WINONA LAKE — Adam Yoder felt assured his high three gamers might end first, second and third heading in Saturday’s sectional.They did simply that.Persevering with the excellence that has been the NorthWood ladies golf program of the final decade-plus, the Panthers shot a 325 at Stonehenge GC to win its fourth-straight sectional title Saturday. NorthWood had the highest three particular person scores as effectively, as senior Cybil Stillson shot a 72, senior Bre Goss a 75 and junior Riley Kitson a 77.
“These three are proficient sufficient to complete one, two, three on this match and final week (on the NLC match),” Yoder, the longtime NorthWood coach, stated. “They didn’t fairly get it final week, however there was little doubt (Saturday) that they had been the three greatest gamers within the subject.”Rounding out the scoring for NorthWood was junior Kira Schrock with a 101 and senior Bella Sechrist with a 102. Schrock’s rating was 21 photographs higher than what she shot ultimately yr’s sectional.The 77 from Kitson was her private greatest. It was additionally 25 photographs higher from her efficiency on the sectional a season in the past. Having Kitson shave 20-plus photographs off her scores from a season in the past has been an enormous enhance for this yr’s Panthers group.“She’s placing in a variety of exhausting work,” Yoder stated. “That mentality: she’s been by way of so many demanding competitions in basketball and golf with us. She’s simply discovered loads, taken that in; doesn’t get too up or too down. She’s fairly proficient.”Becoming a member of NorthWood as full groups from the Stonehenge sectional on this Friday’s regional at Noble Hawk Golf Hyperlinks in Kendallville are Plymouth (354) and Warsaw (359). Three different people from non-advancing groups — Madelyn Weaver from Tippecanoe Valley (87), Rylee Firestone from Wawasee (89) and Ava Thomas from Rochester (90) — can even play for an opportunity to go to the state meet this Friday in Kendallville.On paper, there are 5 groups that appeared within the ultimate IHSGCA ballot jockeying for 3 state match spots at Noble Hawk — No. 6 Homestead, No. 14 Penn, No. 16 NorthWood, honorable point out Fort Wayne Carroll and honorable point out Columbia Metropolis. Ought to the Panthers place high three as a group at regional, they may advance to their fourth-straight state match as a group. They completed tenth in 2018, sixth in 2019 and twelfth in 2020 on the state invite.“Simply a variety of prep for Noble Hawk; simply go over there and follow,” stated Yoder on what the plan this week is to prepare for regional. “… We haver to know that (sectional) was not a peak, it was a springboard. If we are able to wrap our minds round that earlier than Monday at follow, I like our probabilities for getting ready for Noble Hawk.”SECHRIST RECEIVES WINGER AWARDOn Friday, NorthWood senior Bella Sechrist was named considered one of two winners of the Mitchell J. Winger award, offered yearly by the Indiana Excessive College Golf Coaches Affiliation. The award is “given out every year to a pupil athlete that has overcome a specific handicap within the pursuit of enjoying the nice sport of golf,” per the IHSGCA web site.Sechrist has Hashimoto’s illness, which impacts her thyroids. The auto-immune illness results in fatiguing simply and bronchial asthma, which will be tough to handle when strolling a full 18-hole golf course. Regardless of having approval from the IHSAA to make use of a cart for occasions, Sechrist refuses to make use of one.“I believe my greatest concern is individuals seeing it as an excuse,” stated Sechrist of why she doesn’t use a cart. “I simply don’t need to be perceived as somebody that’s making an excuse, and I believe it helps with my psychological toughness. I believe positively since being identified, I’ve been in a position to grow to be extra mentally powerful, and it’s constructed a variety of character.”In an announcement launched Friday, Yoder recommended the best way Sechrist has battled by way of the ailment to carry out at a excessive degree for the Panthers.
“In a program that has had a lot success the previous a number of years, Bella has continued to attempt to be a wonderful teammate, be a servant-leader, and to enhance her abilities as she has climbed the ladder into our varsity rotation,” Yoder stated. “This season, Bella has been instrumental to our success. She completed twelfth in our personal 18-team invite in early August which propelled us to a season-low 332 and a victory over a higher-ranked Penn squad. That was the most effective days in my profession. Successful is at all times enjoyable, however to win as a result of Bella was a serious cause why, was one thing I’ll at all times keep in mind about this season, no matter how our journey ends within the subsequent few weeks.”Being named considered one of two winners for the award means loads to Sechrist.“It’s actually thrilling,” Sechrist stated. “I’m pleased with myself, and I’m glad that it was lastly acknowledged. … It’s an invisible sickness, in order that was particular to be acknowledged for it.”2021 GIRLS GOLF SECTIONAL AT STONEHENGE GC IN WINONA LAKE — Full outcomes(high three groups, plus high three people from non-advancing groups advance to regionals)1. NorthWood, 325 — Cybil Stillson 72 (medalist), Bre Goss 75, Riley Kitson 77, Kira Schrock 101, Bella Sechrist 1022. Plymouth, 354 — Annastasia Hutchings 83, Hannah LaFree 87, Elaina McDonald 91, Emma Rozycki 93, Claire McDonald 1043. Warsaw, 359 — Marie Frazzetta 80, Olivia Robinson-Homosexual 85, Abbey Peterson 97, Abigail Davis 97, Delaney Byron 994. Tippecanoe Valley, 384 — Madelyn Weaver 87, Molly Moriarty 93, Kaydence Mellott 101, Cheney Canada 103, Lily ult 1065. Wawasee, 412 — Rylee Firestone 89, Taylor Cripe 93, Morgan Reel 111, Ayla Torres 119, Delaney Delagrange 1226. Rochester, 428 — Ava Thomas 90, Payton Moore 97, Delaney Barkman 112, Savannah Eccles 129, Avery Brouyette 1327. Whitko, 453 — Guineveree Garr 100, Kloe Kraig 117, Chloe Hathaway 118, Arial Ross 118, Jillian Starkweather 1258. Bremen, 485 — Mackenzie Cause 115, Samantha Ton 122, Breanna Bush 122, Addie Stine 126, Isabella Woodward 134