An Olympian who came just shy of the podium. A race enthusiast who found his way into the pits of NASCAR. A basketball team that made a state title run and a baseball team and pitcher that won its third straight league title. Those were the highest of the 2012 highlights in local sports. Here’s a look back:
The year began as it ends, with a team from Cooperstown being very good in basketball. The last chapters in the story of the Redskins girls basketball team will have to wait until 2013 to be written, but the Cooperstown boys journey has been recorded.
The Redskin boys finished the regular season undefeated in the Center State Conference. They won the Section Three title. They beat Notre Dame of Elmira in the sectional round and made it to the state tournament in Class C.
In the state semifinals against OTC Middle College in Glens Falls in March, Cooperstown led by one point in overtime with 10 seconds left.
A disputed foul call sent Cordell Torres to the foul line. Torres made both free throws and OTC won the game, 58-57.
The Redskins finished the season 21-2. Jay Davine won The Daily Star Player of the Year award and set the school record for assists in a season. Jeremiah Ford and Michael Moakler also made The Daily Star All-Star Team. Coach Dave Bertram won Coach of the Year honors, the third time he has won the award.
Other local teams had success as well. Cherry Valley-Springfield’s boys team won the Tri-Valley East. Milford’s girls team pulled off a big upset when it eliminated Tri-Valley champ Franklin from the Section Four Class D tournament. Cooperstown’s girls won their division and made it to the semifinals of the Section Three playoffs.