As their regular season winds down, the Massac County High School's golf teams are getting ready for the post season.
The girls team traveled to St. Louis last week to play in the Missouri-Illinois River Challenge. The Challenge pits schools from Missouri, mostly St. Louis Metro Area, against Illinois schools, again mostly Metro East area, with top scorers from each school combining for an aggregate score.
The Illinois side was represented by Columbia, Edwardsville, O'Fallon and Massac County.
Massac's Madie Coakley and Lily Conkle each fired 85s on the tough Quail Creek course to help Illinois post a one stroke [642-643] win over the Missouri bunch.
The girls played Tuesday at Hickory Ridge near Carbondale in the SIRR Conference tournament. No surprises here -- Massac dominated the Ohio side as they swept to an 83 stroke win over their nearest competitor Harrisburg.
Nashville took the Mississippi side by the narrowest of margins as they edged out A-J by a single stroke at 403-404. Massac whipsawed their competition on the Ohio side with a 347. Again, no surprise as Conkle and Coakley tied for medalist honors. Conkle prevailed in a playoff against her teammate.
Massac had five girls in the Ohio side top ten as the aforementioned "C" sisters placed first and second with 83s while McKinnley Korte was one stroke off their pace with a strong 84. Alexis Frazine broke the century mark with a 97 for fifth place and Delaney Williams got a taste of tournament play and came in tenth with a 104. Freshman Josie Walker also got a taste of "the big time" and just missed a top 10 finish with a 112.
Massac's boys got in a couple of tune-ups also as they played in the Marion Invitational last Wednesday at Kokopelli Golf Club in Marion, played last Thursday at the Country Club of Paducah, A-J on Monday at home and took on McCracken County Tuesday at Paxton Park.
The Pats finished in a tie for eighth at Kokopelli as Belleville Althoff snapped Benton's string of three straight Marion titles. The boys were led by Noah Matesevac and Hayden Summers, who each shot 85.
The boys went to Paducah Country Club Thursday for a match with St. Mary and Marshall County. Marshall took the three-way match with a team score of 157. St. Mary shot 160 and Massac carded a 182.
Marshall's Jay Nimmo was medalist with a 35 while Peyton Purvis of St. Mary shot 36. Matesevac led the Pats with a 39.
Massac hosted A-J Monday and the Wildcats came away with a seven stroke win over Massac. Luke Lasley medaled with a one over par 36. Hayden Summers led Massac with a 41.
Tuesday had the boys at Paxton Park for a match with McCracken County and St. Mary. The Vikings took the match by 10 strokes over McCracken County and 14 over Massac. St. Mary's Purvis led the way again with a two under par 33. Troutt led Massac scoring with a 40. Freshman Austin Burnett got a taste of tournament play and carded a respectable 48 for the Pats.