By Al Zipsie

A look back at 2017 in the NUIC.

Top team. 2017.

Lena-Winslow. 1A State Football Championship.

Lena-Winslow/Stockton. Coop Wrestling Championship.

Durand. Volleyball. Third in State.

Forreston. Football. Lost in semifinals to Lena-Winslow.

Forreston/Polo Coop. Third in boys track state.

Warren/Stockton. Coop baseball loss in Super Sectional.

Galena. Girls basketball loss in Super Sectional.

Aquin. Baseball loss in Super Sectional.

Galena. Girls volleyball. Loss in Super Sectional.

East Dubuque. Boys basketball. Loss in Super Sectional.

Dakota. Softball. Loss in Super Sectional.

 

Top NUIC Individuals

Mason Wright. Polo/Forreston track Coop. Triple Jump State Champion 47'0.

Andrew Wenger. Dakota wrestling. State runner-up.

Rebecca Waite. Milledgeville track. At state three medals. Second in 400 and 200 and sixth in the 100. Will run at Illinois State.

A.J Christensen. Forreston/Polo track Coop. Second in state in both hurdle events.

Rahveon Valentine. Lena-Winslow. Third at state in wrestling and 8th in state track in 200 and fifth in 400 meter relay.

Maverick McPeek. Dakota wrestling. Third at State.

Ian Kuehl. Lena-Winslow wrestling. Third at state.

Hunter Luke. Lena-Winslow wrestling. Third at State.

Nate Schultz. West Carroll wrestling. Third at State.

Carmen DeVries. Lena-Winslow track. Third at state in triple jump.

Emily Offenheiser. Stockton track. Fourth at state in both the shot put and discus.

Katelynn Pankhurst. Amboy track. Third at state in the long jump.

 

Two NUIC football coaches stepped down after this past season. Randy Asche at Eastland/Pearl City after eleven seasons and a 84-33 record. And a state 2A title with a 14-0 record in 2014. His son Peyton Asche, a standout lineman will be a freshman at Illinois State.

 

Troy Barr, has left Aquin after two straight trips to the quarterfinals. Freeport coach Aaron Wichman also stepped down which could be filled by another NUIC coach.