The East Peoria boys golf team earned its biggest dual win of the season Sept. 18.
The Raiders handed Pekin its first loss in six Mid-Illini Conference matches, 158-163, in a competition at Quail Meadows Golf Course.
"That's the biggest win in the six years since I've been golf coach," said EPCHS head coach Chris Frasco.
It was a topsy-turvy day in the M-I as the three-top teams all lost.
Jake Plummer's even-par 36 on the front nine for East Peoria was the best of the day by three strokes.
David Perkins and Tyler Sheppard had 40s for East Peoria, and the hosts completed the breakthrough victory with a Bryce Markum 42.
"It's exciting knowing we feel we can play with anybody," said Frasco, whose team was sixth in the 23-team Dragon Classic Sept. 15.
The Raiders also won the junior varsity match vs. Pekin, 179-180.
The Raiders were fourth overall and fourth among seven Mid-Illini teams gathered Saturday at Wee-Ma-Tuk Hills Country Club.
Markum's 8-over 80 gave him ninth-place honors after a scorecard playoff in Cuba.
Sheppard carded an 82, and Perkins and Plummer had 84s for East Peoria, which totaled a 330.
Morton was the champion in a 12-team field in which the first-six finishers were from the M-I. The Potters shot a collective 312.
East Peoria beat Pekin by a stroke and sixth-place Limestone by two.
Conference: A lot of different scenarios can play out in the 18-hole Mid-Illini tournament that begins at 9 a.m. Thursday at Metamora Fields Golf Club.
It still is very realistic for East Peoria to earn fourth place overall for the season, but the Raiders will need some help after a 147-150 loss Monday at Morton.
East Peoria is seventh at 2-5 in the league. Dunlap, Morton and Metamora are in a three-way tie for third place at 4-3, followed by sixth-place Limestone at 3-4.
Depending on the order of finish in the conference tournament, the Raiders could do even better.
"The Mid-Illini is so tough," Frasco said. "To have seven schools that good is pretty amazing."
Pekin protected its home course Sept. 18 vs. East Peoria.
The Dragons dropped the Raiders to 1-5 in the Mid-Illini with a 209-237 win at Lick Creek Golf Course.
Bridget Bankes paced East Peoria with a 54 on the front nine, which was one shot better than teammate Alexa Grant.
Riley Spokely also was below 60 for the visitors with a 59.
The Raiders' fourth score was a Serenah Minasian 69.
East Peoria was scheduled to face conference leader Morton Monday.
Conference: There also is a lot of fluidity on the girls' side entering the 18-hole Mid-Illini tournament that starts at 9 a.m. Thursday at Quail Meadows.
Page 2 of 2 - East Peoria can move up a spot or two in the overall rankings if it takes advantage of its home course.
Currently, the Raiders are 1-5, tied with Canton for sixth place. Limestone is fifth at 2-4.