Benet's girls golf team, which closed out the last decade with four straight East Suburban Catholic Conference championships, is back on top after edging defending champion St. Viator by four shots on Tuesday at Highland Woods.
St. Charles East's Emily Charles took second and Wheaton North's Bridget Craig took third at the DuKane Conference meet on Tuesday, while medalist Marisa Lerario’s hole-in-one capped off Lake Park’s first-ever conference title at Phillips Park in Aurora.
Hinsdale Central freshman Elyssa Abdullah, who burst onto the scene with a 6-under par 66 in her high school debut and went on to take fourth at the Class 2A state tournament, is the Suburban Life Girls Golfer of the Year.
John Wild shot a 2-under par 70 to put him two shots back of the lead in a five-way tie for fourth place, leading Glenbard West to fourth place after one day at the Class 3A state golf tournament at The Den at Fox Creek in Bloomington. Hinsdale Central, IC Catholic Prep and Wheaton Academy boys and Hinsdale Central girls are all in the top five in their respective team races.
Seneca senior Rylee Stenzel shot a 3-over par 74, good for third place at the Class 1A Aurora Central Catholic Sectional as one of 10 individuals on non-qualifying teams headed to this weekend’s state tournament at Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur. St. Francis was one of three team qualifiers, while Plano senior Faith Malloy earned one of the last individual slots in a playoff.
Hinsdale Central freshman Elyssa Abdullah carded an even-par 72 to take home the individual title, leading the Red Devils to the sectional title on Monday at Village Greens of Woodridge. Downers Grove North also qualified its team, while Lockport senior Lizzie Anderson, Benet freshman Audrey Wake (77), Yorkville junior Mia Natividad (78), Oswego Co-Op sophomore Shyell Lowe (78), Benet senior Olivia Ruffalo (78), Riverside-Brookfield sophomore Mayan Covarrubia (79) and Hinsdale South senior Dana Euske (79) all made the cut as individuals.
The St. Francis girls golf team won a regional title on a fifth-score tiebreaker, and York and Lyons also advanced its teams to sectionals at regional meets held Thursday. Also in Thursday's prep sports roundup, Willowbrook volleyball remained unbeaten and Benet soccer edged West Chicago.