Morton remains second in All-Sports

Bryan Veginski
Historic career: Morton High School’s Brooke Bisping was a two-time Associated Press Class 3A first-team all-state girls basketball player. On her way to Bradley University, she leaves as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 2,147 points.

Morton High School wound up second for the seventh consecutive year in the Mid-Illini Conference All-Sports standings.

Metamora Township High School was the champion for the seventh time in a row.

Still, the Redbirds are well behind the Potters in all-time titles. Morton has 16 in the 27-year history of the league.

Fall sports

Morton was in the third position after the first season, with the rankings for eight varsity sports as follows:

1 Metamora, 5,100

2 Dunlap, 3,850

3 MORTON, 3,750

4 Pekin, 3,200

5 Washington, 3,000

6 East Peoria, 2,600

7 Limestone, 1,550

8 Canton, 1,150

Metamora established a lead it would not relinquish with four fall championships.

The Potters were led by the boys soccer team, which won its first conference crown since 1997 with an 11-0-1 mark.

Brian Deters’ team went 18-6-1 and produced the most wins in his tenure as boys’ head coach in reaching the Class 2A Notre Dame Sectional final.

The Morton volleyball and girls tennis teams both placed second in the Mid-Illini.

Under the guidance of Jami Greve, the spikers placed second for the second straight year with a 12-2 record.

During a 30-7 season, the Potters made it to the Class 3A Washington Sectional semifinals.

Pete Martin’s netters barely missed out on a championship after tying Metamora in the pivotal league tournament at Illinois Central College.

Ultimately, the Redbirds’ 6-0 dual mark, edged Morton’s 5-1, sending the Potters to the runner-up slot for the second straight season.

Girls golf, with Scott Lynn leading the way, earned third-place status.

The female linksters were just one shot behind the second-place Redbirds with a 461 at the conference tournament at Lick Creek Golf Course.

Girls cross country, under the direction of first-year head coach Joel Zehr, was fourth at the M-I meet at Detweiller Park with 110 points, eclipsing fifth-place Pekin by three.

Morton landed a berth in a Class 2A sectional for the second year in a row.

Boys cross country and football placed fifth for the Potters.

The boys, also mentored by Zehr, generated 115 points at the M-I meet, seven ahead of sixth-place Canton.

The Potters qualified for the sectional level for the second consecutive campaign.

Trevor Lehnen made his gridiron debut at Morton and the football squad tied Canton for fifth place with a 3-4 mark.

The Potters, who downed second-round playoff participant Dunlap during a 4-5 season, missed the postseason by one victory.

Matt Yarcho’s boys golfers were sixth, well ahead of seventh-place East Peoria and cellar dweller Canton.

Morton was 2-5 in league matches and sixth at the conference tournament at Canton Country Club, although it was only seven strokes behind third-place Dunlap in the finale.

The Potters experienced a 250-point decline from their 2007 fall output.

Winter sports

Morton overtook Dunlap for the No. 2 spot after the second season, with the rankings for 11 sports as follows:

1 Metamora, 6,400

2 MORTON, 5,500

3 Dunlap, 5,000

4 Washington, 4,650

5 Pekin, 4,200

6 East Peoria, 3,650

7 Canton, 2,750

8 Limestone, 2,050

The Potters closed the gap on the Redbirds with a 1,750-point winter that led all conference schools.

The girls basketball team, coached by Bob Becker, won its third championship in the last five years with an 11-3 mark that was a game better than co-runners-up Canton and Dunlap.

A 21-10 overall record gave Morton its fourth 20-win season in that same span.

The Potter boys basketball team, which was 8-6 in the league for Steve Schupp, was credited with a second-place tie with East Peoria.

Morton went 17-12 and made it all the way to the Class 3A Rock Island Sectional final, toppling state-ranked Washington and Richwoods along the way.

Ed Henderson’s wrestlers were fifth overall.

The grapplers were 2-4 in duals and placed sixth in the conference tournament they hosted with 91 points. Outscoring Limestone in the final gathering helped the Potters hold off East Peoria.

A dismal winter of 500 points dropped Limestone to the basement. Washington advanced to fourth after switching places with Pekin.

Morton possessed the exact same point total as it did at this stage in ’07-08.

Spring sports

Morton maintained its standing after the third season, with the totals for 17 varsity sports as follows:

1 Metamora, 9,900

2 MORTON, 9,200

3 Dunlap, 7,750

4 Washington, 6,500

5 Pekin, 6,350

6 East Peoria, 6,100

7 Canton, 4,450

8 Limestone, 3,950

The Potters again led all participants in the spring with 3,700 points as five of six teams were second or better.

Girls soccer and baseball achieved championships for Morton.

The female kickers, under the leadership of Deters, gained a conference crown for the eighth year in succession with a 10-1-1 record.

In a 13-6-1 season, the Potters defeated perennial power Notre Dame for the first time in more than a decade.

On the diamond, Jeff Millard’s athletes went 11-3 to share top spot with Washington and East Peoria. It was the first title for the program since ’04.

Morton was 20-13 overall and an impressive 7-0 in M-I road games. It won 14 of its last 18 contests.

The softball, girls track and field and boys tennis squads all were second in the league.

Under Stacey Buescher, the Potters were 11-3 in softball, including 5-1 against the respected trio of East Peoria, Metamora and Canton.

The Potters were 25-9 after beginning the year 10-0 and ending it 12-2.

Lynn Rudin steered the female tracksters to back-to-back runner-up finishes.

The 117.5 points at EastSide Centre, the squad accumulated were 13.5 more than third-place Dunlap.

The netters, coached by Joal Stanfield, were second for the third straight year.

They were 4-2 in conference matches, but surpassed Dunlap with a better tournament result at Illinois Central College.

Morton won its sixth consecutive sectional championship.

The boys track and field team, guided for the first time by Jason Thiry, was sixth, a two-place improvement from the previous year.

The 35 points the Potters recorded at the league meet at Pekin easily outpaced Limestone and Washington.

Morton’s 9,200-point total was 300 more than a year ago.

It also was a mere 700 points in back of Metamora, compared to 1,350 in ’07-08.

Dunlap (third) and East Peoria (sixth) also stayed in the same final position, while Washington went from a sixth-place tie last season to fourth.

Canton avoided eighth place for the first time since ’03-04.

Limestone sunk from fifth place overall to eighth.