Inspired by the ESPY Awards program in Los Angeles Wednesday evening that was televised on ABC and WTVO 17 I got to thinking about some of the great sports moments in the Stateline over the past year.
So here is my Stateline version of the ESPYs.
The best record-breaking performance goes to Lutheran running back James Robinson. He smashed the IHSA career records for rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and points.
The courage award goes to Rockford gymnast Kate Foster. She shook off cancer and a leg amputation and returned to the gym determined not to let her challenges stop her from competing in the sport she loves.
The Stateline ESPY for the break-through performance goes to the Auburn boys basketball team. The Knights, after graduating five fabulous starters from the previous year, shocked the state by advancing all the way to the 4A State Tournament.
The Most Memorable Moment ESPY is the Lutheran-Marengo football playoff game. A Lutheran team that had dominated 11 straight opponents got tripped up by fate again and an undefeated Marengo team 38-28.
The top female athlete is Lutheran junior sprinter Courtney Sockwell…a double state champion she won both the 100 and the 200.
The top male athlete is Freeport sophomore Deion McShane. He dominated both hurdles events at State in Class 2A.
And the ESPY for the best teams go to Rock Valley College’s one-two punch. The men’s basketball team winning it’s second national championship and the women’s softball team winning it’s third straight national championship.