The year 2013 is coming to a close and this is the time we remember all the great stories from the year in Eastern Maine Sports.
My most memorable sports moments of the year, would include being on the WZON broadcast with Wes Hart for the final two basketball games ever played at the Bangor Auditorium.
As a fan, the best moment came in watching the Boston Red Sox win their third world championship since 2004. Going to a rolling rally never gets old, and this one was as good as the first Sox championship in 2004.
We could debate all day on other events that should have been on the list below, or the order of this list. That does not take away how special each one of these moments were
Here are the 10 best high school sports stories from the high school sports examiner for 2013.
- 1. Bangor Christian wins fifth straight boys soccer state championship
They have a 61 game unbeaten streak. The last time they lost a game was in 2010 against Penquis.
- 2. Penquis wins state championship as Tony Hamlin goes out on top to close the Bangor Auditorium
It was Tony Hamlin's 401st career victory in his final game of his 31 year coaching career.
- 3. Skowhegan field hockey wins 12th state title in 13 years
The Skowhegan field hockey program has become the most dominant program for any sport in the state of Maine.
- 4. Worcester goes over 1000 as Washburn wins third straight class D state title.
Worcester recorded 20 points (including her 1000 career point), eight steals, seven assists and five rebounds to lead Washburn to the championship in the final class D girls state title game to ever be played at the Bangor Auditorium.
- 5. Foxcroft wins third straight wrestling state championship, Luis Ayala named MAWA coach of the year
The Ponies have won five wrestling state champions, including three straight. They all have been under coach Ayala.
- 6. Presque Isle girls win 44th straight game and second straight state championship
Presque Isle has won two straight state championships and are currently on a 50 game winning streak.
- 7. Ben Lucas breaks record in leading Cony to state title.
He threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns including leading the Rams on a John Elway/Tom Brady like 99 yard game winning drive in 30-23 victory over Kennebunk in the class B state championship game.
- 8. Rossignol surpasses 2000 career points in her high school basketball career.
Parise Rossignol from Van Buren hit the 2000 mark, when she hit a jumper in the first quarter of the Crusaders game against Limestone.
Rossgnol is the 16th player in Maine history and sixth girls basketball player to reach the magical mark.
- 9. Garet Beal breaks school scoring records set by his father.
In March, Beal was named Mr. Maine Basketball.
- 10. Foxcroft field hockey does not allow a goal during the regular season.
The Foxcroft Ponies field hockey team finished 17-0-1 and won the class C state championship.
The only goal the Ponies allowed was during their 2-1 semifinal victory over Mt. View. Foxcroft defeated NYA 1-0 in the state championship game.