The Pekin boys golf team rebounded from a tough day Saturday at the Dragon Classic tournament, beating East Peoria 177-184 Tuesday at Lick Creek in a Mid-Illini Conference match.
Medalist Mason Minkel led Pekin past East Peoria with 41.
Also scoring for the Dragons were Cooper Theleritis (43), Ethan Sullivan (46) and Brady Hilst (47). Jack Kuethe (49) and Justin Taphorn (50) also played for Pekin, which improved to 5-1 in the Mid-Illini with one conference dual match to go.
Dakota Watson (42), Payton Stewart (47), Nathen Unes (47) and Austin Siegrist (48) scored for East Peoria.
Pekin coach Jeremy Crouch said greens that were aerated Monday, wind and a brief rain shower made Lick Creek play tougher than usual Tuesday.
“Conditions weren’t the best, but our guys fought through them,” Crouch said. “They were frustrated early with the greens, but they realized they had to play the course as it was.”
Minkel (79) and Taphorn (86) were the only Pekin golfers who shot better than 90 at the Dragon Classic, also held at Lick Creek.
FOUR AGAIN: The Pekin girls golf team had four golfers in its lineup again Tuesday, but the visiting Dragons lost 214-227 to East Peoria in a Mid-Illini Conference match at Quail Meadows.
The Dragons had been playing with just three golfers, which meant they had to forfeit matches.
“East Peoria played much better than us,” said Pekin coach Chris Neville.
Summer Dick (53), Jaden Rogers (55), Sarah Butler (58) and Madison Raines (61) scored for Pekin (3-7, 2-4).
Clarice Wolff (45), Amanda Magarity (51), Kaylee Leach (58) and Kayunna Bolding (59) scored for East Peoria (5-5, 4-2).
“Jaden (Rogers) and Sarah (Butler) played better than their season average, with Sarah getting her second birdie of the year,” Neville said. “We need all four of our girls to play better than average. That’s how we can be successful.”
ONE POINT: It came down to the final event -- the 400 freestyle relay -- in Tuesday’s girls swimming and diving meet between Pekin and host Galesburg.
Dragons’ relay teams finished first and third, and Pekin won the meet 93-92.
Lexi Jarvill, Sami Curtis, Jaidlyn Sellers and Kelen McDaniels won the relay in 4:00.69. Cheyenne Wyrick, Lauren Spanos, Grace Nieukirk and Bella Brakebill finished third in 4:26.19.
Galesburg was second in 4:15.43.
“There was very good competition throughout the meet, and it came down to the 400 free relay,” said Pekin coach Christine Dunn. “A lot of our swimmers were put in events they don’t usually swim and they stepped up with good times.”
Curtis won the 500 freestyle relay in 5:38.80.
“Sami continues to drop her time in that event,” Dunn said.
FIRST LOSS: The Pekin volleyball team is no longer undefeated in the Mid-Illini Conference.
Metamora beat the host Dragons 25-17, 26-24 Tuesday night in Hawkins Gym.
“It wasn’t a great match for us. We couldn’t get anything going,” said Pekin coach Yvonne Thompson. “We have to make some changes and get ready for East Peoria on Thursday.”
Emma Clark had six kills for Pekin (12-3-1, 4-1) and Olivia Evans had a dozen digs against Metamora.
FIRST GOAL: Washington beat Pekin 3-1 Tuesday night in a Mid-Illini Conference boys soccer game at Babcook Field, but there was a bright spot for the visiting Dragons.
Freshman Gabe Fairchild, a first-year soccer player, scored his first goal. It came at 77:15, assisted by Marcelo Rangel.
“It comes down to us having less varsity caliber players than our opponents,” said Pekin coach Gus Kormah. “You need more than 30 players at our size school to compete. I’m proud of the work our guys are putting in.”
Jaxon Coleman (7:08), Benn Jane (unassisted) and Ryan Kastl (65:11) scored for Washington against Pekin.
Panthers goalie Tanner Unruh had five saves. Pekin goalie Jon Haller made 13 saves.
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