The Princeton Tigresses told coach Will Gross they wanted to crack the 200-stroke mark for the first time this season. Then they went out and did it Wednesday.
The Tigresses met that goal by two strokes with a 198 to defeat Three Rivers foes Rockridge (210) and DePue (262) at Chapel Hill Golf Course. Sophomore Arraia Hicks got her third meet medalist with a 46. Also for PHS (4-4), Sophia Suarez and Audra Reidner added 48s, Julie Miller a 56 and Sarah Crowe a 61.
“The girls told me at their team huddle prior to the start of the match that they decided that they wanted to break the 200 barrier for the first time this year and they worked together and accomplished just that. It’s that kind of heart and desire that makes me unable to be any more proud and honored to be their coach,” Gross said.
“I was extremely proud of the attitude and determination to improve that the girls displayed throughout the match. We had two of our best practices leading up to this match and it paid dividends as Julie Miller and Audra Reidner put up career lows to help us regain our momentum and beat a tough TRAC team in Rockridge, whom defeated us last week, none the less posted the lowest team score since I took over as their head coach with a 198.”
At Valley View: Sydney Eustice claimed medalist honors at 46 to lead the St. Bede Lady Bruins (197) to victory over host Orion (262) Wednesday. Also scoring for the Lady Bruins were Aiko Mendoza (48), Gabrielle Mendoza (49) and Tess Montez (54).
At Edgebrook: The Lady Bruins made it two straight with a 201-214 win over Sandwich Thursday. Gabrielle Mendoza (49) was meet medalist. Also for St. Bede, Eustice had a 50, Aiko Mendoza a 52 and Montez a 56.
At Chapel Hill: The Princeton Tigers (169) swept a Three Rivers triangular Wednesday, defeating Morrison (174) and Rockridge (191). PHS senior Zach Hicks fired a 2-over par 38 on the back 9 to claim medalist honors for the second straight meet and third time this season.
Colby Robbins and Colin Pierson had 43s and Ian Nichols a 45 as the Tigers improved to 3-1 in TRAC play and 6-3 overall. Also for PHS were Derec Roberson (46) and Mile Rose (49).
Colton Ervin was meet medalist for the Princeton JV, which had their own sweep. Aiding the cause were Josh Eggers (51), Bryce Nyman (54), Alex Heaton (55), Hunter Culjan (61) and Seth Torchia (62).
At Valley View: The St. Bede Bruins (171) picked up two Three Rivers victories Wednesday, defeating Erie (186) and Orion (195). Jarret Olson’s 42 to led the Bruins, who also scored with 43s by Joey Dudek, Joe Kim and Jack Kunkel. Erie’s Koby Kuhnen was medalist at 40.
St. Bede also topped the Erie JV 205-210, led by Adam Lenkaitis’ 46, Ben Sons (51), Matt Snyder (51) and Killian Anderson (57).
At Hidden Lake: The Hall Red Devils (171) topped a field Thursday including Three Rivers rivals Bureau Valley (191) and Prophetstown (203). Hall senior Pete Mautino was meet medalist at 38. Also for Hall, Matt Hoscheid had a 41, Ryan Ott a 44 and Aaron Mitchell a 48.
Bureau Valley was paced by Ryan Young (42) and Logan Twidell (44).
Malcolm Bernabei of Hall was the JV medalist at 43. The Red Demons (194) won the meet.
At Edgebrook: Collin Giordano (50) and Braboy (52) and Lenkaitis (52) were the top scorers for the St. Bede JV (212) against host Somonauk (193) Thursday. John Ator had a 55 for the St. Bede F/S.