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December 30, 2012

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NO. 3: CAYUGA VOLLEYBALL GOES TO STATE...AGAIN — Two years ago, the Cayuga volleyball team’s trip to the state tournament was historic.

Now? It’s becoming slightly old hat.

The Ladycats made their third-straight trip to the final four in 2012, and put together their best showing of the year while they were there.

But, to even get there, they had to battle back in the regional finals against Blum. Down 2-0 in the match, Cayuga stormed back to win the final three games and advance to state.

The Ladycats tried to do the same in the state semifinals, falling behind 2-0 to Round Top-Carmine, before winning Game 3 and almost taking Game 4, before RTC bounced back to take the game 27-25, ending Cayuga’s season.

But, with the trip and strong showing, the Ladycats again reinforced the notion that they are the program to beat in Region II, and may continue to be in years to come.

NO. 2: ELKHART BASEBALL GETS TO STATE — Another team that was no stranger to adversity in a playoff run was the Elkhart baseball team, who time after time during the 2012 season fought back en route to a spot in the state semifinals.

The never-give-up spirit was identified early, as the Elks came back from down 9-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning to Athens during the Howard Estes Memorial Tournament, before scoring nine runs in the inning to win in walk-off fashion.

Needless to say, the Elks weren’t done. At all.

In the regional finals, the Elks fell down to Central Heights by two runs, and entered the seventh inning facing that same deficit.

But, the Elks tied the game in the seventh, and then won things in the eighth on a walk-off single by Cam Reeves to score Cole Bridges and put Elkhart up 1-0 in the best-of-3 series.

Central Heights went on to win Game 2, but Elkhart blew things open early in Game 3 behind a home run from Tyler Tutt en route to an 8-1 win to advance to state.

At the state tournament, the Elks went toe-to-toe with eventual state champion in a marathon state semifinal that lasted for 13 innings.

Even in that loss, the Elks needed to comeback from a deficit, trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh before Bridges’ single scored Brian Johnson to send the game into extra innings.

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