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Benet, Lisle girls golfers set for strong seasons

As the girls golf season gets underway, teams have their sights set on the same destination – downstate Decatur for the Class A and AA state tournaments on Oct. 17 and 18. Benet’s Isabella Abdullah will be looking for more state success, while Lisle is hoping to earn its first state tournament appearance.

Benet Redwings

Coach: Mike Bremner

Conference: East Suburban Catholic

Top players

Isabella Abdullah, sophomore

Annie Arnold, senior

Abby Bitto, sophomore

Emma Schramko, sophomore

Gretchen Schramko, senior

Outlook: The Redwings appear to be on the upswing this season with a roster full of returning varsity players. Isabella Abdullah and Gretchen Schramko were sectional qualifiers in 2013, and Abdullah went on to place 40th at the state tournament. Annie Arnold, Abby Bitto. Maggie Durkin, Georgia Prock and Emma Schramko were varsity members last fall.

The steady veteran presence should help Benet as it looks to improve on a 9-9 dual meet record last year.

Bolingbrook Raiders

Coach: Chris Malinoski

Conference: SouthWest Suburban

Outlook: The Raiders will be in for a grind once the postseason arrives as they will be thrown in with some of the best teams in the state at the regional tournament. By then, however, Bolingbrook should be ready for the challenge.

The regular season started Tuesday with the Plainfield North invite, and duals against Lincoln-Way East (a regional champ last year), Sandburg (another regional champ) and Lockport (a sectional qualifier) await prior to the postseason, which starts with the SouthWest Suburban Conference tourney on Oct. 1.

Lisle Lions

Coach: Scott Waibel

Conference: Interstate Eight

Top players

Hannah Altpeter, junior

Melanie Biedelman,senior

Bella Daly, junior

Alexis Gustas, senior

Kelsey Liss, junior

Mary Sullivan, senior

Savannah Zink, junior

Outlook: The four players who played in 2013’s regional tournament and helped the Lions place second – Melanie Biedelman, Bella Daly, Alexis Gustas and Mary Sullivan – all return this season and are joined by a slew of players with varsity experience. Daly and Gustas were both Interstate Eight all-conference in 2013, and head coach Scott Waibel believes Sullivan could have a very memorable season.

“She is the best golfer we have ever had in our girls golf program’s brief history,” the coach said. “She has a good chance to be the first female golfer from Lisle High School to qualify for the state tournament.”

Lisle should be well prepared for a solid postseason run. The Lions faced several quality schools at the season-opening Plainfield North tournament Tuesday, and face larger schools like Hoffman Estates, Willowbrook, Lemont and Glenbard South ahead of the regional tournament on Oct. 8. Another big date is the I-8 Conference tourney Sept. 29, where Lisle will look to capture the conference title for the first time since 2012.

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