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December 26, 2012


Championships fill list of biggest stories

The seasons come and go, but after we have opened the presents, carved the ham and enjoyed a double helping of Aunt Sally's sweet potato casserole at the Christmas dinner table, it is a natural time of the year for reflections.

Each year brings about times of celebration, times of disappointments and times that make us stronger and help us to grow mentally, physically and spiritually. The year 2012 was no different as the local athletes and personalities of the local sports scene provided a year packed full of reasons to cheer, times of reflection as we honored grand accomplishments and milestones and plenty of reasons to think that the next 12 months will be just as memorable.

During the past year champions have been crowned, individuals have been honored, and we have said goodbye to those who have passed away. Here — in no particular order — are the top 10 stories in area sports as chosen by The Daily Citizen sports staff along with the other notable events and stories of the year.

Running the road again

An area that already was flush with high school athletics returned to the college side.

Dalton State College’s hiring of Derek Waugh as athletic director made the idea of the college returning to athletics a future reality. Waugh’s hire in February came six months before as big a hire, when the Roadrunners nabbed Dalton-native Tony Ingle to lead the college’s premier sport, men’s basketball.

Those two were the major moments in a 2012 dominated by Dalton State — which also has hired coaches for volleyball and competitive cheerleading, plus men’s and women’s cross country, golf and tennis. Next fall should include the first sporting events at Dalton State in many years, with men’s basketball returning after nearly three decades.

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