Marion’s Capel wins regional title, Kelly also advances

Darren Kinnard

MARION — Marion junior Sarah Capel admits this season has not gone accordingly to plan, over and above dealing with all the changes caused by the pandemic. A strong summer hasn’t always translated to results this fall, but Capel says
she has “lived at Kokopelli” since finding out her school was hosting a 2A regional.

That hard work paid off Wednesday as Capel carded a 3-over 74 to edge Mascoutah’s Sophia Florek by a shot to win a regional championship. The Wildcats finished three shots out of second, so they will not advance as a team. Capel’s teammate, Baylee Kelly, finished tied for the sixth with an 80. Capel and Kelly advance as individuals to next week’s Champaign Sectional.

Team results:
O’Fallon 316
Edwardsville 344
Marion 347
Collinsville 353
Belleville East 367
Triad 373
Alton 375
Belleville West 377
Granite City 441
Mt. Vernon 454
Advancing teams: O’Fallon, Edwardsville

Individual results:
1) Sarah Capel, Marion 74
2) Sophia Florek, Mascoutah 75
3) Maddie Vanderheyden, O’Fallon 76
4) Dylan Kirchoff, O’Fallon 77
5) Reagan Martin, O’Fallon 78
T6)Baylee Kelly, Marion 80
T6)Natalie Messinger, Alton 80
T8)Nicole Johnson, Edwardsville 81
T8)Grace Daech, Edwardsville 81
10)Maya Clark, Collinsville 82
Advancing individuals: Sarah Capel, Marion (74), Sophia Florek, Mascoutah (75), Baylee Kelly, Marion (80), Natalie Messinger, Alton (80)