Boys Golf

Boys Golf

Life remembered: Sam Wells

CHAMPAIGN — Before the age of 25, Sam Wells’ golf resume included an accomplishment that often eludes competitors who’ve devoted a half-century to the game.

The 2007 St. Thomas More graduate had a hole-in-one.

Big 12 revamp ahead of schedule

CHAMPAIGN ­— Coming to a field or stadium sooner than expected: the revamped Big 12 Conference.

The expanding high school athletic league will have conference schedules in play in 20 of 21 sports when another school year starts in August.

Chargers grad receives soccer invite

CHAMPAIGN — Shortly after awakening from a nap on Dec. 11, Jacob Bushue began to scroll through his Twitter feed.

Peoria schools joining Big 12

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Boys' Golf Coach of the Year: STM's Mark Tate

Why he’s Coach of the Year: Third-year head coach directed the Sabers to the area’s best finish at state, seventh in the Class 1A meet. The team had a top-10 placer, his son Christopher, who tied for sixth after opening the meet with the fourth-best 18-hole score ever recorded at state (68).

Boys' Golfer of the Year: B-H's Andy Bott

BISMARCK — It’s not often that a golfer enters the clubhouse, after putting out on No. 18, and announces, “I had one bad shot today.”

Such an occurrence is about as common as a baseball pitcher throwing a perfect game. In the World Series. In Game 7. At home.

Bott earns top-10 state finish — again

BLOOMINGTON — Andy Bott would have preferred to tee off later Saturday with the first-day leaders, but that was before a wicked wind kicked up at Prairie Vista Golf Course.

Tate, Sabers making noise at state

BLOOMINGTON — His son is halfway to a state title. And his team is in contention for one, too.

There wasn’t a happier boys’ golf coach than St. Thomas More’s Mark Tate on Friday.

“It’s exciting. It’s also very nerve-racking to be a coach with your son out there, too,” Tate said. “But the team comes first. That’s the way it’s always been around here.”

Teams of the Week: Spartans cross-country leads way

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Chart toppers: State golf storylines

State golf storylines, courtesy Fred Kroner