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Quotes of the year

This year's top quotes from those involvved with area high school sports:

Girls' athlete of the year: Stephanie Denius

FITHIAN – As a three-sport coach at Oakwood High School, Lynn Anderson has had extensive opportunities to see the Comets' marquee three-sport star, recent graduate Stephanie Denius.

Anderson happens to coach the sports in which Denius has competed throughout her illustrious prep career. She's the head coach in volleyball, the assistant in basketball and the head coach in track and field.

Boys' athlete of the year: Lukas Graves

ST. JOSEPH – Wendy Graves hasn't missed many of her son's athletic events through the years. But on the rare occasion she might miss one, she jokes with him that she'll miss something great.

"It's inevitable that if one of us can't be there, he makes the most incredible plays ever," she said of her son Lukas, a recent St. Joseph-Ogden graduate who participated in football, wrestling and baseball for the Spartans. "We try to get to them all, but he usually does something great when we can't be there."

Lacrosse club hopes to take sport to new level in central Illinois

CHAMPAIGN – Joseph Choi started playing lacrosse as an eighth-grader in North Carolina. When he moved to Champaign as a high school sophomore, he wanted to continue with the sport.

He joined the Centennial lacrosse club but quickly realized the quality of play wasn't on par with what he had become accustomed to.

Weekly highlights

News-Gazette prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner's recap of prep highlights from the recently completed week:

1. Champaign Central boys' basketball. The senior-led Maroons won two of three games and secured a third-place finish in the inaugural Class 3A state tournament.

Destined for greatness

Gurnee Warren's Boothe the latest in a long line of standout family athletes.

GURNEE -- If you believe in the power of the genes, then you had to think Sarah Boothe would make a name for herself in athletics.

News-Gazette All-state girls' basketball team

FIRST TEAM

NAME SCHOOL HT. YR. COMMENT

Brooke Bisping Morton 5-8 Jr. Regarded as best player in Peoria area, led 18-12 team in scoring (21.1) and averaged 6.1 rebounds per game. Has 1,394 career points and 163 career threes.

Sarah Boothe Gurnee Warren 6-5 Sr. Stanford recruit ranked 30th nationally by Blue Star, scored in double figures in 30 of 31 games as a senior; for her 129-game career, averaged 15.8 points.

Playoff primer

Which area teams will strike gold? What area stars will shine brightest? Prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner previews the winter-sport postseasons for the three classes in which area schools have been assigned.

Area referee touched many lives through decades of officiating

RANTOUL – Someone once said the best officials are the ones you don't notice.

On the other side are the colorful characters you can't forget.

IHSA director Hickman gives the scoop on steroid testing

The IHSA will start drug testing at its member schools next school year.

We can only hope that the positives were surrounding last week's announcement and not the ultimate result.