The Chester High School golf team was honored on November 6 at the Chester Country Club.
The end-of-the year banquet included a dinner, brief program and the announcement of the 2016 MVPs and Most Improved Awards.
Both the girls and boys programs were in attendance and awards were included for both squads.
The Lady Yellow Jackets included seniors Jackie Hopkins and Emily Tudor; juniors Alyse Vasquez and Hanna Bert; and freshmen Mallary Vasquez, Alyssa Place, Katy Liefer and Parker Knippa.
Assistant coach Paul Zemlyn briefly reviewed the season and thanked the parents for all of their help throughout the year.
He further thanked the Chester Country Club for all that they do to foster the CHS golf program and praised head coach Chris Toledo for all of his guidance and leadership throughout the season.
"I am so very proud of these girls," he said. "I am super proud and have had so much fun coaching them over the years. Our parents have been wonderful too.
"They come out to every match and support the kids and support us in all of our fundraisers."
The Lady Yellow Jackets earned third in the Black Diamond Conference and finished above .500 for the season on their overall record.
Emily Tudor and Alyse Vasquez advanced out of the Class 1A Trico Regional to the Salem Sectional, where Tudor just missed advancing to the state tournament by two strokes.
Jackie Hopkins also earned all-conference honors for Chester at the BDC meet.
"I can"t remember any girl in the time that I have been coaching that made it on the all-conference team," Zemlyn said.
The "Most Improved" award was earned by Hanna Bert, while the MVP award went to Tudor.
After the meal, it was the boys" turn.
"I also want to thank the parents for their help and support this year and to thank Paul Zemlyn for his assistance," Toledo said. "I couldn"t have done it this year without Paul.
"Finally, I want to thank Aaron Halstead for thee great job he does with keeping our golf course in such great shape."
The Yellow Jacket squad consisted of four seniors, Baylee Modglin, Trent Doiron, Brenna White and Matt Smith.
Clay Herrell and Lake Fogerson were the two juniors and the seven-man roster was completed with sophomore Jacob Wingerter.
"Every day these guys came to practice and worked hard, soaked up all of our coaching advice and improved daily," Toledo said. "This group was always well-behaved and well-mannered.
"Opposing coaches even commented to me how nice our players were."
Chester won its own Chester Invitational tournament for the third straight year and missed winning the BDC championship by just one stroke.
The Yellow Jackets missed advancing to sectional competition by three strokes.
"Golf is a really hard sport," Toledo said. "Our guys had a very successful season."
Toledo also remarked on his four seniors.
"Matt Smith hits for the No. 4 spot on the team," he said. "Trent Doiron made great strides throughout the year and really improved his swing.
"Brenna White won our invitational this year and made the BDC all-conference team."
Baylee Modglin was the BDC champion and he tied for first place at the Class 1A Waterloo Regional with a score of 75 strokes. He lost medalist honors to Gibault Catholic"s Zachary Heet in a playoff.
Modglin shot a 78 at the Class 1A Robinson Sectional, earning him a berth in the IHSA state tournament. He finished 14th overall with a two-day total of 157.
"I have coached this kid for 11 years," Zemlyn said. "He plays a pretty game. His score of 157 was just four strokes away from making the All-State squad.
"I think Baylee"s 14th place finish is the best of any golfer at CHS in Chester High School history," Toledo said.
Modglin earned team MVP honors, while Doiron was selected as "Most Improved." Lake Fogerson also received his letter, while other golfers received pins.
One final special award was presented to Modglin. Fellow players and coaches Toledo and Zemlyn created a shadow box for Modglin complete with his official CHS team golf shirt and an official IHSA "100 Years of Golf" flag purchased from the golf course at the state tournament in Bloomington.