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Top high school sports stories of 2012
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It's that time of year again, to look back and reflect on the year that was. Plenty of good things came to local area high schools during the 2012 season. Numerous schools saw state championships. Several schools won multiple state titles. Individuals shined on every level.
Here's a look at some of those great accomplishments. You can vote on what you thought was the best. The poll is on the right-hand side of the website. Just click on your choice for top story. Think we missed something? Vote on "Other" and let us know on our Gazettepreps Facebook page.
Don't remember what each story was about? Don't worry. We've provided brief refreshers below along with a link to each story, giving you the option to review in depth or to relive the moment.
So, without further ado, we present you with the Top 6 Stories of 2012...
Lewis-Palmer's Josh Scott and Sierra's Wesley Gordon had been linked for years. What better way for their connection to culminate than in the 4A state basketball title game. Scott's Rangers edged Gordon's Stallions by one measly point. The kicker: Scott and Gordon joined forces and signed with Colorado.
It's always impressive when a school wins multiple titles. But when your school wins multiple titles in a short amount of time, claims them in big-name sports AND claims them in sports they haven't built dynasties in, we're that much more impressed. Boys' swimming hadn't won a state title since most of its swimmers were pre-kindergarteners; girls' soccer hadn't won since the coach played; lacrosse claimed its first crown since '09; and the hoops team won its first title in school history.
What's more impressive: that Cheyenne Mountain claimed its fifth consecutive volleyball title, or that the Indians did it against a team they lost the league crown to less than a month earlier?
The Spartans rolled through the season, much of it thanks to transfer Haleigh Washington, posting a record of 29-0, including a three-game sweep of Grandview in the title match. What's scarier? Washington, the Gatorade Player of the Year for Colorado, returns next season.
The Classical Academy girls' cross country team won nine consecutive 3A state championships. What more could they do? How about move up to 4A and blow away the competition. The Titans' top four runners placed in the top 18. They crushed their nearest opponent by 29 points. Their top two runners finished in sixth and seventh, less than 5 seconds apart. What's next, 5A state champs?
It's one thing for a seasoned speedster to win the famed double in the state competition. But for a freshman who looked at track as a "hobby" a year prior, it's mind-blowing. Watt, who was more into soccer than track in the eighth grade, took the state track finals by storm, winning the two biggest speed events as a freshman.