Conference tournament notebook

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The Loyola boys golf team shot its season-best round Tuesday and didn’t win the Catholic League tournament.

Behind freshman Bennett Cotten’s 3-under 69, the Ramblers posted a 2-under 286 at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club’s No. 3 course in Lemont, but they lost by four strokes to Providence.

“I can’t be disappointed, but we left some shots out there,” Loyola coach Tim Kane said.

Cotten said he wasn’t too upset, either. He made five birdies and two bogeys on his way to shooting his low round in high school. Providence sophomore Ricky Costello was the medalist with his 67.

“I’m fine with it,” Cotten said of his round. “I left a lot out there. I think we all could have done a little bit better as a team.”

Seniors Tyler Aldrich and Nick Rossini had matching 72s, and freshman John Kryscio rounded out the team’s scoring with a 73.

Loyola starts the state series Tuesday at the Class 3A Glenbrook North Regional at Sportsman’s Country Club in Northbrook. Other local teams include Evanston, Glenbrook South, Glenbrook North, New Trier, Niles North and Niles West.

McCullough leads Trevians to title

New Trier junior Louise McCullough shot a 74 at Sunset Valley Golf Club in Highland Park on Tuesday to capture her first Central Suburban championship. She helped the Trevians to a 323 and the league title.

Seniors Lauren Holly (80), Becca Lindblad (83) and Lois Suh (86) all contributed to the final total.

“We are playing well, but we are not playing our absolute best,” New Trier coach Scott Fricke said. “That’s a good sign. We want to play our absolute best at the [Class AA state tournament].”

The Trevians play Oct. 8 at the Loyola Regional at Glencoe Golf Club. Evanston, Glenbrook South, Glenbrook North, Niles West and the host Ramblers are the other area teams represented there.

Ramblers win big

Loyola continued its hot play Tuesday by carding a 321 at Glencoe Golf Club to win the Girls Catholic championship by 72 strokes over runner-up St. Ignatius. It was Loyola’s fourth win of the season at an 18-hole tournament.

The Ramblers were led by freshman Nina Rutkowski, who finished first with a 76. Loyola swept the top five spots. Junior Nicole Wetoska took second with a 79, and junior Blake Yaccino was third after an 81. sophomores Margaret Hickey and Colleen Huffman each shot 85 to tie for fourth.

“It was a good day,” Loyola coach Jim Jackimiec said.

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