2018 Sports Rewind

As 2018 comes to a close, we take a look back at the year that was.

Posted: Dec 31, 2018 10:47 PM
Updated: Jan 1, 2019 6:13 PM

2018 brought us triumph, heartbreak and a great season for local sports. Teams and players etched their name into the record books.
In the winter season, wrestlers from Albert Lea, Mason City, Byron and Kasson-Mantorville won state championships with the Komets taking home the class 2A title.
On the hardwood, Lyle-Pacelli saw their hard work pay off after years of coming up short. the team won their first state championship after defeating Sleepy Eye.
The spring season proved fruitful for the Newman Catholic Knights baseball team, taking home the 1A title for the second straight year.
And in the fall, the Lourdes Eagles rode a dominant stretch of performances enroute to their third state championship of the decade. Many teams saw their way back into the state tournament, such as Osage volleyball, who fell one game short of the finals and Kasson-Mantorville, who proved they're the top team in section 1AA . The Austin Packers found success in boys soccer and in basketball while Lourdes girls soccer reached their second straight state tournament appearance.
And in football Blooming Prairie, Newman, Osage and West Hancock reached the tourney.
2018 had some moments many wouldn't forget.
Like Dover-Eyota football's first winning season in a decade... the Byron Bears girls basketball team reaching their first ever state tournament.
And what may be the biggest story of the year... the Rockford Warriors, who finished winless in 2017 and lost more than 20-straight games, reached the 8 man championship game this season.
Who will stand out in 2019? We'll have to wait and find out.

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