No bone whatsoever to pick with the Chronicle's 2012-13 athletes of the year ... Micah Coffey and Amanda Hilton both had stupendous school years.
Sly heartily congratulates both. Just the same, got to thinking of five more male and female athletes that could have been worthy candidates for that awards in their own right. Here they are:
1. Bobby Hess, Geneva. Dude was a beast in both football and baseball. Yeah, the teams didn't have as much success as you'd have liked, but can't really put that on this speedy, slugging, touchdown-scoring senior.
2. Joe Hoscheit, East. One of the best linebackers around in football, and one of the top couple hitters for the stately Saint baseball team.
3. Drew David, Kaneland. Heck of a quarterback for the Knights, even with some injury issues late in the fall, and hit some clutch shots for the Knights roundballers, too.
4. Dylan Nauert, Kaneland. Another football standout for the Knights who did himself proud once again during track season.
5. Phil Schuetz, ACC. One of the top scorers in the area for the Chargers basketball team and a stalwart in the lineup for ACC baseball, which had one of its best seasons in years.
1. Liza Fruendt, Batavia. Fruendt wasn't the KCC Girls Basketball Player of the Year for nothing, and she's also a force on the tennis courts. Sly loves those unlikely combos, like hoops and tennis.
2. Carly Pottle, St. Charles East. Pottle might as well have been Hilton's shadow, as much as the girls were together this year, and like Hilton, Pottle was a huge factor in the Saints basketball and soccer teams' success.
3. Camille Dela Cruz, Burlington Central. Dela Cruz added a little veteran presence to a very young and very good BC girls hoops team, which went on an amazing role to a 3A supersectional. Also a top-notch, D-I bound soccer player.
4. Quincy Kellett, Rosary. Kellett has pocketed 27 goals two straight years in soccer. Guess that freshman year wasn't a fluke. Also one of the top ballers for Rosary hoops.
5. Allyson O'Herron, Kaneland. Incumbent Female AOY did more quality work this year for Kaneland girls hoops and softball.