Sycamore senior wide receiver Ben Niemann and Kaneland senior quarterback Drew David shared honors as the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference East Division Offensive MVP.
Kaneland senior linebacker Gary Koehring was named the NI Big 12 East Defensive MVP.
Sycamore, which won the NI BIg 12 East for the first time, placed 11 players on the all-conference team. Joining Niemann on the offensive side were quarterback Devin Mottet and linemen Evan Short, Daniel Coovert and Derek Stenberg. On the defensive side, linemen Brandon Nelson and Josh Hunt, defensive backs Michael Stinnett and Jack Dargis and linebacker Brett Weaver were honored. Logan Schneider also made the team as a punter.
DeKalb had four players make the all-conference team, including RB Dre Brown, QB Jack Sauter, lineman Cam Ward and LB Jake Kuykendall .
Kaneland placed 10 players on the all-conference team. Joining David on the offensive side were linemen Alex Snyder and Joe Komel and wide receivers John Pruett and Brandon Bishop. Defensively, linemen Justin Diddell and Jaumaureo Phillips, defensive back Dylan Nauert and linebackers Koehring and Cole Carlson were honored.
DeKalb's Dre Brown, Sycamore's Ben Niemann and Kaneland's Drew David were named All-State by the Illinois Football Coaches Association on Friday.
David and Niemann were honored in Class 5A while Brown was a 6A selection.
All three players saw their teams make the playoffs. Sycamore won the Northern Illinois Big 12 East championship and faces Montini in the 5A state semifinals Saturday at 1 p.m.
Genoa-Kingston placed six players on the All-Big Northern Conference East football team.
Seniors Connor Bankson, Eli Thurlby, Max Hernandez, Sal Lopez and Gage Larson along with junior Griffin McNeal were named to the All-BNC East team.
Seniors Mike Kuhn and Austin Boehmer were named All-BNC East Honorable Mention for the Cogs, who finished the season at 5-5 and made the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
DeKalb senior setter Madison Lord was named the Northern Illinois Big 12 East volleyball MVP.
Lord was one of four DeKalb players to make the all-conference team, including senior Courtney Bemis, senior Courtney Wagner and junior Nicole Schladt.
Kaneland's Ellie Dunn and Jenny Lubic and Sycamore's Mattie Hayes also were named to the all-conference team.
DeKalb's Abby HIckey, Kaneland's Vanessa Gould and Riley Hannula and Sycamore's Christina Dailey were honorable mention selections.
Genoa-Kingston volleyball players Bridget Halat and Olivia Cotton were named unanimous All-Big Northern Conference East honorees.
G-K's Sam Hansel was also an All-Conference selection for the Cogs, who finished third in the BNC East and advanced to a Class 3A regional final before losing to Burlington Central.
DeKalb's Dylan Hottsmith was named the boys soccer MVP of the Northern Illinois Big 12 East.
Hottsmith helped lead DeKalb to a school-record 19 wins, a conference title and regional championship in his only year on the team. Hottsmith, a senior, played football for DeKalb the previous three years.
Hottsmith was joined on the All-Conference team by teammates Akim Suraji, Sean Woodford, Trevor Freeland, Logan Brown and Skyler Weishaar.
Sycamore's Jacob Bassett and Kaneland's Anthony Parillo, Arsim Azemi, Chris VanDinther and Tyler Siebert also were named to the All-Conference team.
DeKalb's Owen Smith, Kaneland's Ignacio Toscano and Curtis Thorson and Sycamore's Adam Millburg and Kendryck Rand were named All-Conference Honorable Mention.
Holy Cross men’s basketball senior forward Dave Dudzinski, who averaged a team-high 15.2 points and 6.6 rebounds a game last season, was named to the Patriot League Preseason All-League Team late last week.
Dudzinski, a 2010 Kaneland graduate, earned a shout out from Fran Fraschilla, an ESPN college basketball analyst.
@franfraschilla tweeted, “First time I’ve seen @DaveTheDude50 Dudzinski, Holy Cross’s best player. Plays hard, skilled for size. Can see why he’s All-Patriot League.”
Sycamore football coach Joe Ryan was named the Chicago Bears High School “Coach of the Week” for Week 8.
Ryan led the Spartans to a 31-21 win over previously undefeated Kaneland on Oct. 18, snapping the Knight’s 35-game regular season winning streak. The win moved Sycamore to 8-0 on the season and put them in position to clinch the school’s first ever Northern Illinois Big 12 East Conference title with a win over Yorkville today.
Ryan will be invited to the Bears vs. Packers game on Sunday, December 29 and will be recognized during an on-field ceremony. He will also receive a framed certificate and attend a Bears practice and “chalk-talk” at Halas Hall with his fellow 2013 “Coach of the Week” honorees.
The Chicago Bears “Coach of the Week” program is in its 18th season and honors outstanding Illinois high school coaches who develop players’ football skills and knowledge, character, leadership, discipline and teamwork abilities.
Sycamore football climbed another spot in the Associated Press Class 5A football poll after its 31-21 victory over Kaneland on Friday.
Sycamore is now No. 2 in the poll, trailing only Montini, which remained the unanimous No. 1 team with all 13 first-place votes.
Kaneland dropped to No. 7 in the poll.
Both teams have already qualified for the playoffs and the brackets for all classes will be released on Saturday night.
The Sycamore-Kaneland football game on Friday drew almost 4,000 people according to Sycamore athletic director Chauncey Carrick.
Additional bleachers were brought in to accomodate the expected crowd. Sycamore defeated Kaneland, 31-21, in a battle of 7-0 teams playing for the Northern Illinois Big 12 East championship.
Carrick said paid attendance was officially 3,605. Counting parents of the senior class and passes, Carrick estimated attendance pushed 4,000.
Sycamore travels to Yorkville and Kaneland plays Morris on the road in Week 9.