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December 24, 2012

Column: The best of 2012

VALDOSTA — Merry Christmas, folks. There are just a few more days left in 2012, and what a year it has been for us local sports fans.

We’ve seen some teams reach the pinnacle of sports, while others fell short. Regardless, it was still an awesome year in local sports and there was plenty to celebrate.

This year was especially good to a guy like me. I graduated from college and then turned around and watched my alma mater claim two national championships. A day after covering the Blazers’ football national championship, I got engaged. So needless to say, this year had been pretty special for a guy like me.

I hope the year has been great for you too, and I hope 2013 is even better for our local sports teams. Now that I’ve covered three championships this year, I want more championships this upcoming year.

With that said, here are some of my thoughts and awards reflecting back on this past year in local sports.

Best team: Valdosta State softball

The Blazer softball team won 36 straight games at one point this past season, eventually finishing with a 58-5 record and as Division II national champions.

I saw this team more than many, as I also served as the team’s radio announcer. I can use one word to describe this year: Magical.

No matter what the scenario, there was never a doubt that the Blazers could do it. Even in the championship tournament, the Blazers got one out, heck one strike, away from being eliminated. But they never had the doubt.

They stayed calm and eventually hoisted the school’s first-ever women’s national championship.

Best title run: Valdosta State football

While I think the Valdosta State softball team was the best team, the Valdosta State football team’s run to the national championship was the more impressive feat.

After losing two of their first four games to start the season, the Blazers had their backs against the wall the remainder of the year, but managed to reel off 10 straight wins to claim the national championship.

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