Small but mighty

April 2022

The Coon Rapids-Bayard golf and track teams are eager to get their seasons started. The boys golf team has recruited a new golf coach, David Van Ahn, who comes from Panorama Schools. Van Ahn is a distinguished coach and is trying to make CR-B’s golf program better. He wants each and every golf student to improve. Coach Amy McAlister is returning as the girls golf coach and coaches Chris Mohr and Brady Johnson are returning as the track coaches. 

Coach Van Ahn and some spring athletes shared information about this upcoming season. 

“A highlight of every golf season is the growth of each individual in their love for the game of golf,” Van Ahn said. “I have been impressed by the way the young men have adapted to my fundamental practice approach to improving skills needed to have success. From my perspective, it would appear that successes for this group will grow as the season progresses.”

“I’m looking forward to winning because I love competing,” said Preston McAlister, a senior golfer. “Practice has been going really well so far. We don’t have many kids out, but we will definitely be able to get through it.”

“I’m looking forward to seeing how far the team can go,” said Macy Winnett, a senior on the girls golf squad. “The new drills we are doing are improving our skills. A challenge we are going to face is we don’t have very many girls out this year, but I know we can work together as a team to be successful.”

“Running with my friends and running with the same guys I did last year is what I am looking forward to,” said Easton Hays, a senior track athlete. “I want to make State with these guys. We have been practicing very well with a great scheme. We went to the BV (Buena Vista) meet and got first place in a couple events. We have a lot of very good sprinters, so it’s all about who is going to step up.” 

“I’m looking forward to seeing how far our team can make it this year,” said Breeley Clayburg, a sophomore on the girls track squad. “Something that has been going well is practice and team bonding. I’ve really been learning a lot, and as a team, we get along. I know some track meets are going to be cold and we won’t want to be there, but we will persevere and do the best we can.”

The CR-B golf and track teams are putting in a strong effort to try and advance as far as they can this season. Teamwork is an essential component for both small but mighty squads.

Photos by Natural Expression Photography