MOUNT CARMEL -- For sports fans in Wabash Valley, the 2018-2019 athletic season was more than what anyone could have hoped for.
The year began with the return of volleyball after over a decade and a half absence, the page then turned to basketball season and both the men's and women's team were overly impressive. As spring crept around the corner, not much changed, with softball and baseball leading the way and maintaing the excitement at Wabash Valley College.
Between the programs, they boasted a 97-15 combined Great Rivers Athletic Conference record, had four head coaches earn Coach of the Year honors and claimed four conference crowns.
In recognition of that level of unprecedented dominance, the GRAC named Wabash Valley as the winner of the conference's All-Sports Trophy Award on Thursday.
Individually as programs, the volleyball team boasted a 10-25 record, which is quite impressive in a program's first year of existence. The women's basketball team was ranked No. 1 in the country for much of the year, made it to Nationals in Lubbock, Texas and boasted an undefeated regular season, finishing with a 32-1 mark. Men's basketball cracked the top 25 toward the end of the season after overcoming tremendous adversity early on and subsequently fell inches away from making it to Hutch with a 68-66 defeat in the Region 24 Championship to Kaskaskia. The softball team had another successful year under the reigns of long-time head coach Paul Schnarre. The Lady Warriors boasted a 44-14 record and fell in the Region 24 Championship. Lastly, baseball was overwhelmingly dominant. The Warriors ended the year with a 55-4 record, reigning as No. 1 in the country for eight consecutive weeks prior to falling to Iowa Western in the Northern District Championship game.
Though many of the programs graduate highly accomplished sophomores, their key returning contributors, coupled with their recruiting classes will look to carry the banner of athletic excellence at Wabash Valley into next season, as well as into the future.