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Monday, December 31, 2012

A Final Look Back at 2012.....

It feels like we just christened 2012, and now it's time to say goodbye.  As we do, we'll just make a quick list of just some things we are thankful to have experienced, and covered, whether wins or losses, here on HanoverCountySports.org and on our Twitter feed, @hanoversports.....

---Patrick Henry girls basketball winning the Colonial District regular season crown....
---their heartbreaking loss at the buzzer to Deep Run in the tournament semifinals....
---and their 23-3 overall record.
---Watching Katie Anderson finish with 1,509 career points, knowing she was headed to Macon...

---strong performances by Lee-Davis and Hanover in wrestling action, including Tanner Tinsley of the Hawks winning the state championship at 170 pounds, a year after winning it all at 152...
---all the other wrestlers who won Capital District titles....

---Atlee sweeping the boys and girls Central Region swimming championships...

---appreciating the careers of Maggie Roy, Jillian Asay, Taylor Wieczorek, Molly Brown, Calvin Croskey and Adam Desgain at Crenshaw Gymnasium...
---Jordan Walton being named first-team all-state baseball and signing with the St. Louis Cardinals...

---great baseball pitching, including Kyle Palmer of Patrick Henry, Michael Thomas of Lee-Davis, Chris Childress of Hanover, Luke Bolka of Atlee and others...
---#3 seed Atlee winning the Capital District Tournament and a berth in the Central Region Tourney...

---an INCREDIBLE season of softball:
     ---Lee-Davis overcoming the loss of Kelly Heinz on the mound to win the Capital District regular season crown and seeing their season end at the hands of eventual state champion Cosby...
     ---Hanover being the only county team not to make regionals, even though they beat Lee-Davis, Atlee, AND Patrick Henry during the regular season...
     ---Atlee, from the #3 seed, winning the Capital District Tournament and gamely fighting Patrick Henry before falling in the regional semis...
     ---...and of course, the memorable Patrick Henry Patriots, who won the Colonial District, finished 2nd to Cosby in the Central Region, won two games in Northern Virginia, and fell in a 10-inning classic, again to Cosby, 3-2, in the state championship game.

The softball names of 2012 are many, and in no particular order: Jessica Holte, Delani Ferrar, Taylor Sutherland, Shelby Hill, MacKenzie Keyes, Lexi Cumbia, Cameron Hall, Blair Jones, Kiandra Mitchum, Shannon Albright, Erica Barrett, Brooke Throckmorton, Lynnse Caler, Maura Long, Lauren McIntyre, Haleigh Cottrell, Amy Wingfield, Taylor Deemer, Ryleigh Hawker, Lacie Madison, Casey Price, Victoria Houff, Lynsee Stonebreaker, Becca Fields, Madison Gilman, Emma Mitchell, Sam Moore, Katie Woody, Ashley Samuels, Paige Mitchell, Ellen Davidson, Hunter Glave, Allison Tingler, and so many others...

---Our summer was filled with a journey for the ages with the Mechanicsville Post 175 American Legion baseball team as they won 23 consecutive games before finishing third in the State Tournament in August.  N.C. State recruit Andrew Knizner of Hanover led the way with his bat and fine shortstop play for a team filled with some of the best players from Hanover, Lee-Davis, and Atlee high schools...

---Two trips to RIR for NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing, including one race (September) that didn't end until after 12:30am due to rain delays...
---An afternoon with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. at Patrick Henry...

---A five-set volleyball match for the ages from Patrick Henry's boys team, falling 15-13 in the tiebreaker at Colonial District champion Douglas Freeman...then beating Deep Run on Senior Night to cement the return of the program.
---A strong run by the Lee-Davis girls volleyball team to the Central Region finals, earning a berth in the State Tournament...

---and, of course, the Atlee girls volleyball team, who swept through the Capital District and Central Region, losing only two matches during the regular season at the Tournament of Champions in Roanoke in October, then ousting Ocean Lakes in the state quarters and Stone Bridge in the state semis before falling to Kellam in five sets in the title tilt at the Siegel Center in November.  Atlee had Championship Point in the fourth set at 24-23 before falling.

We'll miss Hailey Brooks, Karlie Suber, Kayleigh Moody and Stella Thai, but look forward to the returning core of Kylah Blackmore, Melanie Snyder (who just returned from the U.S. Volleyball Training Center in Colorado Springs), Rachel Stanford, Clarke Tyler, and Molly Jarvis....

---Patrick Henry girls winning the Colonial District outdoor track crown, and the Atlee boys and girls sweeping the Capital....

---And football.

Football brought us:

---a 2,000 yard rusher in Atlee's Morris Jackson...in only 9 games, scoring 33 touchdowns...
---an almost 2,000 yard rusher in Lee-Davis' Chris Simpson, who helped his team clinch the top seed in the Division 5 playoffs and first home playoff game in 15 years...
---Kenner Berry, who threw for over 2,250 yards for a prolific Atlee offense, with his favorite receiver, Chad Jacob, receiving many post-season honors at tight end...
---the emergence of Travis Phillips as one of the state's best wide receivers at Patrick Henry...
---and the Hanover Hawks, who overcame a second season of injury issues, got help in week 10, made it back to the playoffs, won the Central Region on the road, and hosted their first-ever state semifinal, falling 28-21 to Stone Bridge.

Some of the football names other than those above?

Tyler Phelps, Nathan Boone, Bryson Wong, Otis Harris (who gained 1,000 yards rushing for PH), Daniel Fogleman, Josh Hutto, Thomas Brooks, L.J. Jones (3,300 yards in two years), Josh Harris, Donte Haynesworth (he'll be playing in college after this season), Brennan Gary, Usman Mahmood, Deshaun Rogers, Mark Reisenweaver, Donald Kidd, Brandon Sulser, Austin Rice, Jordon Prentiss, Blake Stattelman,   Russell Munn, Tye Burriss, Ross Gardner, Reid Ramey, Tanner Ramey, just to name a few.  :)

We've been so amazed by the stories, performances, and people from Little League to high school, college to NASCAR, and thankful to have witnessed so much in the year of 2012.

Bring on 2013!

Happy New Year from HanoverCountySports.org!!


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