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Arcola/ALAH wins fifth straight LPC golf title; girls place fourth

Knight Rider Boys Golf—–5 Time Champions!!!
For every year of existence of the Lincoln Prairie Conference, the Arcola/Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond boys golf team has won the title in the annual tournament. The boys shot 357 to claim the championship over Sullivan, 373; Okaw Valley, 386, Villa Grove, 415; Blue Ridge, 445; and Heritage, 478. Pictured here are the Champions, indicating their 5 time championships with 5 fingers. From left to right: Landen Franklin, Max Rardin, Kendall Schrock, Jackson Miller, Canton Wesch and Kody Burdick. In back are Coaches Greg Gisinger and Brad McGill. Congratulations Knight Riders!!!

By MIKE MONAHAN
Staff Writer

ARCOLA – As the Arcoa/Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond boys golf team posed for a photo they all had their hands up as if waving to the camera. That was not the case as they were doing so as they captured their fifth consecutive Lincoln Prairie Conference title Sept. 19 at the Moweaqua Golf Course.

“It is an understood goal and we are the team to beat,” said Arcola coach Greg Gisinger. “We lost a lot from last year. Logan Schrock was going to be our No. 2 or 3 and he missed the entire regular season, but he will be back for the regional. Hunter Grant was all-LPC last year and battled some injuries this year and did not play in the conference meet. To win the conference with Canton and a variety of other guys, including a variety of young guys is great. I was very impressed with how our guys improved over the year. It was a challenging year to win the conference.”

Arcola topped Sullivan, a team it lost to by one stroke the just day before, by 16 strokes 357-373.

Canton Wesch, a sophomore, led all 42 golfers with a 76.

The girls made history as they became the first Arcola/A L A H team to compete as a team in the Lincoln Prairie Conference meet. They finished fourth out of five teams with a 460.

Friday at the Charleston Country Club Arcola was 11th out of 13 teams, in the Stan Adkins Trojan Fall Classic, which included larger Class 2A schools. Wesch led the way with an 82 for the Knight-Riders.

The boys finished 15-4 and were in the Class 2A Effingham Regional Sept. 27 with the top three teams advancing to the sectional and the top ten not on an advancing team move on to the Mt. Carmel sectional.

Stan Adkins Trojan Fall Classic

The host team, Charleston, won by nine strokes over fellow Apollo Conference foe, Mt. Zion 310 to 319.

Arcola did beat Sullivan by 29 shots and the Charleston junior varsity by 30 shots.

Kendal Schrock was second for Arcola with a 94.

Boys Lincoln Prairie Conference

“It was the same as last year’s meet as we didn’t start out well,” said Gisinger. “Guys were making bigger numbers early. We lost to Sullivan the day before and we knew it would be close. Wesch beat their No. 1 guy by eight strokes and everyone did well on the back nine.

Kendal Schrock of Arthur is playing well. He has really put it together the last two weeks. We knew we needed someone else to post in the mid 80s and he put us over the top of Sullivan.”

Gisinger thought if they played well they had a good chance to win.

“Canton played really well,” said Gisinger of Wesch. “He had a bad lie in a ruff and double bogeyed the last hole to shoot even par and he didn’t start out that great.”

Jackson Miller shot a 93, Kody Burdick a 103, Landen Franklin a 105 and Max Rardin rounded out the results with a 109.

“Coach (Brad) McGill and I are very proud of the team,” said Gisinger.

Arcola was one of nine teams in the Class 2A regional along with Charlston, Effingham, Lawrencecille, Mattoon, Mt. Carmel, Olney, Paris and Robinson.

“We had a little lower scoring team last year,” said Gisinger. “We also had three seniors that had been here done that quite a bit. It will be nice to go as a team, but I don’t know if it is in the cards for us as it is a tough regional and last year we fell just short, placing fourth. Canton Wesch had a goal and expectation to make it to sectionals as he is playing better than last year and he made it then. Kendal Schrock played well in conference and I think Jackson Miller has the capability of advancing if he can avoid the big number. It is a difficult course and the guys will have to play really well to go to the sectional.”

Girls Lincoln Prairie Conference

C.C. Davis earned all-LPC honors with a 104 to lead Arcola/ALAH.

“Last year we had some girls on the team, but only one of them felt comfortable to compete in an 18-hole match,” said Gisinger. “This year nine girls were available to compete in the conference and regional. We (coach McGill and Gisinger) went with the six that we thought were the most ready and they did a very good job. They have come a long way. To be able to compete as a team is great. Hopefully in a few years both the boys and girls will win the conference championship. I think it is possible especially with a young girls team. We have eighth graders from Arcola and Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond that are taling about playing next year. They are not just golfers, but athletes in other sports. For them to finish 18 shots out of second place (Okaw Valley) exceeded the expectations for us this year. We won some matches later in the year and it was good to see that.”

Other scores for the Knight-Riders were Megan Miller with a 116, Jaiden Miller 118, Claire Seals 122, Evanger Wiley 135 and Avery Alexander finished with a 137.

Our regional is on the same course as our conference (Moweaqua),” said Gisinger. “It will be nice to beat the team score from our conference meet and have the individuals do better than they did at conference. Improvement from them will be a good goal for them Thursday.”

The girls regional is Thursday at Moweaqua and Arcola is one of 10 teams competing along with five teams that don’t have enough for a team score, but will have individuals competing.. The top three teams and the top 10 individuals advance to the

Taylorville Sectional Oct. 2.

Stan Adkins Trojan Fall Classic

Team scores: 1. Charleston 310; 2. Mt. Zion 319; 3. Teutopolis 323; 4. Effingham 327; 5. Mattoon 334; 6. Effingham St. Anthony junior varsity 337; 7. Olney 340; 8. Paris 349; 9. Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg 361; 10. Danville 365; 11. Arcola 374; 12. Sullivan 403; 13. Charleston junior varsity 404

Medalist; Max Seachrist, Effingham 72

Arcola/ALAH scores: Canton Wesch 82, Kendal Schrock 94, Kody Burdick and Jackson Miller 99, Logan Schrock 103; Landen Franklin 106

Boys Lincoln Prairie Conference

Team scores: Arcola/ALAH 357; 2. Sullivan 373; 3. Okaw Valley 386; 4. Villa Grove 415; 5. Blue Ridge 445; 6. Heritage 478

Individual Medalist: Canton Wesch, Arcola/ALAH 76

Other Arcola/ALAH scores: Schrock 85 (all-LPC), Miller 93, Burdick 103, Franklin 105, Max Rardin 109

Girls Lincoln Prairie Conference

Team scores: 1. Sullivan 362; 2. Okaw Valley 452; 3. Blue Ridge 453; 4. Arcola/ALAH 460; 5. Villa Grove 466

Individual medalist: Ruby Haegen, Sullivan 70

Arcola/ALAH scores: C.C. Davis 104 (all-LPC), Megan Miller 116, Jaiden Miller 118, Claire Seals 122, Evanger Wiley 135, Avery Alexander 137

At St. Elmo vs. Sullivan and Altamont (Sept. 18)

Team scores: 1. Sullivan 181; 2. Arcola/Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond 182; 3. Altamont 189

Individual medalist: Wesch, Brett Bushue, Sullivan 39

Other Arcola/ALAH results: Kendal Schrock 46, Brudick, Hunter Grant 49, Rardin 51, Franklin 52

Girls at St. Elmo

Team scores: 1. Arcola/ALAH 228

Arcola/ALAH scores: Davis 50, Jaiden Miler 57, Megan Miller 58, Seal, Alexander 63, Wiley 65

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