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Arcola/ALAH dominates Lincoln Prairie Conference meet, wins fourth straight title

ARCOLA-ALAH LPC Golf All Conference. The Lincoln Prairie Conference golf tourney was held on Thursday, September 22 at the Tri-City Country Club and hosted by Villa Grove. The Arcola Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond boys pictured here earned All Conference Honors. Left to right with their place and score are: Canton Wesch, 4th, 84; Aaron Seegmiller, 2nd, 80; Braden Kauffman, 1st, 78; Clay Seal, 6th, 88 and Hunter Grant, 8th, 93.

By Mike Monahan

CHARLESTON – For the fourth consecutive year the Arcola/Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond boys golf team won the Lincoln Prairie Conference title. The Knight-Riders did so last Thursday at Villa Grove’s Tri-City Country Club with a 330, beating second place Okaw Valley by 77 strokes.

“I am really happy for the seniors to win every year they were in high school,” said Arcola coach Greg Gisinger, who is assisted by Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond’s Brad McGill.

The seniors are all at ALAH and are Braden Kauffman, Aaron Seegmiller, Clay Seal, Nolan Schrock and Brady Moore. “It is always good to win the conference and to do it in dominating fashion was special to our players.”

The busy week started with Arcola’s 16-game winning streak coming to and to Mattoon, 155-172 at the Mattoon Country Club.

After the LPC meet the Knight-Riders competed in the Stan Adkins Invitational Friday at the Charleston Country Club and placed sixth out of 12 teams with a 334 in the meet won the Effingham St. Anthony Red team with a 299.

The next meet is the Class 2A regional at the Charleston County Club on Oct. 5.

On Sept. 21 Arcola shot a 153, beating Altamont (175) and Sullivan (181).

Leading the way was Aaron Seegmiller with a 36, good for individual medalist honors.

The junior varsity knocked off Sullivan 194-239 with Nolan Schrock leading all golfers with a 44.

LPC meet

Arcola was led by Kauffman, who took individual medal honors with a 78 in the 18-hole meet. Kauffman, Seegmiller, Canton Wesch, Seal and Hunter Grant all earned all-LPC honors with an 80, 84, 88, and 93 respectively.

“We need to focus on the next shot and not worry about the past shots good or bad,” said Gisinger. “We got off to bad starts at conference and guys did a great job of staying locked in nentally an finding a way to shoot good scores. “

Kauffman, Seegmiller, Wesch and Seal all received medallions for placing in the top six.

“Obviously Braden winning stands out, but he has Seegmiller pushing him the entire day to win as well as he lost by two shots. Wesch struggled in his first nine, but played a great back nine. Hunter Grant was making all-conference as the biggest surprise though as he has only been playing golf for a month his entire life.”

On the girls side only Avery Alexander, a freshman, competed for Arcola and finished with a 125.

Okaw Valley won with a 422, 17 shots better than second place Villa Grove.

Taking individual medalist honors was Lillian Engar of Blue Ridge with a 98.

Mattoon 155, Arcola/ALAH 172

Evan Diedrich of Mattoon led all golfers with a 36 in their 17 shot win over Arcola. The Knight-Riders were led by Kauffman with a 38.

Stan Adkins Invitational at Charleston

The 15 team meet, named after long-time Charleston golf coach Stan Adkins, was won by the Effingham St. Anthony Red team with a 299 followed by Mattoon with a 311 in the 18-hole meet.

Adkins was inducted into the Illinois High School Golf Coaches Hall of Fame in 2019 and has served as the CHS boys and girls golf head coach as well as an assistant, which he is now. Adkins began his coaching in 1974 at Charleston as the freshmen coach and became the varsity head coach for both the boys and girls in 1977 and was the boys until 2013.

Arcola was sixth out of 15 teams with a 334, just two shots better than the Effingham St. Anthony White team.

Kauffman was fifth overall with a75 on the par 72 course, while Wesch tied for 10th with a 79 out of 82 golfers.

Arcola/Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond wins triangular

Leading the way was Seegmiller with a 36, good for individual medalist honors in the win over Altamont and Sullivan.

The junior varsity knocked off Sullivan 194-239 with Nolan Schrock leading all golfers with a 44.

Boys results

Sept. 19 at Kaskaskia Country Club

Team scores: 1. Arcola/Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond 153, 2. Altamont 175, 3. Sullivan 181

Individual medalist: Aaron Seegmiller, Arcola/ALAH

Other Arcola results

Canton Wesch 38, Braden Kauffman 39, Clay Seal, Logan Schrock 42, Hunter Grant 46

Junior varsity boys results: 1. Arcola/Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond 194, Sullivan 239

Individual medalist: Nolan Schrock 44

Other Arcola scores: Gerardo Alanis 48, Jackson Miller 50, Kendall Schrock 52, Brady Moore 57

September 21 at Mattoon Country Club

Team scores: 1. Mattoon 155, 2. Arcola/Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond 172

Individual medalist: Evan Diedrich, Mattoon, 36

Arcola/Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond results

Kauffman 38, Seegmiller, Wesch 43, Seal 48, Logan Schrock 55, Nolan Schrock 58

Arcola/Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond JV scores

Jackson Miller 49, Hunter Grant 52, Kendall Schrock 56

Lincoln Prairie Conference meet Thursday at Villa Grove’s Tri-City Country Club

Team scores: 1. Arcola/Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond 330, 2. Okaw Valley 407, 3. Villa Grove 421, 4. Blue Ridge 445

Individual medalist: Braden Kauffman, Arcola/Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond 78

Other Arcola/Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond results

Seegmiller* !80, Wesch* !84, Seal 88*!,Grant 93* Logan Schrock 96,

*-earned all-LPC honors

!-received medal

Girls results

Lincoln Prairie Conference meet Thursday at Villa Grove’s Tri-City Country Club

Team scores: 1. Okaw Valley 422, 2. Villa Grove 439, 3. Blue Ridge 476

Individual medalist: Lilian Engar, Blue Ridge 98

Arcola/Arhtur Lovington Atwood Hammond result

Avery Alexander 125

Friday at Charleston Stan Adkins Invitational

Team scores: 1. Effingham St. Anthony (Red) 299, 2. Mattoon 311, 3. Olney 318, 4. Charleston (Red) 326, 5. Mt. Zion 329, 6. Arcola/Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 334, 7. Effingham St. Anthony (White) 336, 8. Rantoul 356, 9. St. Thomas More 362, 10. Paris 365, 11. Sullivan 377, 12. Charleston (Gold) 416

Individual medalist: 1. Coen Pennington, Effingham St. Anthony (Red) 71

Other nine top places: 2. Stuart Druin, Mattoon 71; 3. Alexis Nealis, Olney 72; 4. Ayden Nealis, Olney 74; 5. Tie, Jonathan Willenborg, Effingham St. Anthony (Red), Kauffman, Arcola/Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond, Michael Martelli, Effingham St. Anthony (Red) 75; 8. Tie, Andrew Kuyknedall, Charleston Red, Lane Ludwig, Effingham St. Anthony (Red) 78; 10. Tie, Will Pullen, Mattoon, Wesch, Arcola/Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond 79

Other Arcola/Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond results
Seegmiller 87, Seal 93, Logan Schorck 104, Grant 123

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