Coach: Ronnie Mims
Last year's result: N/A
Key returners: N/A
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Outlook: The Eagles have strong numbers for a new program-with nine players on the roster-but will likely have growing pains as three of their top five players are middle schoolers. Eighth graders Karly Mims and Emily Clark are among the team's leaders, along with sophomore Kayte Backman. The squad does have three seniors, and their roles will determined as the season moves forward.
Coach: Harry Huntley
Last year's result: Third in state
Key returners: Alex Van Dine, Collins Bradshaw
Outlook: The Falcons are picking up where they left of last season and have had little trouble adjusting to their new coach. Huntley has led the Falcons' boys team to championships in two of the past three seasons, so the girls know they are getting solid instruction. With last year's top scorers Van Dine and Bradshaw returning, the Falcons will focus on sharpening their skills while developing consistency in the other half of their top foursome.
Coach: Roger Smith
Last year's result: First in region 4-3A.
Key returners: Elizabeth Hill, Sarah Johnson, Alyssa Hunting, Kailey Seigler, Caroline Reid
Outlook: Smith has high hopes for his Bearcats, who are led by seniors Hill, Hunting, Johnson, and Zeigler. The team benefits from consistency throughout its roster, and has been very motivated and responsive to Smith's coaching early in the season. With their top five returning, the Bearcats look to improve on last year's standing and earn a spot in the state finals.
Coach: Paula Weinspach
Last year's result: Ninth in State
Key returners: Libby Crawford, Melissa Meetze, Sam O'Donnell, Mary Chandler Bryan
Outlook: The Eagles are a young team with a new coach, but are set to overachieve this season. Sophomore Crawford and junior O'Donnell have both stepped up and shown their potential as team leaders this season and seventh grader Jacqueline Twitty could come on strong later in the season. With three tournaments on their schedule, Weinspach is doing what she can to make sure the Eagles are prepared for postseason competition.
Coach: Lee Duncan
Last year's result: 18th in state
Key returners: Nicole Chin, Kailey Porter
Outlook: Eighth-grader Chin is the scoring leader on this young team, though she has been playing the game for less than two years. Inexperience is consistent throughout the Silver Foxes' roster, with Porter being the only senior, but the team benefits from the guidance of Mid-Carolina Club pro Duncan, who is in his fourth year coaching the team. Success for the Silver Foxes hinges on narrowing the gap between their low and high scores, a margin that on their home course at the Palmetto Preview measured 51 strokes.
Coach: Lynn Humphrey
Last year's result: State runner-up
Key returners: Renae Gray, Lauren Glazer, Sallie Cherry, Kelly Turbeville
Outlook: Each of the Highlanders' nine players is much improved from 2008, Humphrey said. The young team has benefited from increased match experience and playing time in the offseason and summer. Gray, a sophomore, is expected to lead the team again, but Humphrey expects to see solid performances from her entire lineup.
Coach: Brandon Smith
Last year's result: State Champions
Key returners: Kathryn Miranda, Maureen Dunnagan
Outlook: Despite losing Danielle Dunnagan and twins Jordan and Kaylea Cole, the Wildcats stand in good stead as they defend their Class 4A title for the fifth consecutive season. The coaching change-assistant athletics director Smith has taken over for Bryce Myers, who led Lexington's five previous championship efforts-should be no obstacle with experienced seniors Miranda and Maureen Dunnagan, both all-state in 2008, at the top of the line-up. Though inexperienced in the varsity game, seventh-grader Lauren Stephenson has proven herself a strong addition to the team.