Boys Golf

Marian Catholic is getting hot at the right time.

Behind Mike Millsaps (76), Casey Domke (76), Neil Doyle (78) and Ryan Kelly (79), the Spartans carded a 309 to win their own regional on Oct. 8 and advance to Monday’s sectional at Old Oak Country Club in Homer Glen.

“The regional was the first meet we have put it all together this season,” Marian Catholic coach Jim Mendenhall said, noting the team has five of its six top golfers back from last season.

Mendenhall called Doyle “Mr. Consistent” and noted his work ethic and leadership qualities as the team captain.

Fellow seniors Kelly and Millsaps have been consistent all year, and Domke, a sophomore, has provided a boost by giving the roster additional depth. Sean Bready also has played well for the program.

Among area teams, Marist, Brother Rice, Stagg, Homewood-Flossmoor and Mount Carmel also have reached sectionals.

Logan Malloy

Girls Golf

Maggie Sloan isn’t used to playing with the girls.

Sloan, a sophomore at T.F. South, is forced to compete with the boys team during the season because the Rebels don’t field a girls program.

It’s worked out so far. Last season she placed 50th in state and this year she tied Sandburg’s Frankie Saban for second at the Class 2A Marist Regional with an 80.

“I love to go on the course and show these boys that I can beat you, and I will,” Sloan said.

She added that shooting from the boys tee boxes during the season helps when she makes the switch to the girls game. She also pointed out some differences in course behavior.

“Girls are a lot less temperamental,” Sloan said. “Girls are a little more calm, a lot more talkative. The boys are more go with the flow, chill.”

Sloan plays Monday at Coyote Run for a shot at another state berth.

Logan Malloy

Girls Swimming

Kicking off the season, Shepard wasted no time making a statement in the team’s first meet, a triangular at Evergreen Park.

The Astros managed to squeak out a 118-116 win over Evergreen Park, the defending South Suburban Red champion who ran the table last season with an undefeated record in conference meets. Richards finished third in the triangular.

The results for the Astros have been up and down since with Shepard falling to Reavis (101-84) in a road dual but managing to beat Argo, Eisenhower, T.F. United and Oak Forest.

Helping the Astros to the big win over visiting Oak Forest were first-place finishes by Joanna Rangel in the 200-yard individual medley and 100 breaststroke, Annie Rangel in the 100 butterfly, Mary Lippert in the 100 freestyle and Grace Spindler in the 50 free.

Shepard will compete at the Lockport Sectional on Nov. 16.

Tim O’Brien

Girls Tennis

Last year’s Stagg Sectional was extremely close.

The host Chargers won with 22 points, followed by Marist (21), Sandburg (20) and Chicago Christian (19).

The scenario of four teams separated by four points likely will not be repeated Friday and Saturday, but expect some close competition in Palos Hills.

“Marist, Stagg and us appear to be the best three teams with some individual performances from Oak Lawn,” Sandburg coach Brian Ostrander said. “A lot will come down to seedings and how the draw goes.”

Stagg coach Sarah Bryers said that at this time of the year it gets tougher because of rematches.

“Seeing someone for a second or third time in a season can be difficult but you have to be confident and make your shots,” she said. “But I’m happy with the way we’re playing right now and looking forward to a great sectional.’’

Jeff Vorva