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Shining the spotlight on achievement

We offer our congratulations to a championship football team, a distinguished physician, and a veteran attorney for the statewide honors that each received.

Published: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

Statewide recognition is not easy to achieve. We would be remiss if we did not comment on three recent instances of such accomplishment.

The Newman Central Catholic High School football team deserves special accolades for winning the IHSA Class 2A state football title.

The Comets defeated the Staunton Bulldogs in convincing fashion, 40-13, on the day after Thanksgiving.

Staunton actually had an early 7-6 lead before Newman uncorked a dominating offensive and defensive performance, setting 2A title game records for most rushing yards gained (425) and least rushing yards allowed an opponent (13).

This marked Newman’s fifth state football title since 1990.

The team and its 34-year veteran coach, Mike Papoccia, deserve praise for their outstanding season.

Likewise, we congratulate Dr. Joseph Welty, a doctor at KSB Hospital’s Town Square Centre Clinic, on being named Family Physician of the Year by the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians.

Welty, an Amboy native, has practiced medicine for 28 years in Dixon. Known for the personal approach he takes with patients, Welty also has served as team physician for the Newman Comets football team.

We gratefully note Dr. Welty’s assistance with Sauk Valley Media’s series of articles about concussions last year.

A veteran Dixon attorney, Henry S. Dixon, has received a special award from the Illinois State Bar Association.

Dixon was one of 146 lawyers to be named Distinguished Counsellors for completing 50 years of practice. He is the only attorney in the Sauk Valley to receive the honor this year.

Dixon, a descendant of the city’s founder, is a senior partner in the Dixon & Giesen Law Offices and also served a total of 8 years as Lee County state’s attorney.

We congratulate a championship football team, a distinguished physician, and a veteran attorney for their accomplishments.

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