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Girls teams qualify for sectionals

Two girls teams qualified for sectional and one individual advanced to state. Here’s a look at the 2013 All-BCR Golf Team.

Arraia Hicks (Princeton, so.): The PHS sophomore claimed medalist honors five times and was the PHS team leader seven times. The young sister of PHS Golfer of the Year Zach Hicks was an IHSA team sectional qualifier, placed eighth at regional and 12th in the Three Rivers Meet. Coach Will Gross said what separates her from most players is her “ability to overcome bad shots, holes and matches.”

Sydney Eustice (St. Bede, jr.): There was justice for Eustice in the postseason, where she took off for the Lady Bruins. She had a team-low 100 at regional to fuel St. Bede’s runner-up finish. At sectional, she picked it up several notches, qualifying for state as the third individual with a round of 84. She averaged 48 for the season.

Gabby Mendoza (St. Bede, sr.): Her team’s season leader, Mendoza averaged 45.3 per nine holes, taking medalist honors seven times. She placed at eighth (100) at regional to lead the Lady Bruins to a runner-up finish and qualify for sectionals as a team for the third time in her four years.

Audra Reidner (Princeton, so.): Twice named as the PHS Most Improved Player, Reidner lowered her average (50.5) eight strokes after picking up the game just a year ago. The PHS sophomore improved so much, she picked up medalist honor two times and was a five-time team scoring leader. Gross said Reidner showed her drive and determination to improve, and gained a lot of confidence throughout the year.

Sophia Suarez (Princeton, jr.) — Carrying an area-best 48.4 average, Suarez claimed meet medalist honors four times and led the Tigresses nine times out. She earned Three Rivers All-Conference honors as the conference meet runner-up. In the postseason, she placed fifth at regional and was an IHSA team sectional qualifier.

Honorable mention

Sarah Crowe (Princeton, jr.): The PHS junior showed her potential by taking team honors once this year, averaging 57.8.

Aiko Mendoza (St. Bede, fr.): The baby sister of St. Bede standout Gabby Mendoza made a name for herself as a freshmen, averaging 51.5.

Julie Miller (Princeton, jr.): If anything, Miller (57.1) was a clutch player, making three putts on her final hole that led PHS to one-stroke victory.

Mercedes Ruiz (DePue, jr): This Mercedes was driven as a sectional qualifier, securing the final qualifying berth out of the Putnam County Regional.

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