Washington survived Sept. 17 in a thrilling finish in a Mid-Illini Conference boys golf match.

Washington survived Sept. 17 in a thrilling finish in a Mid-Illini Conference boys golf match.

Needing to go to the fifth score to decide the outcome against Dunlap at Fairlakes Golf Club, the Panthers prevailed, 196-197.

Talon Supak and Drew Pershing carded 2-over 37s on the front nine to pace Washington.

Hank Stolz supplied a 40 and Tyler Johnson and Austin Wileman had 41s, the latter being the difference as Dunlap's No. 5 player tallied a 42.

The junior varsity matchup included going down to the sixth score before the Eagles won by three shots.

Metamora 153, WCHS 157
Washington was one of the victims on a day when the top three Mid-Illini Conference boys golf teams all lost.

The Panthers fell to the Redbirds Sept. 18 at Metamora Fields Golf Club.

Washington dropped to 4-2 in the league, but stayed in the same position in the standings when Pekin (5-1) and Dunlap (4-2) also were defeated.

The Panthers were scheduled to host Canton in their final dual Monday.

Supak's even-par 35 garnered the Washington golfer medalist honors.

Zach Koonce also was below 40 with a 39 for the Panthers.

Hank Stolz had a 40 for the visitors, and Johnson a 43.

Matt Fletcher's 39 helped Washington to a 176-179 JV win.

Canton Classic
Washington placed second Saturday among the seven Mid-Illini teams gathered at windy Wee-Ma-Tuk Hills Country Club.

Supak put on a clinic with a 1-over 73 that won the tournament championship by four shots.

The Panthers' 315 trailed only title winner Morton, which had a 312. Each of the top-six teams in a field of 12 were from the M-I.

Johnson also was in the top 10 with an 80, which was good for eighth place in a scorecard playoff. Stolz shot the same score.

Pershing's 82 helped Washington gain an eight-stroke cushion over third-place Metamora.

Conference: A lot of different scenarios can play out in the 18-hole Mid-Illini tournament that begins at 9 a.m. Thursday at Metamora Fields Golf Club.

It still is very realistic for Washington to earn its fourth championship in the last seven years.

After a 147-179 win vs. Canton Monday, the Panthers will win the league title with a first-place tournament performance. Pekin currently is the only team ahead of the boys.

There also are other more complicated ways in which Washington can collect the conference crown.

Girls golf
Metamora pulled ahead of Washington in the Mid-Illini with a 194-221 victory.

The Redbirds' triumph Sept. 18 at Fairlakes improved them to 3-2 in league play, while dropping the Lady Panthers to 2-3.

Morgan Elmore of Washington shot a 47 to share the best round of the day with Metamora's Abby Young.

Katie Cassulo added a 55 for the home team, and Allie Malcom a 58.

Nikki Maxheimer and Dana Otten both carded 61s.

The Lady Panthers were set to go to Canton Monday.

Lady Dragon Classic
Washington took 15th place Saturday in rough scoring conditions.

Elmore's 112 was the best for the Lady Panthers, who shot a 485 collectively.

Cassulo had a 116, Malcom a 126 and Maxheimer a 131 at Lick Creek Golf Course.

Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin was the champion with a 361.

Conference: There also is a lot of fluidity on the girls' side entering the 18-hole Mid-Illini tournament that starts at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Quail Meadows Golf Course.

A top-three overall standing still is within reach for Washington after a 214-227 victory Monday at Canton.