High School Sports

These were the best local high school athletes of the 2016-17 season

BND 2017 Large School Offensive Player of the Year Jeff Thomas, a wide receiver from East St. Louis.
BND 2017 Large School Offensive Player of the Year Jeff Thomas, a wide receiver from East St. Louis. For the News-Democrat

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.

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:

Baseball

▪  Large School Player of the Year

▪  Large School All-Area Team

▪  Small School Player of the Year and All-Area Team

Softball

▪  Large School Player of the Year

▪  Large School All-Area Team

▪  Small School Player of the Year

▪  Small School All-Area Team

Boys track & field

▪  Athlete of the Year and All-Area Team

Girls track & field

▪  Athlete of the Year

▪  All-Area Team

Boys tennis

▪  Athletes of the Year and All-Area Team

Girls soccer

▪  Player of the Year

▪  All-Area Team

Boys basketball

▪  Large School Player of the Year and All-Area Team

▪  Small School Player of the Year and All-Area Team

Girls basketball

▪  Large School Player of the Year and All-Area Team

▪  Small School Player of the Year and All-Area Team

Football

▪  Large School Player of the Year - Offense

▪  Large School Player of the Year - Defense

▪  Large School All-Area Team

▪  Small School Player of the Year - Offense

▪  Small School Player of the Year - Defense

▪  Small School All-Area Team

Wrestling

▪  Co-Wrestler of the Year

▪  Co-Wrestler of the Year and All-Area Team

Volleyball

▪  Large School Player of the Year

▪  Large School All-Area Team

▪  Small School Player of the Year

▪  Small School All-Area Team

Boys soccer

▪  Player of the Year and All-Area Team

Cross country

▪  Boys Co-Runner of the Year and All-Area Team

▪  Boys Co-Runner of the Year

▪  Girls Co-Runner of the Year and All-Area Team

▪  Girls Co-Runner of the Year

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