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After leading the Wauwatosa co-op girls golf team to a sectional appearance, John Ravenola is retiring as head coach.

He will continue to coach the boys team, but the 2016 season was his last in charge of the girls program, which he took on in 2014.

"It's been a great time," Ravenola said. "I've enjoyed every minute of the experience. I would like to publicly thank each of the girls who played on our teams, past and present. It was an honor and a privilege to work with all of them."

With just two strokes to spare, the Wauwatosa earned the fourth and final sectional spot at the Brookfield Central regional on Sept. 28 at Wanaki Golf Course.

Brookfield Central won the regional with a 325, with Homestead finishing at a 326. DSHA took third at 362, while Wauwatosa edged Brookfield East, 390 to 392, to advance to sectionals.

Freshman Rachel Kauflin and senior Katie Gastrau earned first-team All-Greater Metro honors, finishing fourth and fifth in the individual standings respectively.

"The season was successful in my eyes," Ravenola said. "We played competitively throughout the season, improved our overall games and qualified for sectionals as a team for the first time in recent memory. Above all else, it was a fun experience for everyone involved."

Gastrau and Kauflin shared team MVP, while Emma Gifford was named Most Improved Player and Allie Boeckmann was given the Coaches Award.

While Gastrau will graduate after a successful career, Kauflin will return to lead the Wauwatosa team as one of the top players in the area.

"Allie Boeckmann and Alex Ramos will return with solid varsity experience and also have the potential to become solid contributors next season," Ravenola said. "Also returning from varsity is Chandler Yow. Chandler is an excellent athlete and just needs more experience, time and practice to better tune her golf skills. Gifford also returns from a very good JV season and has a little varsity experience as well. She too, with time and practice, will continue to raise the level of her play."

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