An abbreviated schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic has left most of Evanston's athletes hungry for more.
You could include the members of the Wildkit girls golf team on Tuesday after they were limited to just 9 holes of competition at the Central Suburban League South division tournament held at Wilmette Golf Course.
A lack of course availability combined with concerns of conference officials about having too many participants in the same place at the same time, with the pandemic still ranging, limited the competition to 9 holes for the first time in conference history. New Trier repeated as team champion with a score of 147, followed in order by Glenbrook South (173), Maine South (175), Glenbrook North (184), Evanston (206) and Niles West (216).
New Trier placed 6 golfers in the top 10 in the individual standings, including co-medalists Audrey Tir and Olivia Siebert. Pacing the Wildkits were Mia Houseworth (49), Maddie Schrantz (51), Eliana Veron (52) and Sydney TerMolen (54).
In what has been a rebuilding season following the graduation of 5 senior starters last year, ETHS head coach Karilyn Joyce had no complaints about her team's performance Tuesday at the long Wilmette course.
But the veteran coach wasn't happy about limiting the tourney to 9 holes.
"I've coached here 26 years and that's never happened before," Joyce pointed out. "They wouldn't let the kids from the North and South division play together at the same place because they didn't want too many of them together, but they could have had the North play 18 holes and then clear the course for the South to play. We could have played in waves. There are no (individual) awards being presented, anyway I think there's a way we could have done it and the North is playing 18 holes (Wednesday) while our girls only play 9
"Today's score (206) is pretty much where we've been all season, so I'm happy with the way we played today. We only have 1 senior and this is a great group of girls."