EDWARDSVILLE – It’s been a few years since Lockport’s boys golf team earned a trip to the state finals, but that streak finally ended on Monday.
Competing in the Class 3A Edwardsville Sectional at Sunset Hills Country Club, coach Matt Eber’s Porters earned the school’s first trip to state since 2006. Lockport took third with a 330 total, which was two strokes ahead of Edwardsville and Normal Community.
Homewood-Flossmoor defeated Normal University High, 317-326, for the championship. Lincoln-Way West finished seventh with a 337 total but had no state qualifiers.
Leading the Porters were Ben Sluzas (79), Nolan Weis (83), Eric Gasienica (83) and John Weis (83), while VJ Greci (87) and Brody McCarthy (88) also competed.
Six other players from the area, including three from Lincoln-Way Central, also advanced. The Knights’ qualifiers were Juney Bai (77), Sean Curran (78) and Brian Sterling (80).
The other three local state qualifiers were Joliet Township’s Brandyn Collins (79), Minooka’s Dylan Pfieffer (79) and Providence Catholic’s Joey Utz (80).
3A South Elgin Sectional: No area players were able to advance from the sectional, which was played in Bartlett. The best individual finishers were Plainfield North’s Todd Daugherty (81), Drew Moskaluk (85), Patrick Farnan (86) and Drew Maletich (87), who helped the Tigers to finish in 11th place with a 339 total.
1A Danville Schlarman Sectional: Seneca’s Brett Yegge advanced as an individual after shooting an 80.
2A Champaign Central Sectional: Joliet Township junior Maddy Palmer tied for third place with a 78 to qualify for state for the second year in a row. JT’s co-op team finished in seventh place in the event at the University of Illinois Orange Course in Savoy with a 353.
1A Freeport Aquin Sectional: Providence Catholic advanced as a team after taking third place in the competition with a 376 total. St. Francis beat Latin School, 367-372, for the title. The Celtics were led by Ellie Bilotta (85), Kayla Ambrose (90), Sarah Wedemeier (97) and Elizabeth Martello (104). Tori Sojka (114) and Catherine McErlean (115) also took part.
1A Pontiac Sectional: Reed-Custer’s Amber Maddox shot an 89 to advance.