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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."
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.
MAKANDA – The St. Thomas More girls' golf team has steadily been climbing the state tournament ladder.
The next step would be a doozy.
Each Saturday, prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner will review Friday night's action:
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.
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.
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.