Following is a list of other big sports stories from 2013 that deserve honorable mention on the list of top sports stories of the year.
January — Steve Tussey takes over as interim Southwestern women’s basketball coach; Creston boys beat Nodaway Valley in first boys basketball game between the two teams in more than 15 years.
February — Karl Peterson retires from coaching high school sports at Lenox; Molly Schimp and Rayvonne Brown qualify for national indoor track and field meet in Southwestern’s first season of track.
March — Ron “Fox” Clinton becomes first member of the Southwestern Hall of Fame; Kate Patton named third-team all-state in basketball; Creston/O-M boys fifth, girls ninth at state bowling; Mount Ayr’s Braydee Poore named to INA’s all-state basketball team.
April — Mount Ayr’s Braydee Poore finishes second at Kansas Relays and third at the Drake Relays in the high jump.
May — Southwestern softball involved in regional slugfests, finishes third at Fort Dodge in regionals; Dillon Coates and Leah Kipfer named Southwestern athletes of the year; Creston boys and girls break school’s 4x800 relay records at the State Qualifying Meet; Brianna Maitlen named CHS Outstanding Female Athlete; Luke Neitzel, Keaton Hulett and Briar Evans share CHS Outstanding Male Athlete award; Jackson Shantz, Molly Schimp and Kalli McCann qualify for national outdoor track and field meet for Southwestern.
July — Murray softball gains share of first conference title in seven years; Corning softball reaches second straight regional final with an 8-6 win over Murray; Martensdale-St. Marys ends Corning athletics in softball regional final; Regional power Clarke of Osceola takes second in Class 3A at state softball; Logan Wimer of rural Diagonal, and Mount Ayr graduate, finishes second in girls cutting at the 2013 National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo.
August — Nine area softball players earn all-state honors; Murray’s Austin Halls and Clarke’s Sarah Pate win inaugural South Central Iowa Athlete of the Year Awards; Bill Krejci wins gold medal in Chinese Taipei as general manager for Team USA’s 12U baseball team.
October — Creston volleyball wins first regional volleyball match since 2009 with 3-0 sweep of Glenwood.
November — Murray volleyball falls to Stanton in regional final; Last remaining area playoff football team Mount Ayr falls to Van Meter; Camryn Somers of Creston on medal-winning relay team for Waukee at state swimming meet; Fourteen area football players named to INA’s all-state football teams including Creston/O-M’s Trevor Frain and Nate Haley; Murray’s Hannah Barber named all-state in volleyball.
December — Lenox tops East Union in first meeting between Lenox co-coach Steve Tussey (father) and East Union head coach Thad Tussey (son) as opposing coaches; Creston/O-M wrestling wins tournament titles at Dallas Center-Grimes and Central Decatur and starts 6-0 in duals; Chase Shiltz and Trevor Frain place in top eight of Kansas City Stampede tournament that included teams from 12 states in the 39-team field; Murray’s Kate Patton eclipses the 1,000-point mark for her career.