MT. VERNON —
It's hard to believe the high school sports year has come to a close.
Once again, the year stretched into June with a baseball team competing at the highest postseason level.
The year started with the resurgence of the Mt. Vernon football program. It ended with Webber's historic run.
Let's take a look back at some of the high school sports highlights from the previous 10 months. We'll begin in the fall and make our way forward to the present.
Mt. Vernon Rams football fans were treated to their first playoff team since the 2008 season. Jared Shaner entered the year with one win in two seasons before guiding the Rams to seven victories and a postseason berth.
The regular season ended with an upset win over Mt. Carmel. Mt. Vernon opened the playoffs with a road test in Mattoon. The Rams treated their fans to a thrilling last-minute win over the Green Wave before losing the following week to Washington.
Mt. Vernon sent three individual athletes to state during the fall. David Modert raced in the boys cross country event. Catie Raney and Gauri Kaushal traveled north near Chicago for the year-end tennis finals.
Woodlawn's volleyball team racked up more postseason hardware with a regional championship in the fall.
One of the major highlights from the winter season was Chase Vosburgh. The Rams wrestler finished third in the 152-pound weight class at the 2A state final. Tristan Penrod also advanced to state for Mt. Vernon.
The spring saw Doug Creel's return to coaching. The long-time Mt. Vernon boys basketball coach stepped away for six seasons. He served as the school's athletic director along with assistant principal before taking over the boys basketball position for a second time.
The spring also witnessed Webber's historic baseball run to the state finals. The Trojans rolled through the postseason, winning several times in dramatic fashion.