DEMOTTE | Kankakee Valley senior Bethany Jansma wasn't aiming for medalist honors. Her sights were set on team accomplishments at Friday's Northwest Crossroads Conference meet.
"I was just trying to take each shot and just try to focus on one at a time," Jansma said. "I was just really trying to have fun out there and not think about it too much because I didn't want the pressure to get to me."
That approach appeared to work as Jansma was low individual with an 82 at Sandy Pines, and the Kougars won the team crown with a 357.
Munster was second a 388. Since the Mustangs beat the Kougars during the regular season, both teams shared the overall conference championship crown.
"Any time you beat Munster, it's a good victory," K.V. head coach Ronald Stanton said. "Munster is so competitive, and I couldn't be (more proud) of the girls, it's just that simple. They really played well today."
Jansma's 82 beat second-place finisher and teammate Tara Beere by five strokes. Jansma didn't figure there would be any friendly rivalry between herself and Beere come next week's sectionals, however.
"I don't really care about personal stuff," Jansma said. "I just like that the team can do well together, that all of us can work together as a team."
Jansma and Beere were joined on the all-conference first team by fellow Kougar Shanan Patrick, who shot a 91. Also on the first team were Andrean's Lexi Prasso (89); Lowell's Jorden Zubay (90) and Emma Littrell (93); Highland's Alexa Hogueisson (94); and Munster's Ishani Sharma (94).
Lowell was third at 403. Rounding out the field were Andrean (406), Highland (430), Hobart (465) and Griffith (533).
"It's tough to beat a team twice on their home course," Mustangs head coach Bill Smitka said. "We beat them in the regular season out here. They played really well though; 357 is a phenomenal score."
Now, both teams will turn their attention to the sectional, which will take place next week. Kankakee Valley hopes to build off of their momentum.
"If I could see that score right there, I'd be a happy camper," Stanton said with a laugh while pointing at K.V.'s 357. "That would move us on. It might win (the sectional), but at least it would move us on."