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Fulton, Heintzelman make the cut at state golf

All three local girls tennis teams will be represented at state tournament next weekend

Andrew Schrader carded an even-par to 72 lead the Fulton boys golf team to fifth place at the midway point of the Class 1A state boys golf tournament being held at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington.

The Steamers currently stand at +43 as a team, behind only Carmi-White County (+32), Breese Mater Dei (+33), Belleville Althoff (+34) and North Shore Country Day (+38). Those five teams will be joined in Saturday’s finals by Riverdale (+45), Alleman (+46) and El Paso-Gridley (+47), as the top eight teams advance to the second round.

Schrader is tied with White County’s Oakley Gee and Putnam County’s Ian Roach for third place at the midway point. Winnebago’s Marcus Smith and Tri-Valley’s Matthew Barker each had 2-under-par 70s.

Backing Schrader for the Steamers were Patrick Wiebenga (83), Alex Hartman (87), Ian Wiebenga (89), Josh VanderPloeg (90) and Landon Meyers (114).

Area individuals competing at state were Bureau Valley’s Trent DeVenney (84), Newman’s Cody Britt (87) and West Carroll’s Deacon Hill (88). Theey will not play on Day 2, as only the top 24 players and ties not on advancing teams move on to the final round. The cutoff score was 82.

Duchesses 11th at state: Dixon finished with a team score of +82 and placed 11th among 12 teams at the Class 1A girls state golf tournament being held at Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur.

Only the top eight teams of 12 move on to Saturday’s finals. They will be Normal U-High (+26), Mt. Carmel (+38), Sacred Heart-Griffin (+50), Bloomington Central Catholic (+51), Macomb (+53), St. Thomas More (+61), St. Viator (+66) and Chicago Latin (+69).

Missing the cut were Alton Marquette (+72), Effingham (+78), Dixon (+82) and Kewanee (+93).

Competing for the Duchesses were Bella Heintzelman (82), Charlotte McCoy (91), Olivia Rick (92), Olivia Brooks (105), Nina Baratta (110) and Lauren Fagan (114).

Heintzelman will compete in Saturday’s second round, however, as she bettered the 83 needed to make the cut by one shot.

Girls tennis

Locals earn state berths: One local singles player and a pair of doubles team have qualified for next week’s state tournament, as all three local girls tennis teams are represented in the Class 1A Rockford Boylan sectional semifinals.

Dixon’s Riley Bally won a pair of singles matches to move into the sectional’s final four. Bally defeated Sterling’s Moira Roddy 6-0, 6-0 in her opener, then beat a Sycamore player 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in a nearly 2-hour quarterfinal match earn a state berth.

In doubles play, Newman’s Sydney Schott and Madelyn Ryan also won twice, defeating a Freeport team 6-2, 6-2 in their first match before downing Dixon’s Alexis Sneek and Emily Tribley 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals to earn a spot in the semis – and at state.

Sterling’s Abby Aitken and Saryn Seeley also won a pair of matches, downing a duo from Kaneland 6-1, 6-0 and a pairing from Boylan 6-0, 6-1 to advance.

The top four singles players and doubles teams from each sectional move on to the state tournament next weekend in the Chicago suburbs. The sectional will wrap up on Saturday, with the semifinals, then championship and third-place matches to determine state seeding.

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