Mason Ghidina shot a 1-under-par 35 Tuesday at Lick Creek to lead the Pekin boys golf team past Washington 159-175 in a Mid-Illini Conference match.
Mason Minkel (39), Jack Halstead (40) and Cooper Theleritis (45) also scored for the Dragons (9-2, 5-1). Justin Taphorn (47) and Jacob Hill (48) rounded out the lineup.
“Mason (Ghidina) played really well,” said Pekin coach Brett McGinnis. “He was 3-under through six holes and gave back a few late. Mason (Minkel) was solid all day.
“We’re moving in the right direction as we make our way to the back half of the season.”
Brett Coughlin (41) led Washington. Adam Kinsinger (44), Richard Fitzpatrick (45), Cody Sedlacek (45) and Kendal Hofer (45) also scored for the Panthers. Nathan Sporrer had 47.
Four for fore: The Pekin girls golf team found itself down to the bare minimum Tuesday.
With Jaden Rogers sidelined because of an illness, the Dragons had only four golfers available to play Washington at Quail Meadows. Pekin lost 219-232 in a Mid-Illini Conference match.
Four golfers’ scores are counted toward a team score in a high school golf match. A team can have many as six golfers in its lineup.
Pekin coach Chris Neville said Hannah McDonald (55) was the Dragons’ best golfer Tuesday, “hitting more quality shots than she has in a while.”
Summer Dick (57) and Madison Raines (57) didn’t finish strong, Neville said. Sarah Butler shot 63 for Pekin (3-5, 2-3).
Kylie Cassulo (52), Chloe Armstrong (53), Megan Kelley (56) and Madison Deynzer (58) scored for Washington (2-8, 2-3). Madelyn Norman (59) and Mary Newkirk (68) rounded out the Panthers’ lineup.
Neville said Quail was dried out Tuesday and playing very firm and fast.
“The conference tournament is there in two weeks and unless we get some significant rain, it will be a difficult course because of firm conditions,” he said.
In control: Goals by Ethan Sandoval and Michael Geier gave the Pekin boys soccer team a 2-1 win Tuesday over visiting East Peoria in a Mid-Illini Conference match at Coal Miners Park.
“This was one of our better games this season,” said Pekin coach Gus Kormah. “We controlled the entire game.”
Sandoval scored at 7:30, assisted by Koltin Waters. An unassisted goal by East Peoria’s Carson Childs tied the game at 41:46, but Geier responded with an unassisted goal at 64:32.
Pekin goalie Riley Bradshaw made eight saves. East Peoria goalie Brock Bell had 10 saves.
Quick work: The Pekin volleyball team quickly dispatched visiting East Peoria 25-12, 25-5 Tuesday in a Mid-Illini Conference match in Hawkins Gymnasium.
Hannah Thompson had 11 kills and nine digs for the Dragons (12-2, 3-0) and Brooke Sherwood dished out 16 assists. Pekin’s Emma Clark and Olivia Theleritis each had three aces and Lauren Juergens had three blocks.
Loss hurts: The Pekin girls tennis team ran into a tough Washington squad Tuesday and lost 9-0 in a Mid-Illini Conference match. All nine matches were decided in straight sets.
Jaclyn Mulvey didn’t play No. 1 singles for the visiting Dragons because of an injury suffered Monday in practice, “but the match with Jac would have been an uphill battle for us,” said Pekin coach Gary Garver.
Mulvey played No. 1 doubles with Kaitlin Dunn. Both competed hard, Garver said, but they lost 6-3, 6-2 to one of the top doubles teams in the conference.
Pekin’s Lauraella Everhart played competitive matches at No. 6 singles (6-4, 6-3) and No. 3 doubles (6-4, 6-4) with Zariah Wherry, Garver said.
“Lauraella was actually ahead at some point in both matches,” he said.
Pekin fell to 1-6-1, 1-3.
Schedule: Here are the next competitions on Pekin schedules.
• Boys and girls cross country, at Peoria Notre Invitational, 9 a.m. Saturday.
• Boys golf, Dragon Classic at Lick Creek, 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
• Girls golf, at Decatur Eisenhower Invitational, 9 a.m. Saturday.
• Football, vs. Canton at Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m. Friday.
• Boys soccer, at Illini Bluffs, 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
• Girls swimming, vs. Moline, 11 a.m. Saturday.
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