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Girls Golf: Kelly Sterling shines as Lincoln-Way East claims second at sectional

Kendall Paris Homewood-Flossmoor drives off 10th hole for girls golf sectionals Coyote Run golf course Monday October 8th 2012 Flossmoor

Kendall Paris, of Homewood-Flossmoor, drives off the 10th hole for girls golf sectionals at Coyote Run golf course, Monday, October 8th, 2012 in Flossmoor, IL. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 10, 2012 6:09AM



Lincoln-Way East hadn’t finished outside the top three in any tournament this season. Behind standout Kelly Sterling, the Griffins made sure to continue hitting the podium in their most important match to date.

Scaling the 12-team Class AA Marian Catholic Sectional, East totaled a 342 on a brisk Monday at Coyote Run in Flossmoor to finish as runner-up, booking the program’s second trip to the state championships.

“Coming in, we knew we had to battle to make it as a team,” East coach Mary McGivern said. “With these conditions, it was a tough day out there. It was anyone’s opportunity, and we made the most out of it.

“It was a special day for our team.”

It wouldn’t have been nearly as special without the play of Sterling. The sophomore battled gusting winds and a hourlong frost delay to top the 112-player field with a 3-over-par 74.

Sterling’s round included two birdies as she outlasted T.F. South’s Maggie Sloan, Lincoln-Way West’s Alexis Biedrzycki, Hinsdale Central’s Rosanna Lederhausen and Lyons’ Ciara Rattana by one stroke. All will move on to the state championships Friday and Saturday at Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur.

“We were over there adding up all the scores to make sure we’re going (to state),” Sterling said about her team. “We knew we had a chance to take third. It’s really exciting to take second.”

Katie Reno (80), Karoline Pirko (92) and Hanna Petraitis (96) all contributed for the Griffins as East finished behind champion Hinsdale Central (316) and ahead of Lyons (340) and Naperville North (350) — the latter two programs East had lost to earlier this season.

The top three sectional finishers move on to the state championships. Providence (365) finished fifth, Mother McAuley (382) tied for sixth and Sandburg (383) took eighth behind an 85 from Frankie Saban.

Southland representatives dvancing to the state championships from non-qualifying teams include Marian Catholic’s Bree Veazey (77), Stagg’s Taylor Lambertsen (77) and Lemont’s Bridget Lynn (81).



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