Heart of Illinois Conference golf tournament

    Fieldcrest’s Nick Mariotti took medalist honors but Tri-Valley won the championship of the Heart of Illinois Conference boys’ golf tournament on Tuesday at El Paso Golf Course.
    Eureka cruised to the championship in the girls’ tournament as Allison Pacocha and Carolyn Pacocha placed first and second, respectively, overall.
    The Vikings came in with a 334 to win the league title by eight strokes over runnerup Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (341). Fieldcrest was third with 347, edging host El Paso-Gridley by a stroke (348).
    Mariotti found the front nine to his liking as he fired a 33 en route to finishing with a 72 in pacing the field and the Knights. Connor Birky of GCMS was second with a 74 and EPG’s Caleb Lavender tallied a 77 for third place.
    Scoring behind Birky for the runnerup Falcons were Matt Hunt with an 86, Bryce Boundy at 90 and Cole Maxey at 91. Connor Engle shot 94 and Braden Bosch put up a 96.
    Clay Wells finished at 85 as Fieldcrest’s No. 2. Koy Allen carded a 91 and Issac Morse had a 99. Kayden Gensler and Nolan Timmerman each shot 135.
    Luke Ihlenfeldt came in with an 89 for the Titans. AJ Bond had a 90 and Jacob Castleman carded a 92 for the EPG scoring behind Lavender. Harrison brooks shot 97 and Tyler Young had 98.
    Allen Kindred had an 87 for Ridgeview while Justice Boyd had a 105 and Jace Ballenger netted 113.
    Sam Jones led the Flanagan-Cornell contingent with a 114. John Trainor shot 124.
    Eureka had a 376 to win the girls’ tourney by 22 strokes over Tri-Valley (398). GCMS was third at 405 and EPG as fourth with a 423. Fieldcrest shot 465 for fifth place.
    Allison Pacocha had a 77 for Eureka in taking first place individually. Second went to Carolyn Pacocha with her 81.
    Placing third overall and leading EPG was Makenna Parkhouse with her 93. Following for the Titans were Emma Baker at 107, Kate Henkel at 109 and Skyeler Woods with a 114. Faith Seal shot 117 and Sami Harlan had 123.
    Alivia Tjaden and Faith Theesfield each shot 107 for Fieldcrest. Kylie Gaspardo had a 120 and Elena Kearfott carded a 131.
    Morgan Donaldson had a 140 and Katelin Donaldson shot 164 for Ridgeview.
    Tatum Iverson put up a 129 to lead the Flanagan-Cornell contingent. Devon Snow had a 132 and Amirah Dana shot 147.