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Looking back at 2010, Part I

Seems like we spend a lot of time at this time of year reminiscing - nothing wrong with that, if there are things worth reminiscing about.

And there's plenty in 2010 that falls into the "memorable category", so if you don't mind I'll spend the next couple of columns touching on the seminal moments of this sports year. This week, it's the high school picture, and quite a pretty one.

Not in the decade-plus time I've spent at this desk as there been so many state champions to follow from the first day of practice to their crowning glory. And no two of them were alike, even if they were from the same schools and featured, at times, the same athletes.

Jamesville-DeWitt and Westhill both pulled off winter-spring state championship doubles. With the boys basketball Red Rams, it's turning into an annual rite (three in a row now), and the threat for four and five is real with two more years of DaJuan Coleman.

J-D's boys lacrosse heroes had it tougher, losing Jake Bratek to injury - but it still went to Long Island and rolled past Garden City, proving that a great team is far more than just one star.

As for Westhill, the key factors were obvious. With trademark defense and great senior leadership, Kevin King's basketball charges beat everyone back as it gained a championship to match the last one it earned in 1997.

And with Kevin McAvoy's live arm, the baseball Warriors avenged two losses to Bishop Ludden, then cruised the rest of the way to a second straight title in Binghamton - even through a state final four that saw a venue change and a last out recorded close to midnight.

You also had an ice hockey sweep. West Genesee somehow made it through 25 games without a blemish, capping it off with the miraculous comeback against Suffern in the semifinals and the title-game shutout of Saratoga Springs. New

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