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Was this the best year ever for Owen County athletics?

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Special comment by Brian Blair

By Brian Blair

I have only been covering Owen County athletics for a few years now but as the year concluded last week I can’t remember a better one.
Let us start last fall with the football and volleyball teams. On the gridiron the Rebels went 10-0 during the regular season. They won the district and a first round playoff game before eventually losing in the second round to the team they would go on to win the 2A state championship. The Rebels were not just winning games by narrow margins. They were punishing the opposition winning their 11 games by an average of 22 points.
The volleyball team had its best year in its history.  The Lady Rebels won a school-best 21 matches including a stretch where they won seven matches in a row. The team reached the 32nd district championship for the first time as well as made their first ever trip to the eighth region tournament.
Also in the fall, Hunter Trenary finished third in the regional meet and eighth in the state meet. The girls golf team once again won its third-straight Eighth Region All ‘A’ Classic. The team would then finish sixth in the All ‘A’ State Tournament.
Owen County High School also finished second in the sixth region tournament and earned a trip to the KHSAA State Golf Tournament.
Once the weather turned cold the attention of Rebel fans moved inside to the hardwood.
Both the boys and the girls teams performed well and gave fans plenty to cheer about.
The Lady Rebels finished the season with 24 wins. They reached the championship game of the  Eighth Region All ‘A’ Classic and won their fifth-consecutive 31st District Championship. They would win their first-round game in the  eighth region tournament before falling in the semifinals. It was the second season in a row the team had won at least 23 games.
The Runnin’ Rebels did not disappoint on the court.
Owen County won the  Eighth Region All ‘A’ Classic and advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to the eventual champs in Covington Holy Cross.
The boys were not finished as they won the 31st district championship for the first time since 2009. The Rebels then made their way in the semifinals of the  eighth region tournament for the third time in four years.
The successes continued when the sports moved back outside.
The baseball, softball and track teams followed the lead from the other sports and achieved some great things. The baseball team had its best season since 2007. The Rebels won 19 games during the season. They reached the championship game of the  Eighth Region All ‘A’ Classic and the 31st district. Owen County also advanced to the eighth region tournament.
The softball team also played well winning 18 games.
The Lady Rebels, like the baseball team reached the championship game of the Eighth Region All ‘A’ Classic and the 31st district as well as advancing to the eighth region tournament.
The track teams had outstanding seasons. The boys won several meets during the season and finished third in the regional meet. Both the boys and the girls sent several athletes to the state meet in Louisville where they all performed well.
Not only are the athletes talented on their respective fields of play but many of them also epitomize the term student-athlete and are recognized for their work in the classroom as well.
If anyone knows of a more successful overall year feel free to let me know. As for this one, it will go down as one that will not soon be forgotten and already has Rebel Nation looking forward to 2012-2013.