Our Daily Herald photojournalists photographed the joy of state championships, the agony of season ending losses and everything in between. See our best images from the high school sports season during 2019.
Brian Hillemail@example.comCary-Gove's Blake Skol (20) looks to put a move on Prairie Ridge's outside linebacker Drew Fryer (1) Saturday during the IHSA Class 6A playoff football quarterfinals in Crystal Lake.
John Starksfirstname.lastname@example.orgReflected in the glossy gymnasium floor, St. Charles East High School's Charles Falka rolls back with Batavia's Andy Posledni in his grasp in their 145-pound bout in Batavia on Thursday, January 3, 2019.
Patrick Kunzeremail@example.comBurlington Central's Zach Lassau rejoiced after scoring in his very own two-minute scrimmage before the varsity boys basketball game against Woodstock North at Burlington Friday night. Lassau was recognized along with others as part of senior night.
Joe Lewnardfirstname.lastname@example.orgBenet Academy's Kendall Schrader celebrates a point during the girls state tennis Class 1A doubles championship at Buffalo Grove High School Saturday.
Mark Welshemail@example.comMaine West's Angela Dugalic prepares to hold up the first place trophy for her fans after they beat Mother McAuley 58-46 in the IHSA girls state basketball Class 4A finals at Normal on Friday.
John Starksfirstname.lastname@example.orgSt. Charles North's Megan Armstrong breaks the surface of the water after making a turn in the 100-yard backstroke at the girls state swimming championships at New Trier High School in Winnetka Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019.
John Starksemail@example.comReferee John Skurka stands in the pouring rain as Conant High School plays against Hoffman Estates High School in a football game in Hoffman Estates Friday, Sept. 27, 2019.
Joe Lewnardfirstname.lastname@example.orgMontini players including Maximus Kasallis celebrate their Class 3A baseball state championship with their coaches after defeating St. Laurence 6-3 in Joliet Saturday.
Patrick Kunzeremail@example.comThe Storm of South Elgin warm up to face district rival Elgin in varsity football at South Elgin Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. The game was the first home night game ever for the Storm.
Joe Lewnardfirstname.lastname@example.orgPalatine's Anne Marie Jordan, right, is out in front during the 1,600-meter run at the Palatine Relays boys and girls track meet in Palatine Saturday. Jordan finished second, just behind her teammate, Ellie Roy.
Mark Welshemail@example.comPhotos from the Willowbrook vs. Lake Zurich Class 7A state football quarterfinal game on Saturday, Nov. 16, in Lake Zurich.
John Starksfirstname.lastname@example.orgAfter qualifying for the state meet on his last shot put attempt, Glenbard West's Adam Dau turns to see his mother Vicki race from her seat to wrap him in a hug at the Class 3A York boys track sectional in Elmhurst Thursday, May 16, 2019.
Brian Hillemail@example.comCary-Gove's Blake Skol (20) and Lukas Eleftheriou (4) walk off the field Saturday after their loss in the IHSA Class 6A playoff football quarterfinals in Crystal Lake.
Joe Lewnardfirstname.lastname@example.orgBarrington's Ellie McAuley (10) celebrates her goal with teammates Rebecca Shomaker, left, and Tina Teik as Hersey goalkeeper Emma Hager lays on the turf during the MSL Soccer Bowl in Arlington Heights Wednesday.
Paul Valadeemail@example.comGeneva's Braeden McPheron (21) gets a goal in the closing minutes of the game to defeat Conant in Tuesday's boys Class 3A regional semifinal soccer match in Hoffman Estates.
Brian Hillfirstname.lastname@example.orgTyler Piomencico of Burlington Central lines up his putt on the eleventh green Thursday at the Geneva boys golf invite at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.
Rick Westemail@example.comGeneva's Joshua Preston draws the charge as Schaumburg's A.J. Prowell goes airborne trying to score during boys basketball action at the Crystal Lake Central Thanksgiving tournament Wednesday.
Brian Hillfirstname.lastname@example.orgSt. Charles North's Johnny Lambert (14) is mobbed by teammates after their win Saturday during IHSA sectional final baseball at Glenbard West in Glen Ellyn at Village Green Park.
Joe Lewnardemail@example.comWarren's Cate Cullison leaps for a header in front of Fremd's Elizabeth Prigge during the Buffalo Grove sectional semifinal Tuesday.
Paul Valadefirstname.lastname@example.orgWarren's Janii Jenkins finished the final leg of the 4 x 100 relay and celebrates her team's first-place finish during Thursday's girls track sectional in Antioch.
Paul Valadeemail@example.comStevenson's Emma Potocki (13) celebrates the Patriots first-game victory over Libertyville during Wednesday night's volleyball match in Lincolnshire.
Brian Hillfirstname.lastname@example.orgGeneva's Jack McDonald (3), Ben Johlie (0) and Kross Garth (23) celebrate their win with their teammates after the championship game of IHSA Class 4A Metea Valley regional in Aurora Friday.
Patrick Kunzeremail@example.comJacobs' Amber Fink and Hampshire's Sarah Gaudaen go for the ball during varsity girls soccer at Hampshire on April 16, 2019.
John Starksfirstname.lastname@example.orgA pole vaulter competes in front of a hug frosted window in the DuKane Conference boys track meet at Batavia High School Friday, March 15, 2019.
Rick Westemail@example.comHuntley players swarm teammate Taylor Jakubowski as she holds up the sectional championship plaque after they beat St. Charles East during the Class 4A Dundee-Crown sectional championship in Carpentersville Wednesday.
Patrick Kunzerfirstname.lastname@example.orgThe Whip-Purs of Hampshire celebrate a 4-0 win over Oak Park-River Forest during Class 4A supersectional baseball action at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg on June 3, 2019.
Joe Lewnardemail@example.comPalatine's Elly Nilsen competes on the floor exercise during the Fremd gymnastics invite in Palatine Saturday.
Joe Lewnardfirstname.lastname@example.org Montini's Francesca Kokkines, left, and teammate Afton Tatiana Thomas battle for a possession with St. Ignatius' Ella Richards during the Hinsdale South Class 4A girls basketball sectional semifinal in Darien Tuesday.
Joe Lewnardemail@example.com Montini coach Jason Nichols leads his team during the Hinsdale South Class 4A girls basketball sectional semifinal against St. Ignatius in Darien Tuesday.
Joe Lewnardfirstname.lastname@example.orgWarren's Janii Jenkins, right, hugs West Aurora's Dajour Miles at the conclusion of the 400-meter dash during the Class 3A girls state track and field preliminaries in Charleston Friday.
Joe Lewnardemail@example.comFremd's Christy Murauskis, right, celebrates her second goal of the first half with teammate Emma Spotak during the Buffalo Grove sectional semifinal against Warren Tuesday.
Joe Lewnardfirstname.lastname@example.orgHersey's Zach Joyce celebrates his victory over Rolling Meadows' Eric Guerra in the 120-pound final during the Fremd wrestling regional in Palatine Saturday.
Joe Lewnardemail@example.comMontini's Benjamin Lah crosses the plate with a run on a successful suicide squeeze play during the third inning of the Class 3A state baseball championship game in Joliet Saturday. Matt McCormick is the St. Laurence catcher.
Joe Lewnardfirstname.lastname@example.orgEdwardsville's Aaron Young scores the go-ahead run in the eighth inning under the tag by St. Charles North catcher Marco Torres during the Class 4A state baseball championship game in Joliet Saturday. Edwardsville won the game 3-2.
Joe Lewnardemail@example.comNotre Dame College Prep's Paul Harris, left, gets to the ball ahead of St. Viator's Conrad Glodz during Wednesday's soccer match in Niles.
Joe Lewnardfirstname.lastname@example.orgFremd's Russell Beaupre celebrates after scoring the winning goal after the match went to penalty kicks in overtime during Tuesday's boys soccer sectional semifinal at Libertyville.
Joe Lewnardemail@example.comBuffalo Grove's Ryan Kim celebrates after scoring a first-half goal against Warren goalkeeper Nicholas Diana during Tuesday's boys soccer sectional semifinal at Libertyville.
Joe Lewnardfirstname.lastname@example.orgWarren quarterback Trinate Jacobs reacts to his team's 12-0 loss to Lincoln Way East during the closing seconds of the IHSA Class 8A state football championship game at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb Saturday.
Paul Valadeemail@example.comHuntley's Sofia Tenuta (8) and Courtney Mills (16) chase down associate head coach Matt Langton with the water jug after they defeated Hersey during Monday's Class 4A supersectional softball game in Barrington.
Paul Valadefirstname.lastname@example.orgLake Zurich's Bartosz Wielgos digs the ball during Monday's boy's volleyball match against Carmel in Lake Zurich.
Brian Hillemail@example.comJust before Prairie Ridge's Sam Ripple (60) can reach him, Cary-Gove's Lukas Eleftheriou (4) tosses the ball to Blake Skol (20) who turns upfield for a touchdown Saturday during the IHSA Class 6A playoff football quarterfinals in Crystal Lake.
Paul Valadefirstname.lastname@example.orgDowners Grove North's Eleanor Harris (31) hits a wall of Wheaton Warrenville South defenders and has the ball stripped away during Thursday's girls basketball game at the Schaumburg Thanksgiving Tournament.
Brian Hillemail@example.comBatavia celebrates after they demolished Hononegah Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia.
Brian Hillfirstname.lastname@example.orgBatavia's Art Taylor (28) moves up the sideline for a touchdown Saturday during the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs in Batavia.
Paul Valadeemail@example.comFremd's Izzy Segoviano hits the court for a dig during Monday's volleyball match against Lake Zurich in Palatine.
Mark Welshfirstname.lastname@example.orgProspect's Annika Erickson is amazed as she finds out her time from her coach as she is hugged by teammate Emily Hubbard after finishing the 3200 meter at the MSL Girls Conference Championship at Fremd on Friday.
Paul Valadeemail@example.comIt was senior night at the Elk Grove and Prospect boys basketball game Friday in Elk Grove Village. The players were honored with a display of photos on the gym wall.
Paul Valadefirstname.lastname@example.orgSouth Elgin's Vincent Miszkiewicz (33) goes up for the dunk during Wednesday's Class 4A regional semifinal boys basketball game against Hampshire in South Elgin.
Patrick Kunzeremail@example.comDowners Grove North's Mia Bowers performs on the vault during a regional gymnastics meet at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.
Patrick Kunzerfirstname.lastname@example.orgWaubonsie Valley's Grace Bergman glides through the 200-yard freestyle during girls varsity swimming against Neuqua Valley and DeKalb at Waubonsie Valley on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019.
John Starksemail@example.comDundee-Crown's Trevor Fed stretches to give the baton to teammate Alex Miller in lane 8 as Batavia's Trevor Tousana gives his baton to Steven Koif in lane 9 in the Class 3A 800-meter relay at the IHSA boys state track finals in Charleston Saturday, May 25, 2019.
John Starksfirstname.lastname@example.orgNeuqua Valley team member Jane Riehs stands in the bleachers to take a selfie with her teammates after they won the girls state swimming and diving championship at New Trier High School in Winnetka Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019.
John Starksemail@example.comAs Huntley parents celebrate in the background, St. Charles East's Kati Gheorghe reacts after striking out to end the Class 4A state softball final game against Huntley in Peoria Saturday, June 8, 2019.
John Starksfirstname.lastname@example.orgBarrington's Samantha Murphy and Katherine Stagnito and Huntley's Grace Kutz all react as Kutz is called out on a fielder's choice play at second base to end the sixth inning in a sectional softball game in Hampshire Wednesday, May 29, 2019.
Paul Valadeemail@example.comGeneva goalkeeper Osten Lockner makes a diving save from a Batavia kick during Thursday's boys soccer match in Geneva.
Paul Valadefirstname.lastname@example.orgBarrington's Amanda Cleary reaches for the ball on a Huntley serve during Wednesday's girls volleyball match in Huntley.
Rick Westemail@example.comChris Studebaker shovels out the lines every five yards as he joined 8-10 volunteers clearing the snow from the St. Edward Central Catholic High School football field Friday afternoon in Elgin. Studebaker is the JV football coach.
John Starksfirstname.lastname@example.orgA muddy blade of grass flies off the fingertip of Neuqua Valley quarterback Mark Gronowski as he throws a pass against Conant in a Class 8A first-round playoff football game in Naperville Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Neuqua Valley High School has one of the few natural grass fields in the area.