The then-6-foot-4, 195-pound left-hander with a 94 mph fastball was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the fifth round of the 2007 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. As a senior, Crosby earned All-State honors in football and baseball. Crosby struck out 92 hitters while walking 38 en route to a 6-2 record and a pair of saves.
Schepler made the state wrestling meet his final two seasons, narrowly missed the state meet in the discus and was named the Western Sun Conference's Defensive Player of the Year in football. He graduated third all-time at Sycamore with 143 wrestling wins and held the school-record with 76 falls. The Northern Illinois product just re-signed with the San Francisco 49ers this week.
McNeal shared this award with Indian Creek's Tim Harrington.
From our story on McNeal that ran in 2009...
Nearly four months after they famously crossed paths, Darius McNeal and Johntell Franklin were back together again; this time, throwing out the first pitch at Thursday's Milwaukee Brewers game in front of 35,467 fans.
While time had separated the two 18- year -olds since their first meeting in Milwaukee on Feb. 7, on Thursday it seemed natural that they were together again as friends. They exchanged pleasantries and then were cheered by the crowd before McNeal took in his first baseball game.
That friendship has helped Franklin get through the past four months since his mother, Carlita, died on Feb. 7. And that camaraderie was solidified when McNeal stepped to the line and purposely missed a pair of free throws after Franklin's Milwaukee Madison team was given a technical when Franklin entered the game.
Franklin wasn't expected to attend the game, so he was not listed in the official scorebook, meaning a technical had to be called when he entered the game.
That act of sportsmanship has led to the pair being featured on everything from ESPN's SportsCenter and ABC News along with getting mentioned in newspapers around the world.
That game is the reason McNeal is one of this [2009's] Daily Chronicle Male Athletes of the Year.
Harrington shared this award with DeKalb's Darius McNeal.
From our story on Harrington – who overcame the difficult effects of oxygen-deprivation at birth – that ran in 2009...
Usually, the Daily Chronicle's Male Athlete of the Year Award goes to the player with the most points, goals or touchdowns scored.
But Harrington, who finished his basketball career with three points, more than made up for that scoring total with the dedication and perseverance it took him to even take the court with the Timberwolves after his physical limitations kept him from competing with his classmates in competitive sports for most of his life.
Harrington's three-pointer on senior night remains one of the most inspiring sports moments in area history.
After football season ended, Donnelly averaged 12 points per game as a guard on a Barbs basketball team that made it all the way to the sectional final.
He was an All-Western Sun Conference selection in both sports, and concluded his high school career by earning two medals at the Class 2A state track meet at Eastern Illinois.
Donnelly took seventh place in both the 200-meter dash and long jump at state, and was also a member of the Barbs’ 4-100-meter relay team that was a state qualifier.
The only repeat winner on our list. Sisler set a new standard for himself in his junior season: first-team all-area and all-conference performances for the basketball and baseball teams, along with honorable mention honors for a playoff football team.
Sisler was a constant source of production for the Barbs, especially in basketball, where he averaged 10.7 points, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals a game, and baseball, where he hit .466 with 46 RBIs and struck out only three times in 150 at-bats.
• Started at quarterback (throwing for 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns) and played defensive back (where he returned two interceptions for touchdowns) for a Barbs football team that ended one game shy of a return trip to the playoffs.
• Started at guard and led DeKalb’s basketball team to a late-season surge that ended with a Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference title. For his efforts, he was named the Daily Chronicle’s Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
• As a second baseman for the baseball team, Sisler hit .342, had 23 RBIs and led the Barbs with 32 runs as DeKalb beat the defending Class 3A state champions Kaneland on the Knights’ home field in the regional semifinals.
Not a bad way to close out a high school career. Sisler currently plays baseball for Northern Illinois.
Culton was just dominant in his two sports – football and wrestling. He was the area's leading rusher in the fall for the second consecutive season, earning Daily Chronicle Football Player of the Year honors, and lost one match all season in wrestling. He'll wrestle for Northern Illinois in the fall.