Most memorable sports stories of the year

Kaylah McClellan, Sports editor

Breaking Records

Returning state winner Aaron Mallett showed out this year in both his indoor season and outdoor season. For indoor season, Mallett competed in the prestigious Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle, Washington in February. He won the 60-meter high hurdles with a blistering time of 7.8 seconds. Mallett also has the top time in both the 110 meter hurdle and 300 meter hurdles for this years high school season. His time for the 110-meter hurdles was 14.05 seconds. His time for the 300-meter hurdles was 37.72 seconds. Aaron Mallet has a goal to beat both records in the 300m this year at state May 27th. His efforts and goals at breaking records have made him the No.1 sports story of the year.

Future Freshman

Harry Ballard, a 6-foot-2 wide receiver, and Aly Jones, a 5-foot-6 point guard, were two freshmen standouts of the year. Harry Ballard was one of the top receivers in the area with 35 receptions, accounting for 673 yards. Aly Jones had a batting average this years softball season of .270. Aly Jones also played three varsity sports; softball, basketball, and soccer. Both playing varsity their first year in high school and having amazing stats makes them the No.2 sports story of the year.

Road Not Met Yet

The McCluer North basketball team started the season off rough this year. At one point the team was on a 5-game losing streak. The streak was right before districts so the Stars had many doubters, many didn’t even think the team would make it to the district finals. The Stars proved them wrong by first beating McCluer by 1 point, 45-44. The Stars then defeated the Spartans, 62-51, to win the 2013 District title. The team than advanced to the Class 5 state semifinals. They kept the hope alive by beating Fort Zumwalt 71-66, but than lost to Vianney 49-44.  The fight to get to state after not having that much of a regular season makes this the No. 3 sports story of the year.

Only Stars to go to State

This year’s wrestling team was very close this season. They helped and motivated each other to get better.  They grew better as wrestlers and as friends. The team put in hours of dedicated practice to get better anyway possible. The extra practices helped Josh Wheeler, Randall Young, and Travon Butler because they all placed at State. Wheeler placed fifth at state. Young placed 6th, and Butler placed third. The overall good season of all the wrestlers and placing three people at state makes this story number 4 of the year.

Two Conference Titles

The tennis and swimming team both brought home conference titles this season. This was the tennis team’s first back-to-back conference tournament championship and conference title since 2006. The key players in the conference match were Tyra Searcy, Kelsee Ward and Chelsea Foster.