SAVOY (JG-TC) -- The Sullivan boys' golf team, the Central Illinois Conference champions, reached a season goal Tuesday as the Redskins won the 10-team Monticello Class 1A Regional at the University of Illinois Orange Course. Sullivan shot a 344, which was 13 shots better than second place Monticello. 

"We had a goal to win the conference and win the regional and our next goal is to make it to state as a team," said Sullivan coach Ben Richter. "We have that opportunity and something that I am not sure Sullivan has done before. I am very happy with where we are at."

The Redskins were led by Caden Ellis with an 81, while the number six golfer, Leyton Ellis was second on the team with an 85. Aiden Short was third for Sullivan with an 87. Leighton Burcham was next with a 91, Drew Rogers had a 93 and Tim Lawyer shot a 98.

"The thing about our team is that we have six guys that can score," said Richter. "There is a lot to be said not to have to rely on four scorers on a day-to-day basis. Our number six golfer (Layden Ellis) and our number three golfer (Short) shot better than average. With this team golf is their primary sport. We are young with three juniors, a sophomore and two freshmen and another freshman that barley missed the varsity cut. We have a bright future ahead of us."

Okaw Valley also advanced as a team with a 370, good for third place. Case Crawford and Cameron Nickerson led the Timberwolves with 90's, while Austin Harshman had a 93, Beau Atchison a 97, Ethan Macklin a 99 and Tanner Coleman a 107.

Also advancing to the sectional, which is to be Monday at the Harrison Park Golf Course in Danville, were Tri-County's Logan Richardson and Cody Richardson as well as Arcola/Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond's Jacob Butler. Logan Richardson shot an 81, Cody Richardson a 95 and Butler fired a 91. The top 10 not on an advancing team moved on to the sectional hosted by Bismarck-Henning.

The meet was held with off and on rain falling and windy conditions.

The top three teams and top 10 individuals not on an advancing team move on to the state tournament Oct. 13-14.

Casey-Westfield finishes 11th in regional

MOUNT CARMEL—Casey-Westfield’s boys’ golf team finished 11th in the Mount Carmel Class 1A regional Tuesday with a score of 382. Mount Carmel won with a low score of 315, Effingham St. Anthony was second at 318 and Hamilton County third at 329.

Ashton Rodgers led the Warriors shooting an 86 for a tie at 26th place.

"Ashton Rodgers missed by two strokes from advancing to sectional," said Casey-Westfield coach Dennis Matthews. "Ashton did provide some final fireworks holing out from the fairway for an eagle on the last hole played."

Shelbyville's Leach advances to sectional

WINDSOR—Shelbyville’s Will Leach shot an 84 at the Fox Prairie Golf Course leading the boys’ golf team to a seventh place finish in the Shelbyville Class 1A regional Tuesday with a team score of 372. Leach's score was in the top 10 scores of players not on an advancing team and he advances to the Trenton Wesclin Class 1A sectional on Monday at Governors Run Golf Course, Carlyle.

Hillsboro won the event with a low score of 318, Litchfield was second at 344 and Staunton finished third with a 352.


Okaw Valley beats Arcola in LOVC-NW

BEMENT—Okaw Valley claimed the consolation championship of the Little Okaw Valley Conference Northwest division tournament Tuesday defeating Arcola 25-14, 21-25,and 25-22.

Paige Coleman had a double double as she slammed 12 kills and scooped up 16 digs for the Lady Timberwolves. Sadie Zimmerman got 16 assists and Bella Benning served five aces.

Yesi Rameriz led Arcola in digs with 14, while Hallee Gauna was tops in kills with seven.

Arcola travels to WSS for a non-conference match Monday.

Okaw Valley plays Bement in a division match Tuesday.

Tri-County wins LOVC SE title

MARTINSVILLE—Top-seeded Tri-County lived up to its seed with a 26-24, 25-14 win over Hutsonville/Palestine to win the title in the Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division championship Tuesday. The Lady Titans, 16-6, advance to Arcola for the overall championship against the winner of the LOVC NW Division title.

Grace Burnside and Ali Smith were the leaders in kills with eight, while Maiya Eskew was tops in digs with seven. Julia Robertson had 19 assists.

Martinsville defeated Cumberland 25-22 and 27-25 to win the consolation championship.

Michaela Bradley had a double double for the Lady Pirates with 20 assists and 10 digs. Claire Guyon had 24 digs and Tayler McMechan got seven kills.

Cumberland falls to 8-15 and hosts Oblong on Tuesday in a LOVC SE Division match, while Martinsville, 11-10, plays a division match at Hutsonville/Palestine.

A-L-A-H takes third place

BEMENT—Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond captured third place in the Little Okaw Valley Conference Northwest division tournament Tuesday defeating Argenta-Oreanat 26-24, 26-28 and 25-15.

Liz Shipman got a double double for the Knights with 13 kills and 10 digs. Madison Brown had 38 assists and Marissa Herschberger had 13 digs.

A-L-A-H plays Oblong in the LOVC finals at Arcola on Thursday.

WSS downs ESA

EFFINGHAM—Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg defeated Effingham St. Anthony in two sets Tuesday, 25-24 and 25-15, to remain undefeated in the National Trail Conference.

Megan Schlechte led the Hatchets with 14 kills and Mikayla Haddock got 12 digs. Mackenzi Tabbert had 24 assists.

“The girls came out to play tonight,” said WSS coach Ronda Schlechte. “It was so nice to see it all come together.

“Maria (Gentry) was a blocking machine. They all played the net very aggressively. Forced errors were at a minimum.”

WSS improves to 14-2 overall, 8-0 in the NTC, and plays in the Shelbyville/Pana Invite on Saturday.

AOC wins

ARTHUR—Arthur Okaw Christian defeated Bloomington Cornerstone in two sets Tuesday: 25-10 and 25-15.

Lindsey Mast led the Conquering Riders with nine digs. Katie Brandt had four kills and Anna Houk got three aces.

AOC travels to Lake Zurich for the Dayspring Tournament this weekend.


Shelbyville tops Vandalia

SHELBYVILLE -- In the light rain Tuesday Shelbyville downed Vandalia 8-1 in tennis. 

The Lady Rams won all of the doubles matches and all but one of the singles matches. 

Shelbyville is to travel to Hillsboro Thursday.


Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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