Richmond-Burton's Casey DeCaluwe created the perfect roadmap for a team looking for redemption this season, helping the Rockets earn their first state runner-up trophy. DeCaluwe is the Northwest Herald's Girls Soccer Coach of the Year award for the second consecutive season.
Crystal Lake Central’s Kaitlin Gaunaurd enjoyed a stellar postseason, scoring twice as the Tigers captured the Class 2A Crystal Lake South Regional championship. The senior was voted Northwest Herald Athlete of the Week by readers.
Richmond-Burton played a near-perfect match but Quincy Notre Dame scored in the last few minutes to win the Class 1A state title on Saturday in Naperville. The Rockets earned a program-best second-place finish.