Storm A (Prairie) Star In The Making

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Brooke Beeler, Katie Homa, Kasey McCammack, Lauren Williams, Hannah Luckett. FiveĀ  golfers all from one small high school in central Illinois, all playing big time college golf. And that's just in the last ten years.

On Friday, April 15, the latest addition to the Hillsboro High School girls golf legacy took her next step in her career on the links as HHS senior Lindsey Storm signed to play golf for the Prairie Stars of the University of Illinois at Springfield.

The daughter of Tim and Sara Storm, who were at the signing along with Lindsey's grandparents, Leland and Ruth Storm and her coach, Bob Allen, Storm has consistently been among Hillsboro's top golfers since her freshman year in 2012, but really upped her game during her junior season.

That year, Storm was the team MVP, second at the South Central Conference meet, eighth at regionals and came within 15 strokes of qualifying for her first state tournament.

Her 2014 season would just be a warm up for a stellar senior season though, one that helped rebuild the HHS golf program. Just two years after only three players teed off for the Lady Toppers at the South Central Conference tournament, Hillsboro claimed their first SCC title since 2009 by shooting a 388.

Storm would be a big part of that as she earned co-medalist honors at the match, something that had eluded the Toppers since Luckett's graduation in 2011.

The SCC tournament was just the tip of the iceberg though. Storm set career best marks for nine holes, with a 37 at Pana, and for 18 holes, with an 80 at Oak Brook Golf Course in Edwardsville. The latter was one of her most impressive performances of the season as she placed fifth at the Gary Bair Invitational, the highest of any Class A player in the field.

Her success in the regular season helped the Lady Toppers to surpass the 20 win mark for the year and gave Storm momentum going into the postseason.

In regionals, Storm would earn medalist honors, just the third Hillsboro girls golfer to do so since 2000, along with Beeler, Luckett and Williams. She would shoot a 78, setting a new career best for 18 holes, then beat Salem's Megan Gallatin and Effingham's Alex Brummer in a playoff to grab the top spot.

She would follow her regional performance up with a tenth place finish at sectionals and a 21st place finish at the IHSA Class 1A State Tournament, the first appearance for a Hillsboro player since Luckett finished 24th in 2011.

While Storm's future is on the links, she has also had her fair share of success on other playing fields. As a starter for the 26-5 Hillsboro girls basketball team, Storm averaged 8.1 points per game and was a spark plug on the court.

She also played a role in the success of the Hillsboro softball program during her freshman through junior seasons, before opting for track in her senior year.

Storm has also used her time on the playing fields to advocate for others. In the golf postseason, Storm wore a purple ribbon and wristband in honor of Grace Herschelman and infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy, a rare genetic disease that the Hillsboro four-year-old is battling.

Storm continued her support of INAD awareness during the basketball and track seasons, writing Grace's name on her shoes for both sports.

"Lindsey has truly been a special part of our journey this year and we are excited for her to continue her success at UIS," said Grace's mother, Mary Herschelman.

While Storm is still undecided on a major, she is excited about her future at the Division II school in Springfield.

"UIS presents unlimited opportunities to better myself both academically and as a golfer," Storm said on her decision to make the short trip north.

And like those opportunities, with Storm, the sky is the limit.

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