Prep highlights: Aug. 13, 2018

Prep highlights: Aug. 13, 2018

In boys' golf

At Gibson City. Connor Birky rolled to a nine-hole total of 38 at Railside Golf Club, securing medalist honors and pushing Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley to victory in a dual nine-hole event with Fisher. The Falcons bettered the Bunnies by a 173-206 margin. Birky was supported by a 44 from Matt Hunt, a 45 from Cole Maxey and a 46 from Braden Roesch. Fisher was keyed by Jake Kerns' 45 and Logan Briggs' 48.

At Hoopeston. Watseka's Cam Barragree (47) narrowly bested teammate Lukas Ball (48) for medalist honors as the Warriors shut down two foes in a nine-hole showcase at Hubbard Trail Country Club. Watseka's team total of 198 topped those of Donovan (237) and Hoopeston Area (247). Dylan Harris' 51 proved a strong backer to the outputs of Barragree and Ball. The Cornjerkers were paced by Isaac Brown's 57 and Keegan Roark's 60.

At University Park. Josh Kilcullen's 76 was the top 18-hole score for Prairie Central in a record-setting victory at the five-team Crete-Monee Warrior Invitational, contested at Deer Creek Golf Course. The Hawks set an event-best mark with a 314 team total. Supporting Kilcullen were Carter Nowak with a 78 and Ty Drach with a 79.

At Urbana. Champaign Central placed best among local outfits in a packed field at the Tiger Kickoff Classic, held at Urbana Country Club. The Maroons tallied a team total of 324, earning runner-up honors behind champion Charleston (297). Rantoul/Paxton-Buckley-Loda slid into third place at 352. Centennial garnered fourth with a 364, the Chargers' leading score coming from Jack Stickels (86). Mahomet-Seymour zipped to seventh at 380. Monticello landed in eighth with a 388. Oakwood grabbed 10th at 395. St. Joseph-Ogden pulled up in 11th with a 397. Clinton and Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin each finished at 415, but the Maroons placed 12th on the tiebreaker. Danville rounded out the team scoring with a 484. Judah Christian's Grant Hendershot carded a 91 to earn top freshman honors.

In girls' golf

At Farmer City. Claire Sherrick garnered third place individually to lead Centennial to second position at the Mike Hendricks Invitational, hosted by Blue Ridge at Woodlawn Country Club. The Chargers and Olympia carded identical 387 totals, but the Titans pulled ahead with a better fifth score. Sherrick's 18-hole total of 84 tied her with Fisher's Sidney Hood and Monticello's Molly Stringer, and the trio finished in that order on a scorecard playoff. The Sages' Ashley Long was the best-scoring local athlete at 81, two shots off medalist honors. Sherrick was backed by a 95 from Jordy DeLuce. Monticello (394) locked up fourth place as a unit, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (397) secured fifth behind Shannon Spangler's 87, and Blue Ridge (487) slotted sixth on the back of Macy Baird's 104. Armstrong-Potomac's Anna Duden netted a 97 as the lone competitor from her team.

At Fairbury. Led by Lyndie Shoemaker and Hannah Austman, Prairie Central won its match against Dwight by 21 strokes at Indian Creek Golf Course in Fairbury. Shoemaker and Austman, both of whom carded scores of 52, paced the Hawks to a total team score of 214. Katelind Winterland's 53 and Alycia Lewis Deaton's 54 outpaced Dwight's top scorer.

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