Potters garner conference awards
- Thirty-one Morton High School athletes in eight fall sports received all-Mid-Illini Conference recognition.
Thirty-one Morton High School athletes in eight fall sports received all-Mid-Illini Conference recognition.
The Potter football and girls tennis squads led the way with six total selections apiece.
Senior Drew Taphorn was on the first-team defense, while David Rossi and Connor Kindred gained first-team offense nods.
Kindred duplicated his standing, although he was part of the defensive team as a junior. Rossi moved up from the second team.
Junior Nick Monferdini and senior Ryan Wiegand were second-team defense picks. Chase Taphorn, a senior, was included on the second-team offense.
Wiegand was a first-team performer for Morton as a junior linebacker.
Thirty-six of 50 football players mentioned were seniors.
After the Potters won the league's girls tennis championship for the second straight season, they were richly rewarded.
Seniors Gaya Nersesyan and Mariah Thompson and sophomore Julie Martin all were on the first team.
Nersesyan and Martin repeated their status, while Martin advanced from her second-team post.
Madie Kraft, Kate Byrne and Hannah Bailey, all juniors, were Morton second-team choices.
With nine of 16 girls tennis players eligible to return, next year figures to be a strong one in the sport in the conference.
Five Potter seniors were all-M-I in boys soccer.
Carson Gray, Ben Willett and Wade Rossi were placed on the first team.
Gray was picked for the second straight time on the first team after receiving a second-team spot in 2010.
Jordan Repholz and Andrew Payne landed on the conference's second team.
Repholz also appeared on the second team as a sophomore and on the first team as a junior.
Just six of the 28 boys soccer positions were occupied by non-seniors.
Four Morton girls cross country members were all-league.
Senior Bridget Carius and junior Brooke Goodyear ran to first-team honors.
Goodyear was elevated from her second-team standing a season ago.
Hannah Behle, a senior, and freshman Bayley Selburg made second-team all-M-I.
Next year also could be robust in girls cross country as 14-of-18 athletes tabbed by the conference in the sport have not completed their eligibility.
The Potters' conference-title winning girls golf squad had three players garner a first-team slot.
Seniors Stephanie Walter and Shelby Ifft were joined by junior Delainey Ryan.
Walter was on the first team for the third time in a row.
Ifft appeared there for the second straight campaign after second-team distinction in '10, while Ryan advanced from the second team last fall.
Three Morton volleyball players were selected as part of a veteran-laden group.
Senior Sarah Livingston attained first-team merit for the second consecutive year.
She made the second team the first two seasons of her varsity career.
Senior Bethany Bremer and junior Kelsi Dahms were second-team members.
Bremer was chosen for the second time in a row.
Dahms and first-teamer Abby Barrow of Metamora were the only two non-seniors on the 20-player volleyball panel, meaning '13 will be a transitional year in the conference.
Trevor Tompkins, a sophomore, was a first-team all-M-I boys golfer. Five of the eight linksters on that top squad are non-seniors.
He rose from a second-team post as a freshman.
A pair of Morton seniors, Jordan Wanner and Kyle Brenkman, were tabbed for the second team.
Brenkman was on the first team as a junior, while Wanner also was a second-team recipient in '10 and '11.
Brady Carius represented the Potter boys cross country squad with a second-team all-league nod.