Seniors Ariana Furrie and Jordyn McFarlane bookended the scoring for the St. Charles North girls in a Sept. 11 dual victory against Geneva at Mill Creek.
North coach Chris Patrick long has grown used to both players turning in low numbers, so it was especially encouraging to see others in the pack.
Junior Jessica Grill's 42 was just three shots off Furrie's team-leading score in the North Stars' 171-175 Upstate Eight Conference dual victory. That's a trend Patrick could get used to, as well.
"We kind of go as our No. 1 and 2 go, Ariana and Jordyn," Patrick said. "We haven't had the middle of our lineup break through to shoot many low scores. They're still middle 40s, but we know they can consistently get there. Having Jess do that was very encouraging."
Geneva was equally enthused after hanging close with the North Stars.
Medalist Megan Kelly (37) contributed a career-best to lead Geneva, while junior Elise Anderson had her best score yet with a 43.
"We're def coming out of our little funk," Kelly said. "And we were never in a funk, really. We've been in each and every tournament. We keep on getting better and better. I'm just excited for our team."
Dank-e schoen Most matches played on through intermittent or steady rain when storms hit the region last Tuesday.
Count Wheaton Academy boys coach Scott Broman among those who didn't mind.
"I think it's great that we were out here in these conditions," Broman said. "I'm glad we got it in because it prepares us for those cold, rainy days when we sometimes face them in the postseason in October."
BC girls look to add depth Burlington Central's Jenna Kurosky and Josie Kurosky fired a 41 and 43, respectively, to pace the Rocket girls in last week's dual loss to Larkin at The Highlands of Elgin.
Central coach Deb Twenhafel hopes the rest of the team can join the sisters near the top of the lineup as the postseason looms. In her eyes, any huge strides would come ahead of schedule.
"The kids are really, really wanting to learn, so they'll be good in a couple years, but they're getting experience right now," Twenhafel said.
Sophomore Haleigh Graham has played well in recent weeks to emerge alongside the Kuroskys.
IN THE GROOVE
What he did: Angsten ascended from his usual No. 4 or 5 spot to lead Marmion at last week's Aurora City Meet at Phillips Park. His 72 was one shot off the pace of medalist Jason Marrs of Waubonsie Valley, whose Warriors edged the Cadets by five strokes for the title.
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What he did: Playing through a persistent rain, Gosden earned medalist honors with a 37 at Sycamore Golf Course on Thursday to help the Warriors stay unbeaten in duals with triangular victory against Sycamore and Indian Creek.
WHAT WE LEARNED LAST WEEK Marmion is near the top of a talented field of Aurora golfers. The Cadets finished second in the Aurora City Meet at Phillips Park this past Wednesday, scoring a second-place 301 behind champion Waubonsie Valley's 296. Marmion hung around despite Geneva resident Liam Creamer's withdrawal from injury after 13 holes. Aurora Central Catholic (347) and Aurora Christian (349) also were part of the field.
WHAT WE'LL LEARN IN THE WEEK AHEAD Which girls team takes the title at the Upstate Eight Conference Meet at St. Andrews in West Chicago. The league tournament is set for Monday, with St. Charles East, St. Charles North, Batavia and Geneva among those vying for the conference crown. East, North and Batavia are set for a triangular tune-up at Pottawatomie Golf Course on Thursday.
COACH SLY SAYS Bring on the conference tournaments and the excitement and sanctioned hooky that comes with.
Sly always has liked the early weekday starts for finding out which players are in leagues of his or her own, and that starts to get going for Chronicle-area golfers next week.
The UEC boys meet ought to be especially interesting. Batavia has made its share of noise in the season's first month, but occasionally has been tripped up at 18-hole events. Each of the Bulldogs' Tri-Cities brethren has title hopes in what should be a compelling day.