In Round 1 of the Class 2A state finals last year, Fenwick senior golfer Amy Kucera carded a 2-over-par 74, which tied her for tenth place only three strokes behind the leaders. Although she faltered a bit during the second round, Kucera still tied for 21st in the state out of 112 players with a score total of 154.
Leading into the state finals, Kucera earned medalist honors in both a sectional and regional. She carded a 73 at the Schaumburg Sectional and a 78 at the Fenwick Regional.
By August, Kucera had already compiled an impressive list of accomplishments including a No. 10 ranking on the Illinois Class of 2017 on Junior Golf Scoreboard, third-place tie at the Chick Evans Junior Amateur Championship, and second place in the MAJGT/IJGA Player of the Year points race, among other honors.
“Amy is an amazing golf success story,” Fenwick girls golf coach Kitty Delaney said. “She tried out for the girls golf team as a freshman with no competitive golf experience.
“After playing very little if any her freshman year, she and her father (Paul) began frequenting the White Pines Golf Dome in the winter and began taking golf lessons. She spent her summers playing in IJGA tournaments, all the while watching her scoring averages steadily improve.”
Now, all of Kucera’s hard work has paid off as she pursues her dream of playing college golf. She signed with Xavier University last week.
Shortstop Anthony Cavalieri knocked in four runs as the Friars routed St. Ignatius 9-2. Jack Grace and Casey O’Laughlin added two RBIs apiece.
Fenwick scored four runs in both the first and second inning to build a comfortable lead early against the Wolfpack.
Pitcher Justin Sosa earned the win with 10 strikeouts and 15 first-pitch strikes in six innings.
LTHS girls water polo
The Lions reeled off five wins in a row last week, improving to 20-5 overall and 5-0 in the West Suburban Conference Silver Division. Three of the team’s victories occurred at the St. Ignatius Tournament over the weekend. LTHS beat Homewood-Flossmoor [8-6], Loyola [13-4] and St. Ignatius [11-6]. Kaysie Stuba led the Lions in scoring with 13 goals and Hanna Good had four. Grace Wantuk finished with 25 saves at the tournament.
In other matches, LTHS topped Neuqua Valley 18-9 as Stuba scored a game-high seven goals and Good and Greta Markey chipped in three goals apiece. Annika Moore had two goals, five steals and two assists for the victors. The Lions opened last week with a 13-5 win against Oak Park and River Forest in conference action. Stuba (7 goals), Good (3 goals, assist, steal) and Moore (goal, 3 assists, 2 steals) led LTHS.
LTHS girls soccer
Bella Lastina scored two goals and Georgia Dougherty added another goal as the Lions cruised past Lincoln-Way Central 3-0 Saturday at the Naperville North Invitational. In a previous match at the tourney, the Lions battled top-ranked/host Naperville North to a scoreless tie with 15 minutes left in regulation. The high-scoring Huskies pulled away late for a 2-0 victory. In conference play, LTHS edged York 1-0 on Meara Hilling’s goal to remain undefeated in the West Suburban Conference Silver Division.
The Lions (6-4-1, 3-0) host Glenbard West and also play three more games at the Naperville North Tournament this week.
Fenwick girls soccer
The Friars topped Trinity 3-0 on Saturday at the Priory. Morgan Hosty, Erin Durkin and Anna Waring scored a goal each, while Kaylie Fredian, Erin Frumkin and Hosty each had an assist. Caroline Fahey recorded the shutout.