Year in Review: 2016-17 Daily Press All-Stars

A look at our Daily Press All-Stars and athletes of the year for 2016-17.

  • Vereb wins swimming honor after leading Jamestown to fourth consecutive state title

    Vereb wins swimming honor after leading Jamestown to fourth consecutive state title

    In the world of elite swimming, where long hours of practice for club teams take a toll on teens' social lives, high school swimming provides an opportunity to hang out with classmates. However, it doesn't the very best are any less serious when competing. "It's really fun being a part of a team...

  • Smithfield's Smeltzer came to wrestling reluctantly, but very glad he did

    Smithfield's Smeltzer came to wrestling reluctantly, but very glad he did

    Stan Smeltzer remembers he resisted a little the first time his dad suggested he try out a youth wrestling practice in Smithfield. While it's not that he didn't like the sport, he just didn't know anything about it. Smeltzer, a sixth-grader at the time, fell in love with wrestling instantly. It...

  • Menchville's Moore repeats as Boys' Swimmer of the Year

    Menchville's Moore repeats as Boys' Swimmer of the Year

    Menchville senior Alex Moore left his final state swimming meet with a lighter haul compared to the previous two years. Moore claimed one Group 5A state title, as the anchor of the 200-yard freestyle relay, fewer than his multiple titles in the last two seasons, but he still considers his senior...

  • Richardson III named Boys' Indoor Track Athlete of the Year

    Richardson III named Boys' Indoor Track Athlete of the Year

    Bethel sophomore E.J. Richardson III entered the Group 5A indoor track state championship meet with the hope of success, but also the knowledge that a repeat team title for his Bruins remained a long shot. Just five Bethel athletes had qualified for the meet at the Boo Williams Sportsplex, so even...

  • Phoebus' Aduma repeats as Girls' Track Athlete of the Year

    Phoebus' Aduma repeats as Girls' Track Athlete of the Year

    Amira Aduma is cutting back, she will tell you with a straight face. In her senior year at Phoebus, she decided to focus on track so she could prepare for her college career after signing with the University of Illinois track team in November. Then she mentions her work as senior class president,...

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