PANA -- After some tough rounds at the Apollo Conference tournament, Charleston was back to form in regional play.
The Trojans won their fourth straight regional with a 333 as the leaderboard's top five were made up of four Charleston golfers. It was senior Lauren Chappell who once again took medalist honors after shooting a 73.
"That was pretty good shooting," Charleston coach Deb Landsaw said. "The back nine is really tough. There's a lot of woods, a lot of water. They handled it pretty well.
"If they had a bad shot, I was pleased with the performance of forgetting it and coming back."
Behind Chappell were three Trojans who shot under 90 in Ally O'Dell (85), Paige Chappell (86) and Aislinn Parrish (89). Charleston's fifth and sixth golfers, Haley Walker and Bailey Taylor, shot well enough that they would have advanced as individuals.
The Trojans placed third as a team at state last year.
Monticello and Sullivan moved on to sectionals as well. The Sages were led by Kendyl McFarland's 91, and Sullivan's Brooke Tuttle shot a 89 to pace her team.
Meridian's Grace Miller was Chappell's closest competitor, shooting an 85.
Two from Pana advanced in Olivia Kamer and Teagan Strom, as did Windsor's Katie Greuel, Okaw Valley's Grace Harlin, Maroa-Forsyth/Warrensburg-Latham's Brooke Stewart, Tuscola's Claire Ring and St. Teresa's Ashley Burgener.
Sectionals will be held at Lincoln Elks Golf Course this Monday, and Charleston has the gameplan set up for this week. Top teams awaiting them include regional winners Williamsville, Pittsfield and Champaign St. Thomas More.
"We've tried to focus all this year on the short game, with the putting and the chipping," Landsaw said. "That's where you can lose shots or make up shots, and that's what we'll be focusing on before sectionals."
Effingham goes back-to-back
CENTRALIA -- The battle between Effingham and Effingham St. Anthony came up again Wednesday as the two girls golf teams took to Greenview Golf Course in Centralia.
The Hearts squeezed out a seven-stroke victory.
Effingham's Alex Brummer had the hot round the for the day, firing a 79 to win the regional by 11 strokes.
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It had been a competitive month between the two schools as St. Anthony won by five strokes last week, then they tied just after Effingham won by two strokes the week before.
"We've gone at each other back and forth this year, taking turns pretty well," Effingham coach Jerry Trigg said. "Today, we were fortunate to come out on top."
The St. Anthony trio of Ava Wegman and Abbie Schmidt (91s) and Clare McHugh (92) helped boost the Bulldogs to second.
Advancing individually were Oblong's Nyah Laino, Maggie Cross and Katelyn Leggitt, Teutopolis' Madison Magee, Madeline Hoene and Allie Niebrugge, and Robinson's Leanna Ferguson and Abby Ferris.
The sectional is at Salem Country Club, and Trigg knows talented teams await there.
"We're going to try to be a little more consistent around the green," Trigg said. "We're striking the ball fine, but we could shave off some strokes around the green."
Taylorville's Coy advances
AUBURN -- Miranda Coy is off a good start in another postseason run.
The Taylorville junior shot an 84, the second-best round at the Edgewood Golf Course in Auburn.
Lincoln advanced as a team, taking second. Izzy Stiefvater shot an 85 to place third individually.
Mattoon places four
NORMAL -- The Wave just missed out advancing as a team, but four golfers moved on anyway to sectionals.
Champaign Central took third, three strokes better than Mattoon. But Kira Wolf, Natalie Zimmer, Cassi Dow and Haleigh Miller all advanced individually.
Wolf, a freshman, was four strokes off the leader, shooting a 77. She tied for second.