Roundup: Richmond-Burton girls golfers cruise to sectional title, reach state
The Richmond-Burton girls golf team dominated the Class A Freeport Sectional on Saturday.
Blake Betke led the Rockets with a 78 and combined with MacKenzie Hahn (84), Jenny Wojcik (97) and Emily Fox (104) for a 363 total that was good for a first-place finish and a trip to the state meet Friday and Saturday at Red Tail Run in Decatur.
"Everyone; parents, coaches, the golfers and their friends are really happy," coach Brandon Creason said. "It makes the postseason just that much more exciting when you realize you have a shot to go far."
The Rockets finished 33 strokes ahead of second-place Byron (394). Rosary placed third with a 399. Each of the three teams will advance to state.
Lena-Winslow also carded a 399 but was edged by Rosary as the tie went to a fifth-player scorecard. R-B defeated Lena-Winslow earlier in the season by seven strokes, and Creason was pleasantly surprised by the margin of victory.
"I thought we had a good shot, but I didn't expect to win by this much," he said. "There were some tough teams there, and I thought the field would be tighter."
The state meet begins Friday and continues Saturday with 18-hole rounds each day.
Woodstock North 8, Richmond-Burton 0: At Richmond, Aaron Jones scored a hat trick to lead the Thunder (10-10-1) to a nonconference victory. Chris Niese scored two goals and had an assist for Woodstock North, and Julio Campos added a goal and two assists in the win. Ricky Rodriguez made seven saves for the shutout.
Glenbrook North 3, CL South 0: At Crystal Lake, the Gators (7-11-3) fell at home in nonconference play. Gus Alvarez made four saves in the loss.
Dundee-Crown 3, Larkin 2: At Carpentersville, the Chargers (18-0-1) held on to win in nonconference play to remain undefeated on the season. Larkin tied the score with less than 20 minutes left before Eduardo Arellano scored his second goal of the game to put Dundee-Crown ahead for good.
Paul Buch scored the other goal for the Chargers, and Jose Gonzalez made eight saves.
Elaine Lonergan Memorial Tournament: At Antioch, Crystal Lake Central (23-3) went 5-0 at the tournament to claim first place.
The Tigers earned wins over Antioch, Oswego East, Southland College Prep, Rolling Meadows and Yorkville en route to the title. The Tigers never lost a set in the tournament.
Annie Fox had 40 digs for the tournament, and Kassi Dvoracek added 34 digs to lead the Tigers’ defensive effort. Lauren Leverenz led the team with 29 kills and 10 blocks, and Maddy Cysewski had 19 kills and seven blocks. Natalie Ricca had 44 assists.
Saxon Invitational: At Schaumburg, Cary-Grove (17-14) went 3-2 on the day, including losing in the tournament championship match to St. Charles North, 31-29, 25-17. Cary-Grove beat St. Viator, Bartlett and Larkin en route to a second-place finish. Kayli Trausch led the Trojans with 27 kills and 21 blocks for the tournament. Delaney Bayer added 42 digs and 11 aces in the five matches.
• Patrick Mason and Kevin Meyer contributed to this report