Newman takes 2016-17 TRAC All-Sports Race – Bureau County Republican

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Sterling Newman had a strong finish to remain on top of the BCR Three Rivers Athletic Conference All-Sports Race.

The Comets claimed a share of a four-way tie for first place in the TRAC East Softball standings and had strong showings in boys track (first place) and girls track (third).

Newman also boasted first-place finishes in boys golf, football and volleyball on the way to tallying 90.5 points to easily outdistance runner-up Rockridge (70).

Rockridge, the 2015-16 winner of the TRAC All-Sports race, saw its best finishes come in baseball and softball (first) and wrestling (second).

The field was bunched close from there with only 2.5 points separating third-place Prophetstown and seventh-place Erie, its co-op partner.

Prophetstown (67.5) had no first-place finishes but took third in boys track and wrestling as a co-op.

Princeton and Orion tied for fourth place at 65.5, just a half point better than Sherrard.

The Tigers of PHS were boosted by a runner-up finish in boys track and third in boys golf.

Orion was the TRAC wrestling champions and took fourth in girls track and boys golf.

Sherrard (65) was the TRAC West champion for girls basketball.

St. Bede (59.5) finished eighth overall with a share of the TRAC East softball crown and a fourth-place showing in boys track.

Bureau Valley (51.5) moved up to 10th place thanks to its title in girls track this spring.

Hall (51) checked in 11th, having shared the TRAC East softball title and finishing second in girls track.

Each school is rewarded for points in how they finish in each respective sport. A first-place finish in the seven-team division nets seven points. A sport such as boys golf, with all 14 members involved, rewards 14 points to the winner.

Princeton, Erie and Prophetstown are the only schools to field teams in all 13 sports offered in the Three Rivers.

The BCR previously sponsored the Indian Valley Conference All-Sports race prior to the consolidations in the mid-’90s.

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