Even though Stagg’s boys’ golf team finished at the bottom of last Tuesday’s six-school SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue meet at Coyote Run in Homewood, Chargers coach David Podkul is not the least bit discouraged as his team prepares for this weekend’s regional at Brother Rice.
One big reason is the continuing emergence of senior Trace Moustakas as a viable candidate to qualify for the state meet, based on his average scores. At Coyote Run, Moustakas shot a season-best 18-hole score of 79 to finish in the top 10 individually.
With Moustakas averaging between 37 and 39 in nine-hole matches, Podkul is excited about his prospects, as well as those of Brendan Kiblehan — who shot an 86 on Tuesday — Dean Abate and sophomore Robert Stark.
“Our four best golfers have been steady for us all season,” Podkul said. “I’ve coached Trace since he was a freshman, and I really think he can be a state qualifier for us. He’s been our captain and anchor, and he also plays baseball. He’s a hybrid athlete.
“He’s in the high 70s right now, but he’s capable of shooting in the mid 70s. He and our other top golfers are typically right in the hunt against the Joliets and the Lincoln-Ways, as well as against Lockport, Sandburg and Andrew.”
As for Abate, he recently shot an 85 at Glenwoodie while playing in the St. Rita Tournament. Podkul believes that course is tougher than Coyote Run.
As Stagg prepares for this weekend, Podkul is counting on an improvement from last year’s respectable third-place finish.
“I’m expecting no less than second and, hopefully, competing for the regional championship because we’re stronger than we were last year,” he said. “We have a lot of players back from last year, as well as some solid sophomores and juniors on this year’s team. We’re a lot stronger.
“We’ve had some ups and downs as far as conference, but we’re consistently using the three and four of our top scores each time out. There will be some very good teams at the regional — Brother Rice, St. Rita, Oak Lawn and Richards — [but] we’ll be ready.”
Sandburg finished second to Lockport at the SWSC Blue meet with a score of 306.
Nick Adduce paced the Eagles, who received additional support from Michael Misheck, Austin Wojtczk and Ronny Drabeck.
Illiana Christian beat Chicago Christian 116-169 last Monday at Palmira. Jay Timmer’s round of 39 ranked as the Knights’ low score.
Frankie Saban, Emily Cosler and Emilyee McGiles gave Sandburg a 1-2-3 finish at last week’s SWSC Blue meet. The Lady Eagles also collected the team championship at Silver Lake with their score of 322, which was 40 strokes ahead of runner-up Lockport.
Saban fired a five-over-par 77, Cosler carded a 78 and McGiles shot a 79. Sandburg placed four other golfers among the top 11, with Erin Cronin (88, tied for fifth) supplying it with its remaining scoring. Also registering solid rounds were Alex Kappel (90), Reilly Scanlon (91) and Patty Meza (92), who occupied the 9-thru-11 positions.
Natalie Collina’s 18-hole total of 94 was Stagg’s best at the SWSC Blue meet. Annelis Tapis was one stroke in arrears, and the two Lady Chargers were 13th and 14th, respectively. Hannah Mussailem (99) and Angelica Revethis (101) completed Stagg’s scoring.
Chicago Christian went 4-0 last week as it beat Argo and Walther Lutheran by 5-0 scores, St. Edward 4-1 and Immaculate Conception 3-2. The latter two victories came on Saturday in a triangular.
Haley Reiher (No. 1) and Reagan Wigboldy (No. 2) won their respective singles matches for the Lady Knights versus Argo, while the No. 1 team of Raquel Hamstra-Grace Furlong was among the doubles victors.
Reiher’s singles win and a second-doubles triumph by Jill Kuipers-Natalie Rosendale highlighted Christian’s Suburban Christian Conference conquest of the Lady Broncos last Tuesday. The Hamstra-Furlong duo won twice at No. 1 doubles on Saturday.
Stagg dropped a 7-0 SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue decision to Homewood-Flossmoor last Monday, but bounced back to administer a defeat to Bolingbrook by that same margin on Tuesday. The No. 1 doubles team of Leeza Bodnar -Silvia Kulbokas won in straight sets versus the Lady Raiders.
Stagg lost in pool play to Providence Catholic at Saturday’s Lockport Invitational, then fell to the host school in the eight-team second bracket to conclude its tournament appearance.
Sisters Kelsey and Taylor Domina (No. 2 doubles) had the lone victory for Shepard in its 4-1 loss to Andrew last Monday.
Shepard’s Ivan Magana scored two goals to help the Astros secure a 4-2 South Suburban Conference Red victory over Eisenhower last Monday. Colm McGee’s penalty-kick goal with 10:46 left snapped a 2-all tie and Magana added an insurance marker to keep the Astros atop the division.
Shepard keeper Fuad Abuzerr made four saves.
A Thursday match against Bremen got underway, but was halted by rain and lightning.
Sandburg (10-5, 2-1) went 2-1 last week in the SWSC Blue, as it blanked both Joliet West (2-0) and Homewood-Flossmoor (5-0) before dropping a 1-0 decision to Stagg on Saturday.
Przemyslaw Tylka and Mike Moore had the Eagles’ goals versus the Tigers on Tuesday, while Kyle Kroll tallied twice to lead Sandburg’s romp past the Vikings.
Stagg (9-3, 2-1) won twice last week in SWSC Blue play, both times via shutout. In addition to their 1-0 victory over Sandburg, the Chargers whitewashed H-F 4-0 on Tuesday.
Johnny Ramirez and Roberto Torres were among the goal scorers for host Stagg versus the Vikings, while Matt Kois delivered the only tally on Saturday.
Netminder Erick Estrada made seven saves against the Eagles and recorded his third shutout of the season.
Chicago Christian went 2-1 at the El Diablo Tournament in Peotone, defeating Bishop McNamara 3-1 last Tuesday and Rich South 6-0 on Wednesday before dropping a 3-2 decision to Tinley Park in Saturday’s championship match.
Getenet Timmermans scored twice to power the Knights past the Fightin’ Irish and then netted a hat trick against the Stars. Timmermans’ brother, Fecadu, added two goals in the latter match and Caleb DeRuiter made nine saves in recording the shutout.
In the setback against the Titans, Christian lost the penalty-kick phase 4-3. Getenet Timmermans and Fecadu Timmermans each had one goal and one assist for the Knights.
With 88 varsity goals, Getenet Timmermans has now tied the Knights’ career mark in that category.
BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Sandburg’s Gold squad finished second at the Peoria Central Invitational on Saturday with a score of 142, just six points behind Vernon Hills at the 52-team event at Detweiller Park.
Sean Torpy led the way for the Eagles Gold by placing sixth after navigating the three-mile course in 15 minutes, 6.58 seconds. Tom Brennan (15:19.35) was 18th for Sandburg Blue (223), which finished sixth.
At the 31-team Lockport Invitational on Saturday at Dellwood Park, Shepard’s Josh Mayer finished 18th among individuals.
Sandburg defeated Lockport 100-86 on Thursday in an SWSC Blue meet as Clare Lawlor won the 100-yard butterfly (59.68 seconds) and 200-freestyle (1:59.92).
At Saturday’s Sandburg Invitational, Caitlin Krull touched out first in the 200-freestyle (1:56.24) as the Lady Eagles (174) finished fifth in the 10-team meet, which was won by Rosary (284 points). Anna Girlich (344.70 points) added a victory in diving for Sandburg.
Shepard recorded a 116-58 South Suburban Conference Red victory over Eisenhower.