The 2012-13 prep sports year has come to a close for our area schools, and what a memorable year it has been.
Among the accomplishments for our local athletes were five individual state championships and two third-place finishes by teams in the state finals.
It’ll be a couple of months before fall practices officially start for next season, so here are the top 10 moments of the past sports year as chosen by the Daily Chronicle sports staff:
Kaneland football finishes undefeated regular season
For the third consecutive season, Kaneland was perfect through the first nine weeks. The Knights clinched another Northern Illinois Big 12 East title with a 33-30 win at home against Morris.
9. Genoa-Kingston’s Wakeley makes state
G-K senior Emily Wakeley became the school’s first female golfer to qualify for the state tournament. She finished in a tie for 39th at state.
8. Indian Creek’s Schilling doubles up
Indian Creek sophomore Emily Schilling wasn’t overwhelmed in her first appearance in the Class 1A track and field state meet. Schilling took seventh in the 800 meters and followed it up with a fifth-place finish in the 1,600, gaining medals in both events.
7. Kaneland relays finish first, second
A core of five juniors provided the Knights with the talent necessary to be a title contender in the 4x800 and 4x400 relays. Kaneland finished first in the 4x800 relay and took second in the 4x400 in the Class 2A track and field state meet.
6. Clinton, Schrader shine at state
Kaneland’s Victoria Clinton and DeKalb’s Kelsey Schrader dueled throughout the conference season before splitting into different postseason classes. Clinton won the Class 2A state championship, and Schrader finished 10th in Class 3A.
5. Hiawatha baseball, softball claim regional titles
It was an historic day for Hiawatha on May 18 as the Hawks won softball and baseball regional titles within an hour. It was the first baseball regional title in school history and the third overall softball championship.
4. Sycamore wrestlers take first, second, third
The Spartans were led by a trio of wrestlers all season, and it was no different in the state meet. Kyle Akins won a 3-0 decision to claim the Class 2A 113-pound state title, Austin Culton took second at 152 and Jake Davis finished third at 195.
3. Sycamore’s Hooker gets redemption
Sycamore sophomore Dion Hooker took sixth in the 100 in the Class 2A track and field state finals, but wasn’t satisfied. Hooker came back to win the state title in the 200, capturing Sycamore’s first individual track state title since 1978.
2. Hinckley-Big Rock boys soccer makes state
A strong corps of seniors led H-BR to its first appearance at state since 2003. The Royals upended rival Somonauk in a regional final and edged Earlville, 1-0, in a sectional final.
H-BR lost to eventual state champion Alton Marquette in the state semifinals before defeating Keith Country Day in the third-place match, giving the Royals their best finish in school history.
1. DeKalb’s Brown caps track career with title
Jasmine Brown finished her high school career with a state title in the Class 3A triple jump, adding to her third-place finish in the long jump earlier in the day.
She became the first DeKalb girls track athlete to win an individual state title and ended with five state medals in her career, also the most in school history.