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 IHSA individual state title and ended with five state medals in her career, also the most in school history.
A strong core of seniors led H-BR to its first appearance at state since 2003. The Royals upended rival Somonauk in the regional final and edged Earlville, 1-0, in the sectional final. H-BR lost to eventual state champion Alton Marquette in the state semifinals before defeating Keith Country Day in the third-place game, giving the Royals their best finish in school history.
Sycamore sophomore Dion Hooker took sixth in the 100 at the Class 2A 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.
The Spartans were led by a trio of wrestlers all season and it was no different at 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 pounds and Jake Davis finished third at 195 pounds.
It was an historic day for Hiawatha on May 18 as the Hawks won softball and baseball regional titles. It was the first baseball regional title in school history and the third overall softball championship.
Kaneland's Victoria Clinton (right) and DeKalb's Kelsey Schrader dueled throughout the conference season before splitting into different postseason classes. Clinton would go on to win the Class 2A state championship while Schrader finished 10th in Class 3A.
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 at the Class 2A state track meet. (Clark Brooks, PhotoNews)
Indian Creek sophomore Emily Schilling wasn't overwhelmed in her first appearance at the Class 1A state track meet. Schilling took seventh in the 800 and followed it up with a fifth-place finish in the 1,600.
G-K senior Emily Wakeley became the school's first female golfer to qualify for the state tournament. She would end up finishing in a tie for 39th at state.
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.