The area had no shortage of drama and excitement in 2013 with teams and individuals going deep into state and national tournaments and making waves on the professional level.
Here is a look at the top 10 sports stories from the Reporter and Regional area.
1. Macs Mighty again
Mother McAuley’s girls volleyball team won its 14th Illinois High School Association state championship Nov. 16 but just its first since 2004. That’s the longest stretch the school has gone without a title.
The Mighty Macs knocked off two-time defending Class 4A state champion Benet 25-22, 25-19 at Illinois State University in Normal. The team finished 40-2 with both losses coming to out-of-state teams.
Coach Jen DeJarld called it “an amazing season.”
“There is such an incredible satisfaction in what this team accomplished by keeping focused throughout the season from Aug. 14 through Nov. 16.”
Kayla Caffey and Mallory Maxwell each led the Macs with eight kills while the coach’s daughter, Ryann DeJarld, added seven and Kelsey Clark six in the state championship match.