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updated: 9/20/2012 10:02 PM

Prospect runs down career win No. 150 for Stokes

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By Michael Eaken
Daily Herald Correspondent

Prospect coach Mike Stokes has certainly seen his share of victories during his 22 years of coaching, and the Knights coach picked up a pretty special one Thursday night at Buffalo Grove.

Senior Quentin Shaffer took first in leading Prospect to a 22-33 Mid-Suburban League East victory over Buffalo Grove at Willow Stream.

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The win gave Stokes his 150th dual meet victory, with 133 coming as head coach at Prospect.

"I guess it tells you one thing -- I'm old," said Stokes, who is the dean of MSL coaches. "We've had some great kids at Prospect, and they have always done everything I've asked. I love doing this and the guys have made me look good."

Stokes has led Prospect to 10 state meets, with eight top-10 finishes, including a second-place trophy in 1994.

Junior Steven Salvano (15:45) took second for Buffalo Grove, but the Knights took the next three spots.

Prospect took control midway through the race with senior Michael Leet (16:01), junior Max Daleiden (16:04), and junior Blake Hallman (16:05) going 3-5 for the Knights.

Freshman Kevin Salvano (16:20) and freshman Tom Cleary (16:30) took sixth and seventh place for a young Buffalo Grove team that is rebuilding after finishing fifth in Class 3A last season, a best-ever placement for the program.

"We competed, but Prospect did a great job," said Buffalo Grove coach Jamie Klotz. "Hats off to Coach Stokes."

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