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January 3, 2013

Champions dominate 2012 sports highlights

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Three years ago, he got the job as a crew chief for Penske Racing. In 2011, he became the crew chief for the No. 2 car driven by Brad Keselowski. In their second year, the team led much of the Chase series, and ended up winning the Cup in the final race. To racing fans, winning the Spring Cup is as big as winning a Super Bowl or a Stanley Cup. For Wolfe, who started racing on upstate New York tracks as a teenager, the victory was the result of years of hard work.

High school soccer and swimming had some thrills in the fall, too. Milford, CV-S and Cooperstown all made the playoffs in boys and girls soccer, the only time all year that all the local teams ended up in the playoffs.

The top teams were the boys from Cooperstown and CV-S and the girls from Milford. All three were expected to have rebuilding years after big success in 2011, but all three rebuilt quickly.

The Redskins featured 2011 Daily Star Player of the Year Michael Rowley. Cooperstown lost most of the rest of its starters from 2011 but still tied Hamilton for the division title. Rowley won co-MVP honors in the Center State Conference. The team entered the Section Three Class C tournament as the No. 1 seed, but got upset in the semifinals by Manlius-Pebble Hill.

CV-S, the defending Section Four Class D champion, did even better in the regular season. The Patriots didn’t lose a game all season, winning the Tri-Valley East title again. They ended up losing in the Tri-Valley title game to Morris, but avenged the loss in the playoffs, before losing in the section semifinals.

The Wildcat girls lost their leading scorer and goalie to graduation. Then they lost their top two returning scorers to injuries. Although the team was heavy on eighth and ninth graders, Milford got better and better as the season went on. In the last game of the season, Milford clinched the Tri-Valley East title. Then the Wildcats tied Morris in the championship game, repeating as co-champions of the league.

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