it needs to qualify for Metro Conference team scoring, which Donnell expects to be led by Kennedy High School’s squad.

“Kennedy will be the best in the league and McClatchy will be second,” he said. “If we get five players together we can compete for third. It will be Granite Bay, Yuba City and Nevada Union competing for third place.

Head coach: Tom Donnell

Last season: Finished third in Metro Conference

Returning players: Dayton Faraco (Sr.), Megan Hillard (Jr.), Jennifer Bennallack (So.)

Top newcomers: Jessyka Cook (Jr.), Kristen Kneer (Sr.), Kate Lickter (Jr.)

Outlook: “I’m expecting Kennedy to win the league and McClatchy to finish second,” said Donnell.

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