Monti gears up with big efforts

Karli Recker chips onto the green for the Panthers in the home meet against Anamosa April 27. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Jaelyn Aitchison watches her tee shot in the Anamosa meet.
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     With the River Valley Conference Tournament looming this week, and regionals to follow, the Monticello High School girls golf team needed a springboard week to get ready for the postseason.

     The Panthers definitely got one, winning a pair of dual meets by wide margins, and then finishing a competitive second in the Wahkonsa Invitational at Durant.

     Monticello started the week with a 183 to 223 win over Cascade April 26 at Fillmore.

     “We played very well as a team, shooting our lowest score of the year by 10 strokes,” Monticello coach Doug Ries said. “I was happy for Dru, who broke 40 for the first time in her career. Tori McDonald also had a personal best 47.”

     Drucilla Kramer was meet medalist with a 38, and Rebekah Prull was runner-up with a 46. Jaelyn Aitchison contributed with a 52.

     On April 27, the Panthers played host to Anamosa, and won 194 to 221. Kramer was meet medalist again, this time with a 44; and Prull shot 46 to finish second again. Aitchison carded a 50, and Karli Recker shot 54.

     “Dru and Beka both had nice rounds and have been very consistent the entire season,” coach Ries said. “We got a good round from Karli Recker for our fourth score, which was good to see. It will be important to have some depth heading into the conference tournament (this) week.”

     Perhaps the most impressive meet for the Panthers was the runner-up finish at Wahkonsa. Monticello shot 393 to finish second to host Durant by just six strokes.

     “It was a good test on a tough course,” Ries said.

     Kramer finished second overall with an 84. Prull and Recker each shot 100, and Aitchison had a 109. Tori McDonald had a 118 and Kylee Van Dorn shot 120 to round out the Panther cards.

     “Dru’s putter got hot and she played really well on the back nine,” Ries said. “Beka had a few problems on the front but turned it around on the back nine. Karli continues to improve and is getting more confident.

     “We got to see several conference schools, which should be beneficial leading into the conference tournament.”

     The River Valley tournament is May 5 at Muscatine.


April 26

(at Fillmore)

Monticello 183,

Cascade 223


     Drucilla Kramer 38 (meet medalist), Rebekah Prull 46 (runner-up), Tori McDonald 47, Jaelyn Aitchison 52, Karli Recker 58, Piper Hansen 61.


     Kylee Van Dorn 59, Lacie Koppes 61, Lake Schnoor 66, Kayla King 67.


April 27

(at Monticello)

Monticello 194,

Anamosa 221


     Drucilla Kramer 44 (meet medalist), Rebekah Prull 46 (runner-up), Jaelyn Aitchison 50, Karli Recker 54, Tori McDonald 55, Kylee Van Dorn 63.


     Kayla King 54, Lacie Koppes 65, Piper Hansen 69, Lake Schnoor 74.


April 30

Wahkonsa Inv.

(at Durant)


     1, Durant 387; 2, Monticello 393; 3, Tipton 413; 4, Wilton 421; 5, North Cedar 440; 6, West Liberty 444; 7, Louisa-Muscatine 451; 8, Iowa City Regina 451; 9, Camanche 524.


     Drucilla Kramer 84 (runner-up), Rebekah Prull 100, Karli Recker 100, Jaelyn Aitchison 109, Tori McDonald 118, Kylee Van Dorn 120. Medalist: Alli Nash, Tipton, 80.



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