By Brent Huelsmann
The Hornettes girls golf team advanced to sectionals with a thrid place finish in the Mt. Carmel Regional on October 7. The Hornettes finished behind Mt. Carmel and Pinckneyville. Mt Carmel finished 33 strokes ahead of Pinckneyville with a score of 328. Pinckneyville finished with a score of 361, while Nashville finished with a score of 383. Carmi-White County finished fourth and West Frankfort finished fifth.
Leading the Hornets was Jill Guetersloh who shot a 92 on the day. Sara Guetersloh was right behind her with a 94. Hope Reuter was third on the team with a 97, followed by fellow sophomore Jordan Stiegman who shot 100 on the day to round out Nashville's scorers. Other participants for the Hornettes were Rachael Kell, who shot a 103 and Brooke Bartling who shot a 106.
The leading scorer on the day was Abbey Leighty of Mt. Carmel. She shot a one over par 73 and finished with the best round by 10 strokes.
The Hornettes then moved on to play at sectionals for the chance to advance to the state finals. Sectionals was held at Crab Orchard Golf Club, in Carterville on October 12. The Hornettes finished fourth in the sectional behind Metropolis (Massac County), Belleville (Althoff Catholic), and Mt. Carmel. The Hornettes finished the day with a score of 364, 13 strokes behind third place Mt. Carmel. The Hornettes finished one stroke above Pinckneyville, a team that beat them in regionals.
Although the team did not advance to state, sophomore Hope Rueter, finished with an 81 on the day which was tied for the fourth best overall score. With that score, Rueter was able to advance to the state finals as an individual.
The other scorers for the Hornettes were Jordan Stiegman, who finished with a 92, Brooke Bartling who finished with a 93, and Rachael Kell who rounded out the scoring with a score of 98. The other Hornettes competitors were Jill Guetersloh, who finished out the day with a score of 100, and Sara Guetersloh, who shot a 112 on the day.
The State Finals will be held on October 17 at Red Tail Run Golf Club in Decatur.