Imamges: Our faves: see our staff's best prep sports photos of 2018

From Friday night football to Thursday afternoon water polo, our Daily Herald photo staff covers prep sports like no one else. Here are our favorite photos from 2018.

  Geneva's Stephanie Hart, right, celebrates her game-winning shot with teammate Brie Borkowicz during the girls basketball Class 4A title game against Montini at Redbird Arena in Normal. Joe Lewnard/
  St. Charles North's Cassidy Joyce (22) reacts after scoring a goal during sectional soccer at Geneva High School. Brian Hill/
  Glasses and players go flying as St. Charles North baserunner Nicholas DeMarco and Batavia infielder Cole Nelson collide on the base path during baseball action at Batavia. The runner was called out but a run scored on the play. Rick West/
  St. Charles East's Truitt Battin (11) puts the first goal past St. Charles North's Bobby Curran (99) Saturday during the championship game of St. Charles East boys soccer regional. Brian Hill/
  St. Charles North's Tyler Nubin (27) reels in a touchdown pass over Rolling Meadows' Charlie Svoboda (12) during IHSA Class 7A playoff football in St. Charles. Brian Hill/
  A trail of water makes an interesting pattern behind the ball and forearm of Palatine water polo player Sean O'Brien as he shoots during a home match. Joe Lewnard/
  Fremd's Jess Mazur, left, and Fremd's Lexi D'Ambrosio try to put the tag on St. Charles North's Alyssa Domaracki (8) as she scores the only run during the St. Charles North at Fremd sectional softball championship game in Palatine. Brian Hill/
  Warren's Kelly Beck keeps the enthusiasm level high in the dugout with her rally cups and visor during Saturday's Class 4A girls softball sectional championship against Palatine in Gurnee. Paul Valade/
Larkin's Travis Farley celebrates with the Town Jug after a win over crosstown rival Elgin at Memorial Field in Elgin. PATRICK KUNZER/pkunzer@dailyherald
  Schaumburg's Hana Mollin swims the backstroke in the 200-yard medley relay against Buffalo Grove in a girls swimming meet in Buffalo Grove. John Starks/
  After hitting a grand slam in the seventh inning, Palatine's Amanda Stanczuk (20) is congratulated by teammates Grace Huff and Maddie Craver, right, during the 4A sectional championship game against Warren in Gurnee. Paul Valade/
  Rolling Meadows' Charlie Svoboda celebrates his 4th quarter touchdown as Meadows defeated Hersey in the varsity football matchup at Rolling Meadows. Mark Welsh/
  Fremd swimmer Sophia Kuehn is astounded as she looks up at her time claiming first place in the girls 200-yard IM at the 2018 ISHA sectionals at Stevenson High School. Mark Welsh/
  Hersey's Will Nagle, top, fouls Grayslake Central's Clay Stoffel as they go to the floor for a loose ball during a game in Arlington Heights. Joe Lewnard/
  Round Lake third baseman Angel Cueves (20) and Johnsburg baserunner Nico LoDolce collide at third base during baseball action in Round Lake. Cueves held on to the ball and LoDolce was called out. Paul Valade/
  Brother Rice quarterback John Bean fumbles the ball out of bounds in front of Warren's Jauan DeLaCruz, on a play which was brought back due to a penalty on the Crusaders during the Class 8A state quarterfinal in Chicago. Joe Lewnard/
  Lakes players and coach Jordan Eder, left, react to a missed field goal with two seconds left that sealed their loss to Antioch in a playoff football game in Antioch. John Starks/
  St. Edward keeper Evan Sajtar (1) goes up and over his teammate Cameron Kruk (21) for a save against Stillman Valley in the IHSA Class 1A sectional semifinal in Genoa-Kingston. Brian Hill/
  Libertyville's Alex Tam runs the 3,200 meter run under heavy skies at the Prospect Invitational boys track and field meet in Mount Prospect. John Starks/
  Carmel's Brock Deardorff breaks up a potential touchdown catch by St. Charles East's Daniel Goetsch (2) during their game in Mundelein. Steve Lundy/
  Stevenson's Sam Farber (7) and Libertyville's Cole Fiorenza go up for the ball during a game in Libertyville. Steve Lundy/
  Lake Zurich's Jr Cison dishes off as Libertyville's Chase Eyre defends during the Class 4A sectional semifinal at Lake Zurich High School. Steve Lundy/
  Hoffman Estates' Abigail Fuscone (7) shoots on Libertyville goalie Katie DeAcetis during girls water polo action in Hoffman Estates. Steve Lundy/
  Lake Zurich players go crazy after beating Libertyville 54-50 in the Class 4A sectional semifinal at Lake Zurich High School. Steve Lundy/
  Glenbard South's Ally Daca shrugs after missing the rim on the first of two free throw attempts during the girls state basketball Class 3A game against Breese Central at Redbird Arena in Normal. She made the second attempt. Joe Lewnard/
Metea Valley's Anna Scovill eyes an opening during a match against Hinsdale South during girls water polo in Aurora. Daily Herald photo by Mark Black
  Glenbard West's Sammy Syracuse competes on the rings during the District 87 boys gymnastics meet at Glenbard East in Lombard. Brian Hill/
  Libertyville players celebrate on their way to defeating Grayslake Central in game two of agirls volleyball regional game in Libertyville. Paul Valade/
  Cary-Grove's David Aulert clears the bar in the high jump at the Fox Valley Conference boys track meet at Cary-Grove High School. John Starks/
  Geneva's Onyi Ukaobasi and Darian Waits of Hoffman Estates approach the last hurdles during a race at St. Charles North. Rick West/
  Batavia's Jack Meyers is called out at the plate with a tag by St. Charles North's Sean Nemetz during baseball action at Batavia. Rick West/
South Elgin hurler Sidney Strama delivers against Bartlett during varsity softball at Bartlett. PATRICK KUNZER/pkunzer@dailyherald
The Vikings of Geneva celebrate a supersectional girls basketball win over Rockford Boylan at Streamwood High School. Head coach Sarah Meadows gets revved up in the first half. PATRICK KUNZER/pkunzer@dailyherald
Glenbard West's Katelynne Hart reacts to her record breaking 3200 meter-run time of 9:52.02 during the Glenbard West Girls Track Invite. DAILY HERALD PHOTO BY Daniel White
Neuqua Valley's Ty Jensen (5) leaps in the air as he celebrates with Peter Brown (44) and Ben Foy (17) on his first quarter goal during boys varsity lacrosse against Glenbard West in Glen Ellyn. DAILY HERALD PHOTO BY Mark Black
  Caroline Zimmer, right, of St. Francis, reacts to a goal by Jill Ditusa in the second half against Lemont in Class 2A girls soccer semifinals in Naperville on. Zimmer scored the first goal in the second half in their 2-0 win. Bev Horne/
  Lake Park celebrate their 3-1n win over Buffalo Grove in Class 4A sectional semifinal baseball at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg. Bev Horne/
  Fenton players celebrate a point on their way to defeating Leyden in two games in Lombard. Paul Valade/
  IC Catholic's Khalil Saunders (9) bites his medallion during the awards ceremony of the Class 4A state football championship at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. IC Catholic won the game against Bishop McNamara 31-21. Joe Lewnard/
  Joliet Catholic's Max Briscoe (45) breaks up a pass intended for Montini's Nick Fedanzo (24) in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter during the Class 5A state football championship at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. Joe Lewnard/
  Naperville's Cade McDonald makes a 20-yard catch on this second quarter play in the varsity football matchup at Naperville. Mark Welsh/
  Madeline Fidel of Wheaton North plays during the St. Charles East girls tennis sectional. Brian Hill/
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