KEWANEE, Ill. — Allison Miller was smacking forehands, backhands and volleys with a great deal of success for Pleasant Valley's tennis team two years ago.

Miller has traded in the racket for golf clubs. The results have not changed.

The senior posted a 79 Monday to earn medalist honors by seven strokes at the Mississippi Athletic Conference tournament as PV claimed its eighth consecutive league championship at Kewanee Dunes Golf Club.

"I'm just proud of how far I've come transitioning gears," Miller said. "It is great that my high school experience was such that I got to do both."

Led by Miller and fourth-place finisher Danielle Henricksen, PV finished with a 380 total. Muscatine was second at 401, followed by Burlington (402), Davenport North (409) and North Scott (409).

The Spartans have won the eight titles by an average of 31.6 strokes.

"It is great to keep the tradition going, especially as a senior," Henricksen said.

Miller was the MAC tennis champion at No. 4 singles and No. 1 doubles in 2015. After that season, she shifted her focus to golf.

Her older sister, Rachele, was a golf standout at PV. Her father is an avid golfer.

"I think I got a little burned out on tennis, so much in so little time," Miller said. "I wanted a new challenge."

Miller finished fifth at last year's MAC golf tournament with a 91.

In her second season, the scores have vastly improved. She came in averaging 41 strokes for nine holes and a league-best 79 for 18.

Miller played the last five holes of the front nine in 1-under. Her lone birdie of the day came at the par-4 eighth. She stuffed an approach shot to about 8 feet and buried the putt.

"Staying focused was the big key," Miller said. "You get into some pretty long rounds playing high school girls golf. You just need to keep it going and not let a bad shot affect your mindset."

Miller participated in some PGA junior tournaments at a young age. She got into tennis around the age of 8 and made that a priority until the past couple of years.

"As a kid, I didn't have the patience for golf," Miller said. "It is a time-consuming game and extremely frustrating."

It has turned into a love. Miller will join Rachele on the DePauw University golf squad next fall in Greencastle, Indiana. The two weren't teammates in high school given Allison didn't take up golf until after Rachele had graduated.

"I'd like to see what damage the Miller girls can do," Allison said.

Miller was just one of four players in the field to break 90. Muscatine's Paige Miller, last year's conference medalist, was second with an 86. Davenport North's Mckenzie O'Brien turned in an 88 and Henricksen recorded an 89.

"It is kind of a challenging course and I seem to do fairly decent on challenging courses," Paige Miller said. "I try to keep a level head no matter what."

Brooke Harris and Madeline Patramanis joined Miller and Henricksen in PV's low four with 100 and 112, respectively.

Henricksen came in averaging 83 shots for 18 holes, almost a five-shot improvement from last year.

"Last year, I played fearfully and would get nervous with shots," Henricksen said. "This year, I'm focused. If I hit a bad shot, I leave it behind and don't carry it with me on the course."

Regional play begins next Monday for Class 3A Davenport Assumption. The other MAC members begin the postseason in two weeks. All the 4A and 5A conference schools will head to Cedar Rapids in hopes of qualifying for state.

MAC tournament

At Kewanee Dunes

Par 72

Team scores — 1. Pleasant Valley 380; 2. Muscatine 401; 3. Burlington 402; T4. North Scott 409; T4. Davenport North 409; 6. Bettendorf 416; 7. Assumption 420; 8. Davenport Central 570; Clinton and Davenport West no team scores.

Top 5 individuals — 1. Allison Miller (PV) 39-40 — 79; 2. Paige Miller (Musc) 41-45 — 86; 3. Mckenzie O'Brien (North) 45-43 — 88; 4. Danielle Henricksen (PV) 46-43 — 89; 5. Dani Bredar (Burl) 43-47 — 90.

Pleasant Valley (380) — Miller 79; Henricksen 89; Brooke Harris 49-51 — 100; Madeline Patramanis 58-54 — 112

Muscatine (401) — Miller 86; Sarah Solt 49-53 — 102; Ellie Howard 50-56 — 106; Ragan Carey 52-55 — 107

Burlington (402) — Bredar 90; Elizabeth Francis 45-53 — 98; Natalie Spear 51-55 — 106; Cassandra Taylor 54-54 — 108

Davenport North (409) — O'Brien 88; Hailey Fisher 54-50 — 104; Natalie Kirby 55-52 — 107; Mareena Ray 61-49 — 110

North Scott (409) — Grace Bjustrom 44-53 — 97; Maddie Stroker 46-55 — 101; Maddie Harbour 50-55 — 105; Kayelynn Carsten 53-53 — 106

Bettendorf (416) — Nicki Blaum 52-47 — 99; Kelly Lent 53-50 — 103; Natalie Stein 54-50 — 104; Parker Knight 55-55 — 110

Assumption (420) — Caitlin Steimle 49-47 — 96; Olivia Leinert 49-50 — 99; Gaby Moya 61-51 — 112; Gabby Berthel 56-57 — 113

Davenport Central (570) — Hannah Rios 56-56 — 112; Grace Carr 66-64 — 130; Olivia Tobin 89-74 — 163; Mary Meder 85-80 — 165

Clinton (no score) — Annie Fier 49-51 — 100; Maria Nichols 73-89 — 162

Davenport West (no score) — Amber Long 57-52 — 109; Kersten Kahley 64-63 — 127; Allison Cheatheam 69-74 — 143

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