For our area Division II teams 2013 started with wins, championships and tournament success, and ended with new coaches, conferences and programs.
The most success in arguably came on the hardwoods.
The Glenville State women went 27-4, won the WVIAC regular season title all while booking a trip to the NCAA Tournament where they joined Fairmont State, the WVIAC conference tournament champion.
"The team that we have is outstanding," said senior guard and all conference selection Kaitlin Snyder. "I don't think you can say any team in the conference has better team chemistry than us."
The Falcon men flew high too. A great season earned the Falcons a 4th seed in the NCAA Tournament where they fell in the second round to WVIAC conference champion West Liberty.
The Falcons' success carried over to the diamond where the softball team won the regular season title and swept the conference awards.
When the dust settled on the dirt the clock had run out on WVIAC. The conference closed and teams began the fall in Mountain East and Great Mid West Athletic Conferences.
"I think the potential is exponential for the conference to grow and become a model conference for the rest of Division II," said Davis and Elkins Men's Basketball Head Coach Chris Cottrell.
Teams debuted in their conferences strongly.
In soccer, the D&E Women and Welseyan Lady Bobcats won their respective conference tournaments.
In 2013 no team celebrated more new than Alderson Broaddus. The Battlers unveiled a new stadium, became a university and played its first varsity football game in 80 years.
"To be apart of history is really special," said defensive lineman Jeff Stephens. "I've never been able to be apart of history before."
ABU also made history playing in one of the first Division II bowl games.
"It's really the first of its kind. It's a great honor for us," said head coach Dennis Creehan.
The success on the hardwoods continued in the fall. The Glenville State Lady Pioneers hired a new head coach and ranked 15th in the country, the girls haven't skipped a beat.
"We just have to take it one game at a time," said new coach Charles Marshall. "Keep working. That's what we're about, hard work. As long as we put the work in practice we'll get the results on the court."