Girls Golf

Girls Golf

UPDATED: Longtime Central AD Woods to depart in July

CHAMPAIGN — After 24 years helming Champaign Central’s athletics sector, John Woods is going big and heading north.

The Centennial graduate and longtime Maroons athletic director has accepted the same position at Libertyville High School, located in a north Chicago suburb. Woods will step aside as Central’s AD on July 1, pending school board approval.

Signing Day: Locals heading to college

Photos from local high school athletes signing with their various colleges to continue athletic careers. Submit your photo at

Top of the Morning, Dec. 16, 2017

On Saturdays, we'll introduce additions to the growing newsroom at News-Gazette Media. Today: Prep sports coordinator Colin Likas.

COLIN LIKAS spent three years helping design and edit our nationally recognized sports section. But his goal out of Butler University was to write, calling it "a passion of mine."

14th News-Gazette all-area girls’ golf teams

All-Area First Team


Kati Asklund Sr. St. Thomas More

Alaina Bowie So. St. Thomas More

Mia Hayasaki Sr. Champaign Central

Maeve Kirby Jr. St. Thomas More

Mackenzie McCoy Jr. Champaign Central

Molly Stringer So. Monticello

Final area girls' golf stats

Name, School Rounds Avg.

Bowie, St. Thomas More 20 36.0

Asklund, St. Thomas More 20 39.0

Hayasaki, Central 20 39.2

McCoy, Central 22 44.0

Stringer, Monticello 17 44.6

Darush, Sullivan 16 46.4

Hoel, Tuscola 11 46.4

McTaggart, Iroquois West 12 46.4

Spangler, GCMS 22 46.5

Chora, Central 2 47.0

Darish, Sullvian 14 47.0

Girls’ Golf Coach of the Year

Why she's coach of the year: Not only did Hettermann lead St. Thomas More to within a stroke of her fifth state trophy, she's molded Player of the Year Alaina Bowie since she was in the sixth grade.

Season highlights: "Getting to state as a team and placing fourth."

STM's Bowie has got the drive

CHAMPAIGN — Alaina Bowie sat back in her chair and considered the question, as she is prone to do.

When did she realize she was a good golfer?

"I guess sometimes I still don't know if I am," the St. Thomas More sophomore said. "I guess it depends on who you're comparing yourself to, right?"

11 local schools to leave LOVC; new conference anticipated

After a week’s worth of speculation, as well as submissions of withdrawal from two local schools, 13 other institutions have opted to leave the Little Okaw Valley Conference after the 2018-19 academic year.

Villa Grove, Heritage plan to leave LOVC; more departures expected

In its fourth academic year, the two-division Little Okaw Valley Conference is facing major change. At least two schools in the 18-institution league have filed for withdrawal, and more notifications could be on the way.

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.