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Sunday, February 5, 2023

Who needs an all-stater?


PEORIA – Paul Vandersteen was incredulous two days after the Neuqua Valley boys cross country team defeated York on a sixth-man tiebreaker to earn the Wildcats’ fifth Class 3A trophy since 2007.

“Usually, the formula is you need at least two all-staters to win a trophy,” Vandersteen said after the Wildcats finished behind only Sandburg and Lyons Twp. “I have never heard of a team getting a trophy with zero all-state guys. Not just an all-stater, but we didn’t even have anyone close to all-state.”

But the Wildcats, a two-time Class 3A champion, claimed third place behind a balanced attack featuring Scott Anderson, Matt Milostan, Caleb Ferguson, Jake McEneaney, Aidan Livingston and sixth runner Jackson Jett.

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