It’s summer.

I think I should breathe.

I think I should relax.

A vacation might be needed.

But, nah, It’s time to look back and look forward.

We’ll start with rehashing the 2018-19 school year. What a year it was.

Hall’s 400 and 800 relay teams of Steven Brust, Devin Soldati, Anthony Buchanan and Marshall Walk won two IHSA state championships, the St. Bede softball team finished third in state, the Hall baseball team went to a third straight sectional final, the Bureau Valley boys basketball team went to a super-sectional.

Hold on, I’m not finished.

Putnam County senior Madi Keegan was second in the state in the discus throw, La Salle-Peru’s Ashley Heagy won a fifth-place medal in the 800-meter run and Princeton senior Chase Tatum wrestled his way to third in state at 220 pounds.

Still not done.

The Mendota softball team won its second straight regional title, which the first in program history was last spring, the PHS softball team won its first regional in history, the L-P volleyball team won its fourth straight regional crown and seventh in eight years.

The Earlville-Leland and Mendota boys soccer teams played each other for a sectional championship and the Red Raiders won its first sectional since 2008.

And, the Hall, Princeton and Fieldcrest football teams made the playoffs.

Whew, quite the list. Hopefully, I didn’t miss any accomplish by an area school or athlete but when the Illinois Valley was as awesome as it was on the sports stage this year, it’s tough to keep up.

It didn’t matter what sport it was some kind of trophy, hardware or milestone was being reached.

However, it won’t stop here.

Next spring could see the Putnam County baseball team reach 1,000 program victories.

The L-P baseball team began this season 5-0 for coach Matt Glupczyski’s best start as the Cavaliers coach. Next year looks promising to reach new heights as most of his team returns.

Amellia Bromenschenkel set the nets on fire for the Mendota girls basketball team this season on her way to the 2018-19 NewsTribune Girls Basketball Player of the Year award.

I can hear the chants from the bleachers, ‘She’s a sophomore.’

Coming into her junior year, who knows what she can do.

It’s not hard to be excited when your job is to follow sports, something I have a strong passion for.

On the other hand, it’s hard to control yourself when there is so much awesomeness surrounding you as each sports season brings new regular season and post season adventures.

The only problem is, what do I do over the summer?

Brandon LaChance is a NewsTribune Sports Writer. He can be reached at 220-6995, or Follow him on Twitter @NT_LaChance.

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