Sports / The Prairie Fire / September 23, 2010

Sports roundup: women’s golf, tennis, cross country in action

Playing a tournament at two different courses in two days can be taxing for a golfer. Unfamiliarity reigns, and a course’s nooks and crannies remain a mystery. The women’s golf team did just that at the Fighting Bee Classic last weekend. They took fifth in the tournament, hosted by St. Ambrose University.

Three golfers finished in the top twenty of the twelve-team tournament. Senior Jessica DeMory took tenth place overall, with a two-day combined total score of 171. Fellow senior Rachel Talpers was just two strokes behind in 15th place. Sophomore Mia Savard tied for 19th place.

It was DeMory’s second top-ten finish of the season, the first coming at the Monmouth Invitational, when DeMory’s 83 was good for eighth place. DeMory is looking to secure a spot on the All-Midwest Conference Team for the third time.

But before Coach Emily Cline and the Prairie Fire can focus on the conference championships, they will compete in the Millikin Fall Classic September 25th and 26th.

“It’s such a short season,” said Talpers. “We don’t have much time before conference, but we think we have a chance.

The Midwest Conference Championship will be held October 1-3 at Aldeen Golf Course in Rockford, IL.

Women’s tennis struggles

In their final home meet of the season, the Prairie Fire struggled against Lake Forest College and Grinnell College. The team went winless, losing 9-0 to Lake Forest and 5-0 in a rain-shortened match against Grinnell.

The tennis team’s upcoming schedule includes matches at Illinois College on September 23rd, Beloit College and Carroll University on September 25th.

Cross-country competes in loaded tournament

Both cross-country teams ran at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championship last Friday. The men’s team finished in 21st place out of 32 teams. They were led by freshman Gabe Moreno and senior Ryan Maniscalco. Moreno finished 134th and Maniscalco 153rd out of 344, respectively.

The women’s team finished 26th out of 31. They were led by senior Chloe Bohm, who finished 115th.

The team competes this Saturday at the Forester Invitational at Lake Forest College.

Kevin Morris


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