Junior golfer Jessie Ackman shot a 90 at Putnam County girls golf regional on Wednesday to pace Beecher to a third-place finish and advancement as a team to the sectional round.
The Ladycats shot a 437, tying with Kankakee for third place behind Granville (388) and Peru (430). Beecher captured the tiebreaker as Kankakee will send three individual golfers to state.
Kelsey Bonnema (105), Liz Rapacz (151) and Sadie Hoge (120) scored for the Ladycats.
Illinois Lutheran 5, Oak Forest 4: The Chargers (14-6) got two goals and one assist from Justin Schmidtke in picking up the win. Both Luke Egeler and Evan Henschel had a goal and an assist for Lutheran. Teammate Charlie Wegley also had a goal.
News and notes
IHSA will keep postgame handshakes: Kentucky's athletic sanctioning body has ordered high schools not to conduct postgame handshakes in all sports following more than two dozen physical confrontations the past three years.
Tuesday's directive from Kentucky High School Athletic Association Commissioner Julian Tackett posted on its website didn't mention specific fights or conflicts but said several fall sports have had postgame incidents. The organization says it's "disappointing" to take such action but that it became necessary because of occurrences statewide and nationally.
KHSAA has also instructed game officials to immediately leave facilities after contests or risk being penalized.
Teams can choose to ignore the order. Schools that conduct handshakes must supervise the activity and report any incidents to KHSAA.
Member schools or coaches that engage in unsportsmanlike behavior will be fined and penalized.
The commissioner said all sports have had problems over the years but cited a fight between volleyball players this fall as one example of what's happening.
In the wake of the decision, the IHSA issued a statement saying that the handshake is a vital part of high school athletics.
“The IHSA believes that the postgame handshake is a valuable tradition that helps provide perspective to participants that the value of participation is more important than the outcome of the event," IHSA executive director Marty Hickman said in a release.
"We have no doubt that our young people, coaches and officials have the integrity and maturity necessary to carry on this practice. It is, and will continue to be, a symbol of sportsmanship in high school sports in Illinois, and we believe it is widely supported by our principals and athletic administrators. Former IHSA administrator H.V. Porter wrote in 1939 that ‘sportsmanship is largely a matter of habit,’ and his words still ring true today.” — Associated Press, IHSA.org