Walberg advances to sectionals for girls golf

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Jesse Moyer, Staff Writer

This school year has been different from the past years which also messed up the sports seasons. Certain sports were able to play on time this year. Girls and boys golf along with girls tennis were able to get in their seasons.
The girls golf team, led by senior Coe Walberg’s eighth place finish, placed third at the regional meet. Walberg advanced to the sectional as an individual and finished her season in 46th place at sectionals. Walberg was named first team to the conference.
The boys’ golf team finished tied for 8th. Our team’s total of 399 was much better than last year. In a normal year, the top three teams and top 10 individuals (not on the top three teams) move on to sectionals. Aiden Krup and David Bertolasi would have moved onto sectionals in a normal year.
Boys Golf Coach Mr. Jeremy Edwards said, “The 2020 BHS Boys Golf season was the most successful season that I have coached. I started in 2017, and this is the first time when we truly felt competitive in multiple matches throughout the season. Our final season team average was 191, while last year’s team average was 233. So we improved by 42 shots as a team, which is incredible. That’s 10 shots per golfer better.
“The biggest difference this season was confidence,” Edwards added. “Our golfers had confidence in themselves that they could score well and they had confidence in their teammates that they would score well. So if a golfer had a bad hole, it was his responsibility to stay positive and keep grinding because we had a chance to win almost every match.”
Junior Aiden Krup said. “Well at the beginning of the year we had to wear a mask while we played. Then IHSA decided that we didn’t have to wear them anymore, we just wore them just in practice. Then we didn’t go to any invites, which also only went up to sectionals this year withno state. The cut of the size of players going to sectionals down. In a normal year they take the top 3 teams, and top 10 individuals after.”
The girls tennis team finished seventh overall in the NIC-10 out of 11 teams. Senior Kiana Staton was named honorable mention in the conference.
Senior Chloe Konieczki said, “Tennis was really fun and I’m glad that I did it. There was so much to learn from it and I think that it helped me to become a better athlete. We had some ups and downs but we came back from them stronger and determined. Overall a great experience and fun learning experience.”