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December 28, 2012

A Year to Remember: The top 10 local sports stories of 2012

— As 2012 draws to a close, it's time to look back on the things that transpired in sports in Grady County throughout the year.

What do you think was the top story? Let us know in our comments section, or on our Facebook page, "The Express-Star".


10. Amber-Pocasset girls basketball makes it to the state tournament.

The Lady Panthers finished the season with a 29-2 record, losing to Northeast Academy in the first round of the state tournament.

Amber-Pocasset was coached by Sam Belcher then, now coached by Kirk Reimers.


9. Amber-Pocasset fast-pitch softball makes a run to the state semifinals.

The Lady Panthers had a decent regular season, but made a surprising run through regionals, beating No. 4 Fletcher twice and winning the first round of the state tourney over No. 2 Rattan before losing to No. 3 Binger-Oney in the semifinals.


8. Amber-Pocasset baseball finishes as state runner-up in spring.

The Panthers baseball team was one game away from a state title, losing a close game to Rattan in the state finals, capping of a great season for Cheyenne Graham's team.

The Panthers were a close-knit group, with Graham saying the players had become family.


7. USAO men's soccer wins first-ever home national tournament game.

The Drovers lost only one game all season, their last one. Before that, the USAO men hosted their first national tournament game, beating Grand View 2-0 at Hampton Field.

The Drovers lost to Belhaven in the next round of the tournament in Alabama.


6. Chickasha softball overcomes youth and makes it to state finals.

The Lady Chicks were a young team with only one senior, and depended on many sophomores and freshmen. However, Dennis Furr's squad beat Tahlequah and Deer Creek in the first two rounds before losing to Grove, 3-2 in the state finals.

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