For a sensational junior season in which he set five single-season school records, and for helping Newman to its first-ever IHSA state tournament and a third-place finish in Class 1A, Brendan Tunink has been named the 2023 Sauk Valley Media Baseball Player of the Year.

After being oh so close to advancing to the state finals each of the last two seasons, the Newman coaching staff knew there were two approaches they could take to start this season. They picked the right one, as the Comets finished third in Class 1A.