Male Athlete of the Year finalists
Jimmy DeAngelo (Hall • Sr.)
He was the BCR Baseball Player of the Year, leading Hall to its third straight sectional finals appearance with his arm and bat. He was also a First Team All-BCR and TRAC East selection in basketball. He came out for football late in the season to pitch in at quarterback when starter Grant Resetich went down with injury. Baseball will be Jimmy D’s ticket to college to pitch for Parkland College.
James Mautino (Hall • Sr.)
A man for all seasons, Mautino excelled in three sports for the Red Devils. He was named as co-BCR Football Player of the Year, receiving First Team TRAC Mississippi and First Team All-State Football honors. The Red Devils’ Team MVP shined in the recent Shrine Game. Mautino was also leading contributor for the Hall basketball and baseball teams. He will play football for Aurora University.
Thomas Stamberger (LaMoille • Sr.)
The man on the move was a state qualifier in both cross country and track and field. He was named as the BCR Cross Country Runner of the Year last fall for the second time. Stamberger will run for Southern Illinois.
Chase Tatum (Princeton • Sr.)
The co-BCR Football Player of the Year received First Team TRAC Mississippi and First Team All-State Football honors. He was a two-time BCR Wrestler of the Year and third-place state finisher. Tatum will play football for Augustana College.
• Athlete of the Year: Kale Barnett (Bureau Valley)
Female Athlete of the Year finalists
Emily Fordham (Bureau Valley • Sr)
Overcame knee injuries/surgeries to have a highly productive career in multiple sports for BV. Played key role in the Storm’s regional volleyball championship, named as Second Team All-BCR and TRAC East All-Conference. She was a First Team All-BCR pick and Second Team TRAC East All-Conference as the team’s leading rebounder, while averaging 13.5 ppg.
Hanah Hart (Hall • Jr.)
The lone junior among the six finalists for BCR Athlete of the Year, Hart promises to have a shining senior season. She was a First Team All-BCR and TRAC East All-Conference selection in basketball, leading the Lady Devils to a sectional finals appearance. Slowed by a hamstring injury, she still put up as big of numbers as any other area softball player, earning First Team All-BCR and TRAC East All-Conference honors. She has committed to play softball for ISU.
Kelly VanDenBussche (Princeton • Sr.)
The PHS senior swung into three sports for the Tigresses, starting out in golf as a two-time First Team All-BCR pick and past BCR Golfer of the Year. Kelly VDB swung into the point guard role for the PHS basketball team, named as team MVP while receiving TRAC East All-Conference Honorable Mention. In the spring, she got a kick out of soccer, named to the BCR Soccer Honor Roll.
Maggie Sons (St. Bede • Sr.)
Sons shined for the Lady Bruins basketball and softball teams. She was a unanimous TRAC East All-Conference selection in basketball. The BCR Softball Player of the Year led the Lady Bruins to their best finish in school history, placing third in the 1A state tournament. She will play softball for Div. I Akron University.
• Athlete of the Year: Saige Barnett (Bureau Valley)
— Kevin Hieronymus