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BLOOMINGTON – St. Thomas More junior Ryan Murphy didn't shy away from his true feelings after Saturday's Class 1A state golf finals.
Despite individually finishing in a three-way tie for seventh place and helping his team take home a third-place state trophy, Murphy could only think about what might have been for his team.
NORMAL – Joe Smith's final round of high school golf was bittersweet.
"Not many people can say they were a four-time all-stater," the Centennial senior said Saturday after finishing third in the IHSA Class 2A state tournament at Illinois State's Weibring Golf Club. "But I really wanted to win. I left a lot of shots out there. I'm kind of disappointed, but looking back at my career, it's pretty amazing what I've done in four years."
MAKANDA – The St. Thomas More girls' golf team has steadily been climbing the state tournament ladder.
The next step would be a doozy.
CERRO GORDO – The usually strong Cerro Gordo/DeLand-Weldon offensive unit wilted away from the Friday night lights Saturday in a 22-9 loss to Johnston City
"We reverted back to earlier in the season where we are undisciplined on offense and defense," Broncos coach Paul Workman said.
Each Saturday, prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner will review Friday night's action:
MATTOON – The battle of Champaign just got a little more interesting.
After falling to Mattoon 10-7 Friday night, the Centennial Chargers must win at home against crosstown rival Central to qualify for a bid for the playoffs.
MAHOMET – On Senior Night at Mahomet-Seymour, junior running back Andrew Brewer did what he does best.
The Bulldogs racked up 508 yards on the ground in a 64-19 win against Rantoul at Dutton Field.
ARCOLA – The good old days of winning football appear to be back at Arcola.
Senior quarterback Mark Klinger completed a busy Friday by running for 81 yards and three touchdowns and passing for another 161 to lead the Purple Riders to a 41-12 Little Okaw Valley Conference win against Villa Grove. Klinger had shot a 78 in the first round of the Class A state golf tournament at Prairie Vista in Bloomington earlier in the day.
SHELBYVILLE – Kyle Dooley capped a five-touchdown outburst with a 35-yard interception return in the third quarter, leading Monticello to a 42-12 Okaw Valley Conference victory against Shelbyville on Friday.
Dooley rushed for 141 yards on 18 carries and scored on runs of 10, 59, 8 and 15 yards.
MACON – So much for a potential losing streak.
Tyler Carter returned the game's opening kickoff 79 yards and found the end zone three more times as No. 2 Tuscola hammered host Meridian 55-0 on Friday.