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By Brian Blair
N-H Sports Reporter
Another year is nearly in the books. When one looks back on 2012, there will be plenty of highlights to remember.
The year began with the boys’ basketball team winning the Eighth Region All ‘A’ Classic. They went to Frankfort and won their first-round game before falling in the quarterfinals. As expected, the Owen County faithful came out in large numbers to support the Rebels during the two games in the All ‘A’ State Tournament.
Both the boys and the girls claimed the 31st District title in February and advanced to the Eighth Region Tournament.
For the Lady Rebels, it was their fifth-straight district championship. Each team reached the Eighth Region semifinals but bowed out to the eventual champs.
The spring saw both the baseball and softball teams capture winning seasons.
The Rebels finished 19-13 on the diamond and the Lady Rebels finished the year with a record of 18-16.
Both teams reached the finals of the Eighth Region All ‘A’ Classic and the 31st District Tournament.
Each team returns several players and will have high hopes heading into 2013.
The track team had another outstanding season. Both the boys and the girls had some tremendous individual performances. They also will have several athletes back for the upcoming season and will have some lofty goals heading into the new year.
Once the fall rolled around, Rebel fans were again treated to another winning season on the gridiron.
Owen County finished the regular season 6-4 and once again reached the Class 2A Playoffs. It was the first time in a long time the Rebels have enjoyed back-to-back winning seasons.
The girls’ soccer team pulled of a first when they captured the 31st District title. No other Lady Rebel team had won a district title on the soccer pitch. The team also captured the Eighth Region title and won All ‘A’ title.
The boys had a great season as well. They also won the Eighth Region All ‘A’ Classic and reached the championship game of the 31st District Tournament. The Rebels finished the season with 13 wins.
The golf teams also played well this past season. The Lady Rebels won the Eighth Region All ‘A’ Championship and the Sixth Region title. Notre Dame Academy had won the regional title the past 10 seasons. Shelby Power brought home the Sixth Region individual title. The boys played well as they too won the Eighth Region All ‘A’ title.
The cross-country team represented Owen County well. Both the boys and the girls have young squads and that bodes well for the future.
As for this past season, Hunter Trenary finished second in the Region 5A Meet and then fourth at the Class A State Meet.
The Owen County Lady Rebels also had another solid season on the volleyball court. The girls finished with 17 wins making it the third straight season the team has won at least 15 games.
The judo team also represented Owen County well this season as did the Bowling Middle School football team.
Owen County should be proud of each young person who represents them on their field of play and the coaches who lead them.