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Hornettes Win Their Seventh Straight NIT

The Nashville Hornettes girls golf team won the Nashville Invitational Tournament on August 17. Pictured from left to right: Rylee White, Kaitlyn Simons, Brooke Bartling, Jordan Stiegman, Hope Rueter, and Rachael Kell.

By Brent Huelsmann

For the seventh straight year the Nashville Hornettes took home the title at the Nashville Invitational Tournament, besting Massac County by just one stroke. The Hornettes have won every NIT since 2009, with the 2012 tournament being cancelled due to weather. The Hornettes followed up the NIT win with a third place showing in the Belleville East Invitational.

In the NIT, the Hornettes defeated eight other teams on their way to victory. Nashville finished with a score of 168, followed by Massac County with a score of 169. Pinckneyville took home third place with a score of 179, followed by Trico in fourth, and Mascoutah in fifth.

The top overall individually  finisher at the tournament was Megan Breslin of Pinckneyville, who finished with a 36. There was a three-way tie for second place with Kaci Rendleman of Murphysboro coming away with second place after tie-breakers. Millie Lawson of Massac County finished third, and Avery Rea of Carterville was fourth. Fifth place individually went to Sarah Breslin with a 39, and the final individual medalist of the tournament was Jordan Stiegman of Nashville with a 40.

Stiegman led the way for Nashville with a 40, followed by Rachael Kell with a 42. Hope Rueter and Brooke Bartling each shot a 43 to finish out the scorers for the Hornettes. Rylee White finished with a 53, and Kaitlyn Simons finished with a 57.

The Hornettes were back in action at the Belleville East Invitational on Saturday August 19. The Hornettes came away with a third place finish. O’Fallon took home the title, while Massac County took home second, finishing seven strokes ahead of the Hornettes. Overall the Hornettes finished with a score of 340.

Kell led Nashville in the tournament with an 82, which was fifth overall individually. Rueter finished with an 84, followed by Bartling with an 85. Stiegman shot an 89 at the tournament, while White, and Sydney Gordon each shot a 117.

Pictured from left to right are the medalists from the Nashville Invitational Tournament. Megan Breslin (1st) from Pinckneyville, Kaci Rendleman (2nd) from Murphysboro, Millie Lawson (3rd) from Massac County, Avery Rae (4th) from Carterville, Sarah Breslin (5th) from Pinckneyville, and Jordan Stiegman (6th) from Nashville.

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