Keith wins Harlem Sectional; Konieczki plays well at state

By Matt Nestor

Sports Columnist

Keith Country Day, in only their fifth year with a girls’ tennis team, can now add a IHSA state sectional championship to their résumé.

Keith totaled 23 points to top NIC-10 champion Auburn, as well as the Boylan Titans to take the sectional trophy.

The top-four finisher in singles and doubles advance to participate in the state championship.

Boylan’s Brianna Markgraf beat out Krisha Singson for first place, winning 6-1, 7-6 (11-9) to take a hard-fought title.

Guilford freshman Cassie Kasicki as well as Sarah Torrence from Auburn will join them downstate. Kasicki won third place in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.

In doubles, Marie Berniger and Paige Diesner from Hononegah bested Elizabeth McGrail and Nicole Beck from Guilford to win the title. Lamise and Nisreen Al-Basha from Keith topped Alexa Devita and Kelly Lorentson of Auburn for third. Both teams will travel to the state tournament.

The state tournament for boys’ golf was also held over the weekend, with area teams represented well in the tournament.

Lutheran, participating in the Class 1A tournament as a team, was able to finish with the third-place trophy at state.

They finished only nine shots back of champion Effingham (620) and only three shots back from second place. Lutheran was paced by Zachary Larson, who shot a two-round score of 152 for sixth place.

For Corey Konieczki of Boylan, it looked as though his return to the state tournament was going to be quite unsuccessful.

Konieczki shot an opening-round 81 and was way off the leader board after the first round. But the Titan golfer found his groove in the second round.

A second-round score of 72 sent Konieczki racing up the board, allowing him to climb all the way to a 10th-place finish in the individual tournament at state.

Cody Rhymer of Guilford also competed in the state tournament. He shot an opening-round score of 80, one stroke better than Konieczki. But a second-round score of 88 relegated him to a 77th place finish out of 105 golfers.

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From the October 21-27, 2009 issue

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