BOYS' TEAM OF THE YEAR
EAST ST. LOUIS
The Flyers stormed to the Illinois Class 7A state championship and made
it look easy. East St. Louis lost its season-opening game to Huber Heights
(Huber Heights, Ohio), then won the next 13 behind an unstoppable
offense powered by senior receivers Terry Hawthorne and Kraig Appleton.
They combined for 1,666 yards and 29 touchdown catches, while junior
quarterback Detchauz Wray threw 35 touchdowns and junior running
back Courtney Molton rushed for 1,562 yards and 20 TDs.
Chaminade went 27-4 and won its first state title, taking home the Class 5
crown. The backcourt of senior Brandon Lockhart (conference player of the
year) and sophomore Bradley Beal (23.5 ppg) was lethal.
A tough overtime loss in the state semis ended an otherwise brilliant season
for the Spartans (18-8-1). Senior midfielder Justin Klenke and senior
defender Dan Pogue were St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro first-teamers.
The Warriors won their second straight Class 1 team title on the strength of
senior Ryan Mango, junior Conor Hovis and senior Jason Ott. Mango won
state at 130 pounds, while Hovis and Ott were runners-up in their divisions.
GIRLS' TEAM OF THE YEAR
When your team can trot out junior Katie Thome as its No. 2 singles player,
you know you've got a deep lineup. Thome went 18-0 in singles matches,
then switched over to doubles for the state tournament and finished
runner-up with partner Angie Tracy, a senior. The Angels had junior Misia
Kedzierski at No. 1, and she went 30-1 this year and won the Class 2 state
singles title for the second time. Junior Madeline Jolly was also instrumental
in helping St. Joseph's win its fifth straight team championship.
The three-headed monster of BreAnna McLaughlin, Chantiera Johnson and
Charlonda Bozeman powered the Hawks all the way to the state semifinals.
The seniors combined to average 29.4 points per game.
It was a total team effort for the Lancers this season. Lafayette won the
state title in the 400 free relay, led by juniors Jessi Holz, Samantha Wright,
Shannon McCoy and Ashleigh Grammar.
The Patriots' championship quest ended with a loss in the state finals, but
it was still a great season. Led by junior Amanda Geile and seniors Lori
Amos and Dawn Grass, the team went 25-5.