High School Sports

Althoff leads local contingent into IHSA State Golf Tournament

After winning back-to-back Class 2A state titles in 2011-12, the Althoff Crusaders golf team would like nothing better than to end the decade with another championship.

That quest begins Friday in another class and a different golf course when the Crusaders compete in the Class 1A State Tournament at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington.

Junior Avery Irwin, who won a regional title 10 days ago with a 69 at Spencer T. Olin Golf Course in Alton, will lead the Crusaders attack along with senior Jack Bruening. Gibault junior Alex Sweeney and Antonio Ybarra are competing as individuals in the 36-hole event which concludes on Saturday with the final 18 holes.

The Class 1A event is one of five state finals being held this weekend. Following is a brief look at the other local players and teams competing at state final events.

Class 2A boys

Site: Weibring Golf Course, Normal

Local teams: None

Individuals: Jaxton Black, Jr. (Highland), Evan Sutton, Jr. (Highland); Garrett Wood, Jr. (Triad)

Class 3A boys

Site; Den at Fox Creek Golf Course, Bloomington

Local teams: None

Local Individuals: Caden Cannon, Soph. (O’Fallon); Trevor Laub,, Sr. (Edwardsville), William Messinger, Jr. (Belleville East), Logan Lowery, Sr. (O’Fallon)

Class 1A girls

Site: Red Tail Run Golf Course, Decatur

Local teams: Marquette

Local Individuals: Chloe Kraus, Jr. (Okawville), Casey Wagner, Sr. (Columbia),

Class 2A girls

Site: Hickory Point Golf Course, Decatur

Local teams: Edwardsville, O’Fallon

Local Individuals: Sophia Florek, Frosh. (Mascoutah), Destiny Johnson, Sr. (Collinsville)

Dean Criddle has worked at the Belleville News-Democrat for 32 years as a sports writer. Dean graduated from SIUE with a double major in journalism and English, is married and lives in Belleville.