Sabers girls earn regional golf crown
WINDSOR – St. Thomas More isn't going to get that score in the 70s or occasionally the 60s like it used to in the past from Katie Jean, but from the No. 1 player through No. 4, the Sabers are going to be consistent.
They used that consistency Wednesday at the Angus Links Class 1A regional to cruise to a 51-stroke win to claim their fourth straight regional title.
"I had five out of my six players in the 90s, so that was pretty good," STM coach Pat Hettermann said. "We want three of those five to be in the 80s, but that's OK. We won't have the low score, but we'll be tough to beat in those other spots."
Megan Deedrich led the way for the Sabers, finishing third with a 90. Kelsey Gallivan wasn't far behind with a 91.
"This was Kelsey's first time playing in a regional, and she finished fifth," said Hettermann, who coached the Sabers to a second-place finish at state last fall. "She wasn't happy with a couple of holes, but she played very aggressive and you like to see that."
STM also got scores of 98 from Alexis Freund and McKenzie Stipes.
Sullivan and Tuscola also advanced to next week's sectional at Stone Creek, finishing second and third, respectively.
Tuscola's Stephanie Swaney carded an 89 to finish second.
At Dwight. Two Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley sophomores, Emily Spangler and Mikayla Woodward, were among six individuals from the area who qualified as individuals for the Stone Creek Sectional on Monday in Urbana.
Spangler shot an 87, 6 strokes behind the medalist at Dwight Country Club's par-72 course. She tied for second place.
Woodward fired a 100.
In the team race, LeRoy – led by sophomore Molly Marcum with a 98 – placed third to secure the final advancing spot.
Other area individuals who qualified for the sectional were Blue Ridge sophomore Amber Tsevelekos (100), Prairie Central freshman Jacky Duffy (104), Clinton senior Ka'Lee Maiden (104) and Paxton-Buckley-Loda senior Marissa Wilson (107).
At Watseka. The host school placed second to Kankakee Bishop McNamara and will take its entire team to Monday's sectional at Stone Creek. Watseka's leaders at Shewami Country Club's par-71 layout were junior Emily Bailey (89) and senior Michelle Villafria (112). Bailey tied for third place.
Moving on as individuals were Iroquois West senior Kari Clark (103), Hoopeston Area sophomore Megan Grimes (103), Salt Fork senior Marissa Trosper (108) and Milford junior Ashley Nagele (109).
At Effingham. Junior Lizzy Dombroski carded an 83 and finished third, leading Centennial to its second straight regional championship. The Chargers finished 1 stroke better than second-place Normal Community.
Centennial's Michelle Lee shot a 98 and finished in a tie for seventh.
Mahomet-Seymour snagged a spot in Monday's Class 2A sectional at Clinton Hills in Swansea by finishing third.
Charlotte Goss finished fourth for the Bulldogs with a 94. Teammate Allison Murphy tied for seventh.
Champaign Central's Jane Choo secured an individual slot after shooting a 101.