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Front page BCR Sports headlines from 2013

Princeton High School’s Invitational Wrestling Tournament, aka the PIT, marks its 50th anniversary.

Host Hall wins the Lady Devil Invitational bowling tournament at Ladd Lanes. Kaitlyn Padgett rolled a 1,133 series.

J.T. Dant wins the Princeton Master’s Bowling Tourney for the third time in four years.

Longtime coach Rick Kamrath goes out at Logan Junior High School with a 15-0 season capped with a 58-24 win over Ottawa in the Starved Rock Conference seventh-grade basketball finals.

Senior guard Brett Fanning cracks the 1,000-point club at Hall High School.

Anna Flaig wins her fifth Princeton Master’s Bowling Tournament.

The Putnam County Panthers edge Hall 64-63 to claim the Tri-County Conference tournament championship at R.M. Germano Gymnasium in Granville.

The St. Bede Lady Bruins defeat Ottawa Marquette 53-38 for the regional basketball championship. Putnam County girls beat Midland 40-32 for their first regional title since 1984.

Walnut official Larry Wilcoxen hangs up his whistle after 55 years.

Megan Nation, a former L-P player, is named as head volleyball coach at Hall High School.

Annawan places third in the IHSA 1A State Basketball Tournament.

Princeton’s Nathan Warren competes for Team USA in the Special Olympics Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Hall’s David McManus and Kaitlyn Padgett are the BCR Bowlers of the Year.

St. Bede’s Mo Dean and Hall’s Brett Fanning are the BCR Players of the Year for basketball.

St. Bede junior James Peacock is the BCR Wrestler of the Year

Princeton wins its own Ferris Invitational track meet.

LaMoille’s Bret Dannis wins the IESA seventh-grade hurdles crown.

Bureau County state medalist includes Bureau Valley’s Lindsey Hoffert (third in 1A triple jump), Neponset’s Freya Block (2nd in 1A shot/discus) and Princeton’s Zoe Mead (seventh in 2A 800 meters).

St. Bede beats Marquette 2-1 for 2A baseball crown. The Lady Bruins beat Mendota 9-2 for the regional softball title.

St. Bede advances to the state softball tournament for the first time, defeating Stillman Valley 1-0 in the sectional finals and Aurora Central Catholic 6-1 at the DeKalb Super-Sectional.

Bureau Valley’s Logan Hoffert wins three state medals in track, including the triple jump, hurdles and 4x400. St. Bede’s Steven Gualandri places fourth in 1A 300 hurdles.

Putnam County falls to Waterloo Gibault 6-2 in the 1A baseball state championship game.

St. Bede lands fourth in the 2A State Softball tournament.

Former Princeton Tiger Joe Ruklick is named one of Northwestern’s all-time 50 greatest athletes.

Princeton’s Michelle Kelly is the BCR Soccer Player of the Year.

Lanny Slevin signs off after 41 years with WLPO Radio.

Bureau Valley’s Logan Hoffert and Kewanee’s Freya Block of Neponset are the BCR Track Athletes of the Year.

St. Bede pitcher Lainie Schwieckert is the BCR Softball Player of the Year while St. Bede’s Brad Groleau and
Hall’s Brett Fanning share those honors in baseball.

Princeton’s Kenny Wilcoxen is recognized as the IHSA official of the year in boys basketball.

Scott Hartmann and Michelle Rowley win the Greater Princeton Golf Open.

Carol Balconi wins Illinois Valley Women’s Golf Invite in memory of her mother, Pat.

Dave Husemann Jr. of Wyanet purchases the former Hunter’s Ridge Golf Course, renaming it as Chapel Hill.

United Methodist beats out St. Mathew’s for the Princeton Fastpitch Tournament crown.

Opening night of Friday Night Lights give way to thunder and lightning as Week 1 of the 2013 prep football season is postponed.

Chase Sexton, 12, of LaMoille competes in the FIM World Championships in the Czech Republic.

LaMoille/Ohio wins its Lady Lions Invitational volleyball tournament.

Princeton and St. Bede meet for the first time on the gridiron with the Bruins spoiling the Tigers’ Homecoming festivities 40-6.

Princeton repeats as regional soccer champions with a 5-0 whitewash of Wilmington.

Princeton’s Zach Hicks and Sophia Suarez are the BCR Golfers of the Year.

Hall Red Devil football returns on the state map, returning to the playoffs for the first time in five years and beating Bizmarck-Henning for its first playoff win in seven years.

Hall’s Al Baldonado nets All-State cross country honors for the first time. He is named as the BCR Runner of the Year along with Princeton’s Zoe Mead.

DePue’s Carlos Acosta and Princeton’s Dylan Schafer as the BCR Soccer Players of the Year.

The Princeton-Kewanee football rivalry is voted as the best in the state as part of the national contest sponsored by USA Today High School Sports.

L-P lands second place in the 3A State volleyball tournament.

LaMoille’s Shiela Browning and Princeton’s Michelle Kelly are named as the BCR Volleyball Players of the Year.

Hall’s Taggart Venegas and Nathan Tonozzi are named as the BCR Football Players of the Year.

Princeton’s Chips Giovanine, who had a long, successful coaching career at Bureau Township, Buda Western and LaSalle-Peru high schools is rewarded with the IHSA’s Buzzy O’Conner Award for Lifetime Achievement.

MVP Miguel Villareal and the Hall Red Devils hoist the Colmone Classic championship.

Mendota repeats as the Lady Bruins Christmas Classic champions.

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