FREEPORT – The Burlington Central boys golf team finished in second place Monday at the IHSA Class 2A Freeport Sectional, qualifying for this weekend’s IHSA Boys Golf State Meet at Weibring Golf Club in Normal.
Central’s team score of 317 at Park Hills in Freeport marked the Rockets’ second state berth as a program.
“That must be our lucky course because when we got out in , it was the same course,” Central coach Deb Twenhafel said. “I think that’s our lucky course, I guess, especially for the boys.”
Senior Matt Weber led the Rockets with a 74 despite battling a fever. Austin Niesel (80), Andrew Sherman (81) and Joe Sherman (82) rounded out the team score for the Rockets, who had hoped to win the sectional. Rockford Boylan prevailed at 310.
“I told the boys, you might not be completely happy with some of your scores, but it’s a new day again,” Twenhafel said. “We start a new day on Friday.”
Kaneland senior Matt Yonkovich, who was part of the Knights’ team state qualification last year, made it as an individual this season, shooting a 78.
Aurora Central Catholic’s Sean Harreld (76) and Grand Gosden (77) and Zack Spear (78) of Wheaton Academy also made it.
Class A Freeport Aquin Sectional: At Park Hills Golf Course on Saturday, Rosary finished third with a 399 to advance to the state meet set for Friday and Saturday at Red Tail Run in Decatur. The Royals defeated Lena-Winslow in a scorecard playoff because fifth scorer Nina Doyle’s 119 was seven strokes better than that of her Panthers counterpart.
Victoria Phipps (84) and Morgan Martinez (97) led the Royals. Aurora Central Catholic’s Amber Weaver reached a playoff for individuals among non-qualifying teams but did not advance.
Suburban Christian Conference Meet: Host St. Francis won the tournament, which was delayed to Monday from Saturday because of weather.
The Spartans got wins at No. 1 singles (Ava Kolman) and No. 2 singles (Mia Mazza).
Runners-up Wheaton Academy (16 team points, two behind St. Francis) won at 1 doubles (Lexi Welton-Betsy Jones) and 2 doubles (Kylie Hultgren-Maisie Howland).
Rosary took third place as a team and got a first-place finish at No. 3 doubles from Sydney Zaragosa and Maddy Deufel.
Batavia 5, West Aurora 2: At Aurora, Batavia swept doubles play in the make-up match, including a 6-0, 6-0 win for Jenny Mizikar and Amelia Cogan.