by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”Looks like KHS has a bunch of straight shooters.
With a fantastic showing at the Northern Illinois Big XII gathering at Whitetail Ridge in Yorkville that yielded a first place in the East Division, and a third-place nod at Tuesdayâ€™s Dixon Regional, the Knights golf team shot itself straight to Sectionals.
Thanks to a score of 328 on Tuesday at Timber Creek, the Knightsâ€™ third-place finish will send them to the sectional in Freeport on Monday, Oct. 11.
Dixon, with 307, and Sterling with 319, took the top two places.
For KHS, Troy Kruegerâ€™s 80 was tops for the Knights, followed by Josh Schubergâ€™s 82, and Zach Douglasâ€™ and Luke Kreiterâ€™s 83.
â€œMy putting was a little off, but overall I did alright,â€ Douglas said. â€œI just try to take one or better on the holes against the other golfers.â€
Dixonâ€™s Mitch Homb shot a 70, earning him medalist honors.
Last week in Yorkville, Kaneland took its first conference championship in eight years, with a score of 316. DeKalb was second in the East in 321, and Yorkville took third at 324.
Dixon won the West side with 311.
Douglas (75), Hayley Guyton (78) and Krueger (81) earned all-conference honors.
â€œThe conference title allowed us to reach our regular season goals and gives our team something to strive for in the coming years. We’re hoping that this year’s performance will set a precedent for upcoming seasons,â€ KHS coach Mark Meyer said.
Photo: Kanelandâ€™s Adam Grams (87 score), shown here in Dixon on Tuesday, makes the trip to Sectionals after enjoying a third-place nod. Photo by Mike Slodki