A season ago, Chesterton's Elyse Stasil was the runner-up medalist at the state girls golf finals.
The senior has a quality chance to claim the top spot this year as she tied for the lead with Zionsville sophomore Abby Thielbar at 2-under-par 70 after the opening round at Prairie View in Carmel on Friday.
Stasil had birdies on Nos. 3 and 12. She finished at 4-over last season, two shots from the title.
Lake Central junior Alexis Miestowski, who won the crown two years ago, is two shots back in fifth place. Miestowski tied for third as a sophomore at 5-over.
Valparaiso, the lone Region team in the field, is 12th with a 362. Vikings sophomore Wynne Aldrich is tied for 16th individually with a 79.
Marquette Catholic freshman Teresa Dorado is tied for 68th with a 91.
The final round is today.
Munster Sectional: The host Mustangs won their state-record 37th consecutive title with a 4-1 win over Highland.
Munster also holds the state record for overall titles at 44.
Porter County Conference tournament: Peyton Doelling had 20 kills to lead Hebron to the tourney title with a 25-18, 25-20, 23-25, 25-21 win over Washington Township in the championship.
Carson Roeske added 14 kills for the Hawks (15-0).
Porter County Conference tournament: Times No. 7 Boone Grove won the program's fifth title with a 25-9, 25-22, 25-22 victory over Morgan Township.
Whiting 20, Calumet 12: The No. 10 Oilers (5-2, 4-1) held off a charge from the Warriors (2-5, 2-3) to pick up the Greater South Shore Conference win.
Wheeler 31, Hanover Central 14: The Bearcats (4-3, 3-2) took control and sent the Wildcats (4-3, 2-3) to their third-straight GSSC loss.
Boone Grove 49, Bishop Noll 6: The Wolves (4-3, 4-1) rolled to the GSSC win over the Warriors (0-7, 0-5).
Mustangs senior picks U of Indy: Munster's Amy Kaniewski will take her talents to the University of Indianapolis after committing to the Greyhounds.
Kaniewski played in 21 games for the Mustangs as a junior, with six runs in 22 at bats.
Indy had a 33-21 record in the spring, with a 14-14 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.