Whether to choose a group of athletes who accomplished a season-long goal in dramatic fashion or a singular athlete with area roots who came within seconds of an Olympic medal.
The Daily Star’s sports department opted for Oneonta High’s baseball team over former Cooperstown resident Sarah Groff for its top story of 2012.
OHS’ baseball team completed a 24-2 season with a 2-0 victory over Section One’s Briarcliff in the Class B state final, becoming the fourth team in Yellowjackets history to win a New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship.
Class B State Player of the Year Ben Moxley threw a four-hitter at Binghamton’s Conlon Field and Mike Calkins contributed a home run in the fourth inning to give the Yellowjackets a 1-0 lead in the state final.
“It’s the deepest team I’ve had and it’s the best team in Oneonta High baseball history,” 28th-year OHS coach Joe Hughes – the state’s Class B Coach of the Year – said following the victory over Briarcliff.
Groff, who spent her formative years in Cooperstown, placed fourth in the Olympic Triathlon in August at London. She finished 12 seconds behind the winner and 10 seconds out of a medal.
Events also cracking our top 10 list were:
The return of Serge Corbin to the General Clinton Canoe Regatta and the Canadian’s first loss at the event came in third; Milford native Paul Wolfe helping Brad Keselowski to a Sprint Cup title as his crew chief was fourth; longtime Davenport girls basketball Ray Preston winning his 600th game came in fifth; the Hall of Fame induction of Barry Larkin and the late Ron Santo finished sixth; locals Josh Edmonds and Amanda LoPiccolo winning the Pit Run took seventh; Oneonta High’s girls sports team having a year to remember was eighth; Cooperstown’s boys basketball team reaching the Class C state semifinals was ninth; and local college athletes, past and present, having a memorable year rounded out the list.