GIBSON CITY — Salt Fork senior Courtney LaFoe picked the perfect time for her career best round.
Her 6-over 78 at the Railside Golf Course in Gibson City, not only earn LaFoe a spot in this weekend’s IHSA Class A State Tournament, but it was also good enough for a second-place finish at the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Sectional.
“I had a really great day,’’ LaFoe said. “My putting was spot on and I was hitting everything well off the tees.’’
LaFoe said her previous best score was an 8-over round and she shot a 84 during a practice round on Sunday at Railside.
“I never thought that I was going to shoot a 78,’’ LaFoe said. “But, I made a bunch of one putts and that really helped my score.’’
LaFoe admitted the key was the fact that she was always in a good position.
“I kept most everything in the fairway off the tee and I had a lot of putts for par,’’ she said. “It was exactly the way that I wanted to play my round.’’
This is the second straight year for LaFoe to advance to the Class A State Tournament. Last year, she tied for 44th with a two-day score of 176 as she shot 88 on both days.
“With the way that I played today, I really looking forward to the state tournament,’’ LaFoe said. “And the fact that I’ve been there before should also be a good thing for me.’’
The IHSA Class A State Tournament will be held this Friday and Saturday at Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur.
Salt Fork teammates Camaryn Todd and Peyton Meade concluded their seasons with rounds of 104 and 118 respectively.
Schlarman Academy’s Sarah Daily and Hoopeston Area’s Holly Morgeson did not advance and their scores were unavailable.
Champaign Central 4, Danville 1
CHAMPAIGN — The Vikings scored first, but the Maroons ultimately scored more.
Danville senior Gracson Torres gave Danville a 1-0 lead off an assist from Lane DePratt, but Central came back with three goals to take a 3-1 halftime lead. The Maroons added another goal in the second half to claim the Big 12 Conference soccer match.
The Vikings, who fall to 9-6-3 overall and 4-2-1 in the Big 12, got eight saves from Cameron Griffin in goal.
Danville will end its regular season at home on Wednesday against the Decatur Eisenhower Panthers. The JV contest will start at 4:30 p.m. and the varsity contest is set for 5:30 p.m. at Ned Whitesell Field.
Schlarman Academy 2, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 1
PAXTON — Janelle Marion had 10 kills and nine assists as the Hilltoppers claimed a 26-24, 16-25, 25-16 win over the Panthers.
Schlarman, which improves to 13-3 overall, was led in assists by Jordan Marganski with 15 to go along with her six kills and four blocks, which shared team-high honors with Lexi Rangel and Shelby Mascari. Laura Gross finished with five kills and four digs, while Sierra Bell led the Hilltoppers with 8 digs.
Covington 3, South Newton 2
KENTLAND, Ind. — After dropping the first two sets, the Trojans rallied to beat the Rebels, 25-27, 17-25, 25-10, 25-14, 15-9 in a non-conference contest.
Kendra Wallace had a team-high 32 digs in the five-set victory to go along with a team-high eight aces. Brooke Ahrens led Covington in kills with 16, while Regan Foster had six blocks and five aces and Adison Smith contributed 15 assists and three aces.
Covington concludes its regular season at 16-8 and the Trojans will play the Turkey Run Warriors in the sectional tournament to be held in Covington.
Sectional pairings announced in Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS — The second-rated North Vermillion Falcons will host the Rockville Rox in a first-round contest in the IHSAA Class A Sectional 47 Tournament.
The official pairings were announced on Sunday and the Falcons (8-0), who will be seeking their third straight sectional title, will begin the tournament on Friday, Oct. 25, against the Rox (6-2), who they beat 39-0 on Oct. 4.
The other games in Sectional 47, set for Oct. 25, will have Covington (1-7) playing at Attica (5-3), Riverton Parke (1-7) at Fountain Central (7-1) and North Central (7-1) at Turkey Run (1-7).
Seeger, the only Wabash River Conference team not in Sectional 47, will play in Sectional 42. The Patriots (3-5) will play at Pioneer (6-2) on Oct. 25.