It’s that time of the year again (the end, of course) where we look back at the last 12 months before the calendar runs out and a new year starts. But instead of talking about the best 10 moments of the year like usual, I figured I’d go a different direction: I’m going to write about the things that stuck out to me most in 2021.

Dixon senior diver Laci Long saw her season end in the preliminaries at the IHSA Swimming & Diving State Meet on Friday at the FMC Natatorium in Westmont, as she missed out on advancing to the semifinals by 8.3 points.

Eight local golfers advanced to Day 2 of their respective state meets after Friday’s first round, representing Newman, Dixon, Rock Falls, Sterling, Oregon and Eastland.

Local high school golfers from across northern Illinois competed in the Class 2A Belvidere Sectional on Monday at Timber Pointe Golf Club in Poplar Grove.