The Knights advanced to the state final tournament last year and have already competed against some of the top teams in the state this week by taking part in the Brebeuf Invitational and the Valparaiso Invite as well.
With a strong, 12-girl team this year the Knights are deep and talented and that showed in Monday and Tuesday's competition.
Northview placed a solid second in the Brebeuf tourney, finishing behind top-ranked Noblesville who shot a remarkably strong team round of 313. The Knights were no slouch either, carding a 2nd-place round of 365 to defeat 3rd-ranked Carmel by 15 shots.
The Brebeuf tourney, contested at Hanging Tree (Bent Tree), was a strong beginning to the season according to head coach Teresa Akers. "I was really pleased with how we played (in the first two tournaments). For Erica Tucker, Kayla Cooper and Abby Smith it was their first varsity 18-hole tournament and Jenae Huffman was our traveling sixth player last year, she's made some big improvements."
Huffman, in fact, carded an 88 at Brebeuf, good for a tie for second best on the team with sophomore Mary Beth Tribble. Junior Millie Akers shot an 85 for medalist on the team which also placed her sixth overall in the tournament.
Northview also got rounds of 104 from Madason Kirchner, 106 from Tucker and 118 from Cooper.
In the Valpo tourney, the Knights got an up close look at some of the strongest teams in the state that included Penn, who won the state tourney last year and returns all of their top-five golfers. Western was second in the state in the 2004 season and Valpo missed state competition last year by one stroke in their regional, won by Penn, and returns their top-five as well.
Penn put together rounds of 72-72-84 and 82 to take the top spot with a team score of 310 followed by Valpo who scored a 318 and Northview was third with a score of 334.
The Knights got a top score of 80 from Kirchner followed by an 82 from Tribble, an 85 from Huffman and an 87 from Akers showing how interchangeable Northview's key components can be. Smith rounded out the team's scoring with a 116.
"I think our top four girls are set, but we have five players with the ability to fill out the team," said Akers. "We have a real good schedule, we're hosting the sectional this year and we have a lot of teams wanting to come down here. We've got a JV schedule for the first time this season. Our program should be very competitive."
Fourth place went to Warsaw at 347 followed by Memorial at 355 in the 15-team tourney.
The Northview JV squad will compete in a tournament today with the varsity back in action with a busy schedule.
Monday the Knights will travel to Mooresville with a trip to the Terre Haute South Invite on Tuesday before returning home to host a 3-way with Linton and Cloverdale and a Friday matchup with Jasper.