A new high school sports year kicks off when metro-east football players report for practice Aug. 7.
Before we begin looking ahead to a new fall season, let’s take one last look back at 2016-17.
The Belleville News-Democrat names an all-area team and player of the year for each conference sport. Coaches vote from a ballot prepared by BND sports staff.
In sports the IHSA classifies in four or more classes, the BND does both large- and small-school teams. There is one all-area team selected in sports with less than four classes.
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Here are links to the stories of the honored athletes who distinguished themselves with their selection to the BND All-Area Teams and the Players of the Year during the 2016-17 school year: