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By TERRY GREENE
Last year, the Mahomet-Seymour varsity girls golf team finished sixth in the state IHSA tournament. But in spite of the strong finish, the Lady Bulldogs had never won a regional championship.
Check that goal off the list. On October 3 at Lake of the Woods, M-S blasted the field at the IHSA Regional, outdistancing second place LeRoy by 73 strokes to bring home the first regional championship plaque in school history. Emily Trolia, a sophomore who carded an 89, led the way for the Lady Bulldogs.
Other M-S players contributing to the memorable day included Brooklyn Hildreth (95), Amber Tabaka (96), Maddie Birckbichler (98), Lexus Hornsby (103), and Keegan Gagne (105).
“The girls had a great day. It means a lot to them to bring home the school’s first regional title for girl’s golf,” said Coach Matt Mills. “Our two seniors have been a big part of building a strong golf tradition at Mahomet Seymour over the past four years so it was great for them to accomplish that goal.”
Next up – the IHSA Sectional in Champaign on October 9. “The girls need to go out and have a solid day at the sectional to win again or to finish in the top three,” Mills said. “I am confident we can compete with any of the teams that feed into the sectional.”
According to Mills, there are both similarities and differences between last season’s successful team and this year’s edition. “Both teams had a lot of depth throughout the lineup. We have three solid averages in our top three spots, just like last year,” he said. “Our four and five spots take turns contributing our 4th score, just like last year. In the sixth spot we have a freshman who continues to improve, also just like last season. This team does have a strong desire to win and push themselves to get better.”