2013 has been a year full of champions in local high school sports.
In all, 13 local teams won titles. It was one of the most successful years that included clean sweeps in two different sports and it didn't take long for the winning to begin.
It was March 9 when the Bridgeport Lady Indians capped off their season with a 44-27 victory over Westside to win the class AA basketball title.
"We were kind of iffy," said then Bridgeport Guard Miki Glenn. "It was if we could get to the state tournament it would be a success. But when we got down here you could see the girls' focus narrow, and you could see that they wanted as much as anyone too."
Bridgeport was the only winter team champion. The spring brought a new season and May, the winningest month of the year.
In May, the Ritchie County and the Doddridge County boys won state track title, as did the Buckhannon-Upshur girls. And the Morgantown girls and UHS boys swept the lacrosse championships bringing May's win total to five.
"We left no doubt as to our talent and what we wanted to accomplish," said Mohigans head coach Suzy Bane.
When students returned in the fall, so did the winning.
In November, University High, Bridgeport, Morgantown and Philip Barbour swept the cross-country state meet.
One month later came one town's biggest win.
It seems like it was just yesterday when Bridgeport, in the snow, beat top-seeded Wayne for the class AA state title snapping the Pioneers 36-game winning streak
"We kept going, we kept playing our ball game," said Indians quarterback A. C. Caldera"That's what won us this game. We kept our heads in it and fought. That's what won us this and it feels good to be state champs."
The success wasn't over there.
Later in December Robert C. Byrd claimed it's second straight class AA cheerleading title, and Clay-Battelle offered us the most inspiring win of them all, winning the single A cheer championship just months after losing a teammate.
"Sydney was my best friend so losing a friend was hard enough, but knowing I was going to come to cheerleading practice everyday and not see her was even harder," said senior Amanda Ammons.
2013 offered us a lot.
How will 20-14 follow?