BENSENVILLE – Marmion boys golf coach Doug Roberts grinned about the Cadets’ positioning after Friday’s opening round of the Suburban Christian Conference tournament at White Pines.
He actually had been all smiles since earlier in the week, when a team meeting about a vanilla approach to the 36-hole event finally registered with players.
Irons off the tee and conservative fairway play might not sound juicy, but so far, those things have kept Marmion (309) on the trail of leader St. Francis (305) entering today’s final round.
“The kids said, ‘It’s not a whole lot of fun playing boring golf,’ ” Roberts chuckled, “’but it works.’ “
Joe Fritz’s three-over-par 73 paced the Cadets, and is one stroke behind individual leader Jonathan Nocek of St. Francis.
Wheaton Academy’s Grant Gosden also fired a 73.
“This is a good test to see what we’re made of,” Warriors coach Scott Broman said. “This is our first day of a stretch of two days and 36 holes, and we hope in a couple weeks we’re doing the same thing in Bloomington for the state tournament.”
With an eye toward next week’s regionals, Roberts plans to replace three seniors with sophomores Caleb Vest and Jackson Clark and junior Eli Grabowski today.
Gateway City Classic: St. Charles East 3, Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian 2: At O’Fallon, Mo., East extended its season-opening unbeaten streak to 16 matches behind two goals from Zach Manibog and another tally from Christian Memije.
East scored the middle three goals of the match after yielding a goal about 10 minutes in. Capital Christian created the final margin on a free kick with two minutes to play.
“Probably our best game of the season,” Saints coach Paul Jennison said. “That was a quality team today that was a completely different style than what we’re used to. … After the frustration of [Thursday] night and not being able to finish [in a scoreless tie] against Streamwood, for them to come out and win balls and give that kind of effort was outstanding.”
The Saints (12-0-4) are set to conclude Classic play with two matches today, facing Springfield (Mo.) Kickapoo at 9 a.m. and Lincoln (R.I.) at 3 p.m.
Batavia 6, St. Charles North 1: At Batavia, host Batavia rolled to improve to 3-2 in Upstate Eight Conference River Division duals.