By TR HARLAN
Good thing there’s room in the trophy case.
The Chesterton girls golf team hoisted the biggest trophy in school history
on Saturday as they won the Valparaiso Sectional at Valparaiso Country Club
with a 373 team score.
The Trojans edged second place Valparaiso (387) and LaPorte (395), but all
three teams earn a bid in next Saturday’s LaPorte Regional at Beechwood Golf
“We toppled a dynasty,” Chesterton coach Dale Hewitt said. “I’ve been doing
this for nine years and at least for that long, Valpo has had a lock on the
Sectional. Most years, you go in there just trying to finish second and
“I knew we had a shot if we played well even on Valpo’s home course.”
Allyse Kotso led the way for Chesterton by taking medalist honors with an 80.
The junior picked up four birdies, two each on the front nine and back nine,
during the round.
“Allyse was big for us today,” Hewitt said. “I knew she’d play well, because
at our last meet (Valpo’s number one) Annie (Nolan) beat her by a few
strokes. I thought she’d play really tough and score well.”
Kotso was able to keep the ball in the tight fairways and negotiate the
small, slick greens even battling against an injured shoulder.
“The greens are really tough and the hole positions were really difficult,”
Hewitt said. “I’m happy for her. I think the shoulder is still bothering her,
but I’d take a bad shoulder if it meant I could shoot 80 on this course.”
Following Kotso were sophomores Erin DeVaney (91) and Hayley Miller (101).
Freshman Raine Fox also fired a 101, while junior Jessica O’Brien shot 106.
“I think this is really big for us,” Hewitt said. “Chesterton’s never won the
Sectional before and I think it’s just a sign of things to come. We’re on an
upswing and we don’t lose anybody coming into next year.
“I expect to be in contention for Sectional titles for the next several
The Trojans next test will be at the LaPorte Regional next Saturday with a
berth to the State Finals on the line.
“There are some really good teams in the Regional,” Hewitt said. “I know Twin
Lakes is coming over and everybody out of the east is tough. Penn, Mishawaka
Marian and South Bend St. Joe are all tough. Lake Central comes over too.
“They take four, so we’ll just tee it up and see what happens.”
1. Chesterton, 373; 2. Valparaiso, 387; 3. LaPorte, 395; 4. Michigan City
Marquette, 429; 5. Portage, 430; 6. Boone Grove, 458; 7. New Prairie, 459; 8.
Wheeler, 465; 9. Michigan City, 493; 10. South Central, NTS.
Medalist – Allyse Kotso (C), 80.
Chesterton – Allyse Kotso 80, Erin DeVaney 91, Hayley Miller 101, Raine Fox
101, Jessica O’Brien 106.
Valparaiso – Annie Nolan 89, Kelly Copeland 91, Emilia Sitja 99, Lauren
Jacobs 108, Lyndsey Holmes 113.
LaPorte – Nikki Dunham 95, Cassandra Jerkovic 98, Lisa Marie Mullen 100,
Darby Alcorn 102, Sara Benefiel 109.
Michigan City Marquette – Summer Schau 88, Mary Katherine Slattery 93, Brie
Hussey 119, Maureen McDonald 129, Rachel Gasaway 131.
Portage – Lauren Wighaman 100, Shelby Milner 106, Sarah Dienes 108, Alex
Simmons 116, Lauren Scott 118.
Boone Grove – Jillian Joyce 107, Rachel Mastey 107, Anna Robinson 111,
Kristen Kelban 133, Normis Salas 147.
New Prairie – Stephanie Ferro 104, Terri Watts 107, Alysia Palm 123, Breanne
Wheeler – Brianne Michaels 112, Vanessa Ryan 114, Jessica Marek 119, Taylor
Ruby 120, Rebecca Ryan 123.
Michigan City – Samantha Spielvogel 119, Jessica Nieman 122, Elizabeth
Heywood 125, Cecelia Gussman 127.
South Central – Sydney Bailey 110.