Girls Golf: Sandburg puts in the work to try to make it back to state
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media August 15, 2014 9:52PM
Frankie Saban of Sandburg shoots from the fairway during play at the AA Girls Golf Sectionals held on 10/14/13 at Coyote Run in Flossmoor. | John Booz/for the Sun-Times Media
GIRLS GOLF 2014
1. Sandburg: The Eagles bring back their entire state-qualifying lineup, including standout Frankie Saban, a sectional champion.
2. Lincoln-Way East: Kelly Sterling will be vying for her fourth trip to state in leading the Griffins, a regional titlist in 2013. Sterling never has finished outside the top 30 in Class 2A.
3. Lemont: Lauren Ringo is one of four returning starters from a group that advanced out of a rugged regional.
4. Marist: Sam Smith and Kelly Barker should keep Marist in the hunt for another sectional berth.
5. Providence: The Celtics return half their starting lineup from a sectional-qualifying team. Watch out for Anna Goggins and Alyssa Gromola.
(in alphabetical order)
Anne Allen, jr., Lincoln-Way North; Kelly Barker, sr., Marist; Alexis Biedrzycki, sr., Lincoln-Way West; Emily Cosler, jr., Sandburg; Alyssa Gromola, so., Providence; Mira Nicpon, so., Marian Catholic; Lauren Ringo, sr., Lemont; Frankie Saban, sr., Sandburg; Maggie Sloan, jr., T.F. South; Kelly Sterling, sr., Lincoln-Way East.
Updated: August 17, 2014 2:16AM
There won’t be any sneaking around for Sandburg, not with Bradley recruit Frankie Saban leading the way.
Saban headlines a group that brings back all six starters from a team that made surprise run to the state tournament last season, the first in program history.
“When I was a freshman, we kind of planned out the next four years,” Saban said. “It all seems to be coming together. Everyone on our team has worked so hard over the summer, so I think it’s really going to transition into our season.”
Saban gave the Eagles the green light for state last year when she fired a 2-under 69 at Coyote Run in Flossmoor to win the 112-player Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional. It was the best score of her life until the first day of her senior tryouts, when she shot a 2-under 68 on the South Course at Silver Lake in Orland Park.
“It was a great way to lead off the season,” Saban said with a laugh. “I hope it transfers into the upcoming year.”
That seems likely. Saban is among the top golfers in the Southland, along with Lincoln-Way East’s three-time state-qualifier Kelly Sterling, Lincoln-Way West’s Alexis Biedrzycki and T.F. South’s Maggie Sloan, a junior who plays with the boys team during the regular season.
“Frankie works harder than anyone I’ve ever had,” Sandburg coach Todd Allen said. “It rubs off on the rest of the girls because she’s had great success.”
Allen was quick to point out Sandburg’s depth.
Emily Cosler and Emilyee McGiles are consistent scorers, giving the Eagles a potent punch behind its ace. Last year, Saban, Cosler and McGiles swept the top three spots in the SouthWest Suburban Blue Tournament.
“Expectations are obviously higher, but we don’t want to go in thinking that we’re too good,” Cosler said. “We also don’t want to go in thinking we’re not good enough, so we have to find that fine line with so many people returning.”
Patty Meza, Reilly Scanlon and Erin Cronin round out the squad’s returning starters.
Lincoln-Way West’s Biedrzycki appears the biggest wild card heading into the season. After a fourth-place finish in Class 2A as a sophomore in 2012, Biedrzycki stepped away from high school competition as a junior.
She’s back for her senior season and could be in contention for another state medal.