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G-K's Wakeley up with the program

Published: Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT
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(Kyle Bursaw – kbursaw@shawmedia.com)
Genoa-Kingston senior Emily Wakeley – the Daily Chronicle’s 2012 Girls Golfer of the Year – became the first G-K girls golfer to qualify for state and helped lead the Cogs’ girls team to its first ever regional title.

GENOA – Emily Wakeley posted immediate results in the weight room.

The Bigger, Faster, Stronger training program Genoa-Kingston instituted in June led athletes like Wakeley to repeated personal bests. Quality production wasn’t contained to the three-day-a-week summer program. 

Armed with a stronger core, upper body and base of support, Wakeley became the first G-K girls golfer to qualify for state and helped lead the Cogs’ girls team to its first ever regional title.

The experience made every early morning wakeup to train in the BFS program worthwhile and assisted Wakeley to become the 2012 Daily Chronicle Girls Golfer of the Year.

“There were times I didn’t want to go because I am not a morning person,” said Wakeley about BFS. “All my friends were sleeping and I would wake up to work out. It was hard, they would really work us. But with a stronger body, core and arms, I really hit the ball further this year.”

A move from the Big Northern Conference’s West to East Division led G-K athletic director Dirk Campbell to investigate how the Cogs could be better prepared to compete with larger schools. 

After a March BFS seminar and a commitment to athletic physical education class, where student-athletes got to train twice a week in the weight room, G-K was primed to better compete this fall in the more rugged BNC East. 

“BFS is a company that guaranteed quick results,” Campbell said. “Athletes were told they could experience eight personal records per week, and Emily was always there. She was always committed to the weight-lifting part.”

A stronger body was the missing ingredient for Wakeley, who, as a senior, had learned to calm her mind, which helped her cope with tense situations and perform at her best.   

“Emily did a great job of never making the stage bigger than it was,” Campbell said. “In my four years as athletic director, this was the top moment.”

2012 DAILY CHRONICLE GIRLS GOLF ALL-AREA TEAM

First Team

Emily Wakeley, Genoa-Kingston, senior
With improved core and upper body strength, Wakeley hopes to continue her golf career in college. A historic season featured Wakeley becoming the first ever G-K girl to qualify for state and made key contributions to the Cogs' first ever girls golf regional title team.

"Emily has forever etched a legacy with the school as the first girl to ever qualify for state," G-K Athletic Director Dirk Campbell said. "Seeing her hard work pay off is the best part."

Virginia Filicetti, Indian Creek, senior A third-place finish at the Class 1A Stillman Valley regional punctuated a season where the Timberwolves senior continually set new personal-best marks on the course.

Carly Hudon, Sycamore, junior A sectional qualifier for the third straight season, Hudon hopes her final prep campaign can finish like her first. Hudon qualified for state as a freshman and will spend the offseason working on a return trip.

"Carly will work this off season on keeping focused the whole 18 holes," Sycamore coach Dave Burdick said. "She had a couple blow-up holes in regionals and sectionals that cost her. If she can fix that she can make a return trip to state."

Andrea Strohmaier, Genoa-Kingston, junior A trip to state evaded Strohmaier for the second straight year. But her shining moment with an 81 at the Class 1A Stillman Valley regional - she finished second in a playoff - helped lead G-K to its first ever girls golf regional title.

"She was great tee-to-green that day," Campbell said. "She has a real good chance to get to state next year. I live on the Oak Club and see her tee off all the time. I know she's dedicated to the game."

Second Team

Caitlyn Fecht, Hinckley-Big Rock, junior

Lauren Francis, Indian Creek, junior

Tori Guyton, Kaneland, sophomore

Maggie Russell, DeKalb, freshman

Katie Thurlby, Genoa-Kingston, junior

- James Nokes, sports@daily-chronicle.com

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