The Daily Herald photography staff shares some of their best prep sports photos from 2017.

Jacobs' Mason Materna reacts as time expires on the Golden Eagles' win against Hononegah in the Class 4A Elgin sectional semifinal game. John Starks | Staff Photographer
Dundee-Crown's Paige Gieseke, left, embraces teammate Cassidy Randl after the Chargers' win over Hampshire in a girls varsity basketball game in Carpentersville. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Neuqua Valley's Gabrielle Dufresne celebrates her first-ever out-of-the-park home run during the Wildcats 10-0 win over Willowbrook in May. Mark Black | Staff Photographer
Grant High School's Diana Orozco celebrates Oct. 23 after her team defeated Mundelein High in the first game of the Class 4A girls volleyball regional play-in at Grant High in Fox Lake. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Hersey players hold their trophy high after defeating Fremd 36-33 in the Mid Suburban League girls basketball championship game in Arlington Heights. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
Lake Zurich pole vaulter Alyssa Morello clears the bar during the Class 3A girls track sectional meet at Grayslake North High School. Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Libertyville goalie Thomas Pearson reaches for the ball over Waukegan midfielder Noe Hernandez during the boys soccer game at McAree Field in Waukegan. Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Warren's Juwan Perry (5) reacts to a foul called on him during Tuesday's Class 4A regional semifinal game against Niles North in Libertyville. Perry felt the Niles North player should have been called for charging. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Round Lake's Jameson Hamlin (5) drives on Antioch's Andrew Hare during a game in Round Lake. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Warren's Robert Archbold makes a diving attempt in right field during a game against Lake Forest in Gurnee. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
The referee throws a flag as Lake Zurich's Joey Stutzman tries to score during a football game against Warren in Gurnee. John Starks | Staff Photographer
Libertyville's Ryan Wittenbrink celebrates during a boys semifinal state soccer match against Bradley-Bourbonnais in Hoffman Estates. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Neuqua Valley's Edon Kosova, right, and Benet Academy's Franklin Rutkowski go in for the header during a boys soccer match in Lisle. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Wheaton Academy's Sophia Lindquist, center, reacts after making the winning penalty kick over Lemont in Class 2A girls state soccer semifinals in Naperville. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Metea Valley's Matt Berry (2) and Naperville North's Ali Khorfan (13) battle for control of the ball during the boys varsity soccer sectional semifinal in Naperville. Mark Black | Staff Photographer
Naperville North players celebrate their win over Wheaton-Warrenville South during the Hinsdale Central sectional semifinal basketball game. Mark Black | Staff Photographer
York's Katie Wegmann hits her approach shot to the ninth green in the Class 2A Nazareth girls golf regional at Links of the Carillon golf course in Plainfield. Daniel White | Staff Photographer
Willowbrook center fielder Jonny Kelso dives to make a catch against Hinsdale South in Darien. Daniel White | Staff Photographer
Montini Catholic react to their 3-0 loss to Nazareth in Class 3A softball supersectional in Rosemont. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Larkin's second baseman Michael Rodriguez lunges after a shot during the varsity baseball game against Elgin at Larkin High School in Elgin. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Larkin's Michael Rodriguez makes a catch during baseball regional action in Carpentersville. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Edwardsville's Joseph King (8) dives into the end zone for a first-quarter touchdown against Huntley in Huntley. Rick West | Staff Photographer
Harvest Christian's Rylee Boldog (21) and Candis Kaplan (22) collide while going for a dig during the IHSA Class 2A girls volleyball third-place match against Newton at Redbird Arena in Normal. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
The 3,200 meter run competitors hit the track at the Fox Valley Conference boys track and field meet at Huntley High School. John Starks | Staff Photographer
Batavia players celebrate a 23-13 win over Benet Academy in the Class 7A football semifinal game in Lisle. Daniel White | Staff Photographer
Palatine's Jacob Klein pushes through the 200-yard Freestyle at the Mid-Suburban League meet at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer
Barrington's Jake Parsons reacts on the sidelines after the loss to Minooka in the Class 8A football playoff game in Barrington. John Starks | Staff Photographer
Palatine's Johnny O'Shea makes a one-handed catch but comes down out of bounds during a game against Edwardsville in the Class 8A football playoff game at Palatine High School. John Starks | Staff Photographer
Glenbrook South's Sam Iida celebrates after breaking his own state record in the 200-yard individual medley at the boys swimming state finals at New Trier High School in Winnetka. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
St. Viator players celebrate their IHSA Class 3A Championship with a 10-8 win over Marian Catholic at Silver Cross Field in Joliet. Daniel White | Staff Photographer
The St. Viator girls basketball team celebrate a victory over Vernon Hills in the Class 3A girls basketball regional final at Vernon Hills High School. Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Rolling Meadows's Kyle Kornblum spikes the ball past Mundelein's Marc Rey in the regional volleyball match in Libertyville. Rolling Meadows won the match in two games. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer