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Finalists for 2012-13 BCR Athlete of the Year

Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 1:49 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 1:50 p.m. CDT

Brad Groleau, St. Bede, sr.: A hard-nosed athlete who played football, basketball and baseball for the Bruins. He repeated as the co-BCR Player of the Year in baseball. He will continue his baseball career at McKendree University, taking a medical redshirt as he rehabs a second knee injury.

Parker Neuhalfen, Bureau Valley, so.: Just a sophomore, the young Storm standout’s best days lie ahead. He was a first team All-BCR selection at running back with a future of high promise as he makes the permanent move to quarterback. Basketball, though is his top sport. He was a first team All-BCR and Three Rivers All-Conference selection, averaging 15.4 points, 1.4 steals and 3.6 rebounds.

Landon Piccatto, Hall, sr.: An athletic talent, putting his speed to good use in football and track. He was a first team Big Rivers All-Conference and All-BCR Selection in football and will take his talents to Illinois Wesleyan. Piccatto also played basketball.

Damin Smith, St. Bede, sr.: Coach Mike Kilmartin regarded the senior swingman as probably the Bruins best all-around player in basketball. He averaged 11.7 points per game and was the Bruins best defender. He sported an 8-1 record with a 1.67 ERA pitching for the Bruins in baseball and played end in football.

Austen Stewart, Princeton, sr.: The 2012-13 Athlete of the Year at PHS, excelled in track this spring as a state qualifier in the high jump. He will continue that event at Aurora University. Stewart was another three-sport athlete, also playing for the Tigers’ regional champion soccer team as well as basketball.

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