Created:Thursday, June 27, 2013 12:04 a.m.CDT
Updated:Thursday, June 27, 2013 12:07 a.m.CDT

CL Central wins All-Sports Award for 3rd straight year

Northwest Herald file photo Crystal Lake Central's Lauren Leverenz tries to tip the ball past Cary-Grove blocker Mallory Wilczynski (19) during a first round regional match at Crystal Lake South High School Monday, October 22, 2012.

Crystal Lake Central graduate Isaiah Mosher knew good things were happening for Tigers’ athletic teams without viewing any standings.

Mosher heard it every day walking the halls.

“Whenever I’d see somebody, I’d ask how their team did,” said Mosher, who was a senior on the football and boys track and field teams. “It always seemed like they won, it was the same story every time. Everyone was doing so well, it was an awesome thing.”

What Mosher learned was accurate. Crystal Lake Central’s boys and girls teams fared so well that the Tigers will keep the Northwest Herald All-Sports Award trophy for a third consecutive year. Points are accumulated in 16 sports where all or most schools compete, and Central finished with 132 points. Huntley was second with 1251/2 points.

Cary-Grove, which won the traveling trophy four of five years before Central’s current run, was third with 1231/2.

The Tigers won or shared Fox Valley Conference Fox Division titles in girls soccer, volleyball, boys basketball and softball. They won the FVC Invitational Meet in boys cross country. Central’s teams had top-four finishes in several sports that have meets or tournaments – girls cross country, boys track and field, girls tennis, wrestling and boys golf.

“It’s a tribute to our kids,” Tigers athletic director Jeff Aldridge said. “We have awesome kids who do a lot of things. They’re good athletes, but more importantly, they’re good students and good people.”

Aldridge and the coaches are more familiar with the All-Sports Award than the athletes. Aldridge mentions it at the start of school and principal Steve Olson also brings it up.

“It’s a big deal for us,” Aldridge said. “It’s not something we take for granted. We’re very fortunate to have the streak we’ve had. It’s not going to last forever.”

Tigers boys cross country coach Bill Eschman remembered a quote from Central graduate Gage Harrah last year, when Harrah brought up that the Tigers cared about other teams at their school.

“That’s what really is neat about our kids,” Eschman said. “They’re very supportive of each other. I’ve only been at Central, so I don’t know what it’s like at other schools. I don’t know if it’s unique, but at Central, it’s not just about their own team. This is a great accomplishment for our kids. It’s a great reward for so many sports to succeed at a high level.”

The Tigers finished in the lower portion of the standings in only two sports. That level of success was noticeable.

“It’s always a nice way to make you like your school a little bit more,” said Mosher, who was on a second-place football team and third-place track team. “Your team is not the only successful program out there.”

2013 Northwest Herald All-Sports Award Standings

1. Crystal Lake Central 132 2. Huntley 125 1/2 3. Cary-Grove 123 1/2 4. Crystal Lake South 115 1/2 5. Jacobs 113 6. Prairie Ridge 108 7. McHenry 107 1/2 8. Grayslake Central 105 1/2 9. Grayslake North 87 1/2 10. Johnsburg 68 11. Woodstock 57 12. Hampshire 56 1/2 13. Dundee-Crown 53 1/2 14. Woodstock North 32

About the award

The Northwest Herald All-Sports Award is a traveling trophy given each year to the school with the best boys and girls sports overall in the Fox Valley Conference. There are 16 sports which count towards the award – swimming and girls golf do not count since not all 14 schools compete in those sports. Boys golf was counted, although Hampshire did not have a team and Woodstock North co-ops with Woodstock in that sport.

Seven points are given for each first-place finish, with one point less for each place after that.

In sports with conference meets or tournaments, 14 points is given for firsts, with one point less for each descending spot.