Beecher boys golfer Michael Barber is in a three-way tie for seventh place at after Friday's opening round of the IHSA Class 1A state meet at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington.
Barber shot 37s on both the front and back nine. he said his putting was mediocre and that may have cost him a few strokes.
"I hit the ball well and putted OK," he said. "I just hope I make my putts (today). I would like to keep my score under 149. I would be happy with that."
Champaign St. Thomas More's Christopher Tate is the overall leader with a 68. The tournament concludes with two rounds today.
In the Class 2A meet at Weibring Golf Club in Normal, Illiana Christian's Steven Massey is in a four-way tie for 19th with a 77. Teammate Matt Zandstra is tied for 61st with an 83.
In the Class AA girls meet at Hickory Point Golf Cub in Forsyth, T.F. South sophomore Maggie Sloan is in a six-way tie for 21st place with a 77. She shot a 39 on the back nine, then came back with a 38.
In the Class A meet at Red Tail Golf Course, Beecher's Jessie Ackman is 54th with a 92.
Class 3A Stagg Regional: Thornton Fractional shut out Richards 3-0 to advance past the first round of the Stagg Regional at T.F. North.
Reynaldo Porter, Jeremy Calmer and Dan Stellfox each scored goals, and Ray Kobus and Jose Sandoval each were credited with assists for Thornton Fractional (14-5-1), which will play Stagg on Tuesday in the semifinals.
Boys cross country
Illiana Christian tops the poll: Illiana Christian is ranked No. 1 in the latest Illinois Cross Country Coaches poll. The Vikings received all eight first-place votes.