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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Lady Leafs capture NIB 12 championship

  • The Geneseo girls' golf team closed out this week with a conference championship after earning wins over LaSalle-Peru, Alleman and Rock Falls.
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  • The Geneseo girls' golf team closed out this week with a conference championship after earning wins over LaSalle-Peru, Alleman and Rock Falls.
    NIB 12 Conference Meet
    The Lady Leafs started off the postseason in fine fashion as the girls nabbed the NIB 12 girls' golf title Sept. 25 in Rochelle with a team score of 378.
    Geneseo had five golfers finish in the Top 15 to earn medals with four making the Top 10.
    "I am very proud of them," said head coach Julie Frels. "They did a very nice job."
    Monica Lieving took home third overall with an 87, followed by Bailey Ries in seventh with a 97. Ashley Farrell and Emily VandeWiele, both shot 97s to take eighth and ninth, respectively. Abby Wilebski carded a 104 for the course to finish 13th.
    "One person I was really happy with was Bailey Ries, who was under 100 for the first time," said Frels. "Emily VandeWiele didn't start off well, but ended up shooting a 40 on the back, and she was pretty happy with that."
    Others competing for Geneseo were Abby Frank, 106; Emma Vandemore, 107; Corey Panicucci, 108; Taylor McKean and Carley Rusk, 110s; Audrey Anderson, 116; and Sierra Sommer, 121.
    Geneseo vs. LaSalle-Peru
    Geneseo notched another home victory Sept. 20 when the girls' golf team defeated visiting LaSalle-Peru, 201-214.
    Lieving earned medalist honors as she shot a 48.
    Frank followed with a 50, while VandeWiele scored a 51. Farrell and Rusk both shot 52s for the day and Ries came in with a 54.
    Shooting for the junior varsity were: Vandemore, 45; Wilebski, 53; Sommer, 54; Anderson, 57; Panicucci, 60; and McKean, 62.
    Geneseo vs. Alleman/Rock Falls
    The Lady Leafs carded their lowest team total of the season with a 176 to win their Sept. 19 triangular with Alleman and Rock Falls.
    Lieving nabbed medalist honors with a 40.
    Ries followed as she shot a 44, while Farrell recorded a 45. VandeWiele chipped in a 47, while Rusk with a 48 and Wilebski, 53.
    "That is what you want to see is the girls getting better when they are in competition," said Frels. "The girls are peaking at the right time as we get closer to regionals. Some are stepping up and picking up their game. As a whole, we are starting to come around."
    The Lady Leafs (11-3 overall) will next compete in the Rock Falls Regional at 9 a.m. Oct. 3.
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