Yorkville’s Washburn on par for state trifecta

In her junior year, Washburn became the first-ever Yorkville female golfer to qualify for state. Months later in the girls’ bowling season, she became the first female to qualify for sectionals. In May, Washburn advanced to the track and field state finals, qualifying in both pole vault and with the 4×400-meter relay team.

“She’s a super-hard worker and has a level of commitment that is on par with elite talent,” Yorkville head track coach Ben Draper added. “She doesn’t look for the easy way out when it is obvious hard work is the only way to accomplish something. That’s rare in athletes these days. That’s what sets her apart from her peers.”

Washburn, a lefty, is now preparing for her senior season and is hoping to accomplish the ultimate goal – becoming a three-sport state qualifier. It’s an obtainable accomplishment – something that Washburn and her coaches believe she can achieve before graduation.

“It’s a pretty realistic goal as long as I keep my mind in whatever season I’m in,” Washburn said. “When it’s golf season, I really have to pay attention. In bowling, I know I really have to step it up and the same goes for track as well.”

“If anyone could do it, it’s her,” Yorkville girls’ bowling head coach Julie Renda added. “I’d love to see that happen.”

During the 2014 golf season, Washburn became the first female golfer in school history to represent the Foxes at the Class AA state tournament. She shot an 83 at the regional (third overall) and an 81 at the sectional before finishing 62nd of 114 at the state finals. She also placed second overall at the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference meet. It was her third year placing in the top 10 in the league.

Washburn, who has been golfing since seventh/eighth grade, said the goal this year is to finish in the top 25-30 at the state tournament and perhaps win both the conference and the regional title.

“We talked at the end of last year about the expectations she has for herself,” Yorkville head golf coach Tyler Bantz said. “She really wants to win and realistically, is expecting another state run. She was a little nervous at state last year and didn’t do as well as she wanted but I totally believe she has the ability to place in the top 25.”


Louisa Washburn

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