By Taylor Bechtold
GIRLS GOLF -- She saved one of her best performances of the season for the biggest tournament to date.
Libertyville High School's Kaitlin Woodyard earned a conference medal and finished in the league's top five by shooting a solid 87 at the NSC conference meet on Tuesday.
The senior carded a 43 on the front nine and a 44 on the back at Deerpath Golf Course. Her effort helped the Wildcats (367) edge out Lake Forest (372) for second place in the conference.
Libertyville's Victoria Mendenhall (12th, 93), Darinka Sutic (13th, 93) and Emilie Teitz (15th, 94) also picked up conference medals.
Stevenson (333) captured its fourth consecutive league title behind individual champion Stephanie Miller. The sophomore standout fired a 2-over-par 74 (37-37) to win the conference crown by 10 strokes.
Recap: Paige Webb fired a 43 and Woodyard contributed a 45 to lead Libertyville past Lake Forest 181-185 in NSC action on Monday.
Mendenhall shot a 46 and Camilla Ou added a 47 for the Wildcats (5-5) at Lake Bluff Golf Course.
Behind a team-best 90 from Marilyn Stone, Libertyville placed sixth (385) in the 19-team Freeport Pretzel Invite on Saturday.
Last year's hero of the North Suburban Conference tournament -- Libertyville's Matt Dohse, the defending NSC champion -- had another fine showing on Tuesday, shooting a 77 to place 11th at Willow Glen Golf Course.
The Wildcats (321) finished sixth. Also earning medals were Alex Quenan (18th, 78) and Eric Hollenbeck (24th, 79).
Make it 15 in a row for this special team. Led by all-tournament selections Kristen Webb and Cindy Zhou, unbeaten Libertyville won five straight matches to win the Prospect Invite on Saturday.
None of the matches went to three sets. Down went Prospect 25-20, 25-16; Wheeling 25-15, 25-19; Palatine 25-19, 25-23; Maine East 25-16, 25-8; and Lake Park 25-19, 25-12.
Webb had 65 digs and four aces. Zhou notched 77 assists, 16 kills, 11 aces and five blocks. Also helping the cause were Catie Steffen (42 kills, 20 digs, 8 aces), Ryan Cummins (28 kills, 14 digs), Taylor Zant (8 kills, 2 blocks) and Kerry Risley (6 kills, 5 blocks).
The Wildcats also beat Warren 25-10, 25-15 last week. Steffen had 10 kills. Zhou added 15 assists.
The Wildcats bowed to Stevenson 5-2 on Monday. It was their first NSC Lake loss after opening the season with four straight division wins.
Libertyville's Maggie O'Brien/Emily Paul (No. 2 doubles) and Sharon Guan/Arantxa Escobar-Garcia (No. 3) beat Pats pairs in straight sets.
LHS downed visiting Mundelein 6-1 on Sept. 23, sweeping the doubles matches. Winners were MK Lee/Meghan Ahlgrim (No. 1), O'Brien/Paul (No. 2), Guan/Escobar-Garcia (No. 3) and Lauren Tasiopoulos/Joanna Suhuyda (No. 4).
Nicole Klein (No. 2) and Claire Eichmann (No. 3) won singles matches.
Among Libertyville's wins in a 5-2 defeat of Warren last week was Sarah Paulson's 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-1 decision over senior Michelle Dutt at No. 1 singles.
Junior Dan Ryan peddled home in 85th place (16:10) to lead Libertyville at the Palatine Invitational on Saturday. Senior Michael Schmitz finished 126th (16:43) and senior Scott Cooper was 141st (16:59) for the Wildcats, who took 24th.
Down on the farm: Nick Korhumel provided one of the highlights for Libertyville when he won the sophomore-only race at the prestigious Palatine Invitational.
He finished the course at Deer Grove Forest Preserve in 15:58 -- a new course record for the sophomore race.
Class acts: The Wildcats presented a $1,000 check to the Fisher House at the Edward J. Hines Veterans Hospital earlier this month.
The team sold discount cards for local Libertyville businesses with the help of NFP Sports fundraising. Following a team tradition, team members elected to give half of their proceeds to charity and selected the Fisher House Foundation.
Erika Danckers led a solid Cats pack to help Libertyville finish 11th in Saturday's Palatine Invitational.
Danckers reached the chute 35th in 18:36, and was later joined by teammates Nicole Jaffke (67th, 19:14), Lexie Zafiratos (68th, 19:16), Erin Jaffke (70th, 19:17) and Abigail Toohey (72nd, 19:18).
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