Maroons, Sabers finish out strong

Maroons, Sabers finish out strong

NORMAL — The goal to win a state championship didn't materialize for the Champaign Central boys' golf team.

Nor the St. Thomas More girls' golf team.

But their final-day performances on Saturday at their respective state tournaments left both coaches of their respective programs more than pleased.

"This was a great two days to be alive and play golf," Central coach Mike Osterbur said. "It's a little bitter at first, but that didn't last very long on the bus ride home."

Central placed fifth at the Class 2A state tournament at the Weibring Golf Club with a two-day total of 619, 20 strokes behind state champion Charleston. Conor Butts and Cage Sestake ended their prep careers by tying for 24th. The senior duo each carded a 152.

"Cage played remarkable golf," Osterbur said. "Probably the best he's played all season."

Justin McCoy (T-28th, 154) and Hayden Cekander (T-53rd, 161) also factored into Central's scoring.

The Maroons will lose four seniors from a group that has helped Central achieve two top-seven finishes at the state tournament the last two years.

"I almost feel like they're my own kids," Osterbur said. "We have our disagreements on things and discuss things, but at the end of the day, we're still laughing and talking. That's the big thing. As a coach, you couldn't ask for anything more from them. They went out and gave their best effort."

On the girls' side, STM wound up fourth at the 1A state tournament at Red Tail Run in Decatur, buoyed by a third-place finish from Alaina Bowie at 157.

STM compiled a two-day total of 681, 16 strokes behind state champion Massac County.

"They all played so much better than they did on Friday," STM coach Pat Hettermann said. "Their concern was more about the team than the individual on Saturday, and that was so rewarding to see."

Kait Asklund tied for 27th at 167, while Maeve Kirby (T-40th, 161) and Sammy Miller (T-70th, 189) also chipped in.

"I turned 70 this year and I started doing this before my son was born, and he's 36 now," Hettermann said with a laugh. "It's just been a wonderful season, and I've loved every single second of it."

Around the area

Adam Woller of Mahomet-Seymour tied for 30th at the 2A state tournament with a 155 and Chase Reynolds of Clinton tied for 53rd with a 161.

The Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin boys' team finished eighth at the 1A state tournament at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington with a 681 and Monticello placed 11th with a 694.

Hunter Keith led BHRA with a 161 to tie for 22nd and Noah Wright paced Monticello with a 159 to tie for 19th.

Caleb Poindexter of LeRoy and Caden Ellis of Sullivan both carded a 157 to tie for 12th, while Logan Richardson of Tri-County tied for 66th (174) and Michael Morgan of LeRoy tied for 90th (189).

At the 2A girls' state tournament at Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur, Champaign Central's Mia Hayasaki tied for 61st with a 164 and teammate Mackenzie McCoy tied for 82nd with a 170.