Julie Miller has the flair for dramatics.
For the second time this season, Princeton junior sank a 20-foot putt on the very last hole to lift the Tigresses to a one-stroke victory. Her magic pushed the Tigresses past host St. Bede 203-204 Tuesday at Spring Creek Golf Course. Riverdale (273) placed third in the Three Rivers triangular.
“It was our third one-stroke victory of the year, and it is a true demonstration of our team’s determination to never give up and make every single stroke count,” PHS coach Will Gross said.
The sweep raised the Tigresses’ win streak to nine straight. For Princeton (11-4), Audra Reidner had a 48, Sophia Suarez a 50, Arraia Hicks a 51, Miller a 54 and Sarah Crowe a 56.
St. Bede’s Gabby Mendoza was medalist at 46. St. Bede also go a 48 from Sydney Eustice, a 54 from Tess Montez, and a 56 from Aiko Mendoza
On Monday, the Tigresses (198) defeated Erie (209) and DePue (257) Monday at Chapel Hill. They broke the 200-mark plateau for the third consecutive match, led by co-medalist Reidner and Suarez with a 47. Hicks added a 49, Crowe a 55, and Miller a 56.
For DePue, Mercedes Ruiz had a 58, Andrea Cruze and Marcello Garcia 66s, and Dakota Mitchell a 67.
At Bloomington: Gabby Mendoza had a 45 to lead St. Bede (214) who came in between host Central Catholic (192) and Decatur St. Teresa (247) at Highland Park Golf Course Monday. Also for St. Bede, Eustice had a 54, Aiko Mendoza a 57, Montez a 60, Taylor Hamer a 65, and Rachel Cessna a 70. St. Teresa’s Hayley Rogers (39) was medalist.
At SterlingL Sophia Suarez shot a career low round of 45 to capture her third meet medalist of the season, leading Princeton girls to their 11 straight match.
The Tigresses (13-4) came in at 211 to topple Sterling and Prophetstown at Emerald Hills Golf Course in Sterling Wednesday. Also for PHS, Arraia Hicks had a 50, Audrea Reidner a 54, Julie Miller a 62 and Sarah Crowe a 63.
"The girls played very well overall considering it was a new course to all of us, they remained patient and poised throughout the match," PHS coach Will Gross said. "Sophia played outstanding from the first tee shot until her last putt and it was great to see her game come together like that since she is such a hard worker and leader."
At Spring Valley: Medalist Gabby Mendoza (200) and the St. Bede Lady Bruins (200) defeated Fieldcrest (217) and DePue (260) Wednesday at Spring Creek Golf Course. Also scoring for the Lady Bruins were Sydney Eustice (48), Aiko Mendoza (49) and Tess Montez (59).
For DePue, Mercedes Ruiz had a 54, Dakota Mitchell a 62, Andrea Cruz a 71 and Marisella Garcia a 73.
At Fulton: Zach Hicks shared medalist honors with Fulton’s Matt Dail, both shooting 40s Tuesday at the Fulton Country Club. Hicks had enough close company with Colby Robbins (44), Colin Pearson (44) and Ian Nichols (45) to enable the Tigers to sneak past the Steamers 173-174. Miles Rose added a 46 and Derec Roberson a 50.
For third-place Bureau Valley (196), Ryan Young had a 43, Logan Twidell a 45, Jacob Heidenrech a 49, and Harrision Brousseau and Jay Norden 59s.
The Fulton JV topped PHS 209-217 with BV fielding just three golfers. Colton Ervin led PHS at 49.
At Sterling: The Hall Red Devils edged St. Bede 178-179 with host Newman (182) placing third in a Three Rivers triangular at Emerald Hills Golf Club. Red Devils Pete Mautino and Nick Scheri shared medalist honors at 42. Matt Hoscheid and Aaron Mitchell added 47s for the Red Devils.
Hall (214) also swept the JV meet behind medalist Evan Alig’s 52.
At Sheffield; Logan Twidell had a 42, and Young and Heidenriech added 48s Monday for host Bureau Valley (178), which defeated Newman (204) but fell to Sherrard (160) at Hidden Lake Golf Course. Brousseau added a 48 and Norden a 64 for the Storm.
At Rock Island: Co-medalists Ryan Young and Logan Twidell shot 39s to lead Bureau Valley (181) to a sweep over Three Rivers foes Orion (186) and Rockridge (187) Wednesday at Highland Springs Golf Course. Jacob Heidenreich add a 51, Harrison Brousseau a 52 and Jay Norden a 62.
At Amboy: Sherrard (177) topped the Three Rivers field of Princeton (190) and host Amboy/LaMoille (198) Wednesday at Shady Oaks Golf Course. Sherrard's Grant Morse shot an even par for medalist honors.
For Princeton, Zach Hicks had a 44 and Ian Nichols a 45. Rounding out the Tiger scorecard were Colby Robbins (50), Derec Roberson (51). Colin Pearson (55) and Miles Rose (57).
Jake Lucas fired a 45 for the Clippers. Also for A/L, Griffin Kozeal had a 49, Sam Klein a 50, Tracer Mills and Josh Gross a 54 and Logan Thake a 56.
Sherrard (191) also won the JV meet. For PHS (238), Bryce Nyman had a 53, Josh Eggers a 60, Colton Ervin a 62, Austin Jamison a 63, Hunter Culjan a 64 and Grant Reed a 71.Amboy scorers were Collins Cromwell (58), Brandon Jacobs (59), Zach Becker (63) and Julia Daskiewicz (65).
At Erie: The Hall Red Devils defeated Riverdale (170) and Erie (180) in a Three Rivers triangular Wednesday at Lake Erie Country Club. Hall senior Pete Mautino shot a 2-over 38 to lead all golfers. Also scoring for Hall (11-7) were Ryan Ott (42), Matt Hoscheid (42) and Nick Scheri (44).
East Peoria 2, Princeton 1: Tyler Marvin brought the Tigers within one in the second half, but PHS could muster no more scoring. The visiting Raiders held a 1-0 halftime lead and added an “own goal” in the second to take a 2-0 lead.
PHS won the F/S game 2-0.
DePue 7, Newark 0: After their season’s first defeat, the Little Giants (7-1) bounced back strong on their home pitch Tuesday where they outshot the Norsemen 23-5. Carlos Acosta scored a hat trick, and Hugo Perez and Alberto Martinez added two goals each. Acosta now has 25 goals on the season.
“It was nice to see the middle of the formation step up, accounting for two goals and an assist as well as seven shots,” DePue coach Tim Stevens said. “We need to build off of successes and make a push toward the second half of the season.”
DePue 6, LaSalle-Peru 0: The Little Giants came up big against their big neighbor to the north Wednesday along the shores of Lake DePue, outshooting the Cavaliers 25-2. DePue got off to a quick start with goals by Edgar Moreno and Carlos Acosta (PK) in the first 12 minutes. Acosta and Isaac Reyes added two more goals on penalty kicks in the second half. Salvador Raya and Alberto Martinez also scored.
Strong goal-keeping by L-P and having the Cavaliers drop their whole formation into the defensive third clogged up the Little Giants passing lanes.
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