By Kathryn Menue


POPLAR GROVE – The Belvidere girls’ co-op varsity golf team came out victorious over two teams at the tri-meet on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at Timber Pointe Golf Club in Poplar Grove.

The Belvidere co-op team, consisting of athletes from both Belvidere and Belvidere North High Schools, competed against Burlington Central and Rock Falls.

Belvidere won with a total of 186, followed by Burlington Central in second with 191 points, and Rock Falls in third with 231 points.

The Belvidere girls had impressive performances from Maddie Strum, who scored a 41, Sara Redig with a 48, Morgan McNulty with a 47, and Brenna Rieches with a 50. These top four players on the Belvidere team brought home the victory with their total of 186 points.

They also gained support from teammates Gracie Thies, who scored a 57, and Christine Chustak, who scored a 62.

Burlington Central wasn’t far off of Belvidere’s lead with their top athlete scoring a 37 making her the medalist for the varsity tri-meet.

Also reaching the top four for Burlington Central were Carli Niesel with a 52, Kendra Graham with a 50, and Sydney Killeen with a 52.

Teammates Melanie Croke and Brianna Benjamin also did well with their scores of 55 and 53.

Rock Falls, coming in third with a total of 231 points, struggled to beat the top two teams with their top athletes Tess Schaefer scoring a 54, Payton Law with a 56, Adison Wolf with a 57, and Taylor Hoeffler with a 64. Just out of reach of the top four was Breanna Johnson with a 69.

The Junior varsity Belvidere co-op girls’ golf team also won their match against Rock Falls on Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Josie Rieches was the top athlete on the Belvidere team and in the match, scoring a 57, making her the medalist for the junior varsity meet.

Following her in the top four were Jada Cantu with 60 points, Gio Castaldo with 86 points, and Emmie Hansen with 58 points, giving the Belvidere team a total of 261 points.

Rock Falls fell short again with their junior varsity players scoring a total of 290 points, even with fair performances from Kylee Ricketts with a 67, Olivia Babcock with a 68, Mahala Carson with a 71, and Caitlin W. with an 84.

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