Ken Colmone never played golf for Hall High School, receiving nine varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball. When he moved to El Paso to take a teaching job, they built a home on the El Paso Golf Course. His oldest son, Jake, took a liking to golf and El Paso-Gridley High School needed a golf coach. He took the job, or as he readily admits, no one else wanted it.
It’s been good move for both parties. On Saturday, Colmone’s EPG golf squad captured the IHSA 1A State Championship in Bloomington. The Titans defeated Winnetka North Shore Country Day by nine strokes (647-656) to take the title.
What made that feat most special is he got to share the moment with his son, Kyle, who as a sophomore was the No. 2 man for the Titans at state with a 162.
“It’s tough enough coaching let alone having your son part of the team, but in the end it was all worth it,” said Colmone, a 1981 Hall graduate, who also coaches EPG baseball. “Winning a state title was definitely the highlight of my career. Winning a state championship is every coach’s dream. I’m just glad mine came true.”
The Titans were state runners-up in a rain-shortened meet in 2012. They have now won three regionals in a row, two sectionals and conference tournaments in a row. EPG will be in the hunt again next year as they return four of their top five scorers.
• The little champ: Last month, I wrote about little Alex Mazzarisi, 11, of Princeton, a mighty mite when it comes to boxing. In his latest bout, the Logan sixth-grader won the over 70-pound ring side world championship in Coal Valley. He will be fighting Nov. 16 at the American Legion in Rock Falls.
Alex and his father, Steve, invite any interested youth to join them in training at Rios Boxing Club in Peru.
• High flyer: DePue’s Carlos Acosta moved into the all-time scoring leaders for soccer in IHSA history at No. 13 with 124 career goals. He had 41 this year.
The all-time leader is Carlos Posada of Crete Monee, who had 177 from 2007-11, including 68 as a senior.
• Brother-sister act: Mount Mercy University senior cross country runner T.J. Mosbach and sophomore Liz Mosbach of Ladd were named as the Midwest Collegiate Conference Runners of the Week. It was the fourth time T.J. has received the honor this year.
• Parting shots: Former Bureau Valley Storm standout Nick Davis (class of 2005) is the new recreational director for the Bureau County Metro Center. ... Condolences to the family of John Piccatto. He was a diehard Cardinals fan and his widow, Jane, joked the Cardinals waited until Game 6 to clinch the NLCS on Friday so they could all watch it on TV, because they were at the visitation Wednesday. Here’s hoping they give them a good World Series to watch, too. ... Like to remind folks, just because I may pick a local team to lose, it doesn't mean I want them to lose. I hope they win.
Kevin Hieronymus is the BCR Sports Editor. Contact him at email@example.com