Cusick posted a pair of fifth-place finishes last season at the Angel Classic and Suburban Conference Yellow Pool tournament. The returning All-Metro third-team selection also tied for seventh in a Class 4 district tournament and just missed an all-state nod with a 17th-place showing at the Class 4 state tournament.
Peyton Cusick, junior, Marquette
Ellie Johnson, senior, Westminster
Johnson carded a 75 to capture medalist honors in the Class 2 District 1 tournament last fall. The returning All-Metro second-team selection followed that up with a fifth-place showing in the Class 2 state tournament. She also posted a top-10 finish at the Angel Classic.
Nicole Johnson, junior, Edwardsville
The returning All-Metro first-team selection capped an outstanding campaign last season by recording the state of Illinois' lowest sectional score, a 69 in the Class 2A Champaign Centennial Sectional. Johnson also won or tied for the top spot at the Madison County Large Schools Tournament, the Alton Classic, the O’Fallon Invitational and the Southwestern Conference Tournament. She picked up right where she left off to start this season with a 4-under 66 to win the Madison County Large Schools Tournament.
Gracie Piar, senior, Alton Marquette
The Cal State-Northridge commit has started this season on fire with three under par rounds, including a 6-under 66 to win Marquette’s Blast Off tournament. She also had a 1-under 69 to win the Madison County Small Schools Tournament and a third-place 1-under 71 at the prestigious Prep Tour Showcase. Last season, the returning All-Metro first-team selection fired a 68 at the Class 1A Alton Marquette Regional tournament to record the lowest postseason score by any Metro East golfer last season. Piar had a terrific regular season with championships at the Madison County Small Schools Tournament, the Alton Marquette Blast Off, the Metro East Shootout and the Gary Bair Invitational.
Maddie Vanderheyden, senior, O’Fallon
Vanderheyden carded a 76 to finish third and lead the Panthers to the Class 2A Marion Regional team championship last fall. The returning All-Metro third-team selection had a second-place finish at the Belleville West Invitational and also posted a pair of third-place showings at the Alton Marquette Blast Off and the Edwardsville Challenge. She paired with teammate Reagan Martin to win this year's Alton Kick-Off Scramble/Shamble.