BROAD RUN

Coach: Ryan Young (second year).

Last season: Seventh, AAA Liberty District

Top returners: Robbie Dowling, Jr.; Matt Ryan, Jr.; J.C. Clark, Soph.

Outlook: The Spartans lost four seniors from last year's squad, but a strong junior class probably will be able to pick up the slack. Broad Run is virtually guaranteed of at least three good scores per tournament, but a strong fourth score will be critical to its success. Juniors Matt Pestone and Andy Fitzgerald could provide that fourth score.

Broad Run is a young team, with five freshmen. However, freshman Nick Chungo, who has only played golf consistently for a month, is already shooting in the low 80s and could provide another strong fourth score.

FAUQUIER

Coach: Sammy Johnson (first year).

Last season: Sixth, AA Northwestern District.

Top returners: Mike Swan, Sr.; Doug Smith, Sr.; Ben Smith, Jr.; Jason Guard, Jr.

Outlook: As the Northwestern District grows with the addition of three Loudoun County schools, Fauquier moves into the AAA Commonwealth District. Because the Northwestern District is one of the strongest golf districts in Virginia, Fauquier might find more success at the higher level.

Fauquier will play its first tournament of the season Monday at Culpeper.

LIBERTY

Coach: Paul Frye (fourth year).

Last season: Fifth, AA Northwestern District.

Top returners: Ben Frazier, Jr.

Outlook: It will most likely be a rebuilding year for Liberty, but a newcomer, freshman A.J. Krick, could be a bright spot for the Eagles. Krick shot a 77 in the first district mini-tournament and a 75 at Culpeper.

Liberty lost four seniors from last year's squad--seniors who also held the top four spots on the team. Frye doesn't want to concede the district just yet, but he knows Frazier and Krick will have to deliver consistently outstanding golf for the Eagles to contend.

LOUDOUN COUNTY

Coach: John Laycock (first year).

Last season: AA Northwestern District champions.

Top returners: Billy Hurley, Sr.; Kenny Roseberry, Sr.

Outlook: Loudoun County has one of the most potent 1-2 combinations in the state with Hurley and Roseberry--who would be No. 1 at many schools. Hurley is called the county's best golfer by almost every coach in the district. So far, he has lived up to that title, shooting a 71 at the second district mini-tournament at Loudoun Golf and Country Club in Purcellville on Thursday.

The Raiders are the favorite to repeat as Northwestern District champions but will face some competition from Park View, Potomac Falls and Loudoun Valley.

LOUDOUN VALLEY

Coach: Gary McKay (ninth year).

Last season: Tied for second in AA Northwestern District.

Top returners: Michael Masters, Sr.; Matt Bintzler, Jr.; Gary Jones, Sr.; Derrick Martin, Jr.

Outlook: Loudoun Valley has one of the strongest returning classes with one of the most experienced coaches in the district. More than half of the team is made up of juniors.

This year might be much like last year for the Vikings, competing with Loudoun County for the district title. Loudoun Valley just missed a region berth last season, falling to Handley in the district tournament in a playoff.

NOTRE DAME

Coach: Frank Monastero (first year).

Last season: 2-7 in Delaney Athletic Conference.

Top returners: Siri Amar Dev Khalsa, Sr.; Nathaniel Heigh, Jr.

Outlook: Notre Dame will have its hands full with Highland and Quantico for the conference championship, especially with the loss of two important seniors--Matt Beverly and Michael Ritenour--from last year's team.

Monastero previously coached Notre Dame from 1993-96 before retiring.

POTOMAC FALLS

Coach: Jeff Hawes (third year).

Last season: Sixth, AAA Concorde.

Top returners: Amanda Diamond, Jr.; Ryan Patrick, Soph.; David Guinter, Soph.

Outlook: For Potomac Falls to improve on its sixth-place district finish last season, Diamond will have to play consistently good golf for the Panthers. Diamond was named Potomac Falls's MVP last season as a sophomore.

Patrick and Guinter also will have to play beyond their years. Both play out of Hidden Creek Golf Club in Reston and are competing for the club championship. If Potomac Falls can pick up a low score from junior Tim Farwell, Steve Hoover or Matt Schmidt, they have a shot at finishing strong in the Northwestern District.