Commonwealth Journal

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January 1, 2014

A look back at local sports in 2013

Banner season for Maroons on gridiron, hoops success for SHS, Warriors baseball

Now that we have flipped the calendar over to 2014, let’s all sit back and take a look in the past at what happened in the world of high school sports over the course of 2013, in my fourth annual year in review.
There were many, many different things that happened in the Somerset-Pulaski County area during the past year, but when I take a look back at what the biggest story was in high school sports in our area, the first thing that comes to mind is the success of the Pulaski County Maroons football team.
Johnny Hines and crew had a year to remember in 2013, as they went 14-1 and finished as Class 5A state runner-up to Bowling Green, who collected their 44th victory in a row. The Maroons earned their fifth district title in six years, along with their second regional championship in school history.
“I am proud of our team and their accomplishments this season,” told Hines. “Our senior leadership was a key to our success. These seniors have elevated our program to the brink of a state title. It’s great to see a young team that believes it belongs with the elite teams in the state. I love their attitude. Our coaching staff did a great job all-year long prepping for each game, and at the same time, developing young players to get them ready for 5A competition.”
Hines feels that this past season was a stepping stone for the future, a future that looks bright for Hines and the Pulaski County Maroons.
“Making the 5A State Championship Game was a great accomplishment,” stated the PC coach. “However, it says a lot about our team that they weren't satisfied just to get there. They wanted to win it. The next logical step for our program to take, is to someday win the state championship. It is no longer a pipe dream. It is now a goal.”

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