Wednesday's highlights: M-S girls' golfers make history
In girls’ golf
At Mahomet. Lake of the Woods provided a home-course advantage for Mahomet-Seymour and the Bulldogs took advantage, placing five players in the top 10 and winning the first regional in school history. M-S cleared second-place LeRoy by 73 strokes in Class 1A.
“We knew we were hosting early in the season and thought it would be nice to be able to win it,” Bulldogs coach MATT MILLS said. “It was a goal of ours.”
Monticello’s EVELYN BRAND was the individual medalist, shooting an 80. Teammate MADELINE DINIZ was also among the individuals who advanced to Tuesday’s sectional at Stone Creek in Urbana.
Mahomet-Seymour’s EMILY TROLIA (89) was second. Teammates BROOKLYN HILDRETH (95) and AMBER TABAKA (96) were fourth and fifth, respectively. MADDIE BIRCKBICHLER’s 98 was eighth and rounded out the team scoring for M-S, which also got a 10th-place finish from LEXUS HORNSBY and a 12th-place showing from KEEGAN GAGNE.
“It’s been a good run all year. We’ve had four or five girls competing for those top four spots all year,” Mills said. “Keegan has improved a lot, too. She’s come close to breaking into that top four all year.”
The Bulldogs, who celebrated Wednesday’s win with a party at Monical’s, will look to qualify for their second consecutive state meet at Stone Creek.
“It’s a course we’ve seen quite a bit,” Mills said. “We’ve played a couple of practice rounds. We have three players back (Trolia, Tabaka, Hildreth) from last year’s team. Emily really stepped up today, and I’m proud and really looking forward to seeing what we can do next week.”
LeRoy advanced to Stone Creek as a team, and the Panthers were led by 11th-place sophomore JESSIE WOHLWEND (104) and 15th-place KAILYN MORRELL (111).
Salt Fork’s COURTNEY LaFOE placed third individually, shooting a 92. Blue Ridge’s MEGAN TSEVELEKOS (97) and St. Thomas More’s CAROLINE DODDS (98) each finished in the top 10 and were among the individuals advancing to the sectional.
At El Paso. With about six holes remaining in Wednesday’s Class 1A regional at El Paso Golf Course, Prairie Central coach CINDY IFFT noticed her players were headed in the wrong direction. So, she took action.
“On the back nine, they each had a bad hole and were on the verge of falling apart, so I gave them each a little pep talk, they made some pars and finished strong,” she said.
Ifft’s strategy worked. Led by fourth-place EMILY HEISER (90) and fifth-place JACKIE DUFFY (93), the Hawks finished 2 strokes behind regional champion Bloomington Central Catholic to advance to the Stone Creek Sectional.
“I just told them we were still in it,” Ifft said. “I told them to forget those bad holes and move on to the next hole. They did that, and I was proud because in golf that is very hard to do. Golf can be a very frustrating game.”
NATALIE GULLIFORD (95) was seventh and JENNA HALE (104) was 14th to round out the Hawks’ scores.
“They know they could have won easily because each of them had a 9 or a 10 on at least one hole today,” Ifft said. “That hurt them, but it also let them know that when they play the way they’re capable of, they can compete with the best.”
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley’s KATIE SPANGLER fired an 84 and finished second.
At Mount Zion. Three Tuscola players were among five area individuals who advanced at Hickory Point. SYDNEY MURRAY (109), ANNIE HEINZ (118) and TAYLOR REIFSTACK (119) will represent the Warriors in the sectional. Sullivan’s EMALEE HORTENSTINE (105) and Shiloh’s KATIE STARKEY (115) also advanced to Stone Creek.
At Pekin. Centennial’s KATELYNN MARTINEZ and Champaign Central’s JANICE CHOO each shot 96 to finish tied for sixth at the Class 2A regional at Lick Creek and advanced to Monday’s sectional at Illinois State.
At Little Okaw Valley tournament. SHERELLE COLLER had 26 assists and KARLY GOODMAN (five digs, three blocks) had nine kills, leading Arthur-Lovington to a 25-17, 21-25, 25-17 win against host Bement in one semifinal at the LOVC tournament.
ASHLEY TABB (15 digs), JESSICA DAVIS (seven kills, five digs) and EMILY SEEGMILLER (four kills, five digs) also chipped in for the Lancers.
Bement got eight kills, nine digs and eight blocks from SABRINA HINTON. TAYLOR WEGRICH (eight kills) and ANNA HENDRIX (seven kills) each had 11 digs, while ABBY TROTT had 28 assists and 13 digs.
Tri-County beat Martinsville 25-15, 25-17 in the other semifinal behind 12 blocks from KYLA SKINNER, 26 digs from AUTUMN MEYER (three aces) and 18 assists from AMBER MEYER.
In boys’ soccer
Centennial 2, Charleston 0. KEVIN HERNANDEZ and AIDEN REILLY each scored for the host Chargers on Senior Night as goalkeeper ANDY DRACKLEY stopped eight shots en route to his eighth shutout of the season.
Blue Ridge 6, Fisher/GCMS 0. Dylan Grammer recorded a hat trick in the road victory.