If you happened to pick up our print product at any point over the last few days, you probably noticed we are finally getting around to running our all-area teams for spring sports.
Our congratulations go out to those who were chosen, in particular our players of the year.
Aurora Christian senior pitcher Bobby Kuntzendorf (pictured) was named Baseball Player of the Year for the second consecutive spring. It sounds like Kuntzendorf is still disappointed about his lone loss of the season, which came in the Class 2A Sectional against Herscher. Nevertheless, a 10-1 record is nothing to sneeze at, especially when it's combined with a 1.44 ERA, a 0.77 WHIP, 117 strikeouts and a pair of no-hitters.
There are several others who had good seasons around in the Fox Valley, and you can see the rest of our all-area baseball team by clicking here.
Waubonsie Valley junior shortstop Amanda Minahan was chosen as our Softball Player of the Year. Minahan's batting average actually went down this year. After hitting .523 as a sophomore, she hit "only" .403 this season. But her power numbers were way up. She set a single-season school record for both home runs (9) and RBI (51). The previous school record for RBI had been 26. Minahan nearly doubled that figure. She owns the school record in all the triple crown categories now, as that .523 batting average from last year is also the best in Waubonsie history.
You can see the rest of our all-area softball team by clicking here.
Finally, Geneva senior Catherine Allon has been named our Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Allon is a two-time captain for a Vikings' squad that has done a lot of winning the last three years -- three conference titles and three regional titles. She was the team's leading scorer this year with 20 goals and eight assists. Among those 20 goals, five were match-winners.
Have a look at our other girls soccer honorees by clicking here.
The release of the spring all-area teams concludes our coverage of the 2011-12 athletic year. Accordingly, it's time for me to take a little break. I'm going on vacation starting Tuesday. I'll be back at work on Monday, June 25 -- hopefully with a refreshed mind and body. I'll talk to everyone then.