South County fall athletes charging into the postseason


Callie Hughes, Staff Writer

The end of the fall sports seasons is right around the corner. Two of the sports that stayed within the normal season are golf and cross country. Both sports feature athletes that are leading the way for their teams. 

The cross country team has been dominating the season with Coach Smith. On the girls’ side, Caroline Peters has racked up three first-place finishes.  Due to this, Peters has high hopes for the team. “I want to lead my team to Sectionals, maybe even State.” The goal for the girls is simple: to get somewhere they haven’t been in quite a long time. Most of all, Peters wants to make her team proud. 

On the boys’ side of things, Jake Gutzman has been outpacing everyone else. He turned in a fourth-place finish at the Toby Elledge Invite. “The best thing about the season is the team. In cross country, a team is truly a family and we get to see the best and worst of each other.” Gutzman also has plans to lead his team to state. “Our team has the talent and we all want to see how far our hearts will carry us.” 

As for the golf team, Dain Richie has been the talk of South County. Dain turned in a six-under-par thirty at Timber Lakes Golf Course in Staunton. He also has won or been tied for medalist at every meet this season. Dain has big plans for the postseason. “I want to win Regionals, Sectionals, and State with rounds all in the sixties.” 

Boys and girls cross country now has a regional scheduled for October 24 at Liberty. Sectionals will be held on October 31 with the location to be determined. 

Girls and boys golf held two separate regional sites. The boys went to Jacksonville Country Club on October 6. The girls were at Lakeshore Golf Course in Taylorville on October 7. The sectional date and site is TBD.