Mattoon's Wolf wins sectional title

SPRINGFIELD — Mattoon's Kira Wolf was having a good round of golf. While she didn't have a birdie on the front nine, she also didn't have a bogey. Going into hole No. 15, Wolf was two-strokes under when things started to get shaky.

The sophomore hit a ball out of bounds and took a bogey on No. 15. Then on No. 16, Wolf hit into the sand trap and took another bogey. On hold No. 17, Wolf hit the ball out of bounds and took a triple bogey. Wolf wasn't in the best of moods.

But as Wolf went into the final hole, Mattoon coach Natalie Ambuehl talked to one of the officials found out Wolf was tied for first. She asked Wolf is she wanted to know where she sat and Wolf said no. A little later, Ambuehl suggested Wolf needed a birdie to avoid a playoff.

Wolf's putt just missed and despite a rough three holes, she put herself in a playoff to win the Class 2A sectional title at Panther Creek Country Club on Monday.

Wolf had a good drive and her opponent went into the sand trap. That set up an easy hole for Wolf and she won the playoff to become the sectional champion.

"I was hoping to win this year, so I could be regional and sectional champion," Wolf said. "I'm happy to go into state having wins on my back going into state and having some good confidence."

It's the second straight season Wolf qualified for state and she finished in sixth at the state meet last season.

"She's worked really hard since the regional and she's dialed in. She's getting better every day," Ambuehl said. "There's so many birdie opportunities that just didn't drop. To get to the green and tap in for par, it's a good feeling to have the chance to have potential birdies. I am so proud of her and her hard work and she deserves everything that's coming her way right now.

"I know she will do everything she can and will do #MattoonStrong proud and we will see what happens."

Even though she had three rough holes, Wolf was happy with how she finished on No. 18 and the playoff hole.

"I was glad to be able to par (18) and get into the playoff," Wolf said. "I clutched the playoff hole pretty good and hit my drive really good and put the approach shot up and had an easy two-putt for the win."

Mattoon tennis beats Shelbyville

SHELBYVILLE — Mattoon took down Shelbyville 8-1 in dual action on Monday. Mattoon is 6-6 on the season and is at home against St. Anthony on Tuesday for Senior Night.

Kyla Doty, Kyah Easton, Hallie Niemerg, Amari Brown and Campbell Ashmore all won their singles matches. Then Mattoon swept the doubles action.

Easton and Brown won 8-3, Doty and Maddie Freeman won 8-3 and Hallie Niemerg and Abbie Kennell won 8-4.

For Shelbyville, Amber Rezinas won at No. 2 singles 6-0, 2-6, 10-8.

Coe sets two CHS swimming records

URBANA -- The Charleston girls’ swim team placed fifth at Saturday’s Tiger Invitational hosted by Urbana with 217 points in the meet won by Northside College Prep with 576 points.

Jasmine Coe set two school records for the Lady Trojans as she won the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:16.34 and placed second in the 100 butterfly (1:00.65). Abby Woodall added a fifth place 200 free and a seventh place 100 butterfly swim and Abby Geisler swam to a sixth place finish in the 100 breaststroke. Geisler’s time of 1:23.78 was a personal best. The Lady Trojans added a pair of fifth place relay finishes as Coe, Geisler, and Woodall teamed with Savannah Warner and Amara Griffin. The team of Griffin, Gretchen Klepzig, Jasmine Warner, and Makayla Beech were ninth in the medley relay, as well.

CHS coach Dwight Pentzien said, “Everyone had a great meet today. We achieved 19 personal best times and every swimmer had at least one. Some of these were several seconds better than their previous best. This was a great start to the toughest part of our schedule where we now compete in 4 meets in 14 days.”

The Lady Trojans travel to Springfield on Tuesday to compete against Southeast, Olympia, and Lincoln.

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Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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